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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
Jem No, last month's announcement that G.I. Joe Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is planning to direct a live-action reinvention of the '80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms was not an early April Fool's joke, nor was the request for fans of the original to send submission videos to JemTheMovie.com. To prove he is serious about bringing back the often-overlooked '80s cartoon character, Chu released an update video to introduce some of the dedicated production people behind the movie and to share some of the "amazing" and "hilarious" submissions they received. He also revealed that the movie is actually going to begin shooting in three weeks' time so if you submitted a video and Chu liked it, expect a call any day now.
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For a generation raised on High School Musical and its multifaceted sequels, it might be difficult to view Zac Efron as anything other than that sunny-smiled high school student who sang and danced his way through secondary education. But he’s been trying to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor for several years now, appearing in films like The Lucky One, That Awkward Moment and The Paperboy in an attempt to shed at least some of that pristine Disney image. Now, he’s signed up appear in John Grisham thriller The Associate, following in the footsteps of Tom Cruise and Matt Damon before him.
The Associate has been in the pipeline since 2008, with Shia Labeouf set to star and Tony Scott in line to direct. It then moved on to director Adrian Lyne, but is now back with a new screenwriter before being shopped to new studios. With a star like Efron attached, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Zac Efron isn't going to let fights with transients in L.A.'s Skid Row stop him from movin' on up. The actor has been eager to prove his dramatic chops with a string of recent films including "The Lucky One," "The Paperboy," "At Any Price" and "Parkland." Now he's hoping to follow folks like Tom Cruise and Matt Damon, and put a John Grisham thriller on his bookshelf. The actor has signed up to star in and produce the long-developing "The Associate." Back in 2008, the project was over at Paramount with Shia Labeouf attached to star and Tony Scott at one time linked to direct. Then a couple of years back the project surfaced again, this time with Adrian Lyne behind the camera. But it's back the drawing board again, with a new writer being brought it to pen script before this one is shopped to studios so this could take a while. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book’s story follows a young couple whose lives intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.
The pic is set to bow April 3, 2015.
Fox 2000 acquired the novel after an aggressive bidding war last February when the studio outbid Warner Bros. and Relativity. Given the success of previous Sparks’ novels like “Safe Haven,” “The Lucky One” and “The Notebook,” Fox views this as a high priority with hopes of similar results at the box office.
- Justin Kroll
An adaptation of the novel by Aislinn Hunter, Stay is a film 10 years in the making. It was a project that so entranced writer/director Wiebke von Carolsfeld that she stuck with it through the years of uncertainty common to smaller budget Canadian projects, juggling the demands that come along with managing a co-production between two countries – Ireland and Canada – and shooting in two vastly different locations.
The character-rich film follows the story of Abby (Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling), a young Canadian woman living in rural Ireland with her much older lover Dermot (Aidan Quinn). After finding out she’s accidentally pregnant and wondering if she’s cut out to be a mother (and whether Dermot will accept becoming a father), Abby embarks on an emotional, self-exploratory journey home to Canada to visit her Dad (Michael Ironside).
Back in the fall at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Kristal Cooper
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $39.97
Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One) as Piper Chapman, a Brooklynite who’s about to embark on a new business venture, selling custom candles, when her wild past with Alex Vause (Laura Prepon, The Kitchen) comes back to haunt her.
To pay her debt to society, Piper leaves behind her fiancee (Jason Biggs, American Reunion) and turns herself into a federal penitentiary, where she dons her orange jumpsuit and comes face to face with Alex as well as a cell full of eccentric inmates.
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“RoboCop” released on Wednesday to get a jump on Valentine’s Day weekend and is off to a fair start despite the winter storms. Marketing has been targeted heavily toward younger males who make up the Marvel crowd and older fans of the original 1987 classic. Social statistics suggest that engagement rates are high on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (full disclosure: Moviepilot is working with Sony on this campaign).
“RoboCop’s” viral marketing campaign started even before production had begun on the movie: In July 2012 an OmniCorp website went online, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
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.
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- 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
Los Angeles, Feb 8: Actor Zac Efron says he doesn't have any limitations when it comes to being in a relationship.
The actor added that he is not a person who can govern a relationship with "deal breakers", reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"I don't think that there are any. I'm not a person that lives with deal breakers in my life," he told Ok! magazine.
- Arun Pandit
Taylor looked stunning in floral at the Peter Pilotto for Target launch party on Feb. 6. Her beautiful frock is only $34.99 — and you can shop for it here!
Taylor Schilling, 29, attended the Peter Pilotto for Target launch event Feb. 6 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Other celebs, including The Bridge star Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung, also attended with Taylor. And seriously, how amazing was Taylor’s dress?
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Schilling’s dress was so feminine and pretty, we adore it! She apparently adored it too, as she took to Twitter to post: “#PeterPilottoforTarget does prints right! Amazing night! Get #PeterPilottoforTarget on Feb 9!”
The dress is perfect for any occasion. The colors — black, white, blue and yellow — along with the cutouts at the shoulders are the perfect compilation to make this dress flirty, yet elegant. Peter Pilotto, designer of the dress, agrees, giving the »
- HL Intern
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Life stops when it's Super Bowl
There's really only one show in town come Super Bowl Sunday, which is why the weekend session is traditionally a slow one. As fans across the country settled in to watch the Seahawks clobber the Broncos, moviegoing took a back seat.
The top 12 pictures combined for an anaemic $72.4m (£44.2m), which actually gained around 5% on the same session last year, when the top 12 produced $68.9m.
Labor Day misses out
The writing was on the wall last September. It was the world premiere of Jason Reitman's new movie at »
- Jeremy Kay
Zac Efron movies: ‘That Awkward Moment’ box office disappoints on Super Bowl weekend - though grosses may surpass budget Zac Efron can be seen this weekend, January 31-February 2, 2014, in That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy directed by Tom Gormican, and co-starring Miles Teller (the star of Sundance 2014 double winner Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (the star of Sundance 2013 double winner Fruitvale Station), and Imogen Poots. (Photo: Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment.) Released by Focus Features at 2,809 North American locations as a sort of "counter-programming" to the Super Bowl, That Awkward Moment had a disappointing debut on Friday, collecting an estimated $2.94 million, according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Chances are things aren’t going to get all that much better on Saturday before the film plummets — like just about every other movie out there — on Super Bowl Sunday. ‘That Awkward Moment’ box office: Good news and bad news Now, »
- Zac Gille
Counterprogramming is the name of the game over Super Bowl weekend this year. Both new releases*That Awkward Moment and Labor Day*are targeted at female audiences that may not be completely consumed by the insanely popular sporting event. Neither movie is poised to really break out, though, and it would be surprising if any title earns over $15 million this weekend.Playing at 2,809 locations, That Awkward Moment could be in a tight race with Ride Along for first place. The R-rated romantic comedy is being sold mostly on the likeability of its three male leads, who have so far achieved varying levels of fame. Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have seen their stars rise a bit in the last year thanks to their work in The Spectacular Now and Fruitvale Station; unfortunately, neither of those movies set the box office on fire, and it's unlikely that either actor is much of a draw yet. »
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Have you seen "The Vow"? "Safe Haven"? "The Notebook"? "The Lucky One"? "A Walk to Remember"? "The Last Song"? "Dear John"? Then you have already seen the trailer for "Endless Love," the latest weepy romantic melodrama that follows the tortured love affair between two uncommonly attractive young people living in a photogenic location. This one stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, two uncommonly attractive young people with made-up names whose unfolding romance consists mainly of twirling through public fountains, staring lovingly at one another on carnival rides, running through grassy meadows and reciting impassioned tear-stained »
- Chris Eggertsen
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