15 items from 2014
The show will return to the schedule on January 13th and will air two episodes back-to-back each week starting at 8pm on Tuesdays. It will then run for seven weeks leading to the series finale on February 24th. [Source: The Live Feed]
The Last Man on Earth
January Jones ("X-Men"), Mel Rodriguez ("Getting On"), Kristen Schaal ("Flight of the Conchords") and Cleopatra Coleman ("Step Up Revolution") have joined the cast of Fox's midseason single-camera comedy series "The Last Man on Earth".
"22 Jump Street" helmer Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed the pilot for the straight-to-series project about an average guy (Will Forte) who searches the entire United States for any signs of other living humans after an unknown event wipes out the entire population of Earth. »
- Garth Franklin
Starz has announced the series development of "Storyville," which is set in New Orleans during the turn of the 20th century when an exceedingly vibrant, celebratory subculture emerged, and fueled the birth of jazz. Award-winning film and theatre Writer/Director George C. Wolfe ("Nights in Rodanthe," "Lackawanna Blues," “Lucky Guy”) will serve as screenwriter and director, with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment producing the series, led by Scott Huff, Vice President of Development and Production. "We’re glad to be working in partnership again with Colin Callender and Playground Entertainment on this series and with one of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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.
- Melissa Howland
You-Hoo: Wolfe’s Als Drama Tries To Balance Sentiment With Schmaltz
Hilary Swank seems attracted to playing daunted heroines, continually up against considerable odds—the homophobic rednecks of Boys Don’t Cry, the white trash family unit of Million Dollar Baby, Gary Marshall’s ineptness in New Year’s Eve, and recently the misogyny of the Old West in The Homesman. Her latest drama, You’re Not You, finds the actress experiencing the deteriorating effects of Als (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Though winning two Oscars, Swank isn’t always the herald of great cinema, more often than not making questionable choices for someone of her caliber and talent. Flanked by co-stars like Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, a director whose last film was Nights in Rodanthe (2008), and co-written by Shana Feste, the director of sugary sap like The Greatest (2009) and Country Strong »
- Nicholas Bell
Tony Award–winning director George C. Wolfe’s only cinematic effort prior to You’re Not You was the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Nights in Rodanthe. It’s therefore unsurprising his latest film opens with a Sparksian shot of happily married Kate (Hilary Swank) and Evan (Josh Duhamel) making love in the shower. It also sets the tone for the movie’s subsequent derivative nature.
Kate, a successful designer -- I think; she has fabric swatches in her office -- and former classical pianist, is stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als) in the first minutes. Fast-forward 18 months, and she’s barely ambulatory, requiring assistance bathing, eating, and just about everything else. Enter Bec (Emmy Rossum), a twentysomething wannabe ro »
As the whole world is busy dumping ice water on their heads to help find a cure for Als, there's been a movie in the works about a woman struggling with the illness. Today, we have a trailer for "You're Not You," featuring Hilary Swank as a famous pianist who is diagnosed with the disease and finds an unconventional assistant (Emmy Rossum) to help her. Check out the trailer below. The new movie is directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) and is set to get a VOD and limited theatrical release on October 10th. Trailer: »
Awareness of Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gherig's disease) has been raised exponentially thanks to the online charity trend of the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, with donations going to the Als Association, aiming to find a cure for the disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. All the talk about support to fight disease is mere coincidence as a film called You're Not You is on the way featuring Hilary Swank as a famous pianist who suddenly finds herself diagnosed by the disease, and hires an unconventional assistant, Emmy Rossum, to help her cope. It looks pretty conventional and very melodramatic, but also pretty uplifting on some level, I guess. Watch! Here's the first trailer for George C. Wolfe's You're Not You, originally from EW: You're Not You is directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) and »
- Ethan Anderton
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
“Sun” tells the story of two teenage twins, Noah and Jude, both budding artists who are torn apart in the wake of a family tragedy, but are reunited as they put the pieces back together. The book has received strong early reviews.
- Dave McNary
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
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
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,
Prince Azim serves »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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
15 items from 2014