'Fifty Shades Darker': Franchise's biggest fans attend Q&A with author EL James

The world's biggest "Fifty Shades" fanatics assembled at The Whitby Hotel in New York City on Thursday for an exclusive event featuring an appearance by best-selling author EL James.

The "Live Like Ana" cocktail party allowed fans of the franchise to get makeovers by "Fifty Shades Darker" makeup head Rosalina Da Silva, be waited on by masked men from ManServants.co and watch an advanced screening of the Unrated Edition of "Fifty Shades Darker," out on Blu-ray and DVD May 9.

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Also on hand? Costumes by the film's costume designer, Shay Cunliffe, chains and whips from the film's sexiest scenes and a live reading of the original book by one of the waiters.

See photos from inside the event:

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"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
"Fifty Shades Darker" screening and Q&A with author EL James at The Whitby Hotel in New York City.
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After the cocktail parties, attendees were treated to a question and answer session by author EL James, who answered some of the fans' burning questions about filming "Fifty Shades Darker," her involvement in the films and, of course, what she's working on now.

Watch the full Q&A session with "Fifty Shades" author EL James:

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