8 items from 2015
Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki is directing the historical drama “Castro’s Daughter.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the July 20 resumption of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro had announced on December 17 that diplomatic relations would resume, 53 years after the countries severed ties.
“Castro’s Daughter” is based on the life story of Alina Fernandez, who was born in 1956 — three years before her father Fidel Castro took power. Fernandez was Castro’s love child with Naty Revuelta, a wealthy socialite who sold her belongings to sponsor and co-finance Castro’s army and allowed her home to be used as a headquarters for planning his coming to power.
She fled Cuba as a dissident in 1993 disguised »
- Dave McNary
Chris Harrison wears many hats, including TV host, therapist, and crazy-lady wrangler on The Bachelor and its plethora of spinoffs, and now he can add romance novelist to that list. Alas, we had hoped for a tell-all memoir, but we're still pretty excited. I spoke with Chris recently, and he shared a little bit about the book, his inspiration, and what he considers "the Bible of romance novels." Popsugar: How are you doing? Chris Harrison: I'm good; I'm a little busy. I'm a little overwhelmed right now. Life's a little crazy. The book was a bigger project than I ever anticipated. Ps: Yeah, tell me about that. Ch: I wrote a romance novel called The Perfect Letter [out May 19] that has been in the works for about two to two and a half years. I didn't realize what a large undertaking that would be. Mr. Naive, I'll just write a book. »
Just because American Idol‘s Top 6 will cover “Arena Anthems” next Wednesday (8/7c on Fox) doesn’t mean we want a Jock Jams-type situation. (Not that there’s anything wrong with “Pump Up the Jam,” mind you.)
Thankfully, the parameters for the theme are a little broader than that — essentially “songs that can entertain a massive crowd and are performed by mega superstars.”
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Since 1999, with "Message in a Bottle," his films have earned more than $800 million. Lately, however, his appeal seems to be dwindilng, at least for moviegoers. Last year's "The Best of Me," starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, had the lowest opening yet of any the films based on his books. Will the latest adaptation, "The Longest Ride," stars Scott Eastwood (yep, son of Clint) do better?
It wasn't easy -- since rarely have critics and audiences disagreed more -- but we ranked Sparks's movie adaptations from best to worst. »
- Sharon Knolle
Nobody does romance like Nicholas Sparks! Now, the latest adaptation of Sparks’ work is getting the big screen treatment and heading into theatres this Friday.
The Longest Ride tells two parallel tales of love and loss that explore the nature of what it means to sacrifice it all for the one you love. Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson), and Luke (Scott Eastwood) are unlikely lovers whose lives become intertwined with a much older man, Ira (Alan Alda). As he reflects on his long lost love, we see his story of the past unfold through Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin whose romance offers wisdom and insight to the younger couple.
The Longest Ride marks the 10th film adaptation of a Sparks novel. While The Notebook might be the most popular of his page-to-screen adaptations, it was 1999’s Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright that began the wave »
- Rachel West
The 1983 breakup of The Police was a mystery and a disappointment to their fans who looked to the band's fusion of multicultural sounds and musical proficiency on songs like "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle," and the great paranoia anthem, "Every Breath You Take," as an oasis in the pastel, plastic 1980s sonic landscape. Guitarist Andy Summers documents the interrupted rise of the band in Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police. He chatted with me about what exactly happened, what it took to reunite, and how Sting "wasn't a team player."The Lady Miz Diva: Why did you feel now was the time for this documentary? Andy Summers: Well, you know, actually, I felt the time was many years ago. It's been around for quite...
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After 25 years of marriage, romance writer Nicholas Sparks -- known for his bestselling book-turned movies The Notebook, Message In a Bottle and Dear John -- is separating from his wife Cathy. "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly," Sparks, 49, tells People of him and Cathy's decision to part ways. "We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. For our children's sake, we regard this as a private matter."
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The two were married in 1989 -- seven years before he wrote The Notebook-- and have five children together, three sons and twin daughters. Their youngest is 12 and their oldest is 23. Sparks and his wife, a former lending-company account executive, also created the Epiphany School through the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
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While Sparks has penned 17 romantic novels, nine of which »
There will be no storybook ending for Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy - the woman who inspired so many of the best-selling author's novels. The king of the love story, who has penned 17 romantic novels - nine of which, including The Notebook, have been made into movies - is splitting from his wife of 25 years. "Cathy and I have separated," Sparks, 49, tells People exclusively. "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. For our children's sake, we regard this as a private matter. »
- Tim Nudd
8 items from 2015
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