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Movie Review: Matthew McConaughey gets lost in Gus Van Sant’s deathly dull Sea Of Trees

24 August 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narrative Rube Goldberg machines where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and worst possible way. Its protagonist is Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), a science adjunct who buys a one-way ticket to Japan so he can kill himself in Aokigahara, the notorious “suicide forest” at the base of Mount Fuji, only to have his plans upended by Takumi (Ken Watanabe, miscast), a magical salaryman who stumbles out of the bushes with slashed wrists and a bad case of second thoughts. So off they go, the two would-be suicides, trying to find a path out of the dark wood on an odyssey of bad monologues, misguided contrivances, and lengthy flashbacks about Arthur’s alcoholic wife, Joan (Naomi Watts). As it turns out, there is something worse than Nicholas Sparks, the king of morbid romantic »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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45 Times The Notebook Turned You Into an Emotional Mess

13 August 2016 | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's been over a decade since The Notebook hit theaters back in 2004, but Noah and Allie's heartwarming, heartwrenching love story still leaves us reeling. With Summer love and soul mates and a complicated love triangle, the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's book triggered all kinds of feelings - and an even bigger crush on Gosling, of course (which almost didn't happen!). Even now, 12 years later, the movie's most quotable moments can make us tear up, so take a look back at 45 times The Notebook touched your heart. Because, as Noah said, it still isn't over! »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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Photo Proof That Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Are Basically Living in a Nicholas Sparks Movie

5 July 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Taylor Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston have only just started dating, but already it seems like their romance is worthy of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Rumors of their courtship started swirling when they were photographed packing on the Pda at a beach near Taylor's Rhode Island mansion, which came two weeks after the "New Romantics" singer's split from Calvin Harris. Since their sweet debut, Tom and Taylor have been enjoying their new relationship by going on double dates with Taylor's friends, potentially meeting Taylor's parents in Nashville, going for an oceanside stroll with Tom's mom in England, making out on top of the Colosseum in Rome, and frolicking in the ocean on the Fourth of July. Keep reading to see photos from all of their cutest moments to date! »

- Quinn Keaney

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New Nerve Trailer Teases A Daring Movie

20 June 2016 3:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We’ve had a lengthy run of Young Adult fiction adaptations, and almost all of them have fallen into one of two categories: ‘young adult bucks the system, finds themselves, and saves the world’ (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Fifth Wave), or ‘young adult finds tragic love’ (If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, any movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel). But, this year brings us Nerve, which is potentially something quite different from the usual Young Adult adaptations that flow relentlessly into movie theatres.

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan, this film takes a large swipe at the current culture of reality shows, YouTube stars and gaming. Nerve is the name of a fictional online game that allows anonymous viewers to manipulate the actions of players for their own entertainment. High school senior Vee (Emma Roberts »

- Sarah Myles

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Britt Robertson Starring In Netflix Original Series 'Girlboss'

7 June 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Britt Robertson will star in the Netflix Original Series Girlboss, a 13 episode comedy inspired by the NY Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The show will premiere in 2017.

In the series, Robertson portrays Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist who refuses to grow up. She stumbles upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becomes an unlikely businesswoman. As she builds her retail fashion empire, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the boss of her own life.

Girlboss is created by and executive produced by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 2, 30 Rock), who also serves as showrunner. Charlize Theron (Monster, Young Adult) and Laverne McKinnon, of Denver & Delilah, Christian Ditter (How to Be Single) and Sophia Amoruso will also serve as executive producers. Ditter will also direct the series, that is a Netflix production.

Robertson stars in the Stx Peter Chelsom »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Film Review: ‘Honeyglue’

4 June 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a film about throwing caution to the wind and bucking conventions, “Honeyglue” diligently adheres to clichés, many of them borrowed wholesale from 2002’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation “A Walk to Remember.” Writer-director James Bird’s sophomore feature (following “Eat Spirit Eat”) is a tale of fatally ill girl meets cross-dressing boy that treats progressive ideals and death as equally manipulative dramatic devices. Save for those capable of blinding themselves to its creaky contrivances, audiences will likely have little tolerance for this gravely by-the-books indie.

Morgan (Adriana Mather) is dying of an incurable brain tumor, which has left her father Dennis (Christopher Heyerdahl), mother Janet (Jessica Tuck) and brother Bailey (Booboo Stewart) — who’s of Asian descent, and thus emblematic of the clan’s multicultural mindset — in suspended misery. No matter her dire circumstances, however, Morgan is rejuvenated when, at a nightclub, she meets Jordan (Zach Villa) and immediately falls for him, »

- Nick Schager

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A Walk to Remember: Where Are They Now?

1 June 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's hard to believe that A Walk to Remember is more than 14 years old! It seems like just yesterday Mandy Moore and Shane West were making us bawl our eyes out over their star-crossed love story. As what is arguably one of Nicholas Sparks's best movie adaptions, fans still go crazy over the heartbreaking romantic drama. With the movie hitting Netflix this month, it's got us wondering what the cast is up to now.  »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Aziz Ansari on Hollywood's Diversity Problems: It's 'Strange' That It's Only White People in Nicholas Sparks Films

21 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Aziz Ansari, speaking Friday night at The New York Times' TimesTalks in New York City, had a one-word assessment of Hollywood's progress on diversity. "When people like ask me, 'Do you think like the diversity stuff is getting better?' I'm like, 'No.' " For example? Nicholas Sparks movies. "There's a poster right outside our writer's room, it's one of those Nicholas Sparks books where it's just two white people just staring at each other," the Master of None creator and star said. "It's like, there's been 20 of those movies - not once is it a black woman staring into a guy's eyes. »

- Maggie Parker

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Aziz Ansari on Hollywood's Diversity Problems: It's 'Strange' That It's Only White People in Nicholas Sparks Films

21 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Aziz Ansari, speaking Friday night at The New York Times' TimesTalks in New York City, had a one-word assessment of Hollywood's progress on diversity. "When people like ask me, 'Do you think like the diversity stuff is getting better?' I'm like, 'No.' " For example? Nicholas Sparks movies. "There's a poster right outside our writer's room, it's one of those Nicholas Sparks books where it's just two white people just staring at each other," the Master of None creator and star said. "It's like, there's been 20 of those movies - not once is it a black woman staring into a guy's eyes. »

- Maggie Parker

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Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ Ripped Apart on Twitter After Cannes Debut

20 May 2016 2:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Sean Penn’s humanitarian romance “The Last Face” is being savaged on Twitter after premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. Commenters on social media are describing the film, which stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, as the worst of the fest. Others are also quipping that the picture is so awful that it destroyed Penn’s relationship with Theron. The duo broke up a year ago.

When critics weighed in, they largely echoed the flash reactions that bubbled up online.

Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman faulted Penn for spending so much time on the love story between Theron and Bardem, writing, “no matter how ‘well-meaning’ a director may be, there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the Pov of two lovelorn glamour pusses.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn branded it the worst film of Penn’s career, writing »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes Film Review: ‘From the Land of the Moon’

15 May 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A film prone to cutting on an unfallen tear, “From the Land of the Moon” from French director Nicole Garcia is as syrupy a confection as ever dripped from the pen of Nicholas Sparks (though inspired by the novel “Mal di Pietre” by Milena Angus). Given a gloss of respectability by the tastefulness of Garcia’s style, the genteel photography from Christophe Beaucarne, an unobjectionable score from Daniel Pemberton and a performance of tremulous commitment from Marion Cotillard (as per), as well as by its ineffable Frenchness, that last quality might be enough to bring those who equate “French” with “artistic” to the yard. But even they may find themselves choking on this bonbon during a credibility-assassinating final act reveal.

Cotillard plays Gabrielle, who at the film’s opening is a (slightly unconvincingly) young woman in rural France, nursing a wild crush on the local village schoolteacher — understandable as he »

- Jessica Kiang

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‘Star Wars’ Regains Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

12 May 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” returned to the top spot on the Npd VideoScan sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended May 8.

It marks the third time in the five weeks since the sci-fi sequel arrived on shelves that it earned the top overall spot; “The Force Awakens” had been on top in the two weeks since its debut before ceding the next two weeks to 20th Century Fox’s “The Revenant,” which slipped to No. 3 in its third week.

“The Force Awakens” also held onto the top spot on VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, which it has held for four of its five weeks of availability.

The top new release on both charts was Sony Pictures’ “The 5th Wave,” an alien invasion thriller based on a young adult novel. The film earned $34.9 million at the domestic box office. »

- John Latchem

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New to On Demand: The Choice

3 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

At this point, one has to wonder if author Nicholas Sparks’ novels and their film adaptations are assembled overnight by elves in a workshop somewhere in North Carolina. Sparks has had 11 of his stories made into films, the first being 1999’s Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman. Sparks’ most culturally and commercially significant book-to-screen installment was 2004’s The Notebook (No. 3 of 11) starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It’s been mostly downhill since, with 2014’s The Best of Me and 2015’s The Longest Ride providing cannon fodder for critics and performing … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 2-8

2 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"The Good Wife" (Sunday on CBS at 9 p.m.)

This is it. The end of an era. After seven seasons of heartbreak (she'll always love you, Will!), headaches, incredibly sharp writing, and powerful performances from Julianna Margulies down to the many amazing guest stars, Alicia Florrick's story is coming to an end on May 8. The series finale, appropriately titled "End," was written by showrunners Robert and Michelle King, and directed by Robert King. Margulies told Entertainment Weekly the finale will be "satisfying, uplifting and sad." The showrunners have Not shot down that Josh Charles return rumor, so here's hoping for some kind of flashback/vision/cameo/thing. Also, here's hoping for more of this, from Alicia and Jason:

"Project Runway: All Stars »

- Gina Carbone

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On Demand DVD New Releases – May 2-8

2 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases May 2-8 The American Side When a private eye’s partner is caught in a blackmail scheme gone bad, he trails the prime suspect to Niagara Falls. Thrust into a world of whiskey, intrigue and rogue agents, he joins the quest. Matthew Broderick, Camilla Belle (Nr, 1:30) 5/3 The Choice From Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author of The Notebook and Safe Haven, comes this heart-lifting romance about how far we go to keep the hope of love alive. Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer (PG-13, 1:51) 5/3 East Side Sushi Juana, a working-class single mother, decides to take a job … Continue reading →

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- Meredith Ennis

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Mandy Moore Just Posted a Sweet Throwback to A Walk to Remember

28 April 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A photo posted by Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) on Apr 28, 2016 at 11:38am Pdt If you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks's romantic novels, then you'll definitely appreciate Mandy Moore's latest snap - a piece of memorabilia from the set of A Walk to Remember. The actress, who starred alongside Shane West in the film, took to Instagram on Thursday to share the sweet prop of the two of them that she discovered while cleaning out her home. She captioned the photo, "Also, I think this was an actual prop from the movie. Not sure how I ended up with it but cool. Nice suit, @theshanewest! #awalktoremember." So cute! See the precious photo above and then check out six common themes each of the author's movie adaptions have in common. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

18 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir, »

- Gina Carbone

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9 On-Screen Couples We Successfully Shipped Irl

5 April 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

All is right with the universe when your favorite TV and movie couples make the jump to real world baes. These 9 couples sent fan hearts aflutter when they gave into their undeniable chemistry, proving soulmates really can find each other (and that their casting directors knew what they were doing). Kit Harington & Rose LeslieJon Snow and Ygritte shippers were devastated when the ill-fated lovers' relationship turned out to be, well, ill-fated. But Game of Thrones fans can at least take comfort in knowing actors Harington and Leslie are a real life hot-as-hell couple. The pair confirmed their long-rumored romance on »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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My Golden Days – Review

31 March 2016 9:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This week another film maker tackles a subject frequently explored in movies of the heart, perhaps best labeled the romance (but not a “rom-com”, though there’s a smidgen of humor).  It’s the old “lost love” plot, where the story’s focus character (often nearing those “twilight” years) remembers his first real infatuation and heartbreak, usually eliciting pangs of remorse or regret. Popular author Nicholas Sparks has made this a standard theme in film adaptations of his work from The Notebook to The Best Of Me. Now this new release hails from across the pond, France to be precise. Unlike those previously mentioned big screen “soaps” it is a more somber meditation when the film’s protagonist’s thoughts recall My Golden Days.

Those sun drenched days belong to a scholar working for France’s department of ministry, Paul Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric). We encounter him as he prepares to leave Tajikistan for Paris. »

- Jim Batts

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The Notebook, Weaveworld: The CW to Redevelop Drama Series

28 March 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Deadline reports that The CW is redeveloping The Notebook and Weaveworld TV series. The network originally developed both projects this season. While they did not move forward, the report indicates both will get new writers for the next cycle. The authors of the books that inspired each series (Nicholas Sparks and Clive Barker, respectively), will executive produce.

Set in North Carolina, The Notebook, which was also made into a feature film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams,features the post-World War II love story of Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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