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A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life — on dry land — in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive acolyte drawn into his web. The directorial debut of veteran Italian actor Andrea di Stefano (“The Prince of Homburg,” “Eat Pray Love”), “Escobar” offers and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming. Pickled up during production by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Radius, this smarter-than-average genre pic (scheduled for a Nov. 26 release) could prove a robust performer in niche theatrical and VOD play, especially if it connects with the large and underserved Latino moviegoing crowd.
It’s fitting that Di Stefano took pause to note the presence of Francis Coppola in the audience for the film’s Telluride world premiere, since one needn’t look too hard to see the lipstick »
- Scott Foundas
Any young adult movie that arrives in cinemas with the phrase “based on the bestselling novel” pasted on the poster below the image of a young starlet is going to be greeted with a certain level of suspicion. What is it this time? Vampires? Werewolves? Zombies? If I Stay might separate itself from its peers by not actually being set in a fantasy world (as such), but the genre’s preoccupation with tragedy and death still engulfs the film.
Chloe Moretz, who’s a perplexing choice for the film from the start, plays teen cello progeny Mia, who is forced to choose between life and death when her family get into an horrific car accident. Her excursions in limbo/the hallways of the hospital she and her family were brought to »
“The Fault In Our Stars” producers could have another hit on their hands this summer — and this time, the boys may join in.
That’s quite an impressive feat–not just because the U.S. box office is having its worst summer in nearly a decade, but also because both males and females are saying they will buy tickets, which is unusual for a Ya book adaptation. Even action-driven projects like “The Hunger Games” started out with women outpacing men in desire to see the film. And while the “Maze Runner” books are nowhere near as popular as “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” appealing to both genders could help the studio launch a movie franchise with the story of a boy whose memory is erased and »
- Alexandra Cheney
We’re in that fuzzy, transitional period where a film edges from vapourware status to reality in the evolution of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. With Scott Derrickson confirmed to direct, the casting rumours for the title character have been flying thick and fast, with fingers pointed at various known quantities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and, during Comic-Con, Joaquin Phoenix, who was reportedly in early talks. The latest name to add to the list? Jack Huston.While he may not be as well known as some of those above, Huston’s hardly a newcomer. He’s been paying his dues for several years on screens both big and small, appearing in Boardwalk Empire, Factory Girl, Kill Your Darlings and last year’s American Hustle. He’ll next be seen in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride and recently won the role of Mr. Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. »
Should we brace for ABC to greenlight Keeping Up With the Houghs before Labor Day?
Hot on the heels of Derek Hough joining Season 3 of the network’s drama Nashville for a multi-episode arc, his sister Julianne appeared Thursday on Good Morning America to confirm the widespread rumor that she’s returning to Dancing With the Stars as a fourth judge for the show’s upcoming 19th season.
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The crime thriller will debut on Oct. 31, as opposed to Oct. 17, when it was set to debut against the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Best of Me,” animated comedy “The Book of Life” and the Brad Pitt World War II film “Fury.”
Open Road didn’t give a reason for the shift, but last week Sony Pictures pushed the release of “Fury” up a month, pitting it head-to-head with “Nightcrawler.” Both films would have been pitched at similar adult audiences and that weekend was looking awfully crowded.
In its new slot, “Nightcrawler” has more breathing room. It will vie for attention with two limited releases, the Nicole Kidman thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” and the Daniel Radcliffe horror film “Horns.”
- Brent Lang
What If, 2013
Directed by Michael Dowse
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
In a market that is becoming extremely saturated, some filmmakers amongst the crowds of many trying a make a romantic comedy have now played a new trump card: the quirky card. With the said card, it allows characters to become a little more accessible, a little more relatable and a little more nuts. But despite its success as a rom-com sub-genre, the “quirk” has jumped the shark a little, and like the words “from Nicholas Sparks” has become far to commonplace. The latest on the conveyor belt, What If, »
- Scott Davis
For his first TV venture, superstar romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) saddles up to executive produce a Civil War Western with a feisty female in the crosshairs. The Lifetime movie (and backdoor pilot) Deliverance Creek (airing Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8/7c) stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as widowed mother Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who turns outlaw to protect her family and land from corrupt bankers.
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- Ileane Rudolph
Paramount has locked U.S. distribution on period fantasy adventure The Moon And The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality as he captures and tries to steal the lifeforce of a mermaid, a quest complicated when his daughter befriends the creature. William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan also star in the film helmed by Soul Surfer‘s Sean McNamara, which Paramount has slotted for April 10 against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic (Coraline) brought the pic to Paramount and produced alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell. Script is by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Mechanic, and Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe is handling international sales.
- Jen Yamato
Above is the trailer to The Best of Me, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation taking aim at your tear ducts with extreme prejudice. Sparks' work tends to be either serious romance for teens or mature couplings between older people, but here, you're getting a twofer: the story begins at youth, then eventually skips ahead 21 years. A little something for everyone, really, in one of the projects Paul Walker tragically left behind before his passing. That's James Marsden as the very Nicolas Sparks-sounding Dawson Cole, who is working on an oil rig after spending a whole bunch of time behind bars. Marsden took this role over for the late Walker, who was originally slated to appear in this and Agent 47 before his untimely death. And as far as looks, it's a lateral move: both are super good looking guys, and neither looks like they're actually in their forties. Marsden at »
Levin comes to the company from Valhalla Entertainment, where she was senior VP of television for the last year. During her time at Valhalla, Levin set up 17 scripted and digital projects for a variety of networks, including the one-hour drama pilot “Horizon” for the USA Network.
“We are thrilled to have someone as experienced and creative as Stacey lead us into the next stage of our TV growth cycle,” Nicholas Sparks said. “We’re a very focused, results-oriented team and her track record speaks for itself.”
Levin joined Valhalla in 2012. She previously was director of development at Universal Cable Prods., and prior to that was director of current programming at 20th Century Fox Television.
Nicholas Sparks Prods. has an overall deal with Warner Horizon TV.
- Kevin Noonan
Sony Pictures seems to think it has a major awards contender in David Ayer’s Brad Pitt-led WWII action-drama Fury, so it’s taking great care to ensure that the film’s release date gives it enough time to win over voters. As such, the studio bumped Fury up from its previous November 14th date to October 17th.
This is going to be one packed season, so perhaps getting Fury out ahead of all the major contenders in November and December will turn out to be a smart move on Sony’s part. Now, the film is sharing a date with the limited release of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, a very different project that is also building awards buzz.
Particularly because Fury doesn’t appearing to be arriving on the festival circuit before opening wide, the date shift makes a lot of sense. It will need to build »
- Isaac Feldberg
The actor has been cast as George Wickham in the mashup movie, which was recently put back on track with the addition of three cast members.
James will play heroine Elizabeth Bennett, while Riley will star as Mr Darcy, and Heathcote as one of the Bennett sisters.
According to Deadline, the film will enter production in September after Cross Creek Pictures acquired the domestic rights to the film.
Huston will start work on the film when he completes filming on the big screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's Longest Ride, which is being helmed by George Tillman. »
Jack Huston just closed his deal to play Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. He joins British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote in a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with the walking dead. Huston has been on the short list for numerous pictures since completing his run on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as the war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow. Huston is nearly done starring in the George Tillman-directed Fox 2000 adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Longest Ride for Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
Wickham is a very handsome charismatic blond lieutenant. He and Liz are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. The pic takes place »
- Mike Fleming Jr
"I blame you for thinking you knew what was best for me when it was you who was best for me."
A full trailer has been released for the upcoming romantic drama The Best of Me, which stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. The movie is based on a book written by Nicholas Sparks, who is also the author of books such as The Notebook and A Walk to Remember, both of which were adapted into great movies.
I'm normally not a romantic movie kind of guy, but these films that come from the novels Sparks writes kind of hit a chord with me. The Notebook, is easily one of my favorite romantic films. That being said, I'm kind of looking forward to this new film. Hey… it's ok for movie geeks to like a wide variety of movies! The only thing that weirds me out about this movie is »
- Joey Paur
Sony Pictures has decided to move David Ayer's World War II tank drama Fury from its previously set November 14 release to October 17. Personally I'm excited because that means I get to see it earlier, but I'm having a hard time making sense of the move unless a New York Film Festival premiere is in the offing considering the AFI Festival takes place in early November. The previous November release would have seen Fury up against Dumb and Dumber To and the limited release of Foxcatcher, but now with the move to October it will face off against a massive list of films including Dear White People, The Book of Life (animated, no problem), Dracula Untold (this one could hurt it a little), Nightcrawler (small, but interesting), The Best of Me (Nicholas Sparks, no problem) and the limited release of Birdman (hmmmm, not a major issue considering it's limited). Hmmm, »
- Brad Brevet
Relativity Media just released the full trailer for "The Best of Me," which is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John, Safe Haven) and stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. Check it out below. Plot: 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 that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. The new movie is directed by Michael Hoffman and is set to hit theaters on October 17th. Trailer: »
One of the most common complaints directed toward movie trailers today is that the preview gives away way too much. If you’re interested in catching the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romance The Best of Me when it comes out on October 17th, you may want to save the spoilers and skip this two-and-a-half minute ad entirely.
The drama, which stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, centers around Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, two high-school sweethearts who reunite many years later, after Dawson is released from prison. Evoking elements of The Notebook and The Lucky One, both adaptations of Sparks’ bestsellers, The Best of Me shows the problems between the love interests when they were young (and played by the Point Break remake’s Luke Bracey and Trust‘s Liana Liberato) and then what happens when they meet up again years later.
The Best of Me‘s full trailer »
- Jordan Adler
The Best of Me stars James Marsden (Anchorman 2) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) as high school sweethearts who find their romance interrupted when Marsden’s character is sent to jail. Moving ahead twenty years later, the pair are back in their hometown and reunite, picking up where they left off. But the events of twenty years before start to reappear, and their love is tested but skeletons they thought they had buried.
The Best of Me is released October 15th in the UK and October 17th in the States.
- Scott Davis
"I blame you for thinking you knew what was best for me when it was you who was best for me." Since the first trailer for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me only gave a tease of the time-spanning romance, the full trailer is here to give the whole movie away. From the young love of Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey (who looks far too old to be in high school) to the rekindled romance 20 years later between their older selves played by James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. There's kissing in the rain, intense conversations about love lost, and all the Nicholas Sparks hits. It basically shows the whole movie. Here's the full trailer for Michael Hoffman's The Best of Me from the film's YouTube channel: The Best of Me is directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) and written by J. Millis Goodloe (Pride, »
- Ethan Anderton
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