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Blu-ray/DVD Review: Safe Haven

Nicolas Sparks adapted movies have a lot in common – troubled heroines, handsome heroes and that overall spellbinding romantic drama.

When it comes to the latest adaptation, Safe Haven, the film is no different and with a gritty thriller opening, which sets the tone, the movie delivers.

The film follows Katie (Julianne Hough) who moves to Southport, North Carolina, where she sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widower.

Given her traumatic past, Katie is unsure if she can trust Alex, but with the help of a new friend (Cobie Smulders), she gives him a chance.

Although Hough and Duhamel doesn’t come close to the chemistry witnessed between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, the film does tug at the heart strings – very much like Sparks’ other works.

Blu-ray/DVD extras include deleted and extended scenes, an alternate ending, as well as Duhamel’s “Lessons in Crabbing.”

Edited: May 17th, 2013

James Franco Lands Every Thing Will Be Fine Role

James Franco has signed on for Wim Wenders’ 3D film, Every Thing Will Be Fine, where he will play Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child.

The film examines the twelve years following the accident and its impact on Tomas, and the child’s mother. Sarah Polley is reportedly attached to co-star.

Currently, Franco is shooting Rupert Goold’s drama True Story and his adaptation of As I Lay Dying is set to premiere at Cannes.

Edited: May 7th, 2013

Keira Knightley in Talks to Replace Anne Hathaway in Laggies

Anne Hathaway was initially set to star in Lynn Shelton’s upcoming dark comedy Laggies, but due to scheduling conflicts, she had to pull out.

Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to replace Hathaway.

If she lands the role, Knightley will play Megan, a 28-year-old woman who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers.

Chloe Grace Moretz will also appear in the film as a character who is befriended by Megan.

Edited: May 6th, 2013

Reese Witherspoon to Reunite with Walk the Line Director in Three Little Words

Walk the Line director James Mangold is reuniting with Reese Witherspoon on his next project, Three Little Words, an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoir.

Rhodes-Courter entered the child welfare system in Florida at the age of four, and years later an unpaid volunteer discovered the girl and set out to convince her biological mother to surrender her parental rights so that the teen could begin a new life.

Reportedly, Witherspoon will play the volunteer and Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play the young girl’s biological mother.

Production for the film is set to begin this September in Florida.

Edited: May 6th, 2013

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Intersteller

Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar.

Although details of the film are under wraps, we do know that it is based on Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne’s scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel.

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway landed roles in the film last month.

If she signs on, Chastain would play the third lead.

Filming for Interstellar is set to begin this summer and the film is due out November 7, 2014 in IMAX.

Edited: May 6th, 2013

Blu-ray Review: The Notebook: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Gift Set

We always have a soft spot for romances and The Notebook comes top-of-mind.

For those of you unfamiliar with the film (or simply living under a rock), The Notebook tells the story of Noah (Ryan Gosling), a wrong-side-of-the-tracks country boy who meets spirited rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) during the summer of 1940.

Despite social barriers, divergent future paths and disapproving parents, the pair remain connected even after they part –  never finding the same passion or connection with anyone else.

Running concurrently to Noah and Allie’s love story, the film also threads to present day where were see an Alzheimer’s patient (Gena Rowlands) and a stranger (James Garner) who reads the story of Noah and Allie to her from a hand-written notebook.

The Notebook: Ultimate Collector’s Gift Set is ideal for fans and comes in time for Mother’s Day.

The gift set features a Blu-ray/DVD version of the film, a leaflet with a code to access and download the film’s Ultraviolet Digital Copy; an envelope which includes six 6-1/2″-by-5″ glossy color postcards of Noah and Allie; a hardcover blank journal and a heart-shaped silver locket with chain.

Edited: May 1st, 2013

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