WIN! Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection

February 14, 2014 by  
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WIN! Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD CollectionNicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most renowned storytellers, New York Times best selling author and the films based on his books are emotional stories loved by many. For the first time you can get them all in just one boxed set, with the recently released Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection!

The giftset features seven films including Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. The discs are packed with behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, alternate endings and more. PLUS, the collection includes a special postcard set with images from each film and a letter from Nicholas Sparks!

In honor of Valentine’s Day we’re giving away one boxed collection to a lucky Fanvasion reader! All you have to do is leave a blog comment telling us which is your favorite Nicholas Sparks book and/or film through the form below. You may also gain a few extra entries by tweeting and following us on Facebook and Twitter. You have until February 22, 2014 to enter and win! Good Luck! [READ MORE]

REVIEW: Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection

February 12, 2014 by  
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REVIEW: Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD CollectionWarner Bros. Pictures
DVD Release Date:
January 28, 2014

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or flying solo, we have a reason for you to skip the movie theater date and stay in this year. Grab some popcorn and curl up on the couch with the Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection; a 7-film box set filled with some of the most beloved films adapted from Sparks’ timeless collection of novels, including: “Safe Haven” (2013) starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, “The Lucky One” (2012) starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, “Dear John” (2010) starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatun, “Nights In Rodanthe” (2008) starring Richard Grere and Diane Lane, “The Notebook” (2004) starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, “A Walk To Remember” (2002) starring Mandy Moore and Shane West, and “Message In A Bottle” (1999) starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright.

What I love about this Limited Edition box set is that there’s a movie for every kind of romantic – something that I think everyone can connect to. I remember seeing “A Walk To Remember” when I was a teenager with a few of my best girlfriends and being swept up in the fast-paced but profound love of teenagers Jamie Sullivan (Moore) and Landon Carter (West). The unknowingly pretty ‘good girl’ falls for the cute ‘bad boy’ when they’re thrown together to interact in various community-service activities after Landon gets himself into trouble? Yeah, you think you can predict the ending of this coming-of-age drama, but you can’t. We watched it, we cried, and then we watched it again.  Two years later we fell in everlasting love with Allie (McAdams) and Noah (Gosling) in “The Notebook”, the story of two ‘love birds’ who have to find their way back to each other no matter the obstacle.

There’s a reputation about romance films that they’re unrealistic fairytales, but one of the best things about Sparks’ stories is that they’re as entertaining as they are gut-wrenching, and they’re as head-in-the-clouds romantic as they are tangible and powerfully testing, but most of all – they’re completely addictive. These are movies that you see again and again – and now you can, back to back!

THE GOOD: I tend to rush in opening a DVD set before reading the back of the box, so initially I thought there was a lack of Special Features because I didn’t see a bonus disc; however, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that nearly each disc includes the movie as well as either additional scenes, commentaries, alternate endings or featurettes. In addition to all of those goodies, you’ll find a heartfelt personal letter from Nicholas Sparks along with a set of beautiful collectible postcards celebrating each movie in the collection.

THE BUMMER: I was totally disappointed that this collection didn’t include “The Last Song” (2010) starring Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus.

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Message in a BottleMESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (1999)
Grieving widower Garret Blake (Kevin Costner) builds boats for a living. Rebuilding his life-that’s another matter. But that’s before Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) comes to his North Carolina village. Theresa, a lonely divorcee and researcher for the Chicago Tribune, knows that Garret is the author of the message she found inside a bottle on a Cape Code beach. And she knows the message spoke to her in a way that profoundly touched her heart.

 

A Walk To RememberA WALK TO REMEMBER (2002)
A Walk to Remember is the story of an only son of a wealthy family that finds true love with the most unexpected person. The daughter of a minister (Mandy Moore) meets the only son (Shane West) and the story takes us through hard times, love and bitter sweet passion. This great love story shows us that it all comes down to who is by your side and who is willing to stand up for love even when it seems impossible.

 

The NotebookTHE NOTEBOOK (2004)
As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allie’s upper-class parents who insist that Noah isn’t right for her. Several years pass and, when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands).

 

Nights In RodantheNIGHTS IN RODANTHE (2008)
The stars of Unfaithful rekindle their on-screen chemistry in this rich tale of hearts’ awakenings from the bestseller by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle). Richard Gere is Paul, a surgeon who long ago unwittingly traded family for career. Diane Lane is Adrienne, a devoted mother trying to move on after her husband’s infidelity and struggling with his desire to return to their marriage. At a remote inn on the Outer Banks, both separately expect to do some serious soul-searching. But an approaching storm forces each turn to the other for strength, setting the stage for a life-resonating romance.

 

Dear JohnDEAR JOHN (2010)
The story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas – correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

 

The Lucky OneTHE LUCKY ONE (2012)
U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. 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.

 

Safe HavenSAFE HAVEN (2013)
When a mysterious young woman (Julianne Hough) arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her part. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

*Official movie synopsis via www.NicholasSparks.com.

 

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Backstreet Boys Announce NEW Album and Tour

May 15, 2013 by  
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Backstreet Boys Announce NEW Album and TourIf you missed it this morning on Good Morning America, fans were lined up and in studio to catch a glimpse of one of the best selling boy bands of all time, Backstreet Boys. The group, with all five original members – Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson – stopped by to perform their new song “Permanent Stain” (watch here) as well as announce their new album (to be released July 30th) and tour of the same name, In A World Like This.

From the first note to the last, In A World Like This impressively showcases the group’s preeminent pop mastery with a collection of indelible tracks that surely rank among their biggest and best hits. “We always want to top our previous albums. That’s always our objective,” says Carter. “All five of us were determined to create an album where every song could be a single.”

Continuing with their 20th Anniversary celebrations – which included a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame – the group will set out on a world-tour that will include a North American headlining Amphitheatre tour beginning August 2nd in Chicago, IL.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 17th at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. Fan club members can purchase tickets today – Wednesday, May 15th – at www.backstreetboys.com. [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 85th Annual Academy Awards?

February 25, 2013 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 85th Annual Academy Awards?

The Best Dressed List

It’s official: Hollywood made it through another Oscars ceremony—but, did they come out unscathed?  The buzz about the fashion on the Academy Awards red carpet has not slowed down since last night. Did your highly-anticipated looks live up to your expectations, or did an unexpected lady turn out to be your #1 look? [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards?

February 11, 2013 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards?The Best Dressed List

The fashion at the Grammys is always a big deal.  We’d like to say that it’s because there’s always so many beautiful looks that the buzz can’t die down, but even though there are—there’s no lack of risks with revealing dresses, questionable choices, and downright weird looks.  That’s clearly the reason behind the new CBS-issued a dress code this year to keep those musical stars in line in order to have a PG-rated telecast when it comes to the wardrobe.  Did anyone stick to the guidelines or did some break the rules?  You must know the answer to that one.  (Hint: If you said “yes, they did”–you would be right. We know, worst “hint” in the world.) [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards?

January 28, 2013 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards?The Best Dressed List

We’re only a few short weeks away from the biggest night in film–a little ceremony called the Oscars. You may have heard of it.  In the meantime, we still had another major fancy award show to check off the list that combines all your favorite stars from both film and television—the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards!

The ladies of SAG didn’t hold back when it came to dramatic style and bold color, and that’s what makes it such a hassle to pick the lady to hold the title of “Best Dressed”.  That’s where you come in.  Help us narrow down the brightest star of the night by voting for your #1 look from the night.  Will it be Jennifer Lawrence? Nicole Kidman? Nina Dobrev? The ball is in your court. [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards?

January 14, 2013 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards?The Best Dressed List

Awards season is officially upon us, and last night the 2013 Golden Globes helped kick the many red carpet events off.  Your hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey heated things up with a cool tuxedo and lace cocktail dress look while paving the way for nominees, such as: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Chastain–as well as presenters like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Lea Michele. [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 LA Premiere?

November 13, 2012 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 LA Premiere?The Best Dressed List

The moment has finally arrived—the final Hollywood event with those crazy “Twilight” kids. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the vampy gang hit up the black carpet at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live to celebration the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″, the fifth and final movie in the The Twilight Saga film series. We don’t know about you, but it felt like a high school graduation and we expected some tears to fall. But, you know, vampires can’t cry. [READ MORE]

POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards?

September 24, 2012 by  
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POLL: Who Was ‘Best Dressed’ at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards?

The Best Dressed List

It’s always hard for us to pick our number one best dressed lady on the red carpet at a major award show like the 2012 Emmy Awards, which is why we enlist the help of YOU! Last night some of the hottest stars on television came out to honor one another at the annual ceremony where we were treated to some major fashion hits and a lot of misses.

Tough as it might be, we picked 12 of our favorites look of the night and now we want our fantastic Fanvasion readers to help us find the ultimate Emmys fashionista.

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“Snow White and the Huntsman” Swag Giveaway!

September 22, 2012 by  
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'Snow White and the Huntsman' Swag Giveaway!Movie-goers flocked to the theater back in May to see Kristen Stewart take on the coveted magical role of Snow White in the action-packed Snow White and the Huntsman starring opposite Charlize Theron‘s evil queen and Chris Hemsworth as her rugged yet dashing huntsman. It’s been a few months, but that didn’t diminish the fan fare when SWATH hit your local store with the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray!

The enchanting re-telling of the classic fairytale finds the fearless Snow White joining forces with the fierce Huntsman, who was recruited by the diabolical Queen Ravenna to kill the fair beauty, and together they fight to rid their kingdom of evil.

The newly released DVD features an extended version of the film, however the hi-def blu-ray version includes exclusive bonus features like Reinventing the Fairy Tale, Citizens of the Kingdom, The Magic Of “Snow White and the Huntsman”, Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour and so much more.

In honor of the Snow White and the Huntsman at-home release, we here at FANVASION want to hook-you-up with some SWATH swag. We’re sure at this point you have the movie in your possession (at least you better!), but do you have a messenger bag? Didn’t think so. We have them — and we’re giving them away.

Want to get your hands on one of the bags (pictured below)? It’s really easy. Just fill the form out below to be entered in our SWATH Swag Giveaway! [READ MORE]

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