17 items from 2016
While Nicholas Sparks has become a one man love story factory, churning out novel after novel that then become movie after movie, his "franchise" almost never happened. The writer sold the option on the film rights to The Notebook in 1995, but it wasn.t until 2004 that the movie was finally made. While there were several different reasons for why the movie took so long to develop, one of them was fairly vital. Nobody wanted to play the lead. It turns out that if you thought Noah was a boring character on screen, so did everybody else. One of the things which is generally agreed is needed for good storytelling is a strong character arc. A character begins the film in one place, and through the events that transpire, ends up somehow changed at the end. Nicholas Sparks was being interviewed on the IMDb Asks show when he admitted that many »
Sure, it's hard to guess which movies will be big enough draws to pull people away from their living rooms on Super Bowl weekend. But the studios were wrong about nearly every new offering this weekend, and so were the box office analysts.
The only new release that performed as expected was the Coen Brothers' period Hollywood spoof "Hail, Caesar!", debuting in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. That's pretty weak, even for filmmakers as cultish as the Coens. Yet it was still far better than this weekend's other new wide releases, "The Choice" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" -- both of which opened well below expectations. It's enough to make you wonder if moviegoers have lost interest in both Nicholas Sparks and zombies.
Sparks, the novelist whose tearjerking romances have been adapted into such hits as "The Notebook," used to be one of Hollywood's most reliable brands, generating 11 movies over the past 17 years. »
- Gary Susman
Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.
For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.
Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »
- Brent Lang
A million memes of Ryan Gosling seducing you with his eloquent feminist speak wouldn't have happened had Gosling not landed the very sexy role of Noah in The Notebook. Surprisingly, Gosling didn't have much competition for the role, though. According to Nicholas Sparks, via an IMDb Asks interview, no one wanted to play Noah: "It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, ‘Well, what’s Noah’s arc?’" He went on, “It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up and then he’s there and he’s still in love and then at the end of the film, well, he’s still in love. Where’s the arc? Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life.” (At least Sparks is cognizant that his characters aren't characters.) Films based »
- Greg Cwik
Get ready for a good cry - The Choice, Nicholas Sparks's latest adaptation, is hitting theaters this week. As the cameras rolled in 2014, I visited the breathtaking set in the coastal neighborhood of Middle Sound Loop in Wilmington, Nc. Fans of the novel will recall there are two parts to this heart-tugging story: Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Teresa Palmer) fall in love and then Travis makes the hardest decision of his life. I experienced a day of the couple's cute beginning, when the veterinarian and physician's assistant are getting to know each other as neighbors. The warm weather lends itself to Southern cookouts, sunny boat rides, and of course, the opportunity for party-loving Travis to tick off Gabby. In between these fun scenes, the author and actors sat down with me to chat one on one about bringing this Sparks fan favorite to life. Read on for all the details, »
- Nick Maslow
For many, Nicholas Sparks’ adaptations are a dead horse that have been beaten with punishing predictability. Now released as annual installments, every new one is greeted with the same critiques of predictability, melodramatic writing and the avalanche of contrivances that make up the plot. Sparks’ adaptations have distilled their paint-by-numbers blueprint to a science with the same immutable features, namely a fawning view of North Carolina that doubles as a superlative tourism board video, and a star-crossed romance that’s struck with divine intervention.
Ross Katz’s The Choice isn’t terribly dissimilar from the rest of the crop, but it’s still one of the better Sparks adaptations since The Notebook because it doesn’t simply feel like it’s dragging its heels until the main conflict hits. For the first hour, it’s just a very good hang-out movie with likable characters and amiable dialogue that recall the »
- Michael Snydel
2016 is five weeks old, so the new model is rolling off the assembly line. You might think I’m referring to an automobile company like Ford or Lincoln. Well, we are dealing with a brand name, one associated with popular novels instead of cars. Stephen King is still king of the horror/suspense novels, John Grisham has the legal thrillers, and Nicholas Sparks is best known for the swoony, sweeping romance paperbacks that fill the spinner racks at airport gift shops and often protrude from the tops of canvas beach bags. His best sellers quickly grabbed the attention of the movie studios, and almost a dozen have been translated to the big screen (easy to see why since they don’t require costly CGI action set pieces or big name superstars since Sparks is the name that draws ’em in). Back to the assembly line reference, there’s been a »
- Jim Batts
“Now pay attention, because I’m about to tell you the secret of life.” These would be hard opening lines for any film to live up to, but when spoken at the beginning of “The Choice” — the latest, and quite possibly worst, tissue-thin weepie to issue forth from the Nicholas Sparks page-to-screen assembly line— the gulf between what’s promised and what’s delivered is wide enough to be spotted from space. Beginning as a merely mediocre retread of standard Sparksian tropes, veering off into self-parody around the hour-mark, and finally concluding with one of the most brazenly cynical climaxes recently committed to film, “The Choice” presents audiences with a fairly easy decision at the multiplex.
In spite of his status as a critical punching bag, Sparks is usually a successful storyteller. At least, successful stories have been told with his assistance. Nick Cassavetes’ 2004 adaptation of “The Notebook,” to cite the most obvious example, »
- Andrew Barker
Many of you know being single can be very difficult. Social expectations and romantic comedies have forced you to desperately scavenge for your Prince Charming. You’ll try Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid and the rest of those silly dating apps, but odds say you probably wont find your Ryan Gosling from The Notebook. That’s okay though! How To Be Single starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann will show you how to have fun and enjoy being single! We caught up with the ladies at a recent press event and they shared with us some tips on embracing the bachelor(ette) life.
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“I’ve always been involved in the script oversight, notes, casting and selection of the director,” Sparks told Variety on Monday at the Los Angeles premiere of Lionsgate’s “The Choice” — which marks the 11th Nicholas Sparks adaptation. “Film is always a very collaborative process. You’ve got a lot of voices — studio voices, producers’ voices, directors’ voices, casts’ voice. I was always one of those voices,” said Sparks, who also foresees being involved in any future adaptations of his novels.
As his dynamic love stories continued to be developed into films, the bestselling author’s involvement in the productions increased; a progression he described as “a natural evolution.” Sparks was credited as a producer for “Safe Haven” (2013), “The Best of Me »
- Alyssa Sage
Us writer and producer, Jesse Stern.
Stern's credits include five seasons as a co-executive producer and writer of NCIS, writer of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.
Stern works across independent features, network television and video games and is currently the lead writer for studio Respawn Entertainment on their hit game Titanfall and its forthcoming sequel Titanfall 2..
Over the course of his career Jesse has sold comedy and drama television pilots to CBS, NBC and Fox..
Stern joins international guests including Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael Petroni (Backtrack, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Till Human Voices Wake Us), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine) as the industry discusses creating »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Based on the emotional and inspiring novel by literary superstar Nicholas Sparks, The Choice chronicles the power of love from a young couple’s rocky first meeting to a life-long romance that will be tested as their lives take a turn that neither of them ever anticipated.
When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend – until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives.
Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with »
- Movie Geeks
Rachel McAdams earned the first Oscar nomination of her career last week for her role as a Boston Globe reporter in director Tom McCarthy’s journalism drama, Spotlight. The 37-year-old actress has had an interesting career, flirting with bonafide movie star status but never quite reaching the heights of box office draws such as Scarlett Johansson.
Still, her resume is littered with collaborations with big-name stars and respected directors. Often seen as a rom-com or love story drama star, looking back at McAdams roster of films shows that the actress has had a much more diverse career then the public perception would imply.
Now, dead-center in a best supporting actress race with no clear front runner, in which Kate Winslet has won the Golden Globe for Steve Jobs while Swedish breakout Alicia Vikander took home the Critics’ Choice Award for The Danish Girl, McAdams may »
- Patrick Shanley
Australian writer Michael Petroni has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference in March.
Petroni, whose writing credits include The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia, has joined this year's lineup of speakers strong lineup of speakers at the conference which is being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, Victoria.
With Masterclasses, Discussions and In Conversations, the National Screenwriters Conference has gathered leading international industry authorities including the previously announced Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), Douglas Petrie (American Horror Story, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil) and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine).
Petroni started his career in the »
- Staff Writer
Hollywood is full of good films made by actors who didn’t get along.
Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine despised each other while filming Terms of Endearment, Ryan Goslingand Rachel McAdams were at odds playing lovers in The Notebook and Humphrey Bogart couldn’t stand hisSabrina co-stars William Holden and Audrey Hepburn.
Sabrina (1954), directed by Billy Wilder, casts Bogart as Linus Larrabee, the older and much more responsible brother to playboy David Larrabee (Holden). David stuns his wealthy family when he makes a play for Sabrina (Hepburn), the chauffer’s daughter. It’s up to Linus to break up the inappropriate match, and in doing so he falls in love with Sabrina.
Perhaps it was his own insecurity — playing the 54-year-old love interest to the 24-year-old Hepburn — that caused Bogart to berate his co-stars, but whatever the cause of his animosity it remains off-screen, allowing viewers to enjoy this witty, »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Source: INFphoto.com It's been more than 11 years since The Notebook made you feel all kinds of emotions, including those feelings about Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as a couple. They were a real-life duo for two years before their split in 2007, and they've both since moved on with multiple matches. Rachel was serious with Michael Sheen and rumored to have dated her True Detective costar Taylor Kitsch, while Ryan and his current leading lady, Eva Mendes, welcomed a daughter together in 2014. Ryan and Rachel might be over, but in honor of the their epic love in The Notebook - and their recent reunion at the Golden Globes - we're looking back at 10 sweet snaps that will really make you want them back. Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: INFphoto.com Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: INFphoto.com Source: Getty Source: Getty »
- Lauren Turner
Ryan Gosling made his triumphant return to the red carpet a couple months ago while promoting his film The Big Short, and the actor showed up to the Golden Globes on Sunday to help support the movie, which was nominated for best motion picture, musical or comedy. While Ryan spent most of the night mingling with costars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell, there was another Globes guest who we would have loved to see him interact with: his ex-girlfriend Rachel McAdams. Rachel looked gorgeous on the red carpet in a floral Lanvin gown, and once she got inside it was hard to ignore the fact that she was sitting just two tables away from Ryan - is anyone else getting hot flashes thinking about their epic MTV Movie Awards moment back in 2005? Though Rachel and Ryan only dated for four years and have both moved on to other people, »
- Brittney Stephens
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