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Demi Moore as Suzanne Dutchman in Michael Mailer's Blind: "It's a film about perception."

Michael Mailer and producer Jennifer Gelfer discuss the selection of Demi Moore's wardrobe with costume designer Evren Catlin (Liz W Garcia's One Percent More Humid starring Juno Temple, Maggie Siff, Julia Garner, Alessandro Nivola), Dylan McDermott's character not covering up a tattoo, what is real and what isn't, and why Blind (which has a screenplay by John Buffalo Mailer) is not Disney or Nicholas Sparks (Message In A Bottle, A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe, Dear John, The Longest Ride).

Alec Baldwin stars as Bill Oakland in Blind Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), a novelist and professor who lost his wife and his eyesight in a crash, meets Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) whose husband Mark (Dylan McDermott) was sent to prison for insider trading. She has to
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Paris Can Wait – Review

Can’t afford to pack your bags and embark on a vacation adventure in an exotic foreign land? No problem, just travel vicariously at the multiplex. Many different genre films have more than a bit of “travelogue” in them (one of the staples of “golden age” moviegoing was the double feature with several short subjects: cartoons, newsreels, comedy “two-reelers”, and the travelogue, sandwiched between the main films). One type of story often set in “faraway places’ is the “rom-com”. Oh, and a frequent star of such flicks is this film’s leading lady, Diane Lane (Under The Tuscan Sun, Nights In Rodanthe). Yes, we’re talking about Superman’s Earth mum (we’ll see her again in the role soon in Justice League). These stories and many other recent Lane films concern her character re-discovering love and desire, usually after a long-standing relationship has gone “phhfft”. Now she’s on
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‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers

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‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.

These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).

New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).

Netflix’s timely Tribeca documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” an eye-opening portrait of Donald Trump’s flamboyant dark knight,
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Diane Lane Talks Almost Starring in 'Pretty Woman' and Why She Prefers the Film's Alternate Dark Ending

Diane Lane Talks Almost Starring in 'Pretty Woman' and Why She Prefers the Film's Alternate Dark Ending
There's a reason why Diane Lane didn't want the female lead in Pretty Woman.

On Monday's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the 52-year-old actress recalled going out for the role of prostitute Vivian Ward, which ultimately went to Julia Roberts. Lane said "everybody in town went for that role," but at the time, it was a very different film.

Watch: Richard Gere Admits He Has Not Seen Pretty Woman in 27 Years

In the beloved 1990 romantic comedy, businessman (Richard Gere) needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute (Roberts) he meets on Hollywood Boulevard. After a whirlwind weekend, the two fall in love.

"It turned out to be a feel-good movie," she explained. "Originally, this crazy b**ch was kicked out of a rolling limo at the end because she was delusional that she thought this guy was really in love with her. She was only hired for the weekend, and we had
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A Transformed Richard Gere Finds Indie Is The Way To Go In Two New Films

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A Transformed Richard Gere Finds Indie Is The Way To Go In Two New Films
By my count it has been almost a decade since Richard Gere last toplined a conventional major studio film — 2008’s Nicholas Sparks romantic drama Nights In Rodanthe from Warner Bros. His last huge hit was 2002’s Oscar-winning musical Chicago, which brought him a Golden Globe but failed to put him in the Best Actor Oscar race, something that has unfairly eluded him his entire career. But the star of such hits as Pretty Woman, An Officer And A Gentleman, Primal Fear, America…
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Choice In St. Louis

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
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Katherine Heigl to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’ (Exclusive)

Katherine Heigl to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’ (Exclusive)
Katherine Heigl is set to star in the Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable,” directed by Denise Di Novi.

Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.

Di Novi is producing the film with her partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson is writing the script, which centers on a man whose new spouse is menaced by his ex-wife.

The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.

Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan.
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Producer Denise Di Novi to Direct Thriller ‘Unforgettable’

Producer Denise Di Novi to Direct Thriller ‘Unforgettable’
Warner Bros. has tapped longtime producer Denise Di Novi to make her directorial debut with the thriller “Unforgettable.”

Belle” director Amma Asante was initially attached to helm the project and Kerry Washington was in talks to star, but the two are no longer involved.

Di Novi is producing the film with her partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson is writing the script for “Unforgettable,” which centers on a man whose new spouse is menaced by his ex-wife.

Di Novi has produced a long list of films for Warner Bros., going back to Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” in 1992 and including “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “If I Stay” and the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films.
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Few sparks from romantic melodrama

  • IF.com.au
The once-winning Nicholas Sparks formula of a young couple.s quest for love being derailed by illness, death or other misfortune seems to be losing its allure at cinemas.

The Longest Ride, a romantic melodrama based on Sparks. 2013 novel, rang up $1.45 million on 220 screens, including previews, last weekend.

That.s better than the anaemic $758,000 debut last year of The Best of Me, which ended up with $2.2 million,. but it's debatable whether the film will have the legs to match previous Sparks adaptations such as The Notebook (which made $6.4 million back in 2004) and Nights in Rodanthe. ($4.55 million in 2008).

The Longest Ride follows the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood, son of Clint), a former champion rodeo rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophie (Britt Robertson), a college student who's about to embark on her dream job in New York City's art world.

Alan Alda is along for the ride as Ira,
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Box Office: 'Furious 7' crosses $250 million in just 10 days and is still no. 1

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Box Office: 'Furious 7' crosses $250 million in just 10 days and is still no. 1
A little under nine years ago most of Hollywood thought Universal Studios' "Fast and Furious" franchise was dead in the water.  The third installment in the series, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," had earned just $62.5 million domestically. How times have changed. Today, after a second weekend haul of $60.5 million, "Furious 7" has made $252.5 million in just 10 days.  More impressive, it's grossed $800 million globally and is on track to cross $1 billion. Frankly, even based on the success of the last few "Furious" films it's an astonishing achievement for all involved.  Moreover, "Furious 7" may hold on to the no. 1 spot at the box office for the next two weekends until "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens on May 1.  As for the rest of this weekend's box office results, DreamWorks Animation's "Home" continued to withstand the "Furious" storm dropping just 29% for another $19 million and $129.5 million.  It's taken in $242.2 million worldwide so far.
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Weekend Report: 'Furious 7' Repeats, Sets Opening Day Record in China

Weekend Report: 'Furious 7' Repeats, Sets Opening Day Record in China
With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million,
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"Furious 7" Still Atop The Box-Office

Just over a week after release, Universal's "Furious 7" has already past the $800 million mark at the worldwide box-office. This essentially guarantees that the film will become the first in the series, and the first Universal film, to top the $1 billion mark.

It also has already surpassed the $789 million total worldwide gross of the previous film in the series, "Fast & Furious 6". Domestically, "Furious 7" earned a further $60.6 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $252.5 million.

The film got a boost internationally thanks to the $68.6 million opening in China where it also scored the highest-grossing one-day result ever in the country. It also opened to a solid $15 million in Russia.

The only major wide opener this weekend in the U.S., the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Longest Ride," came in third with $13.5 million which is about on par with other films based
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TV News: Parks, Man, Downton, Storyville

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Parks and Recreation

NBC has announced their plans for the seventh and final season of the Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and Chris Pratt-led comedy series "Parks and Recreation".

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.
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George C. Wolfe Teams Up w/ Starz for New Orleans-Set Series on the Birth of Jazz

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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...
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The Best Of Me – The Review

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.
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You’re Not You | Review

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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
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Predictable Als Drama You're Not You Will Make You Want to Soak Your Head in an Ice Bucket

Predictable Als Drama You're Not You Will Make You Want to Soak Your Head in an Ice Bucket
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...
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Hilary Swank Battles Als in You're Not You Trailer

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:
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Hilary Swank Struggles with Als in First Trailer for 'You're Not You'

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
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Which Nicholas Sparks Guy Is Your Favorite?

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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.
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