News Nuggets: Will ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ be bigger than ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hunger Games’?

The awareness levels of the upcoming film “Fifty Shades of Grey” are higher than any film in recent memory, including “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” In fact, Universal and Focus Features are expecting at least a $50 million opening next weekend. The only worry is having to figure out a way to fully translate those female-skewing awareness numbers into actual ticket sales longterm. The paperwork version of the erotic novel by E.L. James was the fastest-selling ever in the U.S. The film stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson and will release on the Friday of Valentine’s weekend. The Wrap

Unconfirmed rumors about Sunday’s Grammy Awards say that Beyonce will be part of musical tribute to the film “Selma.” Oscar nominees Common and John Legend are already announced performers, and others that will be part of this segment will be the Andrae Crouch choir and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Also, Taylor Swift announces she will not perform Sunday but will present the category of Best New Artist. Billboard

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Director and writer Mike Leigh will receive this year’s BAFTA fellowship at the ceremony this Sunday. The veteran filmmaker’s career has included “Mr. Turner,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Vera Drake,” and “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Last year’s recipient of this life achievement honor was Helen Mirren, and others have included Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Kubrick, and Charlie Chaplin. Hollywood Reporter

The Directors Guild of America announces presenters for its DGA Awards this Saturday. Jane Lynch will host the event with awards presenters including Matt Bomer, Chadwick Boseman, Pierce Brosnan, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron, Jodie Foster, Taraji P. Henson, January Jones, Lea Michele, Bill Murray, Katey Sagal, Steven Spielberg, and Barbra Streisand. Directors James Burrows and Robert Butler will receive life achievement awards for their work in television. DGA

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Disney is already teasing “ambitious” plans to maximize its “Star Wars” property in all of its theme parks. Chief Bob Iger says it will take time to put them all in place and that specifics will be announced later in 2015. All of this is in advance of the J.J. Abrams relaunch of the franchise with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” next December. Many events and retail merchandising will also begin soon. Variety

Katy Perry is completely avoiding the internet after her “marvelous” Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. She explains how she “had to relinquish control, enjoy the experience and avoid internet trolls.” In a new interview, she says, “In my show, I am boss daddy. I am boss mommy. They call me Boss. Everything goes through my eyes; I call all the shots, 100 percent of it. Anyone that’s ever done it has been scared (bleep)-less. You stay off the Internet for the five days afterward.” USA Today

Reclusive author Harper Lee is releasing a sequel to her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book was completed in the 1950s and focuses on the grown-up version of her character Scout Finch. The novel “Go Set a Watchman” will come out on July 14. Lee says she was “surprised and delighted” the original manuscript survived for the past 55 years. Vulture

One thought on “News Nuggets: Will ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ be bigger than ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hunger Games’?

  1. I really find it amusing and outstanding how large these “producers” egos are to think this crap is THAT anticipated. Not hardly. This movie won’t make that much like they delude themselves in their own fantasy world to think so. This is a pile of crap. This is a poorly made pile of trash with the most talentless leads I have ever seen.

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