Movie News in 60 Seconds: Will Ferrell, ‘Crazy’ Dad; Millions for “Mommy Porn”; ‘Red’ Tops DVD Rentals, But ‘Harry Potter’ is Best Seller

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Will Ferrell, ‘Crazy’ Dad; Millions for “Mommy Porn”; ‘Red’ Tops DVD Rentals, But ‘Harry Potter’ is Best Seller

Mar 27, 2012

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The Parent’s View: Published last year, Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College, is a humorous memoir by Andrew Ferguson about his quest to help his son get into the perfect college. The book has now been purchased as a possible star vehicle for Will Ferrell, which might give him the opportunity for a good change of pace as a well-meaning parent who gets into funny situations while trying to help his procrastinating son. Or, he might just run around yelling "Let's go streaking!" [Deadline]

Millions for “Mommy Porn”: After a bidding war, the movie rights to an erotic series of novels has sold for millions of dollars. E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, which began life as online fan fiction before becoming a print best-seller overseas, sold to Universal Picturues and Focus Features for a price believed to be in excess of $5 million. The trilogy of books “details the erotic relationship between a damaged young billionaire and a naive female college graduate,” and is said to have been inspired by Twilight’s Edward and Bella. The book has recently been described as "mommy porn" because of its appeal to women of a certain age. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tops in Rentals and Sales: The lighthearted action film RED was the most rented DVD of 2011, yet it wasn’t even among the top 10 in sales. That honor belonged to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 -- Part 2 finished #3 among top-sellers. A comparison of the top-renting and top-selling DVDs reveals a clear division, with the only crossover between the two top 10 lists being the comedy Bridesmaids. [Los Angeles Times]

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