Thursday, July 24, 2014

THR: 5 Things to Know About 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

THR - Oh my.

The Internet was abuzz after the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was released Thursday morning (both #FiftyShadesTrailer and Christian Grey were top trending topics on Twitter).

The trailer marks fans' first look at the adaptation of EL James' best-selling erotic novel. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star as troubled billionaire Christian Grey and naive college student Anastasia Steele in the Universal Pictures/Focus Features movie, which hits theaters Feb. 13.

The trailer keeps the focus entirely on Anastasia and Christian and their budding relationship, with other characters played by Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora shown only in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
Here are five other things we observed about the movie:

1. Anastasia's (much-derided) catchphrase is nowhere to be heard.

The character has a penchant for saying "oh my" while learning about — and taking part in — Christian's extracurricular (read: BDSM) activities. In fact, she says it so much that readers took to the Internet to mock its overuse (one Amazon commenter who counted says she uses it 72 times in the first book alone). Still, it remains to be seen whether she will slip in the phrase in the actual movie.

2. "Mr. Grey will see you now."

Anastasia's first meeting with Christian — when she visits his office to interview him for her college newspaper — is a significant part of the trailer. That's the meeting during which he begins to take a strange fascination with her. "What about you? I'd like to know more about you?" he asks her. "There's really not much to know about me. I mean, look at me," she says. His reply? A very intense "I am."

3. Jamie Dornan is shirtless, of course.

Yes, the former male model does doff his shirt in the trailer — although presumably he'll strip down further for the actual movie, which is aiming for an R rating. Apparently deemed too racy for morning TV, the trailer was shown only partially in its debut on NBC's Today (the bondage scenes were left out).

4. The Red Room of Pain makes a (very brief) appearance.

Toward the end of the trailer, Anastasia asks Christian to "enlighten me" after he explains that his "tastes are very singular." He unlocks the door, and voila! For the next four seconds, we see flashes of Anastasia bound and blindfolded. We see the red leather couch. We see the riding crop (but no whipping). We see Anastasia let out a loud sigh of pleasure. And … cut to black.

5. Beyonce is indeed part of the soundtrack.

The singer posted a teaser about the movie Monday on her Instagram, which led to speculation about her involvement with the soundtrack. On Thursday, it was confirmed that she re-recorded her 2003 hit "Crazy in Love" featuring now-husband Jay Z for the movie. This new version is a much slower, stripped-down rendition of the song — and no Jay Z to be heard.

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