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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer React

It’s official, the wait is over. Yesterday morning, the Today show premiered the trailer for the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey. Slated for release on Valentine’s Day 2015, the trailer offers the first look at the delicious Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and so so much more. Let’s not waste another minute,  Elizabeth Bond and Ashley Foster allow their inner goddesses to react to the long awaited glimpse into the Red Room of Pain.

 

Elizabeth:  So is it sad that I’m already assuming that for Valentine’s Day I’m driving down to Charlotte and we are going to see Fifty?

Ashley:  YESSS!! I was going to ask you the other day what we should do for Valentines day but I was like, “maybe it’s too early?”

E: Okay let’s talk about this trailer. The first meeting…

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer I Am

Anastasia describes him as “He was polite, intense, smart, really intimidating.”
Grey asks, “I’d like to know more about you.” Anastasia replies, “There’s really not much to know about me, I mean look at me…” “I am,” he replies, and with that we get our first look at Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey.

E: Can we just talk about how perfect he is?

A: I…I…I just wanna bite that bottom lip.

E: YESSSSS! Gah, where can I get me one of those?!

A: But seriously though. American accents aren’t sexy…somehow he manages to make his sexy?

E: One of the things that I always found attractive about Jamie Dornan after watching him in The Fall and Once Upon a Time was that British accent but his certainty when he looks at Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia makes me weak in the knees.

E: Let’s talk about Anastasia for a second. She’s much “frumpier” than I thought she would be in her mismatched outfit and shyness, but it works.

A: Yeah, I almost expected a little more “Joey Potter-esque” fashion. A little more girl next door…with a side of frump.

E: Definitely! Speaking of fashion, how about that grey suit and THE TIE!?

A: Yes! Loved the incorporation of the grey tie…but one thing missing from the scene was Anastasia tripping through the door….what’s up with that?

E: Is that gone? Or do we have to wait for the movie to see Grey catch her and the physical repercussions of their first touch?

A: I certainly hope not. I feel like some of the key scenes are definitely being saved for us to enjoy during the movie. I mean, they can’t give it all away in the preview. (Even though I wish they would)

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Elevator Anastasia Steele

E: The scene where she gets on the elevator, in the book, is plagued with sexual tension and I definitely felt it here. As I watched, I was like “oh man, he’s got her.”

A: I certainly enjoyed this. It’s just like you knew the OTHER elevator scene was just around the corner. I think my favorite part about this was the gleam in her eye. It was like, “OH…SHIT….”

E: Exactly! The only thing missing here for me was “Anastasia,” he says as a farewell. “Christian.” I reply. GOD THE FIRST TIME THEY SAY THEIR FIRST NAMES SPEAKS VOLUMES.

A: OH MAN. It really does, it’s almost like their names were code for, “Yep, this is about to get REAL in about two chapters.”

E: LIKE FOREPLAY.

A: I’ve got to say, I was a little skeptical about Dakota Johnson playing the role, but by this point she had convinced she could definitely fill the shoes of Anastasia.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Christian Grey

E: Gah, he’s gorgeous. That brooding stare.

A: Aw! Jose! He’s like the Jacob of Fifty Shades! Honestly…I wasn’t paying attention to him. Talk about a man that can wear fitted suit! Ow owwww!

E: mmmhmmm!

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Taylor

A: Taylor! I’m so excited they showed his face in the preview. He was probably one of my favorite characters in the books.

E:  He’s like Anastasia’s confidant and sidekick almost. And I love this actor (Max Martini). He’s so good in these types of silent but strong background roles.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Coffee Shop

Anastasia asks “To what to you owe your success?” and Christian replies, “I exercise control in all things Miss Steele.” “That must be really boring,” says Anastasia while Christian smirks.

E: At this point she’s still totally unaware of how much control he “exercises.” Girl, it’s hardly boring. Mwahahahaha.

A: Yadda, Yadda…Coffee…Tea…Okay enough of this. ONWARD! THE ELEVATOR SCENE!

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Hot Elevator Kiss

E: This is about the time that my brain just stopped working and I started thinking with other parts of my body…

A: Beside the fact my brain shut down as well…I loved that even early on he was like, “No, no, you can’t touch me. Don’t mind if I do…just going to pin you to this elevator wall.”

E: RIGHT! Like the second she reaches for the back of his neck, out of reflex, he swoops in and takes control. Their chemistry is incredible here.

A: Yep. My innards hurt.

E: And Beyonce didn’t help.

A: Can we just talk about the choice for Beyonce to be on the soundtrack? #NAILEDIT Her latest album is just SEX.

E: Evidently, this is quite the scandal. Several publications have expressed their disdain for Beyonce’s involvement but her brand just fits here. And the new recording of Crazy in Love is perfect. The crescendo of the chorus happening as he pins her to the wall of the elevator, my god.

A: Disdain? Girl is laughing all the way to the bank….Plus I’d just like to think Beyonce is putting her foot down and just relating to women everywhere like, “Yeah, this stuff turned me on too…”

E: I find it personally satisfying then that I have something in common with Queen Bey.

A: It’s like we are all besties with Queen Bey.

E: Gah, if only.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Christian Grey

“I’m incapable of leaving you alone,” Christian says. “Then don’t,” replies Anastasia.

E: This is hands down one of my favorite parts of the trailer (as well as the book). You may remember, they are leaving the coffee shop and she almost gets hit by a car only to get pulled back onto the sidewalk by Christian at the last minute. In the book, she is in his arms briefly but her thoughts are pleading for him to kiss her. (“Kiss me damnit!” I implore him, but I can’t move. I’m paralyzed with a strange, unfamiliar need.) I love how in this scene, you see that Christian is struggling with the same damn unfamiliar need.

A: It definitely written ALL over his face. Side note: They never showed the hardware store scene! What a classic tale of duct tape and rope….

E: That’s gotta still be there, right?

A: I think some of the first photos that leaked from the set were scenes from the hardware store. Here’s hoping!

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Dark Brooding Christian Piano

“I had a rough start in life, you should steer clear of me.”

E: Tortured Christian, this is what I knew Jamie Dornan would be able to pull off well. He’s not afraid of complex characters and they don’t get much more complex than Christian Grey.

A: This is one of those things I didn’t catch until I went back and watched it the second time.

E: Well again, I left my brain back there in the elevator.

A: #realtalk

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Pushing Jose

E: This is a pivotal sequence featured in the trailer. First, Christian shows up only after knowing Anastasia a few hours and pushes Jose away as he tries to kiss Anastasia. A very public proclamation of his intentions. Then, the damsel in distress that she is, he takes her to his hotel and tucks her into bed. He lightly kisses her goodnight and leaves. When she wakes up there is a glass of orange juice and two Advil but no Christian. It’s the first time she experiences how tender he can be, but also how cold.

A: I love how instantly protective he is over her. They really do a great job of showcasing that in preview.

E: Exactly, moving on…

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer under the table

Over a series of scandalous shots we hear Christian tell Anastasia “I don’t do romance, my tastes are very singular. You wouldn’t understand.”

E: Now the good stuff!

A: Did you see how she squeezed her legs together and gave him that look! Hot damn!

E: All during a Grey family dinner too, my goodness! I think I started to blush. Side note, there should have been more Marcia Gay Harden in the preview. There should always be more Marcia Gay Harden.

A: I know! I can’t believe they only showed the back of her perfectly tamed coiffe! This scene get’s me really excited (ha-ha) for the benefit party in the second book….now that…is scandalous.

E: Elena hasn’t been cast yet right? I’m still holding out for Sharon Stone.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Low rise jeans red room of pain
E: I was too distracted by his shirt off and those beautiful lowrise jeans to notice that he’s in the Red Room of Pain.

A: Just found my new desktop background. Man, let’s just talk about how that is EXACTLY what I pictured when reading the book. HOT DAMN. I salute you Levi’s!

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer sweatpants

E: Speaking of low rise…

A: Praises be….

E: Gah, that look he’s giving her, it’s like he’s begging her ‘please love me.’ God, my heart just melted. Leave me alone and give me chocolate.

A: Where are they during this scene by the way?!

E: My guess is his bedroom.

A: I just imagined it to be more white…and airy…but it matches his broodiness. Also, did you notice the sweat?

E: Also also, I love the intimacy that’s hinted at here. She’s in a big t-shirt, he’s in sweats.

A: So very sexy…lets be honest.

Fifty Shades of Grey Red Room of Pain

E: “Enlighten me then.” Ask and you shall receive Miss Steele! Here we go…

A: Dakota nailed the reaction…sort of, “wtf” mixed with “hmmmmmm….?”

E: “Ohh great, this is your hobby…”

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Gif Red Room of PainSource

E: OH. MY. GOD.

A: *Gulps*

Laters, baby.

 

 

From your resident experts in all things sexyElizabeth Bond and Ashley Foster, thanks for reading!

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The Leftovers Series Premiere Recap – Am I Awake?

The Leftovers Poster Justin Theroux

So I realize that my opinion is not a popular one, but I really enjoyed HBO’s new series The Leftovers. While somewhat confusing, I thought it was a great pilot. There were several twists and turns, unanswered questions, and a small reveal that easily set the landscape for an interesting new show.

At the start of the hour, a distracted mother is at the laundromat with her crying baby. While on the phone, she straps her screaming child into the car-seat. The camera slowly zooms in on the baby, there’s a quick moment of peace like he sees something in the sky. He screams again and then silence. The mother turns around and her baby is gone, just gone. She gets out, looks around the car, searches the parking lot, then panicked, she starts screaming. A young boy nearby is yelling for his father while an abandoned shopping cart aimlessly rolls into a parked car. A speeding car, now driverless, slams into another car in the intersection down the street. Where did everybody go?

The show then jumps three years to Mapleton, New York where we learn that 2% of the world’s population, 140 million people, vanished on October 14th. The rest of the world is in this frightening purgatory, unsure of what happened or what it all means. On a similar note, I found myself asking throughout the episode, “what if it happens again?” Because of that paranoia, the pilot reminded me of ABC’s short lived (and greatly missed) series FlashForward, only if it was darker and sexier. FlashForward follows a global blackout in which the entire world loses consciousness for 137 seconds. During those seconds, people see what appears to be a vision of their own life approximately six months in the future. The similarities lie in the pandemonium the blackouts cause and the global uncertainty and confusion.  However unlike FlashForward, The Leftovers isn’t trying to explain why those people vanished. It’s more like a character study on grief.

Backing up to this purgatory situation… I found the religious undertones extremely interesting throughout the episode. Several times, characters asked why God did this or why He chose the people He chose. For example, Gary Busey? Really? The Book of Matthew describes a similar event in which “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” Recent Christian theology believes that this is the Rapture. It’s the first real occasion that the believers on Earth will rise to meet Jesus in the sky. It’s also the beginning of the Second Coming, which is a seven-year period where the “leftovers” are stuck in a type of purgatory. During this time there are wars, plagues, then the emergence of the anti-Christ before 1,000 years of peace under Christ’s renewed rule. If this is the case, things are just getting interesting in the fictional world of The Leftovers.

The viewers are immersed into this world through the eyes of one family. Let’s meet the Garveys.

The Leftovers  Justin Theroux Kevin Garvey

Papa Kevin Garvey, played by Justin Theroux (Jennifer Aniston, you are one lucky woman), is all kinds of messed up. As the police chief, he’s trying to find order in the chaos while dealing with the town’s most complicated citizens. He’s very apprehensive and hostile towards the town cult, Guilty Remnants (or GR). He’s trying his best with his teenage daughter but they both seem so plagued by grief and anger they can barely function. To make matters worse, it seems like Garvey has several hidden issues of his own.

In the beginning of the episode, Garvey is out for a run when he crosses paths with a dog. As he beckons the dog to come closer, the dog is shot by a neighbor who then speeds away. Garvey puts the dead dog in his trunk and gets ready for the day ahead. On his way to work, he stops by the address on the dog’s collar. While walking up the sidewalk he sees a buck stoically standing in the garden. The owner doesn’t want the dog, she says it disappeared with her husband three years ago. Garvey throws the collar in the trunk with the dog’s corpse and gets a call informing him he’s late for the meeting with the mayor to discuss Heroes Day. Later, Garvey is obviously dreaming (I say obviously because he’s driving in the dream and his daughter was last seen with his car) when he hits the buck. When he awakes, it is to a phone call saying that he’s late for the Heroes Day parade. As he’s leaving for the parade he finds that his kitchen is destroyed. Garvey doesn’t mention it to anyone at the parade. (Side note: The kitchen is traditionally perceived as the mother’s area within the home.) At the end of the episode, he once again almost runs over the buck but is able to stop. He gets out and they share a moment. “Were you in my house last night?” he asks the buck. A pack of dogs come running and begin tearing the buck to pieces. The shooter from earlier in the episode arrives, “Am I awake?” Garvey asks him. “You are now, aren’t you?” and they both empty their guns into the pack of wild dogs.

I’ve gone back and forth on this quite a bit. I think the dog was real. I think anything with the buck was a dream. Whenever he saw the buck, there was some type of lapse in time or miscommunication about when he needed to be somewhere. A few of my friends took the episode as all real but I feel like whenever a character has to ask “Am I awake?” he’s probably not. There’s really nothing I love more than an unreliable narrator (see Hannibal or Homeland). It adds an extra layer to the show’s complexity. Furthermore, towards the end of the episode when asked “where were you when it happened?” Garvey has a quick flashback to hot-and-heavy sex with someone who may or may not be his wife. If it isn’t his wife, who at this point we assume is one of the millions that have vanished, is his relentless guilt leading him on a dangerous downward spiral? Is the buck a symbol of his failed marriage?

The Leftovers Chris Zylka Tom Garvey

I’ll be honest, The Leftovers had me at “From the creator of Friday Night Lights” but I never thought I’d see Dillon-alum Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland) as a congressman in the premiere episode. Congressman Witten pays Tom Garvey (Kevin Garney’s son, we learn this after he repeatedly ignores his father’s phone calls) to drive him to an undisclosed location to meet a mysterious holy-man named Wayne. When Tom (Chris Zylka) drops the politician off at a ranch (where FNL creator himself, Peter Berg, is one of the guards) it’s clear that they’re not in Mapleton, New York. The pool at the ranch is surrounded by young, bikini-clad Asian girls. We meet one of them, Christine, who seems to have a small crush on Tom. It’s clear that Wayne’s not a huge fan of their friendship and requests that Tom stay the night so he and Wayne can have a special meeting. Later, Wayne enters Tom’s room carrying a knife. He warns Tom to keep his hands off Christine and then shares his own dream in which he believes something bad is coming. “The grace period is over, Tom,” says Wayne. “Time to go to work.”

The Leftovers Jill Garvey Margaret Qualley

The teenage daughter Jill (Margaret Qualley) is angry. During field hockey practice, she responds to basic rough play with a hard elbow throw, inevitably breaking the girl’s nose. Her coach let’s her off with a warning but not before asking if things are okay at home after what happened to her mother. Later, Jill and her friend Aimee convince Garvey to give them his car so they can go to a party. This is where things get interesting. At the party, they play a sadistic game of Spin the Bottle that includes options like Hug, Burn, Choke, and F—. Teenagers in a normal circumstance have little regard for their own mortality, post-October 14th they have even less. Why should they be concerned about consequences if God has supposedly already made His decisions? Jill gets stuck with Choke. She lays in bed with her partner, choking him as he masturbates while subtle tears fall down her face and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” plays over the scene.

Later, Jill is trying to leave the party when she discovers the dead dog in the trunk (leading me to believe that this one part is real). With the help of some guys from earlier in the episode, she buries the dog. We learn that most pets have lost it, they don’t know how to deal with this type of disruption and have gone wild. One of the guys points out that the “same thing is going to happen to us. It’s just taking longer.”

Amy Brenneman The Leftovers Laurie

Throughout the episode we are allowed to assume that the mother vanished on October 14th. It’s revealed towards the end of the episode that the matriarch of the Garvey family is actually Laurie (Amy Brenneman), an active member of GR. This means that she chose to leave her family and let’s face it, that’s so much worse. The GR aim to serve as living reminders of God’s power and that His judgement is upon us. They have taken a vow of silence, smoke a lot of cigarettes, and wear all white. They watch silently from a distance and protest any attempts to move past the events of October 14th. They are openly resented by the rest of the population.

We see Laurie in action as she stalks Meg (Liv Tyler) until Meg eventually retreats to the GR house like it’s a safe haven. I’ve gathered that Meg is a major character in the books, which I intend to read after Bittersweet, but she wasn’t very important for the pilot.

What did you think of The Leftovers? Was it too confusing? Were there not enough answers? Say we don’t find out why those people vanished, would you still watch? In other words, are the chaotic lives of these characters enough to bring you back every week? Let us know because we’ll be watching (but not in a creepy way like the GR).


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New Trailers for ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ ‘The Skeleton Twins’ and ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’

HAPPY TRAILER WEDNESDAY! Let’s dive in.

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

The guys are back. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the 2011 summer hit. Dale, Kurt, and Nick decide to act as their own bosses for a change and start their own business. When an outside investor pulls out of the venture, the guys decide to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom in order to regain control of their company. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also reprise their roles. Horrible Bosses 2 hits theaters November 26th.

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

After ten years apart, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) coincidently cheat death on the same day, leading them to reunite and deal with how messed up their lives have become. For Maggie, it means re-examining her marriage. For Milo, it means facing a heartbreak he never quite got over. It’s a darker comedy for these actors. Mostly I’m just excited for the lip syncing, dance-off to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” The Skeleton Twins hits theaters November 26th.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

I haven’t watched a trailer in a while that has made me go “whoa, this movie” at the end. It looks amazing. First of all, it’s got James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Secondly, the story. Not only is there a The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, but there is also a The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and a The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. All the movies tell the story of one couple’s relationship. Him is from his perspective, Her is from her perspective, and Them is a combination of the two as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew that may be too far gone. Sighhhhh.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them hits theaters September 26th.