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Dakota Johnson's innocent heroine Anastasia Steele is the focal point of the latest promotional photo for Fifty Shades of Grey, and it's a good one.

The image was released on Wednesday, September 10, in celebration of Ana's birthday and accompanied by the caption, "Happy Birthday, Anastasia. #FiftyShades."

Anastasia Steele Pic

As we saw in the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, Johnson is the protagonist, her brunette locks framing her face and her signature bangs just skimming her eyebrows.

The budding journalist holds a black pencil bearing the name Grey between her fingers, angled just so we can read the name of her future lover's corporation.

Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan, was the second man cast as the lead character in the adaptation of the best-selling books by E.L. James.

The role originally went to another handsome actor, but Charlie Hunnam had a nervous breakdown and had to back out, leaving the door open for Dornan.

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Did you think the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer was sexy, or unintentionally funny and awkward? Reactions were mixed online, though there's little doubt how these people feel.

A group of senior citizens known on YouTube as "The Elders" react to the trailer in the video below, and their feedback is as hilarious and cringe-worthy as you'd expect:

"Can't believe this was such a best-seller," one older fellow says.

"It just shows you how desperate the public is. Horny as hell!"

One of his female counterparts, however, gets sort of into it!

"Why is this your type of thing?" an interviewer asks the older woman regarding Fifty Shades of Grey and its emphasis on sensual play and bondage.

"I guess I'm just sexy and crazy!" she says.

One thing everyone can agree on here?

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Actor Charlie Hunnam recently spoke again on why he left the Fifty Shades of Grey movie last year, saying it was more than just scheduling conflicts at work.

"I wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't want to do it," Hunnam said, but he'd already committed to other roles, which gave him anxiety.

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"It was a really difficult time in my life. I had already been attached to Crimson Peak for about 14 months, which I said, I was going to do with Guillermo [del Toro]."

"[50 Shades of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson] and I just fell in love, creatively," Hunnam recalled. "We started talking about this thing and I just felt so excited."

"I fell in love with the character and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work: I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time."

Sadly for the Sons of Anarchy star, the way he works was his undoing.

"I was going to finish [filming] Sons at like 11 p.m. Friday, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal."

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None other than Kendall Jenner is reportedly under strong consideration for a role in the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.

Kendall Jenner on Bed With No Pants

According to Grazia magazine, she's already in talks with agents, and director Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood is a fan of the youngster.

Supposedly, the 18-year-old even had a meeting with Universal, the studio behind the project, and they were impressed with the reality star and model.

Taylor-Wood, according to inside reports, is "fascinated by her" and "expressed interest in her appearing in the first film" as well, "but it didn’t happen."

"Universal is also keen for Kendall to be involved in the sequel. They put in a call to her people and arranged a meeting last month, which went really well."

"It wouldn’t be a major role but would certainly be a foot in the door," however, "she’ll only sign on once Sam Taylor-Wood is confirmed as the director."

Kendall Jenner is going to turn down a part in Fifty Shades Darker if there's a new director for the sequel? Somehow we don't buy that little detail.

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Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey star and Academy Award winner? If you believe the screenwriter of the upcoming film, he should soon go by that name.

Jamie Dornan Shirtless Photo
Jamie Dornan modeling shirtless. This is the actor who got the part of Christian Grey. What do you think?

Kelly Marcel, who penned the upcoming Fifty Shades adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel, says Dornan's performance is, without a doubt, Oscar worthy.

"Apparently Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time," Marcel said, stealing a phrase from Fifty Shades. "Which is hard to do for an actor!"

Dornan's presence and versatility as the film's lead is so impressive that it deserves an award, according to Marcel, who added, "He's going to get an Oscar!"

It's hard to tell if she's serious, but she's clearly a big fan.

Marcel believes his turn as S&M-loving Christian Grey is powerful, nuanced and spectacular, she said during a Q&A on the Aslan's Writer's Room series.

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We have a feeling the Parents Television Council may have less of a problem with the following version of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer than they had with the original.

That's because it involves kittens.

Created by The Pet Collective, the footage features one cat acting as Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey and one cat acting as Dakota Johnson's Anastasia Steele. It also involves a lot of talk about abs.

It's both disturbing and hilarious. You can decide which reaction you have to the cute/weird teaser now:

Earlier this week, Fifty Shades of Grey combined with Frozen for a different kind of preview for the ages.

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The first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer was released last month, and it was either titillating, unintentionally funny or just plain vanilla, depending on your point of view.

This parody is none of the above, but darned if it isn't just as fun if not more to watch the Fifty Shades trailer audio layered over clips from the movie Frozen.

Christian Grey loves to let it go ... if you know what we mean!

(Let us know if you do, we're not sure that made any sense).

Middle-aged moms forced to watch Frozen for the 10 millionth time whilst daydreaming about Christian ransacking them can now experience both! Sort of!

Someone synced the visuals with the 50 Shades dialogue so perfectly, it's almost as if the Disney characters are animated versions of Christian and Ana.

Only unlike his Disney stand-in, Mr. Grey doesn't do romance.

The only clips that couldn't be reenacted with material featuring the icy fairy tale's hero and heroine were the brief snippets of Christian's red room of pain.

That's probably for the best. See below.

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More than a year and a half after the project was announced, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer hit the web last week, and it did not disappoint.

Well, unless you're an actual BDSM enthusiast, in which case you are probably LOLing at Christian Grey. But for the fans of the book? Gracious!

Whips and Handcuffs!
Christian prepares to WORK Ana like you'd expect in a marvelous GIF from the Fifty Shares of Grey trailer.

While certainly titillating on some level, the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer definitely brings the cheese factor, not dissimilarly to the source material by E.L. James.

Let's be honest: Even if you love the books, they aren't exactly literary masterpieces. Guilty pleasures, for darn sure, but heavy on the melodrama.

From what we've gleaned from this trailer, the movie looks like it will be no different when it hits theaters in February. Here's a scene-by-scene breakdown:

0:00: We first meet Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, an impressionable, innocent college graduate who interviews Christian for a newspaper and may or may not know what Google is.

0:12: "Mr. Grey will see you now," Christian's possible cyborg secretary tells Ana. Mr. Grey, meanwhile, stares out his window, brooding in contemplative silence.

0:25: Watching Christian pace around his office, Ana is clearly taken with this mysterious, powerful figure, commenting on how polite and intimidating he is.

0:40: Explaining that she's, like, so simple, Ana says, "Look at me." Christian replies, "I am." You have NO IDEA what he's thinking about doing to her, too.

0:52: The elevator doors close. Slowly, for added suspense.

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The Fifty Shades of Grey trailer earned a harsh rebuke by the PTC, which decried the sexual violence and mommy porn-packed teaser, but serious BDSM enthusiasts?

They're wondering where the good stuff is!

Whips and Handcuffs!
Christian prepares to WORK Ana like you'd expect in a marvelous GIF from the Fifty Shares of Grey trailer.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer gave us some glimpses of Christian Grey working Anastasia Steele like his personal plaything, it's still amateur hour to some.

Red Room of Pain? More like Red Room of Shame ... at least according to the Threshold Society, a BDSM/leather club in L.A. whose members were unimpressed.

Threshold members say there are tons of other books and movies that better reflect their lifestyle, and one of them quoted by TMZ actually called 50 Shades "vanilla."

The group's secretary, who must have a very interesting role, says Christian Grey might want to employ more of their specialties in the BDSM world.

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If you're still blushing from watching yesterday's first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson know where you're coming from.

They filmed all of those sexy moments, after all ... and it wasn't easy.

In a Today interview that followed the morning show's PTC-criticized 50 Shades unveiling, the stars dished on the "sexual acrobatics" required.

"The reality of it," said Dornan, is much different.

It may look sensual, but "there's a burly man you don't know very well three feet from your face ... which isn't how you usually have sex, [not] me, anyway."

Dakota Johnson deadpanned, "I do, a lot."

She kids, but "it's more about visually what our bodies look like and what we're doing," she clarified, "so it's more of like a dance. It's like acrobatics."

"Sexual acrobatics," Dornan laughed.

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