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Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Gets Release Date

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Let the countdown begin. "Fifty Shades of Grey," the movie, has a release date.

Focus Features announced on Thursday that the film, based on the book by E L James, will hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

Sam Taylor-Johnson was recently tapped as director of the film. She previously directed "Nowhere Boy," which chronicled the early years of Beatle John Lennon.

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The screenplay for the movie was adapted by Kelly Marcel, who wrote the Fox television series "Terra Nova."

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (both producers of "The Social Network") are producing the film.

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No actors have been announced for the lead roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

-- Jolie Lash

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