No Grey area

They did the research so you don't have to: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that sex scenes make up only 20 percent of "Fifty Shades of Grey." You know who's not happy with that statistic, besides a lot of middle-aged ladies? Author E.L. James, who reportedly had "multiple screaming matches" with director Sam Taylor-Wood about the trims that had to be made in order to secure an R rating. "It was difficult, I'm not going to lie," Taylor-Wood said. "We definitely fought, but they were creative fights." Word is that James did prevail on the film's ending.

Big Mike

Michael Keaton is looking at starring as McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc in "The Founder." … Three of George R.R. Martin's short stories will be combined into the movie "In the Lost Lands," starring Milla Jovovich. … "American Sniper" has been pulled from Iraqi theaters. … Oscar nominee Felicity Jones will star in the stand-alone "Star Wars" movie directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla"). … The producers of "John Wick" say they're working on a sequel. … Jake Gyllenhaal will star in Antoine Fuqua's Colombian drug drama "The Man Who Made It Snow." … Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks star in Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon."

She's baaack

Sarah Palin will make an appearance on the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special Feb. 15. … Ava DuVernay ("Selma") is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey to produce the drama series "Queen Sugar" for the OWN network. … Neve Campbell will have a recurring role in the second season of NBC's summer series "Welcome to Sweden." … AMC is developing "Fast Boys," set in the nascent fast-food industry of the 1940s. … Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") is developing the 1970s music scene series "The Get Down" for Netflix.

Spreading the love

Might this year be the first since the slate was expanded from five that every best picture nominee wins an Oscar? The oddsmakers at Gold Derby say it could happen, as seven of the eight films are favorites in at least one category and "American Sniper" is running neck-and-neck with "Whiplash" in sound mixing.

CYNTHIA DICKISON