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In the face of a potential lawsuit by Universal Studios, the producers of an adult film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey says the famous erotic books are public domain.

Smash Pictures, the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation, has been accused of copyright and trademark infringement, both of which it denies.

A Fifty Shades Book Cover

Smash now has responded to the suit with a counterclaim, stating that because the books were originally posted as online fan fiction, they're fair game.

According to the adult film company, Universal asserts "invalid and unenforceable" copyrights on the books by EL James (real name Erika Leonard Mitchell).

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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is reportedly set for a summer release.

Summer of 2014, but hey, what can you do. Let the anticipation build!

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Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Universal Pictures, says the studio has "prioritized" the film and wants to have it in theaters as "early" as summer 2014.

"I understand why some people might take that point of view that the film won't be here soon enough," the movie exec said, explaining the timetable."

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Chace Crawford would relish the role of Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey, and given his track record on Gossip Girl, he may have the chops to pull it off.

Guy knows a thing or two between the sheets is what we're saying.

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The former Gossip Girl star tells Fox 411 that he'd love the role:

“I would love the challenge ... I know that it is risque, and to be honest, anything to shake up from the way I have been going would be good,” he said.

“Hey, if they ask me to come and read, I would definitely do so."

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Mila Kunis may be the Sexiest Woman Alive, but rumors that she's pining to be sexed up in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie appear to be premature.

As premature as any guy who gets ... never mind.

Gorgeous Mila Kunis

A report from The Sun (UK) quoted the actress as saying she'd have a "good time" playing the racy role of Anastasia Steele in the wildly anticipated film.

The celeb gossip section of the tabloid claims Mila said "there are times you just want to do something fun because you're going to have a good time doing it."

Only one problem: She never talked to The Sun.

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Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Mila Kunis and Ryan Gosling? Probably not happening. Directed by Michael Bay? Definitely not happening in any universe.

Except YouTube, where fan-made parody trailers rule!

In the above spoof, Kunis and Gosling - both of whom have been among those talked about as ideal Fifty Shades of Grey movie stars - get it on. A lot.

But there's more to A Movie About Sex than just sex.

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In the never-ending online Fifty Shades of Grey movie casting game, Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, and Channing Tatum tend to dominate the guys.

Likewise, big names like Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Krysten Ritter and Lucy Hale are often whispered about as likely potentials for the female lead.

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A new name has emerged recently, however, and she's generating a lot of buzz in spite (or because) of the fact that she's less famous: Analeigh Tipton.

The America’s Next Top Model alum and Crazy Stupid Love star can be seen in the upcoming Warm Bodies, and said she'd be open to the sexy role.

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Fifty Shades of Grey has been huge for the sex business, toy and video style.

“Soft bondage is really hot now,” explained Rick Lockett, V.P. of Liberator, an Atlanta-based company that markets what it calls “bedroom adventure gear.”

Lockett said business has been booming in part due to the popularity of - what else - Fifty Shades of Grey - the hyper-sexual New York Times best-seller.

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The erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive relationship with a sexually adventurous businessman has sold millions of copies - and inspired its readers.

Not for its terrible dialogue, of course, but with the bedroom action.

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There's no question that the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey features some steamy bedroom scenes ... but just how steamy will the movie adaptation be?

Enough to warrant an NC-17 rating? Don't rule that possibility out.

Fifty Shades

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel reassures fans that all of those sex-driven scenes from the book - basically the entire book - will not be ignored for the film.

"We are 100 percent going there," Marcel said in a recent interview.

She then added. "It will be rated NC-17. It will be raunchy."

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We've been told that you Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, so maybe we shouldn't trust these casting rumors either ... but they're so much fun!

Krysten Ritter is the latest name generating buzz online as a candidate to play impressionable, nubile Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Ritter re-tweeted a fan's endorsement stemming from a celebrity news report that the 31-year-old actress was gunning for the role in the movie adaptation.

"Thanks! i would be down. ;) RT @JustMe_Toni: @50shadesclub between the two it should 100% be @Krystenritter," Ritter tweeted this week.

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It's been a very cushy year for the folks at Random House publishing thanks to author E. L. James, who created the insanely popular trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Maybe you've heard of it?

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Covers

Due to the massive success of the novels, Random House went above and beyond the standard holiday bonus and is giving each employee an extra $5,000.

Literary critics panned the novel as poorly written and labeled it as "mommy porn." Oh well, guess who's laughing all the way to the bank? Laters, baby.

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