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One would think having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and voicing DC villains like Sinestro and Ra's Al Ghul in animated films--as well as a couple more authoritarian figures in Star Wars: Rebels--would have gotten any desire to be evil out of actor Jason Isaacs’ system.
And yet, he’s playing a more enigmatic character in director Gore Verbinski’s twisted new thriller A Cure for Wellness, which follows Dane DeHaan as a financial broker named Lockhard to Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of his company who is thought to have lost his marble in search of a cure at a spa located at an old castle in the Alps. Once there, Lockhard breaks his leg in a car accident, and he’s put under the care of Isaacs’ Dr. Vollmar, creator of the cure based around the area’s underground waters and their healing properties. »
- Edward Douglas
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson play star-crossed lovers in The Space Between Us, a sci-fi romance which, shockingly, is not an adaptation of a novel by Nicholas Sparks or Stephenie Meyer. It's still full of the sort of contrivances that usually get explained away by some well-read fan as being faithful to the source material, but it comes from an original screenplay. However, when you realise that the screenplay was written by Allan Loeb, author of last year's feel-bad turkey Collateral Beauty, you might start to understand why it's utter nonsense.
In the not-too-distant future, 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is the first human born on Mars. Raised by scientists and kept secret from the people of Earth by aerospace CEO Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman), Gardner rails against his sheltered life and longs to »
Mandy Moore is gaining a lot of well-deserved praise for her role on This Is Us, but this certainly isn't her first encounter with the spotlight. Aside from her impressive singing career, she also has quite a few notable acting roles under her belt. Did you know that she was in a Nicholas Sparks movie? Or that she voiced a Disney princess? See some of her most memorable TV and movie moments over the years. Related:This Is Us: The Best Pictures of the Cast During Award SeasonWatch the Exact Moment the This Is Us Cast Found Out the Show Is Getting RenewedThis Is Us: If You Like the Show, You'll Love the Soundtrack »
- Kelsie Gibson
Oh, Fifty Shades Darker. It’s impossible to fantasize about what could have been. Foundations for an erotic trashterpiece are laid, but director James Foley doesn’t understand camp sensibilities. With someone like Rob Cohen in charge (The Boy Next Door, anyone?), all those flatlining dramatics and misplaced jokes would gel together. Fluid sensuality with spanking, oils and cuffs, dictated by a sadist who gets off on punishing mommy lookalikes (hawt). Instead, Foley’s tonal jerkiness kills the mood like an awkward boner, shocking this dominating system with unexpected diversions.
Oh, but this is the relationshippy Fifty Shades entry. Right. Christian Grey (A Bucket Of Dry Cement Jamie Dornan) cannot live another day with Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), so he opens contract negotiations. No punishments, no rules, and no secrets. Ana doesn’t take much convincing, and their relationship blossoms under the new respectful boundaries. Sexual desires become less whippy, but something still isn’t right. »
- Matt Donato
Landon and Jamie forever! It’s been 15 years since A Walk to Remember made us want to get butterfly shoulder tattoos and showed us what true love looked like. On Sunday night, the film’s stars, Mandy Moore and Shane West, reunited with director Adam Shankman.
Moore captured the moment on her Instagram Stories and also posted a group shot.
“Welp. These 2 gentlemen are still some of the best around. Loved catching up with ya, @theshanewest and @adamshankman. My [heart] is full. #awalktoremember #reunion,” the This Is Us star captioned the selfie.
Moore starred as the sick reverend’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan, in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ classic love story. West played her rebel Romeo, Landon Carter.
The co-stars took a minute to honor their fans last week for the film’s anniversary, posting throwback »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
If my limited experience with Philip Roth adaptations is any indication, his novels deal in emotion. There are existential crises concerning identity involved, each a character study about life’s impact beyond the surface experiences propelling them forward. This isn’t something easily translated from page to screen when so much consists of internalized motivation. You must really look into the text, ignoring plot to »
- The Film Stage
Excuse the pun, but Hollywood has gone to the dogs. And it’s not the first time. Man’s (and the movies’) best friend has been the hero and heroine of many a flick since the old nickleodeon days. The first canine superstar was probably Rin-Tin-tin way back in the silent era. He was a German Shepherd who rescued human co-stars and even a soon to be major studio (the Warner Brothers might not have survived without his box office bucks). Then came Lassie in her many media incarnations, along with other dogs that provided comic relief from Nick and Nora’s terrier Asta to that Saint Bernard behemoth, Beethoven. With the advent of social media there’s been an avalanche of pet adoration, with funny home videos of dogs taking a big bite out of the bandwidth. This helped fuel last summer’s animated smash The Secret Life Of Pets (primarily dogs, »
- Jim Batts
Turns out, a leaked set video in which a dog seems to be forced into roaring water isn’t the only thing that is tainting people’s perception of “A Dog’s Purpose.” Critics aren’t being easy on the film starring Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad. One day ahead of its opening, the film has a score of 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it “forgettable,” “inauthentic” and “manipulative dreck.” TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde described the film as “a Nicholas Sparks movie crossed with a Blue Buffalo dog food commercial,” while Slant Magazine’s »
- Wrap Staff
On the 15th anniversary of “A Walk to Remember,” Mandy Moore gave fans the ultimate gift: She told the Twittervese that she and Shane West were working on some sort of reunion. “We’re working on it!” The actress responded to a fan during a Twitter “Ask Me Anything.” We're working on it! https://t.co/JRTPPaaHKZ — Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) January 25, 2017 Of course, we’re pretty sure this reunion wouldn’t entail a movie sequel because… (spoiler alert!)… Moore’s character dies in the 2002 teenage weepy, one of the first Nicholas Sparks novels adapted to the big screen. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Bryce Dallas Howard has a laugh that should be heard to be appreciated. It’s hearty and genuine -- an infectious burst of gusto that happens when she gets excited about something, such as acting, which, surprisingly enough, is not something that all actors enjoy talking about. But in Howard’s case she does.
Over the course of a couple of phone chats -- one interrupted by a dead cell phone battery -- one can hear the earnest joy in her voice, usually followed by that laughter, when talking about her journey from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, her feature film debut, to the massive success of Jurassic World despite her character’s penchant for running in heels from dinosaurs and, most recently, her 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated performance in an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror.
“Maybe this is a little corny, but I’m a third-generation actor, so it’s awesome »
The 32-year-old actress, who starred as the angelic Jamie Sullivan in the Adam Shankman-directed movie, took to Twitter on the film's 15th anniversary on Wednesday, informing fans that she's "working on" getting her former co-stars together.
Naturally, the brunette beauty revealed the news in a series of tweets that were basically a love fest between her and Shane West, who played her punk-turned-sweetheart boyfriend, Landon Carter.
"In honor of the 15th anniversary of A Walk To Remember, let's take a walk down memory lane," her tweets began. "What are your favorite scenes? Any questions?"
After admitting she "bawled" when she read both the script and the Nicholas Sparks novel the film was based on, she urged West, 38, to get in on the conversation when a fan asked »
Image Source: Everett Collection Jan. 25 marked 15 years since the release of A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks's weepy tale of young romance. While we're still crying over the most memorably sad moments, stars Mandy Moore and Shane West have moved on - but that doesn't mean they don't also appreciate the movie. Moore, who was 17 years old (!) when the movie premiered, and West sat down with Entertainment Weekly to reflect on the film, and they dropped some feelings and knowledge that we were not prepared for. Here are the highlights! Mandy Moore may or may not have been actually in love with Shane West. "Shane was so cool. Everything about him – the way he dressed, the little cigarettes that he smoked, and the music he listened to. He was the character to me and there was definitely a part of me that absolutely fell in love with him. I »
- Maggie Pehanick
It's hard to believe that A Walk to Remember turns 15-years-old this year! 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. This week's anniversary has us wondering what the cast is up to now. Related:24 Moments From A Walk to Remember That Reduced You to a Salty Puddle »
- Kelsie Gibson
This story originally appeared on EW.com.
Fifteen years ago Wednesday, on January 25, 2002, the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel A Walk To Remember strolled into movie theaters across the country. Starring sweet-as-candy teen pop star Mandy Moore and rising TV and film actor Shane West, the movie was an early entry in a long line of Sparks’ book-to-movie adaptations.
These romances follow a reasonably simple formula: take a heart-wrenching premise, add in some beautiful people and a stunning North Carolina-esque backdrop, be sure to incorporate some inspirational action that overcomes all adversity, and you are on the road to a Sparks success. »
- Michael Zennie
Yeah, yeah, The Notebook is a national treasure, blah, blah, blah. I also love it, but you know which Nicholas Sparks movie is truly heartbreaking? A Walk to Remember. This week marks 15 years since its release, and I can still remember where I sat (right-hand side of the theater, middle row) when it destroyed me. I hadn't read the book, and I didn't know what was about to happen; I just thought I was watching a love story. I didn't know A Walk to Remember would be a godd*mn tragedy that would rip my heart out of my chest and stomp on it. I didn't know it would spark a lifelong admiration of Mandy Moore or a deep-seated love for Shane West. I just wanted to be entertained! Fifteen years later, here are the moments that I still remember . . . from A Walk to Remember. Related:A Walk to Remember: Where Are They Now? »
- Maggie Pehanick
"You have to promise you won't fall in love with me."
Fifteen years ago, Mandy Moore tried not to steal our hearts in her breakout film role as the innocent, angelic Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember, delivering that line to Shane West, who portrayed the popular, rebellious charmer Landon Carter.
At the time, fans only knew her as "Mandy Moore the pop star," the adorable 17-year-old bubblegum pop princess who introduced us to hits like "Candy" and "I Wanna Be With You."
While the Nashua, New Hampshire, native actually made her film debut in 2001 with a minor voice role in Dr. Dolittle 2, followed by a slightly larger role in The Princess Diaries, it was A Walk to Remember that really launched her acting career and made fans fall in love with her, forever. Yes, 15 years later, the now 32-year-old actress is still melting our hearts, now making us cry as Rebecca Pearson on [link »
A Nicholas Sparks movie crossed with a Blue Buffalo dog food commercial, “A Dog’s Purpose” was perhaps best described by Griffin McElroy on the “My Brother, My Brother and Me” podcast, based solely on the trailer: “What’s everybody’s favorite part of ‘Marley and Me’? The end of it. So what if we just made a movie that was the end of ‘Marley and Me,’ over and over, forever?” Did I shed some tears over the doggy demises in this movie? Admittedly, yes. Does that reaction make the movie any less shameless for relying upon death to create poignancy? »
- Alonso Duralde
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, this is what we’re most excited about:
On Thursday, Jan. 19, August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, made its long-awaited debut on Broadway, completing the playwright’s 10-play American Century Cycle on the Broadway stage. With an ensemble cast featuring Moonlight and American Horror Story: Roanoke breakout André Holland, Jitney tells the story of black men trying to eke out a living as unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh.
The play’s Broadway debut happens to coincide with the theatrical run of Fences, another Wilson play that’s made its way to the screen with Denzel Washington starring and directing and Viola Davis delivering an Oscar-worthy performance. “[Audiences] are being exposed to greatness,” Davis told Et by phone when asked about the significance of Wilson’s two works being produced for stage »
Mandy Moore has returned to the spotlight in a big way with her role on This Is Us, and we couldn't be happier. The 32-year-old started out as a pop singer with her breakout hit, "Candy," in 1999, but she eventually got her big acting break when she starred alongside Shane West in Nicholas Sparks's A Walk to Remember in 2002. Whether you're a new fan or you've loved her from the beginning, you may be surprised by some of her most interesting facts. Related:Mandy Moore's Red Carpet Evolution Will Bring You Right Back to 20026 Things You Need to Know About Sterling K. Brown Before He Skyrockets to Superstardom6 Fun Facts About This Is Us's Rising Star Chrissy Metz »
- Kelsie Gibson
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