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Are You Ready for 'The Notebook: The Musical'?

15 December 2011 1:38 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Talk about timing! Hot on the heels of today's news that even Time thinks that Ryan Gosling is the coolest person of the year comes word that "The Notebook" is heading to the stage. No word on whether or not the former Mickey Mouseketeer will be singing and dancing on Broadway, but whoever takes on the role of Noah has some sexy shoes to fill.

Nicholas Sparks, the author of "The Notebook" and other tearjerky novels-turned-movies like "Nights in Rodanthe," "Dear John," and "The Last Song," is a pro when it comes to dealing with Hollywood. His novel "The Best of Me," about two old flames who rekindle the fires at a funeral (hot!!), has already been optioned by Warner Bros.

As for "The Notebook" musical, Sparks said they're still in the development stage of things. He told CBS that working with Broadway producers isn't all that different from movie bigwigs. »

- Jenni Miller

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The Lucky One: another tender tale from the Nicholas Sparks slushwagon

14 December 2011 3:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A handsome soldier courts a gorgeous girl – and wins her … is this the most predictable Nicholas Sparks film of all time?

At this point in time, the only competition that Nicholas Sparks has is Nicholas Sparks himself. He's a one-man genre all of his own, endlessly spinning out slushy books and films such as The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, one after another. It doesn't matter that they're all basically the same story, about politely attractive people who fall in love despite shared obstacles and personal tragedy. So long as at least one woman cries at some point while watching it, Nicholas Sparks has done his job.

The latest film off the Nicholas Sparks production line is The Lucky One. And, because he only has himself to compete with, Sparks has gone out of his way to make it the Nicholas Sparksiest Nicholas Sparks film of all time. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Is 'The Lucky One' reaching with the standard Nicholas Sparks movie wet kiss? (Does it matter?)

13 December 2011 4:45 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

If you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks movies, you probably thought two things watching the trailer for The Lucky One: Zac Efron’s biceps are huge, and another wet kiss? There’s the legendarily steamy Notebook downpour kiss on the dock, the smoldering Dear John rain kiss in a house under construction, the we’re-in-a-hurricane kiss in Nights in Rodanthe, and the we’re-in-the-ocean horsing around kiss in The Last Song. In Message in a Bottle, there’s a love scene by a large bedroom window that shows it’s raining outside, and in the school play in A Walk to Remember, »

- Mandi Bierly

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New Trailer for ‘The Lucky One’ Starring Zac Efron

12 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A new trailer for The Lucky One has been released this week. Starring heart-throb Zac Efron, it’s sure to get the girls swooning over his war hero character.

Adapted from the 2008 bestselling novel of the same name, written by Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One follows Us Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) who, whilst fighting in Iraq, finds a photograph a woman whom he credits for keeping him alive, believing she was a good luck charm during his time in the war. When he returns home, he travels to North Carolina in search for the unknown woman, where he shows up at her door and ends up taking a job at her family-run kennel. Keeping the photograph a secret, Logan learns that the woman’s name is Beth, played by Taylor Schilling, and a romance begins to blossom. Logan begins to believe that the photograph was more than just a good luck charm, »

- Charlie Derry

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Watch: Zac Efron Stalks A Girl Whose Picture He Saw In Iraq In Trailer For 'The Lucky One'

8 December 2011 1:37 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Oh Good. Another Movie Based On A Nicholas Sparks Book.  The man who has made a career and a fortune out of mining the same plot over and over and over again and is responsible for movies like "Dear John," "Nights In Rodanthe," "A Walk To Remember," "Message In A Bottle" and yes, "The Notebook," is back with "The Lucky One." Which is probably a not-so veiled reference to his success. This time Zac Efron will make your sister and your Mom swoon and grab the closest Kleenex box, as he stars as a Iraq war veteran whose life is saved when he randomly stumbles across a picture of a woman in the desert sand, just before a bomb goes off. The kicker is that she's like, totally hot. So he does what any sane and rational person does, he tracks her down, but instead of telling her his story, »

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'The Lucky One' Trailer Brings Us Another Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

8 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For those of you that loved The Notebook, adored Nights in Rodanthe and/or cried during The Last Song I have the trailer for the next adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel for you... The Lucky One starring Zac Efron as a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq, something he attributes to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm. I don't know about you, but I'm already uninterested, though I'm sure there are a fleet of folks ready to line up. Warner Bros. will be releasing the film »

- Brad Brevet

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Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks Explain The Lucky One

7 December 2011 1:05 AM, PST | | See recent Hollywood Movies news »

The Lucky One, the romantic drama starring Zac Efron, is the seventh feature film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. Now quick and without cheating name the other six films... Time's up. In order of release date they are: Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, and The Last Song. The adaptations haven't all been successful, but no matter what Sparks' books are popular properties for pick up by studios.

In this behind-the-scenes video from The Lucky One, Efron, Sparks, Blythe Danner, Taylor Schilling, and director Scott Hicks talk about the story and the tone of the film:

The Lucky One behind the scenes video

(Poster from The Lucky One &copy Warner Bros Pictures)

Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks Explain The Lucky One originally appeared on Hollywood Movies on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 09:05:04.

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Nicholas Sparks And Zac Efron Talk About The Lucky One In Terrific First Look Featurette

1 December 2011 1:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Nicholas Sparks’ novels have had without a doubt had tremendous success both in terms of book sales and the box office takings of their film adaptations. His latest novel to be turned into a film is The Lucky One, published back in 2008, and it certainly looks like it is set to continue what is a brilliant trend for the novelist, whose film adaptations to date include Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, and of course, the incredibly popular The Notebook, which gave a huge boost to the careers of its leading stars, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

Yahoo Movies have now got a brilliant first look at the film with a poster and a great featurette in which Sparks talks about the story of the film along with some its leading cast, which includes Zac Efron (17 Again), relative newcomer Taylor Schilling (Ben Affleck’s upcoming Argo), Blythe Danner »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Zac Efron a Lucky One in New Featurette

30 November 2011 5:29 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Zac Efron a Lucky One in New Featurette

Will actor Zac Efron become the next Ryan Gosling? For many film viewers, Gosling first hit their radars when he starred in The Notebook, a big screen adaptation of a romantic Nicholas Sparks novel. It’s Efron’s turn to headline a Sparks adapted picture. Today the actor appears in a film featurette.

The film is called The Lucky One. In it Efron plays a Marine fighting in Iraq. Sparks fans will no doubt draw a congruency between The Lucky One and Channing Tatum’s role in Sparks’ Dear John. Efron’s Marine stumbles across a photo of a woman, and through a series of events, becomes convinced the photo of a stranger brings him good luck.

Once Efron’s character, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault, gets back stateside to Colorado, he can’t stop thinking about his lucky charm. He goes »

- Sasha Nova

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Go Behind The Scenes Of The New Nicholas Sparks Adaptation The Lucky One

28 November 2011 9:05 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Even though The Notebook hit theaters in 2004 and made a killing at the box office (to the tune of $81 million domestically on a $29 million budget), it took four years before the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation came around. Since 2008, however, they've been coming fairly regularly, with Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song all making their way into theaters over the past three years. The next one set to arrive is The Lucky One, which stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, and Blythe Danner. We actually haven't seen a trailer for the movie yet - it's actually not coming out until April 2012 - but today we have a new featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the production. Check out the preview below or in HD over on Yahoo! In The Lucky One, Efron stars as marine Logan Thibault who, while serving overseas, finds an image of a beautiful »

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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

5 October 2011 6:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news » Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season. »

- Josh Abraham

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The Lincoln Lawyer - Blu-ray Review

11 July 2011 10:04 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Matthew McConaughey provides a slick and solid performance in The Lincoln Lawyer - even if the movie fails to stand apart from any other recent legal thriller. Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, the film was adapted by John Romano (Nights in Rodanthe) and was directed by Brad Furman (upcoming Cry Macho). Along with McConaughey, the film features an ensemble cast of character actors including Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Michael Paré and the incredible Bryan Cranston (who isn.t given enough to do in this film). It also features a brief appearance from country music star Trace Adkins as the leader of a »

- Patrick Luce

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Moving On: Christopher Meloni, Former 'Svu' Star, Nabs Huge New Role

26 June 2011 6:52 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Considered to be a sort of police superhero by devoted fans of his long run on "Law & Order: Svu," Christopher Meloni is about to join up with the ultimate crime fighter.

Meloni, the former "Svu" star who announced that he was leaving this spring after 12 seasons when contract negotiations went south, is on the verge of signing on to Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," Deadline reports. As of now, the role is undisclosed, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Meloni will shoot scenes with Henry Cavill, Superman himself.

Along with Julia Ormond, who signed on earlier this week to play Superman's Kryptonian birth mother Lara Lor-Van, Meloni joins an all-star cast that, aside from Cavill, includes Russell Crowe as Kryptonian dad Jor-El, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Pa and Ma Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as baddie General Zod.

It may make sense, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Lasee Hallstrom to direct Relativity Media's Safe Haven

20 June 2011 7:10 AM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Oscar and DGA-nominee Lasse Hallström to direct their upcoming film Safe Haven, based on the latest novel from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks.The film is scheduled to head into production this year.Sparks’ previous books have been made into such hit films as The Notebook, The Last Song, Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John. His latest, Safe Haven, is a gripping love story infused with suspense and discovery. When a young woman escaping her past moves to a small North Carolina town, and falls for a loving »

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Warners Acquires Nick Sparks' "Best of Me"

19 June 2011 10:32 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired Nicholas Sparks' next novel "The Best of Me" says Deadline.

The story follows small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks who are now adults that have broken up and taken different paths.

Neither has forgotten that first love affair, and they meet when they return to their hometown for a funeral and confront the past and a possible future.

Sparks books that have become features include "A Walk to Remember," "Message in a Bottle," "The Last Song," "The Notebook" and "Nights in Rodanthe". Sparks' "The Lucky One" hits cinemas later this year, while both "True Believer" and "Safe Haven" are in development.

Denise Dinovi and Kevin McCormick will produce the film with Sparks. The book will be published in October. »

- Garth Franklin

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Warner Bros. Buys David Dobkin’s ‘Arthur & Lancelot,’ Nicholas Sparks’ Latest Novel, & Hires ‘Halo: Reach’ Writer For Action Rewrite

18 June 2011 5:45 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Warner Bros. has been on a tear in the past few days, buying material for new films and/or setting up screenwriters to develop projects for the studio. After the break, we've got info on the following three projects, each of which is quite a bit different from the others: The David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot, which (as you'd guess) is a new telling of the Arthurian legend, only with a new spin. The new Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best of Me. And Halo: Reach writer Peter O'Brien will rewrite the action film Line of Sight. First up, let's quickly go over Arthur & Lanceleot, which Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director David Dobkin wrote as a relatively big-budget ($90m) contemporary retelling of the King Arthur story. (Sorry, fans of Matt Wagner's Mage -- that property may have just been pre-empted. Bummer.) Studios like Fox and Universal were part of »

- Russ Fischer

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Are You Ready For the Next Nicholas Sparks Adaptation?

17 June 2011 6:30 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Ready or not, Warner Bros. is planning to adapt another Nicholas Sparks novel for the screen. According to Deadline, the studio has just acquired The Best of Me which follows "former small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks" and is due to hit bookshelves this fall. But didn't movie audiences decide that they were over Sparks adaptations back when Nights in Rodanthe bombed at the box office? »

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The Best Beach Movies

17 June 2011 9:19 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Summer is here and "Extra" remembers some of the hottest beach movies! Check it out!

The Best Beach MoviesGidget, 1959

Who: Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson What: A teenager discovers her love for surfing and romance at the beach during an unforgettable summer.

Blue Hawaii, 1961

Who: Elvis Presley What: Happy to be back in Hawaii, soldier Chad Gates (played by Elvis Presley) was released from the army and decided to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. »

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Relativity Media Finds "Safe Haven"

17 June 2011 8:24 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Oscar, DGA-nominee Lasse Hallström ("The Cider House Rules"), to direct their upcoming film "Safe Haven", based on the "Safe Haven" novel from author Nicholas Sparks.

Sparks’ previous books have been made into several motion pictures including "The Notebook", "The Last Song", "Nights in Rodanthe" and "Dear John".

"...'Safe Haven' is a gripping love story infused with suspense and discovery. When a young woman escaping her past moves to a small North Carolina town, and falls for a loving widowed father, he heals her heart, and helps her escape the danger that threatens her..."

Producers of the new film are Ryan Kavanaugh, Sparks, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Screenplay is by Dana Stevens ("City Of Angels)".

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- Michael Stevens

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Lasse Hallstrom Finds Way to 'Safe Haven'

17 June 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Last August a bidding war broke out for the film rights to Nicholas Sparks' latest novel, 'Safe Haven,' before it was even published. (It went on to become a bestseller, naturally.) The winner was Relativity Media. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the company has announced that Lasse Hallström has come on board to direct the adaptation.

So far, six films have been adapted from Sparks' books: 'Message in a Bottle,' 'A Walk to Remember,' 'The Notebook,' 'Nights in Rodanthe,' 'Dear John' and 'The Last Song,' accounting for more than $550 million at the worldwide box office.

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- Harley W. Lond

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