Movies Chat: Guest Anne Thompson, on What Kind of Movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Could (and Should) Be

Movies Chat: Guest Anne Thompson, on What Kind of Movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Could (and Should) Be

May 08, 2012

Movies Chat is our new work-in-progress chat show hosted by Managing Editor Erik Davis. Each week we'll release multiple episodes that feature 15-20 minute conversations with some of the web's most notable movie experts.

It began as Twilight fanfiction and now it's one of the most talked-about novels of 2012. Described as "mommy porn," the world began paying a bit more attention to E.L. James' sexually-explicit novel Fifty Shades of Grey when Universal and Focus Features picked up the film rights for a reported $5 million. Now, this story of a romantic relationship infused with all sorts of kinky S&M, is everywhere. Thousands of women from around the country are lining up to snag an E.L. James autograph, while libraries are banning Fifty Shades of Grey and critics are making fun of its author, her writing and the book's many loyal fans.  

On this episode of Movies Chat, I'm joined by Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck), of Thompson on Hollywood, to talk about what sort of film Fifty Shades of Grey could (and should) be. Is there a way to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating, and, if so, will toning down the subject matter just alienate the book's legion of fans? 

You can listen to our chat using the player below, and feel free to email us any questions, comments or concerns to movieschat AT gmail DOT com. Thanks for listening!

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This Episode's Supplemental Materials

'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Kind of Movie Could It Be, With What Cast? (Thompson on Hollywood)

A Satirist Goes for None-Too-Subtle Shading (New York Times)

Hundreds flock to meet '50 Shades of Grey' author (Kansas City Star)

Previously on Movies Chat


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