17 items from 2014
Chances are you know Clayne Crawford as that guy who always plays the jerk-off. The actor, 36, has long been typecast as the villain, most recently in 24 and Justified, and going back to his smirkiest work in teen movies like Swimfan and A Walk to Remember. But in Ray McKinnon’s outstanding small-town drama Rectify, Crawford gets to be heartbreaking as a frustrated tire salesman whose world is turned upside down when his brother-in-law is released from Death Row. Vulture chatted with Crawford about feeling bad for fratty Ted Jr., long days on set, and coming to terms with a chronic case of what he calls relaxed douche face.Things are falling apart for Teddy. His marriage is in trouble. The tire business is in bad shape. I’m sure there are plenty of people who still want to punch him for the way he treats Daniel, but I just feel »
- Denise Martin
Think back to all your teenage crushes. Most of them probably won you over in Nicholas Sparks movies. From bad-boy-turned-epic-love Shane West in A Walk to Remember to Ryan Gosling and his Notebook kisses in the rain, these characters know how to steal your heart. The question is whether you're into war veterans like Zac Efron in The Lucky One or Channing Tatum in Dear John or more about beachside loves like Liam Hemsworth in The Last Song or Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven. Or are you perhaps partial to silver fox Richard Gere in Nights in Rodanthe? And there are two others who have yet to debut on the big screen that you could love too: James Marsden's scruffy character in the upcoming Best of Me and Scott Eastwood's mysterious one in The Longest Ride. It's a tough call, but vote for your favorite Nicholas Sparks stud below. »
- Alyse Whitney
Lionsgate has acquired the North American and U.K. distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Choice.”
The project, which has not yet signed a director or cast, is the second that Sparks has set up at his 2-year-old production company. The author has seen eight of his novels turned into films starting with “Message in a Bottle” in 1999, followed by “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song,” “The Lucky One” and “Safe Haven.”
“The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. »
- Dave McNary
The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone, is based on the mega-popular and New York Times best seller by John Green. The story is narrated by 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a cancer patient with thyroid cancer; which spreads to her lungs, who falls in love with amputee Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a 17-year-old boy recovering from Osteosarcoma. Once meeting Augustus in the literal heart of Jesus (aka support group), Hazel’s failed attempts of trying to stay “just friends” with the boy who sticks a cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor and has a crazy obsession of being remembered are bound to fail.
This film is anything but a banality or, in other words, a “cliché.” There is something special and different about this film that can’t compare to other tragedies seen in other book-inspired films such as A Walk to Remember (2002) or The Last Song »
- Celina Russo
We’re told from the very beginning that this is a different kind of cancer story. There will be no Hollywood fluff or gloss here says our narrator and lead character Hazel (Shailene Woodley). Instead, she’s going to tell us the cold, hard truth of what it’s like to be a teenager facing a health-related death sentence. Well, the cold, hard truth as filtered through a slightly less glossy Hollywood lens anyway. Hazel’s childhood cancer has moved into her lungs leaving her a teenager whose constant companions are an oxygen tank on wheels and a pair of tubes up her nose. She spends her days re-reading her favorite book and watching with wistful eyes as young couples in love live their lives around her until a chance meeting with a fellow cancer survivor named Augustus (Ansel Elgort) leads not only to her very own love story, but also to a new appreciation for metaphors »
- Rob Hunter
Never Having to Say You’re Sorry: Boone’s Adaptation Jerks Your Tears
Director Josh Boone adapts John Green’s popular 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars for the screen, and he’s got some big shoes to fill. Named Time magazine’s number one fiction book of the year, and lauded as “the greatest romance story of this decade” by Entertainment Weekly, it seems the type of tragic romance geared to overshadow the footsteps of Erich Segal’s Love Story and Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember. And, to be honest, who isn’t moved by love crossed teenagers, especially if they also happen to be assailed by the shadow of time crunching cancer in every frame? To his credit, this adaptation is heads above Boone’s execrable directorial debut, Stuck in Love (2012), which centers on an erudite family amidst disjointed unification of love and literature. In a laudable »
- Nicholas Bell
HBO love a project with a bit of gravitas; a sense that they are shedding some light on something that needs to be in the spotlight. This could be women and their sex lives a la Sex and the City, modern day gay relationships which they portrayed in Looking or prohibition America as seen in Boardwalk Empire. Their next project, titled Open City, looks set to follow in these footsteps and will focus on the turbulent gay rights revolution of 1960′s New York City. The drama will explore characters from all corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era and the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub.
We can hear the questions now; who’s Adam Shankman and why is he a big deal? Well here’s a potted history: »
- Victoria Bull
A walk to remember! Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner played significant roles in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy on Saturday, May 24, Us Weekly has learned. Sources tell Us that the former Olympic athlete, 64, walked his stepdaughter down the aisle as she made her way to the altar. Mom Kris, for her part, carried her granddaughter North West, 11 months, right before them. (Bruce previously took over the same role when Kardashian wed NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011; her [...] »
For Eastwood, 28, the son of Clint Eastwood, The Longest Ride will be his first major studio gig in a leading role. He’ll play Luke Collins in the movie, a young man who falls in love with a college student named Sophia Danko, reported Deadline. Their love story will unfold as a local 91-year-old man looks back on falling for his wife while he’s trapped in a car crash.
Eastwood personally announced his great casting news through Instagram, posting a picture of himself holding the best-seller with the caption, “Great book. Thanks Fox for this amazing opportunity!! #thelongestride #nicholassparks.”
Eastwood has previously »
Mandy Moore turns the big 3-0 today!The pop star first entered the music scene in 1999 when she released her first single, "Candy" off of her debut album "So Real." The album rapidly reached platinum certification, and she went on to release three more albums before parting ways with her record label in 2003. Following a successful music career, the singer-songwriter switched her focus to acting and made her film debut in the 2001 film "Dr. Dolittle 2," before staring alongside Anne Hathaway in the "The Princess Diaries" later that year. In 2002, the singer-turned-actress landed her first starring role playing Jamie Sullivan in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel "A Walk to Remember," which also spawned a soundtrack filled with songs she performed.On the heels of her breakthrough performance, the brunette beauty appeared in various films, such as "Chasing Liberty," "Saved!" and "How to Deal," and later voiced the character »
- tooFab Staff
The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection is another of those set releases that is the best and worst of all possible worlds. Serious fans are going to be happy to get collectible postcards, and a “personal letter from Nicholas Sparks,” but they already own the movies, and the discs don’t have any new bonuses.
On the other hand, if you don’t already own the movies (or only have one or two), this is a great collection to bring them all home at once. While there aren’t new bonuses, and the films aren’t remastered, or otherwise jazzed up with new treatments, most of the films include some solid bonuses anyway, and even the aging Message in a Bottle looks pretty good.
The Collection includes:
Running through »
- Marc Eastman
Congratulations, Mandy Moore! Five years ago today, the Tangled star and her singer-songwriter hubby Ryan Adams tied the knot...and they are still going strong! The actress commemorated the happy occasion Instagramming a pic of the couple's marriage license with the caption, "The best 5 years....." The duo wed in a private ceremony in Georgia on March 10, 2009, when the groom was 34 and the bride was only 24. The lovebirds have remained pretty low-key about their relationship, but the now 29-year-old definitely isn't shy about professing her love for her man on social media. For his 39th birthday in November, the A Walk to Remember actress posted an adorable photo with her other half »
If you’re looking for a romantic movie to watch over Valentine’s Day weekend, you can get seven of them in the recently released Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection, which, for the first time, unites Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, and The Notebook. Sparks chatted with EW about some of their signature moments, the challenges of topping sex scenes, why the ending of Safe Haven really shouldn’t have shocked you, and what’s next.
Entertainment Weekly: The adaptations of your novels always include what »
- Mandi Bierly
Live in the moment. In itself, this adage is positive and helpful, but can it go too far? Can people invest themselves so much in the present that it becomes a detriment to their future? This is the question raised by James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) brilliant love story film, The Spectacular Now. Hit the jump to read my Blu-ray review of the movie. The film opens with the extroverted Sutter (Miles Teller) attempting to crank out a college application essay before getting distracted. Sutter has always been the life of the party. His charismatic ebullience helps him to charm those around him: his friends, his girlfriend, and his employer, played by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), all the while barely concealing his alcoholism. However, an unexpected breakup leaves him hurt and confused. After an intense bender, he wakes up confused on the lawn of his reserved and insecure classmate Aimee, played »
- Gabe Chase
“I’m crying.” “Dead.” “It’s perfect.” “She’s not who I pictured.” “He’s so cute.”
One might expect those kind of over-the-top reactions from fans when the first look at a superhero or other likely summer blockbuster debuts. (I mean, we all remember where we were when we first saw Heath Ledger as the Joker, right?) But today was a different kind of big summer movie: Fans got the first full-length trailer for the movie adaptation of the beloved Ya book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
- Erin Strecker
Get the tissue out!Shailene Woodley stars in the new drama, "The Fault in Our Stars," alongside her "Divergent" costar Ansel Elgort -- and it definitely looks like an emotional roller coaster. The film -- based off of John Green's novel -- follows the story of Hazel, who meets Gus in a cancer support group. The two fall in love despite Hazel's diagnosis with a terminal illness. If you loved "A Walk To Remember," then we're sure you'll be a fan of "The Fault in Our Stars" as it follows the same bittersweet love story of two teenagers dealing with the seemingly-unfair cards life's dealt them. Are you excited to see Woodley's latest flick? Sound off below, and check out the amazing trailer above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Have you seen "The Vow"? "Safe Haven"? "The Notebook"? "The Lucky One"? "A Walk to Remember"? "The Last Song"? "Dear John"? Then you have already seen the trailer for "Endless Love," the latest weepy romantic melodrama that follows the tortured love affair between two uncommonly attractive young people living in a photogenic location. This one stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, two uncommonly attractive young people with made-up names whose unfolding romance consists mainly of twirling through public fountains, staring lovingly at one another on carnival rides, running through grassy meadows and reciting impassioned tear-stained »
- Chris Eggertsen
17 items from 2014
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