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Let's dust off the old part-time specialty feature "Oscar Bait" with some news on an acquisition, shall we? Now, this time last year a lot of eyes were turned toward Naomi Watts in what seemed like a baity role as Princess Diana in "Diana." Then the film waited for a distributor, and waited, and waited. The writing was on the wall by the time Entertainment One grabbed it and it went nowhere with critics, audiences and, certainly, awards-voting bodies. This year, the upstart distributor has another play that may or may not work out on the circuit, "You're Not You" starring two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Loretta Divine, Ernie Hudson and Marcia Gay Harden also star. Here's the official synopsis: "'You're Not You' centers on the relationship between Kate (Swank), a woman who has been immobilized by Als - also known as »
- Kristopher Tapley
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:
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- Marc Eastman
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
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Nicholas Sparks has created an empire from the hopeful yet tragic loves stories you read on vacation or watch after too many bottles of wine. Like Nancy Meyers, whose films always incorporate droolworthy decor, location is key. And Sparks’ films are almost exclusively set on the coasts of North or South Carolina–a nod to his adopted home of New Bern, Nc. Over the years numerous titles have been adapted from breezy beach reads into sugar-coated love stories with a male and female lead much too beautiful to be of this Earth.
Some stand out: The Notebook has become required viewing for any female and/or person with a beating heart, while Miley Cyrus‘ transformation from Disney girl to Twerk Queen included a pit stop in a role Sparks created just for her. But do all Nicholas Sparks novels-turned-blockbusters include letter-writing or a devastating illness in the final act? »
- Emily Exton
Kirk D’Amico and his team will commence sales at the Efm next month on the inspirational drama starring Hilary Swank.
Prince Azim’s Dpp is producing the film, marking what could become a significant move into production and financing by the son of the Sultan of Brunei, with Di Novi Pictures and 2S Films. CAA represents Us rights.
Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts adapted the novel by Michelle Wildgen about an accomplished woman in her 30s who is diagnosed with the incurable disease Als and hires a young woman as her care-giver with mutually beneficial results. The project is in post-production,
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Exclusive: Ann Peacock (The Chronicles Of Narnia, Nights In Rodanthe) has been tapped to adapt The Dovekeepers for Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and CBS. In December, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — the new It Couple of TV Miniseries/Event Series — landed CBS‘ first announced project from its new limited series and event programming unit. Like Burnett and Downey’s The Bible, The Dovekeepers is an historical series with religious overtones. The Dovekeepers is a four-hour miniseries based in Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about the Siege of Masada, and it will air on CBS in 2015. The mini will focus on “four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada,” according to CBS. Masada is the mountaintop fortress near the Dead Sea where the Romans found the last pocket of resistance after they conquered Jerusalem in 70 Ce. “We felt [the book] was best served if the »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
6 items from 2014
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