Sex. Power. Control. Romance. Submission. What turns you on…?

These are the themes explored in the highly anticipated psycho-sexual-thriller — ’50 Shades of Grey’ — starring Dakota Johnson & smouldering Brit (Irish — if it matters) actor, Jamie Dornan.

Based on the hit book trilogy by female Brit author E.L. James, ’50 Shades’ aims to please as it takes us on an emotional & sexual journey…lauded to awaken the deepest, darkest, desires we all hide.

As it slinks into theatres over Valentine’s Day weekend, WHY Universal decided to street this film on Friday the 13th leaves ME, for one, quite curious…

So…IF you haven’t yet seen the trailer…and IF, you, too, are curious…here it is. ‘Laters, Baby.’

‘Les Mis’ Gets a TELENOVELA (!) — by Trace De La Torre

Aracely Promo  Start spreading the news…Les Mis is getting a Telenovela starring critically acclaimed Mexican Actress — Aracely Arambula!

Telemundo is adapting Victor Hugo’s French classic, “Les Misérables”, bringing it to Primetime Latin American TV audiences and sure to be another smash hit.

I know I’M EXCITED!                                                    

The announcement came yesterday — appropriately at the annual MIPCOM in Cannes — happening this week.  For those of you not ‘in the know’ as to what MIPCOM is — it’s the Cannes Film Festival made-for-TV — a trade show where TV distributors from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East markets showcase and shop around their latest projects for distribution deals.

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Marcos Santana — President of Telemundo Internacional — said at Cannes, “We are very proud of this project, which is another brilliant production that will carry our brand, and we anticipate it will have excellent result.  Telemundo is the only Spanish-language company that leads in this type of melodrama-genre offered for international markets.”

Miles ahead of the competition, Telemundo has already started pre-production of Les Mis with — Valentina Parraga — (“La Patrona” and “La Reina Del Sur”) who is adapting the French classic into Spanish.

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Production will be entirely set in M e x i c o where plenty of French, breathtaking scenery, architectural, and cultural influences remain from years of French colonization during the mid-1800’s — and where currently, French people make up the 4th largest immigrant community (approx. 10,000) after Americans, Lebanese, and Spaniards.

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The Spanish translated — “Los Miserables” — takes place in present-day Mexico with spotlights on social injustices and the universal theme of good versus evil.

Arambula will play against-type, in a gender-bending role (inspired byJean Valjeanthe protagonist in Hugo’s Les Mis) as a courageous woman wrongly accused of a crime she did not commit; forced into hiding from her family in order to evade her pursuer.

Joshua MintzExecutive VP of Fiction Programming & General Manager of Telemundo Studios — has said of “Los Miserables”,  “Soon, we look forward to announcing the full cast of this production, as well as the directors, producers and team members that will have a part in its success.”

I, for one — am BEYOND excited for this production to hit the small screen — it will be an extremely successful venture for Telemundo — whose recent programming choices have been right on the mark with worldwide audiences — and ME.

!VIVA Telemundo!   

FILTH is Good! Tops ‘Trainspotting’ by Trace De La Torre

Filth 11 RAT! It’s hard to believe there could ever be a film that tops Danny Boyle’s 1996 ‘Trainspotting’ as far as unapologetic FILTH goes — but Director Jon S. Baird’s ‘Filth’ does just that in his current film release starring Scottish actor James McAvoy.

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Recently preemed in Edinburgh on Sept. 27th — Scottish audiences showed up in force at theatres knocking out cult classic ‘Trainspotting’ (starring Ewan McGregor) numbers  — $150,000 ($94, 460 in 1996 money) — by nearly double on its opening weekend earning $250,000 at the Scottish Box Office.

Filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow, ‘Filth’ probes the deteriorating psyche of a damaged man who completely loses his moral compass.

Adapted from the novel by the same name and penned by Scottish writer  — Irvine Welsh — (also penned ‘Trainspotting’) ‘Filth’ sees James McAvoy play against type as depraved Police Officer — Bruce Robertson — indulging in the basest of pleasures — cocaine, alcohol, sexual abuse, mind games — in order to better his chances of winning a much sought after promotion to Detective Inspector and to fill the void left after his wife abandons him, taking their child with her.

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Left to console himself with all these blind, pure, unadulterated pleasures, Bruce fully channels his Machiavellian energy into scheming and undermining the competition at work who set out to solve a racially charged murder case in which Bruce may or may not have played a role in.

Despising his colleagues, Boss, and obsessed with his wife, in time it becomes more evident that Bruce is a drug addicted socio-path suffering from Bipolar Disorder whose mental decline leads to an ultimate breakdown that exposes a twist ending to this sordid tale.

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Also starring Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, and James’ sister — Joy McAvoy — taking a turn as ‘Estelle’ — Filth’ definitely packs a punch.

With no American distributor — YET — early rave reviews predict high box office earnings this weekend when it hits the rest of UK screens — TOMORROW — Oct. 4th.

The depravity of Bruce’s character is bound to make you squirm in your seat — you have been warned.

Here’s a look at the Trailer: