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Ranking Every Nicholas Sparks Movie Couple, from Pathetic to Passionate

20 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

While we’ve pretty much established all Nicholas Sparks films are the same, the one factor that truly sets them apart is the chemistry between the lead actors. Sure, we could watch attractive people kissing in the rain, hair blowing in the wind during a slow embrace on the sandy shores of North Carolina all day, but if the passion isn’t there, we ain’t buying it.

As the author’s latest book-to-film venture The Best of Me is currently in theaters, only time will tell where James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan fall on the spectrum of believable couples in Sparks’ movie repertoire.

Of course, not all silver screen couples can be up to par with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams‘ perfectness in The Notebook. The two couldn’t stand each other at first on set, and they were still the most heart wrenching on screen. Take note from »

- Taylor Ferber

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Us Box Office Report – Brad Pitt’s Fury topples Gone Girl with $23.5 million opening

20 October 2014 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your Us Box Office Report for w/c 20th October 2014…

Having closed the 58th BFI London Film Festival this past weekend, David Ayer’s World War II tank movie Fury has knocked Gone Girl from the number one spot in a solid weekend for the box office.

Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, Fury took $23.5 million over 3,173 screens, despite the middling reviews from some critics. This puts it on the right path to easily make back its $68 million budget, as it has yet to open anywhere else in the world.

Although having been knocked from its throne at the top of the charts, David Fincher’s Gone Girl had another good weekend at the box office, taking $17.8 million to bring its domestic total to $107 million. Gone Girl is now the fifth most successful movie from Fincher and should overtake Alien3, Panic Room and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but »

- Luke Owen

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James Marsden offers parenting advice to Ryan Gosling

19 October 2014 6:10 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

While new parents Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are busy keeping the paparazzi at bay from their super cute baby Esmeralda, Ryan.s The Notebook co-star James Marsden offered some parenting advice.

"Make it through the first year! You'll get your sleep eventually," Marsden, 41, told Yahoo. "You go through those sleep-deprived months where you don't know who you are or where you are, or what's happening."

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James Marsden offers parenting advice to Ryan Gosling

19 October 2014 6:10 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

While new parents Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are busy keeping the paparazzi at bay from their super cute baby Esmeralda, Ryan.s The Notebook co-star James Marsden offered some parenting advice.

"Make it through the first year! You'll get your sleep eventually," Marsden, 41, told Yahoo. "You go through those sleep-deprived months where you don't know who you are or where you are, or what's happening."

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Box office report: 'Fury' reaps $23.5 million in a successful debut

19 October 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman »

- Chris Lee

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Gena Rowlands for La Film Critics career achievement award

19 October 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gena Rowlands has been the named the recipient of this year's Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca) career achievement award.

The Hollywood legend will be honoured next year on January 10.

Lafca announced the news yesterday (October 18) on Twitter.

Past honourees include Doris Day, Richard Lester and Rowlands's late husband John Cassavetes, who received the award in 1986.

Rowlands worked with Cassavetes on ten films, earning Academy Award nominations for Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence.

She also appeared in 2004 movie The Notebook, as the older version of Rachel McAdams' character Allie Calhoun. »

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Box Office: Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Edges Out ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Gone Girl’

19 October 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors held off “Gone Girl” at the multiplexes this weekend as “Fury” topped box office charts with a $23.5 million debut.

Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, “Gone Girl” showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million) as Fincher’s highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.

“It’s one of those movies that it’s so provocative that if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Gone Girl.” “It’s as simple as that.”

In a sign that adults are returning to theaters after sitting out the summer popcorn season, »

- Brent Lang

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Top Novel-To-Screen Adaptations

19 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Adaptations from popular novels are an essential part of modern day filmmaking. Each year, some of our favourite classic novels get the backing of top Hollywood producers and our favourite fictional characters are brought to life on screen to much excitement stemming from the broad fanbases of the original novels.

One such novel, Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern, has received the big-screen treatment and will be released in UK cinemas on the 22nd October under an altered title, Love, Rosie, Starring young and popular talent such as Lily Collins and heartthrob Sam Claflin, Love, Rosie centres on Rosie and her best friend Alex who take a leap of faith, both on life and on each other, when they decide to go to the Us together to attend university. But fate has other plans for Rosie. Over the next 12 years their lives change dramatically but the connection remains.

To celebrate this exciting release, »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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James Marsden Offers Parenting Advice to The Notebook Costar Ryan Gosling

19 October 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Looks like Lon actually has Noah's back! James Marsden recently offered parenting advice to his former The Notebook costar Ryan Gosling. Us broke news that Gosling welcomed baby girl Esmeralda Amada last month with Eva Mendes. "Make it through the first year! You'll get your sleep eventually," Marsden, 41, told Yahoo on Thursday, Oct. 16, while promoting his latest Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. "You go through those sleep-deprived months where you don't know who you are or where you are, or what's happening." "But just [...] »

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Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From La Film Critics

18 October 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the La Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that’s spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen.

Rowlands’ films include Faces and Minnie and Moskowitz for Cassavetes, Another Woman for Woody Allen, Lonely Are The Brave with Kirk Douglas, Night On Earth for Jim Jarmusch, Unhook the Stars, The Notebook, and Yellow for son Nick Cassavetes, and Broken English for daughter Zoe Cassavetes. Career Achievement honorees who were voted on by members of Lafca in recent years include Richard Lester, Frederick Wiseman, and Doris Day.

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- The Deadline Team

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L.A. Film Critics to Honor Gena Rowlands

18 October 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. will present Gena Rowlands with its career achievement award, the group announced on Saturday.

An 84-year-old veteran of film, TV and theater, Rowlands is particularly celebrated for helping to usher in a bold new commitment to realism in American screen acting in the 1960s and ’70s, never more so than in her grittily layered, emotionally fearless performances for the writer-director John Cassavetes. Their 10-picture collaboration, which included such films as “Shadows” (1959) and “Faces” (1968), earned Rowlands two Oscar nominations for best actress, in “A Woman Under the Influence” (1975) and “Gloria” (1981).

Cassavetes received the L.A. critics’ career achievement award in 1986, making him and Rowlands the first husband-and-wife duo to be so honored in the group’s nearly 40-year history.

Over her 60-plus years as an actress, Rowlands has won four Emmys, for “The Betty Ford Story” (1987), “Face of a Stranger” (1991), “Hysterical Blindness” (2003) and “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie »

- Justin Chang

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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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'The Best Of Me' Review Roundup: Nicholas Sparks, James Marsden Flick Fairs Poorly With Critics

17 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Best of Me, the latest filmic adaptation of one of Nicholas Sparks' love story novels, stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as the movie's star-crossed lovers.

In The Best of Me, Marsden plays Dawson Cole, a contemplative Louisiana oil-rigger, who wants to give his life new meaning after an accident nearly cuts it short. He gets a second chance at love with childhood sweetheart Amanda (Monaghan) when a bizarre set of circumstances brings her back to him from hundreds of miles away, where she has children and a disappointment for a husband.

'The Best Of Me' Reviewed

The Best of Me follows a long list of Sparks novels adapted for the big screen. Like its predecessors, it follows a predictable formula that the majority of critics have grown more than weary of watching. Despite the contrived and dubious plot, critics still found room to praise the »

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‘The Best of Me’ Gets ‘Worst’ Reviews: 11 Critics Who Love to Hate the New Nicholas Sparks Movie

17 October 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It hasn't even been two years since “Safe Haven” was obliterated by critics when it hit theaters in 2013, but Hollywood is already rolling out another weepy Nicholas Sparks adaptation. This time, the love story about a guy from the wrong side of the tracks falling for a rich chick amid flashbacks between past and present (yes, that's “The Notebook” formula all over again) is called “The Best of Me.” Unfortunately for anybody involved — who care about anything other than box office returns, at least — “The Best” has received the worst critical reception of any Sparks adaptation to »

- Greg Gilman

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The Best Of Me – The Review

16 October 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Nicholas Sparks latest romantic flick The Best Of Me has finally proven that the same, formulaic love story doesn’t always end up successful.

The Best Of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two high school sweethearts that run back into each other after returning to their hometown after 21 years for a funeral. Soon, their romance reignites, and the two seem to finally be back on track. The only problem is that the trouble that caused their initial split begins to loom. Can their love survive another trip down memory lane?

If you’ve ever seen a Nicholas Spark film you already know the answer to the above question.

Let me start off by saying that I do not hate the work of Nicholas Sparks. I enjoyed The Notebook. I might not have gone gaga over it like the rest of the world, but I really enjoyed it. »

- Melissa Howland

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Forecast (cont.): 'The Best of Me,' 'Men, Women & Children,' 'Birdman'

16 October 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast"Opening at 2,936 theaters, The Best of Me is the ninth Nicholas Sparks adaptation to hit the big screen. Sparks adaptations have been fairly consistent*the last four movies opened between $16 million and $30.5 million. However, the highest-grossing entry remains 2004's The Notebook, which ended its run with just north of $81 million.The Best of Me seems to fit nicely in to the Sparks playbook. It's a romance (of course), and posters feature essentially the same image (two lovers touching faces) as virtually every other Sparks movie poster.There's reason to believe that The Best of Me may fall a bit short of the standard Sparks range, though. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan are respected actors, but don't necessarily fit in to the genre as naturally as Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough (of last year's Safe Haven). Also, the movie's split timeline has been hard to pin down »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Nicholas Sparks Movies Are Actually Full of Goofs!

16 October 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Best of Me hits theaters on Friday and we were inspired to go back and marathon the other movies based on his books. 

The ninth Nicholas Sparks film adaption – sappy romance flick Best of Me -- hits theaters on Friday and we were inspired to go back and marathon the other movies based on his books. 

Movies: Nicholas Sparks Explains Why 'The Best of Me' is the New 'Notebook'

You may not have noticed this earlier, either, but some of your favorite Sparks films actually have some pretty hysterical mess-ups.

Remember when Noah lies in the middle of the street in The Notebook? He says, "My dad and I used to come out here and watch the lights change from green to red to yellow." Um, that's not really possible, Noah -- traffic lights go from green to yellow to red. 

And during the same scene, Noah is lies down in the middle of the »

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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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Box Office Predictions: 'Fury' Takes on 'The Best of Me' and 'The Book of Life'

16 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Fury has the best trailer of the group, and we know it's all about marketing for opening weekend. Plus, you know, 79 percent on Rt is the highest of the weekend. Is my $28.8 million call enoughc It's also winning the Fandango "most anticipated" award for the weekend. Brad Pittc See, the evidence is all apparent for a Fury victory, the only drama left is just how high this one can reach. The Best of Me will draw all the Nicholas Sparks fans, plus the occasional hapless date night. Safe Haven and The Lucky One both opened just north of $20 million, but I'm slightly less bullish on this title due to 1.) Star power and 2.) Time of year. It's odd to say, but Julianne Hough and Zac Efron are slightly more credentialed and marketable within the key demo here than James Marsden. Although the film isn't nearly as mindless as The Notebook it's still not exactly brilliant either. »

- Laremy Legel

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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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