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While we’ve pretty much established all Nicholas Sparks films are the same, the one factor that truly sets them apart is the chemistry between the lead actors. Sure, we could watch attractive people kissing in the rain, hair blowing in the wind during a slow embrace on the sandy shores of North Carolina all day, but if the passion isn’t there, we ain’t buying it.
As the author’s latest book-to-film venture The Best of Me is currently in theaters, only time will tell where James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan fall on the spectrum of believable couples in Sparks’ movie repertoire.
Of course, not all silver screen couples can be up to par with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams‘ perfectness in The Notebook. The two couldn’t stand each other at first on set, and they were still the most heart wrenching on screen. Take note from »
- Taylor Ferber
In The Best of Me, Marsden plays Dawson Cole, a contemplative Louisiana oil-rigger, who wants to give his life new meaning after an accident nearly cuts it short. He gets a second chance at love with childhood sweetheart Amanda (Monaghan) when a bizarre set of circumstances brings her back to him from hundreds of miles away, where she has children and a disappointment for a husband.
'The Best Of Me' Reviewed
The Best of Me follows a long list of Sparks novels adapted for the big screen. Like its predecessors, it follows a predictable formula that the majority of critics have grown more than weary of watching. Despite the contrived and dubious plot, critics still found room to praise the »
Best of Me hits theaters on Friday and we were inspired to go back and marathon the other movies based on his books.
The ninth Nicholas Sparks film adaption – sappy romance flick Best of Me -- hits theaters on Friday and we were inspired to go back and marathon the other movies based on his books.
You may not have noticed this earlier, either, but some of your favorite Sparks films actually have some pretty hysterical mess-ups.
Remember when Noah lies in the middle of the street in The Notebook? He says, "My dad and I used to come out here and watch the lights change from green to red to yellow." Um, that's not really possible, Noah -- traffic lights go from green to yellow to red.
And during the same scene, Noah is lies down in the middle of the »
There’s something unmistakably poignant about the sight of Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden circling each other with barely concealed romantic longing in “The Best of Me,” though not for reasons anyone probably intended. The latest soap product to roll off the Nicholas Sparks assembly line, this tale of two former lovers reuniting after a 21-year separation also functions as a study of two terrific actors struggling to overcome the relentless mediocrity of their material. With its ill-motivated swerves into violent tragedy and the near-fatal miscasting of one pivotal role, the Relativity release seems likely to jerk as many laughs as tears from its target audience, though Sparks fans might still turn out in sufficient date-night droves to continue the author’s string of Hollywood hits.
Sparks has cranked out a fresh slab of romantic hokum every year or so since 1996, and the studios have largely kept pace with his output, »
- Justin Chang
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to After, a novel by first-time author Anna Todd that has been the breakout hit of Wattpad, the online community of readers and writers where books are published a chapter at a time. Todd’s novel originated as a serialized three-part series that Toronto-based Wattpad says has accumulated more than 1 billion reads.
Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce through their Offspring Entertainment banner. Their credits include the Step Up series to 17 Again, Bedtime Stories, Hairspray, Rock Of Ages and The Last Song. They are currently prepping Mean Moms at New Line.
Todd’s novel is separately booked to be published through the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, with the first installment going on sale October 21. Will it become a publishing phenomenon like Twilight or Fifty Shades Of Grey, the latter of which E.L. James first began writing as Twilight fan fiction? It »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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Opening this weekend is yet another adaptation of one of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novels, The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. This makes the ninth Sparks novel to find its way to the big screen with another one (The Longest Ride) coming in April. Since 1999, when his first adaptation appeared in theaters, there have been countless Sparks-like stories to flood theaters. Films, such as The Vow and Remember Me, play on many of the author’s most popular tropes that its hard to know whether or not you’re watching an authentic “Nicholas Sparks Film” (Nsf).
Here at VH1 we broke it down question by question to help you through you’re next romantic-drama viewing experience.
1) Does the film star James Marsden? (No pressure. There’s only a 22 percent chance here.)
2) Does the film’s leading man work with his hands? You know, »
- Stacy Lambe
Nicholas Sparks is the modern king of romantic tearjerkers, and The Best of Me, the upcoming adaptation of his novel, is all but guaranteed to make you sniffle. Along with a few other journalists, I was invited to the hot Louisiana set during filming and had a chance to quiz Sparks, as well as his stars, James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. The story follows Dawson and Amanda, a pair of young lovers from opposite sides of the tracks who are reunited in their hometown after decades apart. Sparks filled me in on something that fans of the book are dying to know: the changes between the book and the movie. Plus, he spilled on the actors he'd love to work with (Johnny Depp!) and the movies adapted from his books that he thinks are the most tear-worthy. Source: Getty Popsugar: Of all your movies, which are the most sob-worthy? Nicholas Sparks »
Nicholas Sparks, the beloved author of numerous love story novels, is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from a former employee who claims Sparks is racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.
Nicholas Sparks Sued
Saul Hillel Benjamin, the ex-headmaster of Sparks’ Epiphany School for Global Studies, is suing the author for wrongful termination, reports TMZ. According to Benjamin’s lawsuit, throughout his time at the Christian school, Sparks displayed the mindset of a racist and homophobic anti-Semite.
Benjamin, upon realizing that only 2 of the 514 students enrolled at the North Carolina school were African American, attempted to start a dialogue about having a more diverse student body. In reply to Benajmin’s inquiry, Sparks allegedly said, “Black students are too poor and can’t do the academic work.”
Sparks supposedly was also not too keen on the Lgbt student body. According to Benjamin, Sparks ignored bullying complaints made by gay students. Benjamin »
True love never dies—just ask Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. The Last Song co-stars ended their engagement on Sept. 16, 2013, and in an interview with Australia's Sunday Night, Cyrus said she still cares for her ex-fiancé. "I love Liam," the singer said. "Liam loves me." (Relax. That doesn't mean they're going to reconcile.) Bangerz is Cyrus' most personal album yet, but not because she "went through a breakup." Regarding her hit song "Wrecking Ball," she said, "It's about finding yourself, and sometimes you have to separate yourself from everyone. I just had to become this person who is sitting in this chair right now. If I didn't, I »
Exclusive: New Line Cinema has optioned the inspirational true story of ballet prodigy Misty Copeland, who fought against the odds to become the only the second African-American female soloist to dance with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot alongside Phil Sandhaus will produce the feature film adapted from Copeland’s bestselling memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which Stephanie Allain and Lenore Kletter are set to script.
In what’s shaping up to be The Blind Side set in the dance world, the film will chronicle Copeland’s striking rise to dance stardom. The late bloomer began training in ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings, learning so quickly she was dancing en pointe within months. She went from lessons at the local Boys & Girls Club to living part-time with a sponsor family while attending dance school. »
- Jen Yamato
Ditlow, who was most recently director of development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, will be responsible for ramping up and overseeing Offspring’s development and production slate in drama and comedy for both broadcast and cable through its deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Meredith into Offspring,” said Gibgot and Shankman.
The hire comes at a choice time for Offspring. Shankman and Gibgot recently sold gay rights drama project “Open City” to HBO. They also sold projects to E!, Bravo and MTV through their overall with Warner Horizon. They are currently working on New Line’s “Mean Moms,” eyeing a fall start. The duo has worked on numerous projects together including all five “Step Up” films, “The Last Song, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Running is a very hard sport to depict onscreen. Without a rousing score by Vangelis or the horns of “Gonna Fly Now” blasting through the speakers, it is very hard for any filmmaker or actor to show off a character’s speed or endurance in a memorable way. Leg power does not often translate to emotional power on the screen, which is one of the many problems facing 4 Minute Mile, a sports drama that barely goes the distance to be either inspirational or inspired.
Our plucky underdog is Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz), a track-and-field senior in Seattle who has a drug-dealing brother (Cam Gigandet), an absent mother (Kim Basinger, also mostly absent from the film) and a dead father. Besides these autobiographical details, there is not much to Drew. He likes to run and he hopes his speed can catapult him out of a life being a mule for his »
- Jordan Adler
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
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
The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone, is based on the mega-popular and New York Times best seller by John Green. The story is narrated by 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a cancer patient with thyroid cancer; which spreads to her lungs, who falls in love with amputee Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a 17-year-old boy recovering from Osteosarcoma. Once meeting Augustus in the literal heart of Jesus (aka support group), Hazel’s failed attempts of trying to stay “just friends” with the boy who sticks a cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor and has a crazy obsession of being remembered are bound to fail.
This film is anything but a banality or, in other words, a “cliché.” There is something special and different about this film that can’t compare to other tragedies seen in other book-inspired films such as A Walk to Remember (2002) or The Last Song »
- Celina Russo
Check your calendars. Gasp. Blink. Check them again. Yes, it’s true. It’s been over a year since we’ve had a brand new Nicholas Sparks film open in a theater (and a heart, awww). For awhile there, it looked as if author Sparks was going to get a tidy little late winter/early spring thing going – Safe Haven opened on Valentine’s Day of last year, The Lucky One opened in April 0f 2012, and 2010 saw a double dose, with The Last Song hitting theaters in March and Dear John opening in February. There was so much Sparks — for a time. Now, however, we’ve been left with the bitter memories of Safe Haven (how safe is it when ghosts are just wandering around, huh, Sparks?) and the distant dream that one day, perhaps soon, we’d get another Sparks film. Rest your little heads, because that next Sparks film is here, and »
- Kate Erbland
Washington, April 27: Miley Cyrus recently posted a photo on Instagram after being released from the hospital, where she's seen sporting a funky t-shirt and holding a pancake with her manicured nails while taking a bite from it.
A source confirmed to Us Magazine that the 21-year-old singer, who was hospitalized for more than a week because of a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotic Cephalexin, has been discharged and is preparing resume her Bangerz tour.
The insider added that the 'The Last Song' star had to get it all out of her system and is doing much better now. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest. "It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter on Facebook condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance. In her letter, Novak said: "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives." She had initially remained »
- Associated Press
Kim Novak has finally addressed the critics who bashed her on the Internet after her appearance at the Oscars, admitting that she had some work done prior to the ceremony.
Novak, a Hollywood legend, was on hand at the ceremony to present the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with co-presenter Matthew McConaughey, and from the second she stepped onstage, her strange behavior and appearance inspired countless jokes and insults from viewers at home, resulting in a social media firestorm.
Amazing that the best animated feature is also the best description of Kim Novak's face #Oscars
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) March 3, 2014
I'm having a real hard time watching the Academy Awards (so far). The last song was terrible! Kim should sue her plastic surgeon! #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Many criticized Novak’s appearance: her cheeks appear too rounded and disproportionate to her face, an obvious effect of some kind of plastic surgery, »
April is the cruelest month, and not just for T.S. Eliot.
At the multiplex, throughout April, we're in for a brutal, Darwinian survival test for several A-list stars of yesteryear -- from Kevin Costner to Nicole Kidman to Jude Law -- all of whom are currently on the comeback trail. Some of them may end the month on their way back to their former glory, and some will see their careers shredded even further.
Here are our best guesses as to who will thrive and who will starve.
Comeback Effort: Drama "Joe" (April 11)
Prospects: Cage is earning the kind of acclaim he hasn't seen in years for delivering a real, non-cartoonish performance in this rural drama as the title ex-con, who becomes the unlikely mentor to a teen (Tye Sheridan) in need of adult guidance. »
- Gary Susman
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