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Lady Antebellum's leading lady Hillary Scott has long been a fan of romance author Nicholas Sparks, especially the film made from his tearjerker novel, The Notebook. So when filmmakers asked for the band to write a song for a new film based on the Sparks novel The Best of Me, it was a no brainer. "To be able to write for one specific thing and to put ourselves into the story, because we really try to write from our own personal experience, was really cool," Scott says. "It's a really special, sweet story." The film follows the storyline of high school sweethearts, »
- Andrea Billups
Jack Huston is your new "Ben-Hur." The "Boardwalk Empire" star has been set to play the title role in MGM and Paramount's upcoming remake, according to Deadline. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is set to direct the epic film, in which Morgan Freeman was previously cast as Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. As we reported last month, Tom Hiddleston had previously been eyed for the lead role. Best known for his role as masked hitman Richard Harrow on the HBO crime drama, Huston has also appeared in a number of recent films including "American Hustle," "Kill Your Darlings" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away." Upcoming big-screen credits for the actor include "Posthumous" opposite Brit Marling, Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Longest Ride" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," an adaptation of the bestselling mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Based on the hugely popular 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
If there’s no official rule against James Marsden landing the girl in his movies, it sometimes seems like there is a conspiracy against him. The Notebook. Enchanted. Superman Returns. He’s always getting left standing, as the odd man out. He even got squeezed out of the X-Men films, and one of the rare occurrences where he actually ended up with the girl was 30 Rock, where he ended up with a Lemon. Clearly, he’s just not good-looking enough.
Well, it seems like he’s finally going to catch a break—in a Nicholas Sparks film, no less!
In The Best of Me, »
- Jeff Labrecque
So much has already happened this year on television — Broad City! True Detective! Orange Is the New Black! BoJack Horseman! — that it can be hard to fathom that a whole bunch of other amazing stuff is still on the horizon. More old shows return! More ongoing shows resume! More news about events requiring exclamation points to convey properly! It’s a TV bonanza, as you’ll see with this handy calendar Vulture has put together and will continually update that gives you intel on significant upcoming premieres, season finales, and other tube-ular events. As always, television is fickle and these dates could change, but for now, this is what the 2014 TV calendar looks like this September and beyond.Friday, September 12Z Nation (zombie drama) series premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy Saturday, September 13Deliverence Creek (Nicholas Sparks’s revenge drama), 8 p.m., LifetimeThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History (New from Ken Burns), 8 p. »
- Vulture Editors
The video layers lyrics over scenes from the movie, which follows two high school sweethearts who reunite after being separated for 20 years.
Marsden replaced original cast member Paul Walker in the movie, after Walker tragically died in a car accident in 2013.
The Best of Me will be released in the UK on October 15, and on October 17 in the Us. »
Lady Antebellum knows a thing or two about love songs, and they've offered up their talents to the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Best of Me.” The film hits theaters Oct. 17, but fans can get an extended peek at it in the music video for Lady Antebellum's single “I Did With You.” The lyric video places the message of the song over scenes from Sparks’ 2011 story of high school sweethearts torn apart by family and separated for 20 years. When they come together again at a funeral, the old sparks rekindle. See video: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan Give Love a. »
- Jason Hughes
I’m probably not the audience for Nicholas Sparks books and films, but it cannot be denied that he has a tremendous track record in both, given successes such as The Notebook (and its film adaptation), A Walk to Remember (and its film adaptation) and more. Those film adaptations of his books were on the big screen, but tonight he makes his television debut as executive producer of Deliverance Creek, airing 8pm Et on Lifetime. The two-hour movie comes from his Nicholas Sparks Productions. Deliverance Creek is not based on a Nicholas Sparks work, but does include the themes that fans … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) makes his television debut as executive producer of the two-hour Lifetime programming event Deliverance Creek (premiering on September 13th), a revenge drama centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War. Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, it sets off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive. It also stars Wes Ramsey, Yaani King, Caitlin Custer, Christopher Backus, Riley Smith, Katherine Willis, Christopher Baker, Skeet Ulrich, Barry Tubb and Joel Johnstone. During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the two-hour film, »
- Christina Radish
Including the release of his debut novel, The Notebook, in 1996, Nicholas Sparks has never published a book that didn’t become a best-seller, and nine of them have been adapted into movies. But for his television-producing debut, the author is overseeing someone else’s material: Melissa Carter’s Deliverance Creek. The Civil War–era revenge tale has been fashioned into a two-hour Lifetime movie starring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), and it is the first of five TV projects Sparks’s company has in the pipeline with cable networks. Two days before Deliverance Creek’s Saturday-night premiere, Sparks took a break from his busy schedule to chat with Vulture about his books, overcoming writer’s block, and the romance-lit capabilities of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.Deliverance Creek is a backdoor pilot, meaning it might still morph into a miniseries or something more. Does a green light for additional episodes hinge entirely on ratings, »
- Chris Serico
“Deliverance Creek” feels like a Franken-western, stitched together from pieces of previous movies. That’s not all bad, necessarily, but it does make this two-hour Lifetime pilot, bearing the stamp of hankie-waving producer Nicholas Sparks, about as tidy as a stable in the early going, drunkenly flitting around among multiple plots. Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is the anchor as a mother struggling to raise her kids during the Civil War, before her Confederate/outlaw brother, former lover and runaway slaves enter the picture. The Sparks connection might help the battle of launching the show, but greater coherence is needed to avoid losing the war.
Lifetime has done the project and potential viewers no favors, airing a series prototype as a “programming event.” The problem is that there’s no real ending, so the story doesn’t conclude so much as simply run out of time. It’s also a »
- Brian Lowry
Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an Ipo in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCorp buying Big Game for its new domestic distribution pipeline Red, and Rlj/Image acquiring the Thomas McCarthy-directed Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler.
Relativity has also been honing its own identity, and it made the first two deals of the festival, buying the completed picture The Woman in Black 2, and Kidnap, a thriller that Halle Berry will star in. Relativity chased the Chris Rock film Top Five and premiered two films here, Beyond The Lights and Hector And The Search For Happiness. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
After enjoying Ruba Nadda‘s Inescapable and hearing praise for Cairo Time I was intrigued by her latest effort, October Gale. For whatever reason Nadda doesn’t seem quite certain about what she wants from her plot. Is it a Nicholas Sparks love triangle for the middle-aged between a still grieving widow (Patricia Clarkson‘s Helen), the memory of her […] »
- Jared Mobarak
Exclusive: In a development that bodes well for the coming avalanche of acquisition titles that starts tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival, Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman In Black 2. That is the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe and was distributed in the U.S. by CBS Films. The sequel rights were controlled by Hammer and eOne, and the deal was brokered by CAA. The original grossed $54 million domestically and $128 million worldwide.
While buyers tell me they don’t see an obvious gotta-have-it title at Toronto like last year’s Can A Song Save Your Life, there is certainly an appetite for films that has been evident in festivals this year from Sundance to Berlin and Cannes. The Woman In Black 2 deal closed today, hours before Warner Bros opens the festival with the Robert Downey Jr-starrer The Judge. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Pacific Rim beefcake Charlie Hunnam and The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie are both in talks to star in The Mountain Between Us. An adaptation of the novel by Charles Martin, the movie will be directed by Paradise Now‘s Hany Abu-Assad for Fox 2000 pictures. By the sounds of the synopsis, it reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel mashed together with The Grey. Except there’s no wolves, sadly.
Hunnam is in line to play Ben, a doctor on his way home from a medical conference, and Robbie will play Ashley, a writer en route to her wedding. When the pair find themselves stranded at an airport after their plane suffers a malfunction, they opt to charter a plane. Unfortunately, their cunning plan to navigate around the foibles of fate goes downhill fast. The pilot of their charter suffers a heart attack mid-flight and they crash into a snowy mountain range. »
- Gem Seddon
Schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptations won't be going away any time soon. While none of them tend to move the cultural needle much, the modestly budgeted films have their audience and, occasionally, you'll get a rather sizable hit, like "Dear John." And most of these movies turn a buck, so there's really no deterrent to making more of them. The latest is "The Best of Me," featuring "True Detective" star Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as the leads, and rising stars Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato—who you’ll be seeing good things from soon we bet—as their younger selves. Directed by Michael Hoffman (“Gambit”), the latest trailer appears to follow the blueprint of these familiar heart-tugging weepies, but we suppose that's the point. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two »
- Edward Davis
Ever since the phenomenal success of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks’ novels have been hot property in the adaptation world. This year’s latest installment, The Best Of Me, will no doubt bring in (typically female) audiences, but I can’t help but cringe at the obvious resemblance between it and its predecessor.
Michelle Monaghan/Liana Liberato and James Marsden/Luke Bracey star as highschool sweethearts Amanda and Dawson. Separated for 20 years, the pair reunite only to find that their past feelings are still there. However, the forces that drove them apart still exist, with the couple having to overcome obstacles they thought had disappeared.
The dancing scene, the kissing in the rain…it all looks a little too familiar.
Source: YouTube »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures are moving up “Dracula Untold” by one week to Oct. 10 from its original Oct. 17 date. The genre film, which is hardly a horror movie, was slated to go to war with Brad Pitt‘s “Fury” and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Best of Me.” “Fury” will use its macho tank gun to target male audiences, while “The Best of Me” aims to corner the female market. “Dracula” also would've had to contend with critical juggernaut “Birdman,” the nationwide expansion of Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women & Children” and Fox's animated movie “The Book of Life.” Also. »
- Jeff Sneider
Relativity Studios has just released a special new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Best of Me - a romantic drama based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. Grammy-Award winning trio, Lady Antebellum, wrote (with Monty Powell) and recorded "I Did With You," a song inspired by the story in the film. Check out the trailer featuring a portion of "I Did With You", and look out for The Best of Me in theaters on October 17th!
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces »
Are you ready to fall head over heels for another Nicholas Sparks couple? The adaptation of The Best of Me is headed to the big screen on Oct. 17, this time with James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan playing a pair of reunited high school lovers. We have an exclusive look at some of the movie's pictures, which include Marsden looking supersexy and a shot of the younger versions of the characters getting steamy and shirtless. Enjoy! »
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