さて、ここ数か月間で大流行しているものと言えば、英国の女流作家E.L.ジェームズによる“官能小説”「Fifty Shades of Grey」が話題を集めています。しかし、この大流行に一番驚いているのは著者本人。というのも、本人によれば、彼女はこの小説を自身の愛読書の一つでもある「トワイライト」のような小説を作ろうとしたというのですから。同作は3部作の1作目で、大富豪の愛人となったヒロインが、着る服も何もかも彼の言いなりになっていくというストーリー。様々な要因で、この本はイギリス中の書店で売り切れ続出中！ 女性たちはこぞって本のサイン会に出向き、著者に会うためだけに何時間も並んだり、さらには「Fifty Shades of Grey」を模倣したパーティまで開催する始末。既に世界中で1,000万部以上のセールスを記録していますが、これもまだ序章のうちでしょう。先日には、何と本作の映画化をめぐって交渉が始まったことも発表されました。このセクシーでエロティックな小説の映画版で、一体誰がキャスティングされるか、気になります！
最後はこちらの話題。昨年行われた数々のライヴの中でも、最も大スケールのツアーであったケイティ・ペリーの「カリフォルニア・ドリームス」です。全てソールドアウトになったこのツアーに加え、ベストセラー・アルバムと映画のプロジェクトで、ケイティは昨年、4,400万ドルも稼ぎ出したようです！ そんなノリにのっているケイティですが、7月5日（現地時間）には『Katy Perry：Part of Me』と題した映画の公開を控えています。さらに、彼女は自身のレコードレーベルを始動するとの発表も。このスーパー・ポップ・スターの勢いはまだまだ止められません！
（原文） Hi everyone!! Everyone in the U.S. is getting ready for one of the biggest holidays...the Fourth of July...which brings LOTS of picnics, BBQs, and fireworks! It is also a time for us to hit the beach and enjoy the sun and surf! And of course many of Hollywood's most beautiful bodies have recently been seen worshipping the sun, including Megan Fox, Rihanna, the Jonas Brothers, Halle Berry, etc.
Another sign of summer is SUMMER LOVE! And it seems that there are two new super couples developing in Hollywood...one of them is "Black Swan" actress Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher!! Mila and Ashton have been friends for years, ever since they starred together in the hit television series "That 70's Show", but they have never dated. Well, over the last few months, there have been many signs indicating that the two were becoming more than friends...including the two going on a little getaway picnic, Mila being seen leaving Ashton's place in the morning...and most recently the two went on a cruise together in Hollywood!
Another very interesting couple that has recently sprout up is actor Bradley Cooper and Scarlet Johannson! These two were in the feature film "He's Just Not That Into You" and have remained friends until recently. But it seems that things are heating up pretty quickly, because the couple was seen at Wolf Gang Puck's in Bel Air and they were totally wrapped up in each other, with Bradley telling Scarlet jokes, and her laughing at them and flipping her hair and working her charm on him. Then when Scarlet excused herself to go to the ladies room, Bradley stood up as she left and when she returned!! What a gentleman! No wonder he has been able to charm many of Hollywood's most beautiful women over the past several years! We will have to wait and see how this new romance does...maybe it will last past the summer!
One of the biggest trends over the past few months has been the "erotic fiction" book "Fifty Shades of Grey", written by British E.L. James. The whole thing has come as a HUGE surprise to the author, since according to her, she was "just trying to make a book similar to "Twilight" (which is one of her favorite book series). "Fifty Shades of Grey" is the first installment of a trilogy about a woman who becomes a mistress to a very wealthy man and has to do and wear whatever her lover tells her to. And for some reason this book has been selling out in bookstores throughout the nation! Women everywhere have been going crazy and going to book signings and waiting for hours just to meet the author, and starting "Fifty Shades of Grey" themed-parties. Well, the book has now sold well over 10 million copies worldwide, and it looks like the phenomenon is just starting. And recently it has been announced that the movie rights were being negotiated...it shall be interesting to see who will be cast in the film version of this sexy and erotic book!!
Last but not least, one of the biggest tours last year was the Katy Perry "California Dreams" tour. In fact, with her sold-out tour, best-selling album and movie projects, it seems that Katy made $44 million in 2011!! Well, now she has a concert movie coming out on July 5th called "Katy Perry: Part of Me" AND she also has announced plans to start her own record label!!! It seems that there is NO stopping this pop superstar!!