Fifty Shades of Grey with another shade of Mr Grey

It’s been well reported this week that relative unknown British novelist EL James has done spectacularly well in the US bestseller lists with her erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.  It hasn’t been widely published in the UK, so I have only read the synopsis, however I couldn’t help but notice the parallels to another Mr Grey.

Given the similarities, I would be surprised if Secretary short story writer Mary Gaitskill hasn’t read this without some scrutiny.


Rare James Spader films on UK TV

UK viewers have a great opportunity to catch two lesser known, but excellent films starring James Spader.

The first is A Killer In The Family (1983) showing on True Movies (Sky 321) on Tuesday 13th March at 5pm or Wednesday 14th March at 7pm.

Eric Stoltz and James Spader in A Killer In The Family

Spader stars alongside legendary Robert Mitchum in a true story of three brothers convinced to break their father out of jail and go on the run. Spader plays the elder brother Donny. Eric Stoltz also appears.

A Killer In The Family is quite an unsettling film but it is worth watching to see Spader and Stoltz starting out opposite a major actor from another era.

Next up – CBS Action (Sky 148) is showing The Pentagon Papers (2003) on Saturday 17th March at 6pm. Here, James Spader portrays Daniel Ellsberg who leaks US government classified information about the Vietnam War to the press, closely mirroring today’s Wikileaks scandal. Claire Forlani, Alan Arkin and Paul Giamatti provide an excellent supporting cast.

Claire Forlani and James Spader in The Pentagon Papers

Make sure you set your Sky+!