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'Fifty Shades of Grey' coming to the Berlin film festival

In a move that kind of makes Germany's prestigious Berlinale seem kind of desperate, "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be celebrating its international premiere at the 65th annual edition of the film festival, programmers announced this week. The press release even goes so far as to call the roles of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steel (Dakota Johnson) "iconic." Guys, come on. This is soft-core S&M porn originally written as fan fiction for "Twilight," an already pretty terrible book series. I know everyone likes to make money, but can we stop pretending this movie is something it's not? Anyway, the festival also announced that they'll be screening the film only once, meaning either they're really trying to build up excitement around it or they're secretly embarrassed about screening it at all. I'm going with the latter.

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