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Film Review: ‘The Best of Me’ is the Worst of Formulaic Romance Novelist Nicholas Sparks

17 October 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What do you see in the compilation image below?

Yes, it’s nine films based on books by romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. But look more closely.

Message in a Bottle” opened his can of worms in 1999 and 2002’s “A Walk to Remember” could only say it was based on a best-selling novel. Then, after averaging one film every 1.6 years, they’ve all been riding on the breakout hit of 2004’s “The Notebook” with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

The nine films based on Nicholas Sparks novels with the most recent in the upper left on the oldest in the lower right.

Image credit: Nicholas Sparks

Rating: 1.0/5.0

In fact, every single movie poster after “The Notebook” had to say it’s from the author of “The Notebook” or else it would have never seen the light of day. The blessing of having a hit later becomes your burden of trying to repeat it. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘The Best of Me’

16 October 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s something unmistakably poignant about the sight of Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden circling each other with barely concealed romantic longing in “The Best of Me,” though not for reasons anyone probably intended. The latest soap product to roll off the Nicholas Sparks assembly line, this tale of two former lovers reuniting after a 21-year separation also functions as a study of two terrific actors struggling to overcome the relentless mediocrity of their material. With its ill-motivated swerves into violent tragedy and the near-fatal miscasting of one pivotal role, the Relativity release seems likely to jerk as many laughs as tears from its target audience, though Sparks fans might still turn out in sufficient date-night droves to continue the author’s string of Hollywood hits.

Sparks has cranked out a fresh slab of romantic hokum every year or so since 1996, and the studios have largely kept pace with his output, »

- Justin Chang

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The Best of Me review: The worst of Nicholas Sparks

16 October 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Hoffman; Screenwriters: J Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters; Starring: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Gerald McRaney; Running time: 118 mins; Certificate: 12A

Are there four words that strike more fear into moviegoers than "A Nicholas Sparks Production"? The Notebook might be a bona fide weepy classic, but ever since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams smooched in the rain, films based on Sparks novels have been on a steady decline, culminating in last year's risible Safe Haven.

The formula goes something like this: well-to-do girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks, they fall in love before tragedy conspires to tear them apart. The Best of Me closely adheres to this template with Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden starring as Amanda and Dawson, high school sweethearts who part ways for reasons that only become clear as the story progresses. Like The Notebook, this film plays out »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Best of Me’ From ‘The Notebook’ Author

12 October 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic drama “The Best of Me” starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan from “The Notebook” author Nicholas Sparks!

The Best of Me,” which opens on Oct. 17, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Clarke Peters and Sebastian Arcelus from writers J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters and director Michael Hoffman based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

To win your free “The Best of Me” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden See The Best of Me in New Poster

4 July 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden have come to see ‘The Best of Me’ in the new official poster from the upcoming romantic drama. Relativity Studios released the poster in anticipation of the film’s theatrical release on October 17. The film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name was directed by ‘One Fine Day’ helmer, Michael Hoffman. The script for ‘The Best of Me’ was written by Hoffman, J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Besides Monaghan and Marsden, the film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney. Relativity Studios has released the following synopsis for ‘The Best of Me’: Based  [ Read More ]

The post Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden See The Best of Me in New Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Clint Eastwood delayed Beyonce's A Star is Born to make Jersey Boys

16 June 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Clint Eastwood has revealed that he stepped away from the A Star is Born remake to direct Jersey Boys.

The 84-year-old filmmaker was attached to direct a remake of the 1937 film in 2012, with Beyoncé confirmed to star.

However, the project never got off the ground, with the 'Sasha Fierce' singer eventually dropping out.

Eastwood told WENN that he had been considering A Star is Born when the opportunity to adapt the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys for the screen was offered.

"When this came along I went to the head of the studio who had passed on it. I asked, 'Why would you pass on that? It is a popular play and it's still running, so there must be something there'," Eastwood said.

"And finally he called me asking if I would entertain doing it because they were coming back into it. He said, 'Would you do this and set the other one aside? »

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Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden See The Best of Me In New Trailer

15 June 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden are set to embark on an epic love story in the new teaser trailer for their upcoming film, ‘The Best of Me.’ Relativity Media released the trailer for the romantic drama, which is the latest film adaptation of a bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks. ‘The Best of Me,’ which also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney, was directed by ‘One Fine Day’ helmer Michael Hoffman. The filmmaker also co-wrote the script for the drama with J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. The movie is set to be released in theaters on October 17. Relativity Media  [ Read More ]

The post Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden See The Best of Me In New Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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James Marsden May Replace Paul Walker in The Best of Me

9 January 2014 5:46 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Marsden has been offered the starring role in Relativity Media's The Best of Me, where he would replace the late Paul Walker. The news comes just hours after Rupert Friend stepped in to replace the actor in Agent 47.

The Best of Me is adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The story follows two high school sweethearts, Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, who reunite 25 years later at the funeral of their friend. James Marsden will play Dawson, if he accepts the offer, with Michelle Monaghan portraying Amanda.

Take a look at the novel's official description below.

"In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the »

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James Marsden Offered Lead To Replace Paul Walker In Nicholas Sparks Novel Adaptation ‘The Best Of Me’

9 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have offered James Marsden the male lead role in The Best Of Me, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller that Paul Walker planned to star in. Marsden’s deal needs to be negotiated, but the offer was just made for him to star alongside Michelle Monaghan. Relativity had been quietly looking to recast since the tragedy that took Walker’s life late last year. This had boiled down to a short of Marsden and Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello. While Universal put Fast & Furious 7 on extended hiatus to creatively find a way to finish the movie after Walker died in a crash Thanksgiving weekend halfway through the shoot, Walker had several good projects he was sparked to star in. Homeland‘s Rupert Friend is reportedly circling one of the others, Agent 47. Book is about two former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart, »

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Marsden Replaces Walker On Sparks' "Best"

9 January 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

An offer is out to James Marsden ("Anchorman 2," "X-Men") for the male lead role in Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller "The Best Of Me" at Relativity.

The story follows two former small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths but neither has forgotten their first love affair and the past is confronted when they return to their hometown for a funeral.

The casting is of note as he would take over a role that the late Paul Walker was originally slated to play. Marsden looks to have beaten out the other main competitor for the role, "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello.

Michelle Monaghan is set to play the female lead. J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters and Hoffman wrote the script while Theresa Park, Ryan Kavanaugh, Denise Dinovi and Sparks are producing.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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James Marsden Finds The Best Of Me

9 January 2014 7:04 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Like action thriller game adaptation Agent 47, Nicholas Sparks romance The Best Of Me is one of those films that had hoped to secure the late Paul Walker’s services once he was finished on the latest Fast & Furious film. With Walker gone, Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have instead turned to James Marsden, making him an offer to star in the film.The Best Of Me, taken from Sparks’ 2011 tome, sees a couple of high school sweethearts drawn back to their old small town home for the funeral of a close friend. Their love affair fizzled 20 years ago, but the reunion heats things up again, even as the forces that originally drove them apart continue to get in the way. Now, we know what you’re thinking: are those forces a race of sentient badgers from a planet dominated talking animals? Sadly, the answer is no. Unless writers Hoffman, J. Mills Goodloe »

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James Marsden Replaces Paul Walker in The Best of Me

9 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Originally planned for the late Paul Walker to headline, the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me has now cast James Marsden in the lead. Deadline has the news, which arrives just hours after it was announced that Rupert Friend will be taking over Agent 47 , a new adaptation of the video game Hitman , which was also going to feature Walker in the lead prior to his tragic death late last year. Michael Hoffman will direct The Best of Me with a script he wrote alongside Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name published in 2011, the book is officially described as follows: In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite »

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