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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Fans Dig Through Trash For Possible Film Details

Odds are if you’ve known a woman in the past year, you’ve known someone who read “Fifty Shades of Grey”. And now that the film’s screenplay is being written, it’s becoming obvious that certain fans are just as obsessed as they were when they first read those dirty, dirty pages.

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Odds are if you’ve known a woman in the past year, you’ve known someone who read “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  And now that the film’s screenplay is being written, it’s becoming obvious that certain fans are just as obsessed as they were when they first read those dirty, dirty pages.

In a new interview with Style Magazine, “Terra Nova” writer Kelly Marcel, who has been hired to pen the screenplay, is saying that fans are so rabid, they’ve been searching through her garbage for any hints of a script!

Marcel says that she’d usually print the latest draft to send to Universal Pictures’ executives, but had to stop that recently when she found out about the dumpster diving: 

“There are shredders arriving at my house at this moment, because in LA my trash was gone through – seriously, people are rabid about this thing,” she told Style magazine.

So besides the obvious question of who will be playing Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, you have to ask…is this much effort worth it, or should we all just read the book and be happy?

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Teacher Goes Viral For Sharing Favorite Children’s Books That Discuss Racism

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Reading has never been more fundamental.

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more the protests against police brutality and racial injustices have officially spread across the entire United States and even to nations around the globe. The protests have brought a lot of questions about race and racism to the surface leaving a lot of people wondering how they can become more educated on the subject. Luckily, an inclusive pre-kindergarten teacher named Brittany Smith tweeted a list of recommended reading to teach children more about race and racism.

The Twitter thread showcases over 25 books and has already been liked over 400,000 times and retweeted over 200,000 times. Talking to Buzzfeed Brittany said “I work with a diverse array of students from all backgrounds, and — as a black woman myself — I know the importance of representation and diversity within the classroom. Creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students means having representation, acknowledging and celebrating differences.”

We are incredibly lucky to have people like Brittany in the world who are educating the next generation to help insure this country is growing in the right direction. To see the entire list and to follow Brittany on Twitter click here.

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Melody Balthaser On Her New Book “Seeking Sophie.”

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Seeking-Sophie-CoverMelody Balthaser, author, mother, (and my sister-in-law!) just released her new book “Seeking Sophie.” Set in a lighthouse, the story is all at once suspenseful, romantic, thrilling and inspiring. I was proud to be able to talk to her about the story, and her own personal journey in publishing it.

PGTW: So what is the book actually about?

Melody: This book is about a young woman finding her place in a male dominated nineteenth-century world. It is a struggle between the desire for independence and belonging. – A common theme in my writing 🙂 

And what’s the message?  

The message throughout the book is that no matter what the situation looks like there is always hope. 

I’m always fascinated by the journey – the internal one – that it takes to form and write a story. You’ve been kind of fascinated by lighthouses for a while, now, I know… tell me how this all came together….

It sounds funny but this story just began to take shape in my mind. Characters came alive and took up residence in my brain and the story unfolded over the next few years! I had read a little harlequin romance about a lighthouse keeper whose wife died suddenly and he had to row ashore and find a wife immediately. Lighthouses and the mystic surrounding them have always fascinated me so it was a perfect setting for my story.    

What about Maine inspired you to set the scene here?
 
It parallels life with its contrasts between rocky coastline, frigid ocean, gnarled coastal spruce and soft tangerine sunrises, wildflowers and blueberry bushes. I especially love the scent of pine mixed with salty, sea air!

Mel SmileDid you always suspect how the story would unfold? Did you always know how it would go?

No, I began to write it immediately but it took many years to develop as I was busy with a family and had no real aspirations of becoming an author at that time.

What do you ultimately hope that people take away from it?

I hope that people realize how much God loves them and that His plans for them are excellent! I also want people to be inspired to be tenacious and courageous in living out their lives.

This is obviously a labor of love for you – so in addition to knowing the story in the book itself, I’m dying to know your own story of evolution – how does it feel to accomplish such an amazing thing? To me, being an author, publishing a book – is a dream and such a big deal! What does it feel like?

I have always envied people who know exactly what they wanted to be from an early age. I, on the other hand, felt like a butterfly flitting from one flower to another as I tried different careers. I never knew I had a gift for novel writing. At bookstores, I would gaze at the books lining the shelves and wonder what it would be like to have my name on the cover.

I love it!! What has been the most surreal or ‘pinch me’ moment since the book has come out?

Holding my first copy of Seeking Sophie and laying in bed reading it just like I had done with so many other novels over the years. This one had my name on the cover!

I can imagine!! I also happen to know you have a husband and three kids and a job and church activities you’re involved in – so how did you find the time to do this?

I’ve come to the conclusion that every phase of life has it’s challenges and I’m constantly trying to find focus and prioritize my activities. I love early mornings when my family is still sleeping and the only sound is the gentle trickling of our fish tank. I pour myself a strong cup of coffee and step into the minds of my characters.

What message would you give to other women (and moms) who have a dream of becoming an author?

Becoming an author takes determination to see your story through to the ending and stay with the process of critiques and editing and publication. You have to do the hard work but in the end it takes submitting it to God and allowing Him to open the right doors in His perfect timing.

I’m so happy for you!!!

Purchase your own copy of Seeking Sophie on Amazon, or at the Crossriver media website!

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Casting Schmasting: Gilbert Gottfried Should Play Christian Grey (VIDEO)

Remember this hilarious video where Gilbert Gottfried does the audio book for ’50 Shades of Grey’? It’s hilarious. Enough of the uproar about casting the roles in the movie. Gottfried is clearly the man for the job.

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Gilbert GottfriedRemember this hilarious video where Gilbert Gottfried does the audio book for ’50 Shades of Grey’?  It’s hilarious. Enough of the uproar about casting the roles in the movie. Gottfried is clearly the man for the job.

This video first went viral back in May – but it’s well worth another listen… unless you don’t like racy adult romance. WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE

For more viral videos, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter! 

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