Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Original Video + Marcia Gay Harden's Interview
WATCH: @hodakotb talks all things #FiftyShadesDarker with @MGH_8 and helps her act out a hilarious scene! pic.twitter.com/TcXwpOIl8v— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 31, 2017
Interview translated by us
If the books were a success, the movies have taken millions of people around the world to absolute thrill. The relationship of Christian and Ana is distinguished by being passionate and full of conflicts, but with an unusual magnetism. If we believed that in the second part of the trilogy the two would fix their problems and happiness would arrive, surprised: there is still more drama.
Not only do we refer to their relationship, but we also meet Elena Lincoln (played by the great Kim Basinger), the woman who seduced Christian when he was only 15 and introduced him to the world of sadomasochism (it definitely gives a new meaning to knowing the ex of your boyfriend). There is jealousy, attraction, but the desire continues to overflow (the elevator scene we saw in the trailer will not let us lie).
It was a hot day in Los Angeles when we interviewed the two characters. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan conveyed a sense of complicity and kept smiling at all the questions (and completing each other's sentences). Want to know what's new in the lives of your characters? That's what they told us about the new movie:
The day we were waiting for finally arrived: the premiere of Fifty Shades. How did Ana's and Christian's relationship develop?
Jamie Dornan: The story of the second film begins four days after what happens at the end of the first one (when Ana leaves Christian and everything is uncertain). Despite the little time that has passed, they have already begun to feel the changes and adjustments in the relationship. On that occasion, everything is focused on developing them as a couple, wherever they go, even why they started.
Dakota Johnson: Wow, I'm surprised how well you summed it up! (laughs) There is already growth. The first movie focuses on how they are challenging each other and try to understand what each one feels, which is something complex in both their worlds. Who they are, what they want...but eventually they know they were meant for each other. In this second film, they accept that it is love, something undeniable and very fierce. I think they become one, they would do anything to protect the relationship...and each other. New things come.
Now is there certainty? In Fifty Shades of Grey, the two are intense and had many doubts about the situation.
Jamie: It definitely has! Especially for Christian. There are some aspects that should change and that benefit them. This evolution of which we speak is necessary for the relationship to last, since it involves sacrifices and giving priority to approximation. Yes, I believe it's a change for the better. Ana is a powerful woman and the process must revolve around that.
Something that this trilogy revolutionized was the way in which we speak of eroticism, almost in a more open way for women (more liberating). Being the main characters, do you think you are setting a standard, in a way?
Jamie: Wow...I think it's a dangerous thing to try to tell an audience how they should feel when they read a book or watch a movie. Finally, art is subjective and when we are spectators we take things that we identify with, like and make noise to us, and then we reflect about it. It is a lot of responsibility to say that we are changing all this, but it is good to think that people adopt this concept or at least change a few perspective.
Dakota: In itself, the film has other things in its content, not only the erotic atmosphere. Personal relationships, how they face things, etc. These kinds of phenomena are a worldwide sensation because they can finally be seen on the big screen! The whole erotic theme is portrayed in a positive and fair way, it does not tip the scale to one side or take everything to the extremes. If women see this movie and feel inspired to be stronger, free and to say what they really want, to defend their tastes, and even to be comfortable with their bodies and sexuality, I think it's a good thing! I like this way.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Pati Dubroff on Natalie Portman (Dior) and Dakota Johnson
Number of V.F. Hollywood covers: My first was in 2002, and this makes it my fifth time! Secret makeup weapon: For both ladies, I prepped the skin with Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Masks by 111 Skin and also used my handy facial-massage tools.
Secret weapon in general: Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter pens for luminous brightness around eye area.
Favorite features on the stars: [For] Natalie, who is fiercely intelligent and politically aware, I love to enhance her golden-brown eyes with a tiny flick of liner on outer corners. Playing with bronze and golden tones can really bring out the gold in her eyes. Dakota is this delicious combination of sweet and badass, and it’s all about her lips—giving them subtle definition with a shade close to her natural lip tone.
Mark Townsend on Dakota Johnson
Number of V.F. Hollywood covers: I’ve assisted on many of the Hollywood covers in the late 90s, but this is my first Hollywood cover on my own.
Secret hair weapon: It’s no secret—I can't go a day without Dove Dry Shampoo, for volume. It’s the only product I used on her hair for the cover shoot!
Secret weapon in general: I am able to achieve such great texture and movement in the hair with R Sessions Pro Tools Tidal Waver. It’s a double-barreled iron that creates loose bends in the hair.
Favorite features on the star: Every day I work with Dakota Johnson is my favorite day!
WATCH: “Through reading and doing… sometimes.” @E_L_James tells @hodakotb about finding inspiration for @FiftyShades #FiftyShadesDarker pic.twitter.com/Bqhh5Mm9c5— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 30, 2017
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The interview will be on air next Monday 6th, 2017.
See Dakota and Jamie's Interview for "Fifty Shades of Grey" in 2015
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Director James Foley:
Translated by EDJ:
"Fifty Shades Darker is a psychological drama with a strong erotic tension & elements inclined to destroy the couple creating some sort of thriller.
Shooting a love scene is very personal, it’s about the director’s taste, because everyone has its own. I took the cue from my personal experience & fantasies. For every scene, I had prepared storyboard, to see if the scenes looked sexy. Thankfully, once the movie was completed, we’ve tasted it on some people – especially women - and the reaction was positive.
I’ve tried to inspired myself with the movies that I consider the most sensual, like Last Tango in Paris and Don't Look Now. And then I’ve tried to share my view with the actors. The toughest scene & the one I’m mostly proud of, is in Christian’s Red Room. It wasn’t easy to put Jamie & Dakota in the right state of mind to fake the intimacy of such a wild love scene in front of the crew."
Translated by us:
The director of the first film, Sam Taylor-Johnson, did not return to direct the sequel. Has this change had an impact on your work?
Jamie: The change has brought a whole new energy. We've been lucky; If we had taken the wrong director, I do not know what would have happened, because Dakota and I really attached to Sam Taylor-Johnson. James Foley is a very different person, but he worked endlessly. The first film was a success, he wanted to honor what had been done. And anyway, it's never easy when you get into a boat that's already gone without you. Jimmy is a great pro, his work on House of Cards was exceptional.
How important was the chemistry with Dakota for this movie?
Jamie: Quite important. The chemistry between the actors is very important for any movie, but for Fifty Shades is the key, and Dakota and I needed to have the capacity to click with one another instantly. Luckily, we’ve found each other because I am the only one who knows what she has been through and she knows exactly what I have been through. Between us there is a mutual respect, we are good friends. On set, we often made jokes, something that is really essential when we were dealing with an intense material like this one. The story gets us into some uncomfortable places, especially for her, who is often in vulnerable situations and she's naked; In those moments, humor helps a lot.
In 2015, E. L. James published a fourth book of the saga: Grey. Is there any chance we'll see you in a movie after the trilogy?
Jamie: Dakota and I signed for three movies that we have already done, so our contract is over. Unless they decide to make another movie, we're done.