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Mandy Moore has had us hooked since "Candy." The bubbly pop star first burst onto the scene in 1999 with the release of her hit song, and since then she's done everything from tug at our heartstrings in Nicholas Sparks's A Walk to Remember to voice a Disney princess in Tangled. Along with her ever-changing career, the self-proclaimed cat lady has switched up her fashion sense (and hair color!) more times than we can count. Keep reading to see Mandy go from a teenage dream to a woman in charge, then check out her sweet friendship with Minka Kelly. »
From The Notebook to Dear John, and A Walk to Remember, nobody does romance quite like novelist Nicholas Sparks. Another one of his romances gets the page-to-screen treatment this week. The Longest Ride, which heads into theatres today, follows two couples separated by a generation and a war.
Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood play Sophia and Luke, respectively, a NYC-bound artist and a champion bull rider that may be pulled apart by their ambitions. However, after a chance meeting with an older man name Ira (Alan Alda) and learning about his beloved wife (Oona Chaplin), the young couple may reconsider their priorities.
If you’re not in the mood for a love story, Al Pacino has your back. His newest film, Danny Collins, hits theatres this weekend. Pacino plays an aging 1970s rocker based on the true story of folk singer Steven Tilston. The film, which played last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Cineplex Entertainment
Nicholas Sparks is arguably one of the most successful crossover star in the film and publishing industries, prolific in churning out sweeping bodice rippers and offering them up for adaptation. But more than his ability to find the intersection of earnest romance and socially acceptable sappiness, Sparks films are major vehicles for male and female movie stars. Would Mandy Moore and Shane Wast be nostalgia bait for millennials without “A Walk to Remember?” Where else would Zac Efron try to cut his teeth as a romantic lead but “The Lucky One?” Matthew Barry, a casting director on the most iconic Sparks big screen. »
- Linda Ge and Matt Donnelly
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
Shane West had what it takes to be a leading man in a Nicholas Sparks‘ film. (But not just any Sparks film, probably the most devastating one of them all, A Walk to Remember.) And the actor knows exactly why Sparks’ work gets the best of every emotion you never knew you had.
“He’s kind of batting a thousand,” West told Nick Lachey on Big Morning Buzz Live Friday. “He’s just very real with his stories, he comes from a real place. I think fans appreciate that.” He also reminisced about working with Mandy Moore and being on his first major press tour, which hit up Trl, obviously. “My biggest memory is no memory. I was so scared and intimidated. There were so many people in your face, screaming, laughing, smiling. It was chaos.”
Who else is searching for the fastest Walk to Remember streaming link and a box of tissues? »
- Taylor Ferber
5 items from 2015
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