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Both Berberian Sound Studio and The Congress stand out courtesy of curious material, but neither trailer is convincing enough, leaving you intrigued but not sold, and also leaving the top three spots up for grabs. The Best Stuff 1. About Time As someone who steers clear of anything Nicholas Sparks or Nicholas Sparks-esque, the new trailer for the romantic comedy About Time is surprisingly charming. The concept is a bit cheesy, but the honest performances and genuinely funny jokes justify it. Plus I enjoy watching Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling as much as anyone, but it’s also quite refreshing to see Domhnall Gleeson as the guy that wins the girl. 2. V/H/S/2 Full disclosure: I’m responsible for one of the quotes, but regardless of my bias how can you deny...
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – So you’re a young woman who decides to fall asleep in your car parked just off the highway. You’re awoken by the rapping fist of a chiseled cop who leers at you with the sexual appetite of a drooling wolf. Sounds like a meet cute straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” But in Marcio Garcia’s head-slapping dud, “Open Road,” it’s supposed to be heartwarming.
See, the cop, David (Colin Egglesfield), has such an instantaneous infatuation with the woman, Angie (Camilla Belle), that he practically can’t contain his excitement when she complains that her car won’t start. So David checks to see what’s wrong with the car, and since he’s off-camera, we assume that he’s hacking away at the engine with his nightstick. After treating her to a meal, David suggests that Angie stay with him in his trailer for »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While it manages to be entertaining, Safe Haven follows the Nicholas Sparks' established blueprint too closely and fails to truly make the characters matter. Thankfully, the film is in the very capable hands of director Lasse Hallström and benefits from the likeable chemistry of its leads Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. It is not a bad movie, but it could have been better given the amount of talent involved. Based on Sparks. novel, the film features a screenplay from Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky, and stars David Lyons, Irene Ziegler, Mimi Kirkland, Noah Lomax, Red West, and Cobie Smulders. Staying as spoiler free as possible due to the twists in the story, the film opens with a »
- Patrick Luce
Relativity Media has announced new foreign output deals with India distribution shingle Tanweer and Greece’s Feelgood distribution.
Relativity’s International head Camela Galano will oversee the deals, which expire in 2016.
Tanweer will distribute Relativity and Reel FX’s upcoming animated comedy “Free Birds” as well as the Untitled Armored Car Project starring Jim Carrey. Tanweer previously distributed Relativity’s film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks “Safe Haven” and “Movie 43.”
Relativity’s nearly 30 worldwide output agreements are a major part of its business model, and the company has said it pays for nearly all its films’ budgets — if not more — through foreign presales.
Relativity’s network of existing foreign output partners includes Sahamongkol Distribution (Thailand), EOne (Canada and U.K.) and TriPictures (Spain).
- Rachel Abrams
The Turner networks' upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City didn't have much in the way of news, but did reveal TNT plans to finally premiere Frank Darabont's "Lost Angels" (starring Jon Bernthal of "The Walking Dead" and formerly known as "L.A. Noir") in late 2013 and TBS is developing a reality show starring Oscar-winning "Juno" writer Diablo Cody.
TNT already made most of its notable programming decisions -- renewing "Dallas" and "Boston's Finest," cancelling "Southland" and "Monday Mornings" and ordering "The Last Ship" and "Legends" -- ahead of the upfronts.
But both TNT and TBS unveiled a laundry list of shows in development that may or may not ever see the light of day as pilots, let alone series.
Among those titles at TNT:
- "Portal House" executive produced by Steven Spielberg, about a group of young scientists who "stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum"
- An update of classic P. »
TBS and TNT announced on Wednesday that they are about to become the first national networks to live stream on-air content across multiple platforms 24/7.
The networks made the announcement during TNT and TBS's annual upfront presentation in New York, noting that their content will be streamed through their websites and a pair of newly created apps: Watch TNT and Watch TBS.
"Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live –- anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, told the upfront audience. Additional platforms for TBS and TNT's live streaming will be added by the end of the year.
TNT's coverage of the NBA games, TBS's coverage of Major League Baseball and both network's coverage of the Ncaa will be available for live streaming as well.
Audiences will soon have the opportunity to watch some new content from some »
- Jaimie Etkin
We already know TNT is bringing Sean Bean, Eric Dane, and the mind of Frank Darabont back to our TVs, but at today’s Turner Upfront, TNT and TBS announced some more big names developing potential shows for the networks — including Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Elizabeth Banks, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Dick Wolf, and Nicholas Sparks. The loglines:
TNT Scripted Series:
• Portal House: This project is the story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take »
- Mandi Bierly
TBS and TNT announced their upcoming series at the tag-teamed upfront this morning, and as you might expect, there are a lot of cop shows. A lot! TNT loves a cop show, friends, so much so that even TBS is getting a (comedic) one, too.The new TNT shows: Portal House, about a group of young scientists who discover a portal. (Unrelated to the game Portal, sadly.) Peter Gunn, an update of the fifties-era private-eye series. The Last Cop, an adaptation of a German show about a police officer who wakes up after twenty years in a coma. (Man, remember Life on Mars?) A Bend in the Road, based on the Nicholas Sparks book about a sheriff who discovers a small town's murderous secrets. Guilty by Association, based on O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark's debut novel about two lawyers and a cop — who are all ladies! Lew Archer, about »
- Margaret Lyons
Turner Broadcasting execs will talk up cable’s gains over the broadcast nets and efforts to court viewers on multiple screens at its upfront presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Turner entertainment chief Steve Koonin and TNT/TBS/TCM programming prexy Michael Wright (pictured left to right above) also are set to unveil a slew of development projects with high-profile creative auspices including Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf, Steven Carell, Jamie Foxx, Nicholas Sparks, Sylvester Stallone and Diablo Cody. The duo are expected to emphasize the broad slate of fresh series, scripted and unscripted, that TNT and TBS have coming in the summer and fall as a sign that the channels are nearly at parity with broadcasters in terms of reach and the depth of original programming.
See Also: Pilot Scorecard: Track the Orders in Real-Time
Starting this summer, Turner will make the regular linear feeds of TNT and TBS available for »
- Cynthia Littleton
At its upfront today, TNT and TBS unveiled scripted and unscripted development slates, which include projects from Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Wolf, Nicholas Sparks, Marcia Clark, Dee Johnson, Walt Becker, Jamie Foxx and James Duff. Here is the list with details: Related: TBS & TNT To Offer Live Streaming 24/7 TNT Scripted Series Development Portal House This project is the story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take a turn for the worse when one of their own vanishes into the portal. – Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer) and Andre Nemec (writer) – Production Company/Studio: Amblin Television Peter Gunn This re-imagining of the classic post-modern Blake Edwards-Craig Stevens’ series centers on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Jack Reacher (action; Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney; rated PG-13) Mama (Guillermo del Toro-produced horror; Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; PG-13) Safe Haven (romance adapted from Nicholas Sparks novel; Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel; PG-13) The Oranges (comedy; Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener; rated R) Stand Up Guys (comedy; Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin; rated R) Upstream Color (experimental sci-fi drama; Shane Carruth, Amy...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
We.re finally getting to that time of year when some of this winter.s finest are getting releases alongside some of this year.s nicest TV sets. This week, fans can choose between purchasing Christopher McQuarrie.s big action flick, Jack Reacher, Andy Muschietti.s terrifying horror flick, Mama, and the newest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, which mixes the usual romance up with a few thriller aspects. Overall, there.s a lot to choose from in a lot of different genres of film. Read on to learn about some of May 7th's best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar. Jack Reacher Blu-ray Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie is behind the script and directed Jack Reacher, and it.s the former that is not all that it.s cracked up to be during the film. Reacher is a little heavy-handed at times »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch to be written by Steinbeck’s Point Of View scribe Brandon Camp, with Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot attached to produce. Pitch is described as a supernatural thriller in the spirit of Ghost. Matt Smith will executive produce and Universal execs Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee it. Camp separately is working with Offspring writing the musical The Dance for New Line. Camp recently sold the Nicholas Sparks’ pilot to TNT based on Sparks’ A Bend In The Road. He is also writing to direct Benji, a re-imagining of the ‘70s family classic for Walden Media. UTA reps Camp and Offspring. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This week: Tom Cruise proves naysayers wrong yet again in the above-average thriller "Jack Reacher," which was shot entirely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is based on Lee Child's 2005 mystery novel, "One Shot."
Also new this week is the horror hit "Mama" with Jessica Chastain, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough and the Blu-ray 3D conversion of "Gamer" with Gerard Butler.
Box Office: $80 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Fresh
Storyline: After five people are shot to death along a riverside Pittsburgh trail, a man is arrested and writes only one message: "Get Jack Reacher." Tom Cruise plays Reacher, an ex-military investigator who lives off the grid and ascertains that the accused has been framed. Reacher teams up with the accused's defense attorney (Rosamund Pike) to figure out who is really behind the shootings on the North Shore Trail and whether or not »
- Robert DeSalvo
Lasse Hallström has had a long and storied career as a director, putting together films as well thought-of critically as What.s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules. In recent years, he.s directed titles like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and this year.s Safe Haven. It is the latter movie the exclusive Blu-ray bonus clip above discusses, with actors Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel talking about working with Hallström and the improvisational processes the director prefers to use in order to keep things real. Safe Haven is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel and follows a young romance under unusual circumstances. After Katie (Hough) shows up in a brand new town, she finds solace in a new community and a young dad named Alex (Duhamel), but she.s certainly hiding something. The film wasn.t released worldwide, but still managed to make a fair »
Are you up-to-date on your Nicholas Sparks films? Have you read every single book he's ever written? Well, now here's your chance to win a few prizes from his latest story, Safe Haven, that was recently made into a film starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough! We're giving away a Blu-ray copy of the movie, which comes out May 7 in stores, along with the novel!
Safe Haven is about a mysterious young woman (Hough) who flees to Southport, North Caroline in hope for a new life. She tries to keep to herself and hiding a certain secret, until meeting a new friend (Cobie Smulders) and a new love interest (Duhamel).
Safe Haven is a keeper, and such a great read! To win all you have to do is comment below what your favorite Nicholas Sparks film/novel is and why! He's got plenty to choose from: A Walk to Remember »
- Stephanie Webber
Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in this spellbinding romantic drama Safe Haven . on May 7th from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. M&C.s getting in on the romance by giving away two Safe Haven Blu-ray and Book bundles! When a mysterious, beautiful woman named Katie (Hough), moves to Southport, North Carolina, she sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Duhamel), a handsome widower. Although she is attracted to Alex, Katie is reluctant to trust him . that is, until a new friend (Cobie Smulders) convinces her to give Alex a chance. But before long, a dark secret from Katie.s past threatens her happiness in this thrilling romance »
- Patrick Luce
Ah, the TV movie. That last bastion of campy shlock and overly sentimental schmaltz that allows out of work TV actors the chance to return to the medium that made them a star. But what is a fan of the camp to do when two air on the same night? How does one choose? With Sunday night's (April 21) traffic jam of "Lovestruck: The Musical" on ABC Family and "Remember Sunday" on ABC, only one can claim victory and earn your attention in 2013's first Battle of the TV Movie.
Zap2It had the opportunity to screen both films prior to their premieres and, judging them head-to-head in four categories, we're ready to declare a winner. (Warning: The following contains minor spoilers. If you're not into that sort of thing -- stop reading now.)
1. Outlandish Plot
Given how busy his big screen career is getting, we wouldn’t be surprised if Jason Sudeikis is the next regular cast member to pull the eject cord on Saturday Night Live. He’s just added yet another project to his schedule, landing the lead in Tumbledown opposite Rose Byrne.Sean Mewshaw is directing the film, based on a script by Desi Van Til. The romantic comedy finds Sudeikis as a writer from New York who heads to Maine to investigate the death of a folk singer.There, he meets the man’s widow (Byrne) and the romantic fireworks fly. It sounds like the recipe for another Nicholas Sparks weepy, though it’ll hopefully be intentionally funny.Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner, Michael McKean and Beau Bridges are filling out the cast, and they’re all set to report to Vancouver in October to start shooting.Sudeikis has a »
It’s the Lean In episode of Parks and Rec! Leaning is so hot right now. Tom leans into his role as the New Jerry by buying sweatpants and Nicholas Sparks novels. Leslie leans into her job so hard it’s a miracle the lady’s still upright. Jerry leans into his home life/the hug machine. Chris and Ann lean inTO Each Other, ow owww! Okay, calm down, people — one thing at a time. See you tomorrow, Jeremy!Ben takes the day off so he and Leslie can do some married-couple bonding. Before they can escape, Jerry announces it’s his last day at the office. That’s right, people: Jerry is retiring. This is followed by a great bit where we see Jerry has been talking about his retirement for about two years now, but nobody noticed (“What did Jerry say?” “Jerry was here?”), and then Leslie says, »
- Jessica Goldstein
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