Michelle Obama Breaks ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Record With ‘Becoming’

The perfect birthday gift! Michelle Obama is celebrating her 55th birthday by being at the top of Amazon’s bestselling list. According to Amazon Charts, Becoming has been number one “most sold on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days.” The record was last held by Fifty Shades of Grey. Related: Michelle Obama Opens Up About Her And George W.
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Michelle Obama's Becoming Breaks a Record Set by Fifty Shades of Grey

Michelle Obama's Becoming Breaks a Record Set by Fifty Shades of Grey
Becoming is beloved by readers around the world. It's been two months since Michelle Obama released her memoir, and it's still on top of Amazon's best-selling books chart. Becoming was the No. 1 "most sold on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days," according to Amazon Charts. The book had the longest period at No. 1 since Fifty Shades of Grey's streak about seven years ago, enjoying many weeks in the top spot. CNN reports that, on the 47th day, another book took over the No. 1 position, but Becoming has since returned to the top spot on the charts. Obama took to social media back in November to reflect on her journey with her...
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Explore “The Secret Language Of Dance” in New Featurette for Suspiria (2018), Out Now on Digital

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If you have yet to "give your soul to the dance," or you want to fall under the hypnotic spell of 2018's Suspiria again and again, your wait is now over, as Lionsgate has released the Luca Guadagnino's reimagining of Dario Argento's classic 1977 movie on digital ahead of its Blu-ray release on January 29th, and to celebrate, we've been provided with a new featurette to share with Daily Dead readers.

Explore "the secret language of dance" in the new Suspiria featurette below, read on for the full home media release details, and in case you missed them, read Heather Wixson's review and Monte Yazzie's review of the film.

Previously: "Suspiria, the reimagining of the horror cult-classic arrives on Digital January 15 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) January 29 from Lionsgate.

Street Date: 1/29/19

Blu-ray™ + Digital Srp: $24.99

Program Description

Experience Luca Gudagnino’s outrageously twisted re-imagining of Dario Argento’s
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Full Trailer for Psychological Mind Games Thriller 'An Affair To Die For'

"No one leaves this room. Not you. Not her. Your family's in danger. Enjoy my wife." Aqute Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled An Affair To Die For, a fun play on the title An Affair to Remember. The psychological mind games thriller is about an affair, obviously, and a secret rendezvous. A man cheats on his wife. A woman cheats on her husband. And then everything goes bad, quickly. The indie film stars Claire Forlani, Jake Abel, and Titus Welliver, along with Nathan Cooper and Melina Matthews. This looks like a very erotic mix of Fifty Shades of Grey and any other film where an affair leads to murder. Surprise, surprise. It aims to appeal to a very specific audience, for those who might be curious. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Víctor García's An Affair To Die For, direct from YouTube
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Venom 2 Moving Forward With Same Screenwriter

Kirsten Howard Jan 8, 2019

Kelly Marcel will be back to write the Venom 2 script.

Venom 2 has found its screenwriter, according to Variety. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first one. Her deal to return for the sequel is said to be "siginificant," but the site wasn't able to reveal the exact amount Marcel had been offered to play with the notorious symbiote story for Sony this time around.

If you're asking yourself why the studio wouldn't get some fresh blood in for the Venom sequel, the Fifty Shades Of Grey writer staying on might have something to do with star Tom Hardy. The two have been close friends for years.

Marcel first met Hardy when she was working on a stage musical version of Debbie Does Dallas for the Edinburgh Festival, and some of her first film gigs were doing uncredited rewrites on 2008's Bronson and Mad Max: Fury Road,
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Venom Sequel Moving Forward at Sony Pictures with Screenwriter Kelly Marcel

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After grossing than $850 million at the global box office, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to Venom.

According to multiple sources, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has set Venom co-writer and executive producer Kelly Marcel to return to write and executive produce the sequel to the 2018 movie.

According to Variety, Tom Hardy will return as Eddie Brock, a persistent reporter who makes a transformative connection with an alien symbiote with a hunger for human heads in the first movie. Hardy is expected to be joined in the sequel by returning co-star Michelle Williams (as Brock's ex-fiancée Anne Weying) and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, a ruthless and downright deadly villain from the pages of Marvel Comics.

While Ruben Fleischer directed Venom, it's not yet known if he'll return to helm the follow-up film (he'll also be plenty busy working
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Venom 2 Is Officially Happening with Original Cast and Writer

It's official. Sony is moving forward with Venom 2. Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson are returning along with screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who was brought in at the last minute for rewrites on the first installment. This is huge news, but it isn't exactly the biggest surprise either. Venom was a box office monster and was still at number 38 as of this past weekend. Globally, the movie has earned $855.5 million to date, with China contributing $271.7 million of that total.

Upon some negative reviews and sluggish ticket sales in North America, many Marvel fans did not expect to see Woody Harrelson back as Carnage for Venom 2. However, once the movie hit overseas, and China specifically, the movie took off, leaving little doubt to a potential sequel. Even with the breakout box office success, Sony was still careful about announcing plans for a sequel, which more than likely had to do with contracts for the returning actors,
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Kelly Marcel to Write ‘Venom’ Sequel for Sony

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Sony Pictures is moving ahead with a sequel to the box office hit “Venom” and has hired Kelly Marcel to write the script for the film, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Marcel was one of the screenwriters of the first film, which grossed more than $800 million worldwide. Marcel also served as an executive producer on “Venom.” Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams are expected to return, and Woody Harrelson is set to star as Carnage in the sequel.

Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal will return as producers. A director has not yet been announced for the sequel. Ruben Fleischer directed the first film but he might have a scheduling conflict, as he will be shooting the sequel for the studio’s “Zombieland.”

Also Read: 'Venom' Passes $800 Million - and 'Wonder Woman' - at Global Box Office

Marcel’s other screenwriting credits
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‘Venom’ Sequel in Works With Kelly Marcel Returning to Pen Script (Exclusive)

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‘Venom’ Sequel in Works With Kelly Marcel Returning to Pen Script (Exclusive)
Following box office smash “Venom,” Sony Pictures is putting the wheels in motion for a sequel to the antihero adventure. The studio has tapped Kelly Marcel, one of the screenwriters from the first movie, to pen the script.

Sources close to the negotiation tell Variety that, although an exact amount couldn’t be unveiled, Marcel’s deal was a significant one. She will also executive produce the follow-up, which will see Tom Hardy return as the eponymous symbiote. Marcel was also a producer on the first pic.

Sony declined to comment.

Venom,” hailing from Sony Pictures’ arsenal of Marvel characters, grossed a massive $855 million worldwide. The news comes after the studio recently dated an untitled Marvel sequel for October 2020. Comic-book enthusiasts put the pieces together to assume that slot was for “Venom 2,” giving it the same release date as its predecessor.

Michelle Williams is expected to rejoin Hardy, as is Woody Harrelson,
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This Bumblebee and Fifty Shades Of Grey Mashup Is So Wrong on So Many Levels

I’ve got a disturbingly funny mashup trailer for you to watch today called Fifty Shades of Bumblebee, and it inappropriately mashes together footage from Bumblebee and Fifty Shades of Grey. As you’ll see, it’s so wrong on so many levels.

The mashup comes from Funny or Die, and there’s no doubt that some fans are going to get a kick out of this! It focuses on Dakota Johnson’s character Anastasia Steele striking up a sizzling relationship with Bumblebee.
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Oscar Flashback: ‘Writing’s on the Wall,’ ‘City of Stars’ and ‘Remember Me’ triumph in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: ‘Writing’s on the Wall,’ ‘City of Stars’ and ‘Remember Me’ triumph in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 26, the final entry of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 2015 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey

“‘Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground

Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction

“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Won: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre

Should’ve won: “‘Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground

This race in Best Original Song began on a rather disheartening note, with the release of the full list of tunes eligible for consideration in the category. Notably absent from the list, in spite of rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination, was
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Paramount Again Finds 2018 Box Office a ‘Quiet Place’ Despite Hits Like ‘Mission: Impossible’

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Paramount Again Finds 2018 Box Office a ‘Quiet Place’ Despite Hits Like ‘Mission: Impossible’
Even with the massive success of John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” and the latest installment of Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” series, Paramount had a mostly flat 2018 at the box office.

Though it crawled up a spot from 2017 to take sixth place in market share, pulling in just over $700 million in domestic box office to date, the Viacom-owned studio still lagged well ahead the five other majors and showed little sign it would reclaim the No. 1 spot it held as recently as 2011.

“It’s a year where they have to take stock and look forward to creating more franchises like ‘Mission: Impossible’ as well as working with filmmakers like John Krasinksi to come up with unexpected hits like ‘A Quiet Place’ that could be hugely profitable for the studio,” comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.

Also Read: 2018 Box Office Sets Domestic Annual Record With Over $11.38 Billion

Paramount
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Jamie Dornan Freed From ‘Fifty Shades’ Finds New Challenges In Golden Globe Nominated ‘A Private War’ And Beyond

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Jamie Dornan Freed From ‘Fifty Shades’ Finds New Challenges In Golden Globe Nominated  ‘A Private War’ And Beyond
During a recent conversation promoting his awards season contender, A Private War, Jamie Dornan talked about the importance of being timely, especially with this pertinent story (the first narrative film from documentarian Matthew Heineman) of journalists on the front lines of reporting and photographing major conflicts in the Middle East and around the world.

Dornan said, “Our director said something interesting very, very early on, one of the first Q&As we did about how you want your movies to be timeless and timely… even in the time from when we made it to release, it became even more timely in terms of very obvious and awful examples of the treatment of journalists, but also with respect to what’s still going on in Syria.”

“Marie died there in 2012 and here we are 6 years on and over half a million to billions have been killed within that regime and nothing truly changing you know,
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Melanie Griffith Spends Quality Time with Daughter Stella, 22, in Aspen Before Christmas

Melanie Griffith Spends Quality Time with Daughter Stella, 22, in Aspen Before Christmas
Melanie Griffith is enjoying quality time with her daughter Stella Banderas in Aspen.

On Sunday, Griffith, 61, and her daughter, 22, with ex-husband Antonio Banderas, were all smiles as they stepped out in the popular Colorado town.

For the outing, Griffith opted for black leggings, snow boots and a black quilted coat. She paired the ensemble with rounded sunglasses and a black and gold Gucci crossbody bag.

Stella sported a similar look, wearing black pants, combat boots, a black puffer coat as well a black beanie.

Griffith is also proud mom to daughter and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson with
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The Girl in the Spider’s Web’s Jay Basu to rewrite Battlestar Galactica movie script

Back in the summer of 2016 it was announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay and Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence had signed on to direct a big screen reboot of Battlestar Galactica, and now comes word that the project is getting a rewrite.

According to The Wrap, The Girl in the Spider’s Web screenwriter Jay Basu has been hired to work on a new draft of the script originally penned by Lisa Joy (Westworld). Lawrence remains attached to direct, while Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes) and Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey) are producing.

See Also: All This Has Happened Before: The 15th Anniversary of Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica launched in 1978 with the original TV series, which was followed by the short-lived sequel series Galactica 1980 and a hit reboot which ran between 2003 and 2009. Taking place in a distant part of the galaxy, it follows the
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Battlestar Galactica Movie Brings in Labyrinth 2 Writer

Battlestar Galactica Movie Brings in Labyrinth 2 Writer
The Battlestar Galactica movie has found itself a new writer. Universal Pictures has been developing a new big screen adaptation of the classic sci-fi series for several years now. As is often the case with projects such as these, it takes a while to crack the right story and for the stars to align. Now, the studio has brought in writer Jay Basu to help get the screenplay where it needs to be in order to make this movie a reality.

According to a new report, Universal has hired Jay Basu to rewrite the screenplay for Battlestar Galactica, working from a previous draft penned by Lisa Joy, of Westworld fame. Basu most recently worked on Sony's reboot of the Dragon Tattoo franchise, The Girl in the Spider's Web. He's also working alongside Fede Alvarez on Labyrinth 2. Some of his other credits include the upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot and Monsters: Dark Continent,
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‘Piercing’ Red Band Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Turns Kinky Fantasy Into Horrific Reality In New Thriller

One of the biggest complaints, outside of the terrible acting, horrible dialogue, and overall bad filmmaking, about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise is the lack of real kinky, Bdsm-style sex. The film franchise touches on it, but the never really dives deep. That’s where the new film “Piercing” comes in. However, the ‘Fifty Shades’-esque premise, as seen in the new red band trailer, turns kinky sex into a horrific affair and will no doubt make you think twice about being tied up by Mia Wasikowska.

Continue reading ‘Piercing’ Red Band Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Turns Kinky Fantasy Into Horrific Reality In New Thriller at The Playlist.
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Trailer for Siberian Survival Film 'Ashes in the Snow' with Bel Powley

"We must think beyond the walls of this house... We must resist this occupation." Vertical Ent. has debuted an official Us trailer for an indie survival drama titled Ashes in the Snow, based on the true story of a 16-year-old aspiring artist and her family deported to Siberia during World War II. The film is adapted from the bestselling novel "Between Shades of Gray", written by Ruta Sepetys, and that original title was changed to prevent any confusion with the Fifty Shades of Grey series (of books and movies). Bel Powley stars as Lina, with a full cast including Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Martin Wallström, Timothy Innes, Jonah Hauer-King, and Sam Hazeldine. This looks like a powerful, inspiring story of opposition but it also looks like pretty much every other WWII story of people being hauled off. Take a look. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Marius A. Markevicius
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Suspiria Remake Haunts Homes in January

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Program Description

Experience Luca Gudagnino’s outrageously twisted re-imagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror cult classic that has been called a “grim and glorious work of madness” when Suspiria arrives on Digital January 15 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) January 29 from Lionsgate. Starring Dakota Johnson, Oscar® winner and Golden Globe® nominee* Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, and Chloë Grace Moretz and featuring a mesmerizing haunting score by Thom Yorke, Guadagnino’s directorial follow-up to the Oscar®-winning Call Me by Your Name, written for the screen by David Kajganich, has received incredible critical praise with Variety’s Owen Gleiberman calling it a “lavishly cerebral high-end horror film” and a “divinely demonic spectacle of womanly power.” The Suspiria Blu-ray (plus digital) will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99.

Official Synopsis

Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company, stunning the troupe’s famed choreographer,
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International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say

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International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say
A five-member international hacking crime ring stole more than 25,000 files for Hollywood movies and TV shows and illegally offered hundreds of them for sale online, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.

A federal grand jury in L.A. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) indicted five men, identified as residing in the U.K., India, Dubai and Malaysia, on seven criminal charges each for conduct alleged to span early 2013 to the spring of 2015.

U.S. investigators said the defendants allegedly stole or illegally copied copies of movies and TV shows including: “Fifty Shades of Grey” (pictured above), “The Expendables 3,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Godzilla,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” They then offered to sell purloined titles prior to their official release or the same day as their U.
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