50 Shades to get bums on seats?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Have you heard about this 50 Shades of Grey thing? No? Well re­turn to your her­mitage while the rest of us pon­der the in­evitable film ver­sion of EL James’s smutty best­seller. Univer­sal has hired Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, pro­duc­ers of The So­cial Net­work, to bring all that hump­ing and puff­ing to the screen.

“At its core, Fifty Shades of Grey is a com­plex love story, re­quir­ing a del­i­cate and so­phis­ti­cated hand to bring it to the big screen,” Donna Lan­g­ley, chair of Univer­sal, com­mented. “Mike and Dana’s cred­its more than ex­em­plify what we need in cre­ative part­ners, and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”

The film-mak­ers have a real chal­lenge on their “del­i­cate and so­phis­ti­cated” hands. Can main­stream au­di­ences be drawn to movie erot­ica? It’s one thing to read the thing alone at home. had shelved plans to launch a third world war over the fi­nan­cial ar­range­ments re­lat­ing to their di­vorce.

The speedy agree­ment – grant­ing Holmes cus­tody of Suri, the cou­ple's daugh­ter – was an­nounced in a joint state­ment from TomKat's re­spec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives. “We are com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether as par­ents to ac­com­plish what is in our daugh­ter Suri’s best in­ter­ests,” the re­lease said. “We want to keep mat­ters af­fect­ing our fam­ily pri­vate and ex­press our re­spect for each other’s com­mit­ment to each of our re­spec­tive be­liefs and sup­port each other's roles as par­ents.”

This has been taken to mean: she gets the kid; he keeps most of his money.

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