Hot stuff coming through: After months of anticipation and advance hype, the first trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has finally been released.
Running a tight two minutes and 30 seconds, the trailer for the upcoming movie version of E.L. James’ bestselling novel was unveiled on Thursday morning’s edition of NBC’s Today show.
Fittingly, the trailer was introduced on Today by actor Jamie Dornan, who has the titular role of Christian Grey in the movie version, and Dakota Johnson, who plays his submissive love interest Anastasia.
In the clip, which employs a remix version of the Beyoncé song Crazy in Love as soundtrack, Anastasia is a timid soul seemingly attired as a school librarian for her first meeting with the mega-rich businessman Christian in his office.
As per the lurid source material, the couple’s initial meeting is a case of lust at first sight.
In rapid succession, the trailer shows the attractive couple feeling each other out in the early stages of their relationship. Christian is shown getting into his private helicopter and taking Anastasia for a ride in a glider. As things heat up, the pair are shown making out in an elevator.
And in keeping with the book, the trailer closes with Christian taking the courtship to the next level – which in this instance means introducing Anastasia to his secret chamber fitted with whips and handcuffs and other bondage accoutrements.
Slated to arrive in theatres next Feb. 13, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie was filmed in Vancouver and co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes and Rita Ora.
And as should be expected, the movie is expected to come with an R rating.
Jon Stewart wants to buy CNN – with a little help from his viewers. The Daily Show host reacted to the news story that media mogul Rupert Murdoch recently tried to buy Time Warner, CNN’s corporate owner, by revealing his own faux counter-proposal: Why not a Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN? On Tuesday night’s Daily Show, Stewart unveiled the fake Kickstarter page titled LetsBuyCNN.com, which delivered the following pitch to potential backers: “CNN, America’s first 24-hour cable news network, has been terrible for many, many years. Does it have to be that way? Who knows, maybe it does. So let’s find out for ourselves!” As of mid-Thursday, the LetsBuyCNN page had garnered zero donations.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
It’s official: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will take place in New York. CBS conscripted New York governor Andrew Cuomo to make the announcement on Wednesday afternoon. Said Cuomo: “The Late Show will stay in New York where it belongs. As David Letterman passes the baton to Stephen Colbert, I look forward to watching The Late Show from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater for years to come.” According to the New York Times, Letterman is tentatively scheduled to step down next May with Colbert picking up the host reins in September.
NOT THAT INNOCENT
Britney Spears is coming out with her own line of affordable lingerie. The 32-year-old singer went onto Instagram this week to post a picture of herself in black bra and underwear in support of her new lingerie collection called The Intimate Britney Spears. The photo was accompanied by the statement, “Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious and comfortable at the same time.” Set to arrive in U.S. retail outlets on Sept. 9, the collection includes vintage-inspired bustiers and camisoles and is priced between $17 and $79 (U.S.).
Motorists in Albuquerque, N.M., were surprised to see a full-sized billboard featuring Bob Odenkirk in his Better Call Saul persona along a freeway this week. The ad shows a notably younger Odenkirk posing as the barrister James McGill, which is the name he used before changing it to Saul Goodman. The billboard also features a phone number, which, when called, features Odenkirk delivering a cheery voicemail message in the guise of McGill. Better Call Saul is AMC’s prequel series to Breaking Bad, with Odenkirk reprising his Saul Goodman role.
The late Whitney Houston’s mother is firmly opposed to the upcoming cable movie about her daughter. Earlier this week, Cissy Houston appeared on Entertainment Tonight to protest the upcoming biopic I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, which is scheduled for broadcast on the U.S. Lifetime channel this fall. Said Cissy: “Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby Brown. … Please, please, let her rest.”
Source: Us Weekly