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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REVIEW: Jack the Giant Slayer + Giveaway!

June 18, 2013 by  
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Jack the Giant Slayer [PG-13][PG-13]
Warner Bros. Pictures
DVD Release Date:
June 18, 2013

FV Rating:

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, John Kassir

You think you know, but you don’t know Jack.

Based on the fairytales Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk, this fantasy adventure film is the best of both stories. English heartthrob Nicholas Hoult takes on the lead role of Jack, a young farmhand who was sent into town by his Uncle with the mission to sell his horse in order to pay for the repairs on their leaky roof, but instead of cashing in–Jack returns with nothing but beans. Meanwhile, Princess Isabelle–played by Eleanor Tomlinson, argues with her father, King Brahmwell (Ian McShane), for the right to explore the kingdom and meet the people on her own instead of staying to marry the slimy Lord Roderick (Staneley Tucci). In turn, the princess runs away getting caught in a rain storm and seeking shelter at Jack’s home.

The pair, who have grown up with the story of the Giant beanstalk firmly in their minds, quickly find out what kind of power those beans hold as Jack’s house is carried into the sky by a huge stalk–with the Princess in tow, inadvertently opening a gateway to the world of giants between Heaven and Earth. Jack, Roderick, Roderick’s attendant, Wicke (Ewen Bremner), set out on a magical adventure to rescue the princess along with the king’s knights–including his right hand man Elmont (Ewan McGregor). [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]

‘The Twilight Saga’ Movie Marathon followed by Breaking Dawn

September 11, 2012 by  
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'The Twilight Saga' Movie Marathon followed by Breaking DawnSummit Entertainment
The countdown is on, and as far as we’re concerned it has been since November of last year when we saw a certain “newborn” open her eyes. As Twi-hards await the final installment of The Twilight Saga with Breaking Dawn – Part 2 — only 65 days to go, Summit Entertainment plans to celebrate the finale by screening the entire Saga in a movie marathon taking place on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at theaters across North America (US and Canada).  The marathon will allow fans to see all 4 previous movies in the Saga back-to-back, leading into 10pm screenings of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, all for one price.

In the last few years, Summit has re-released the previous Twilight film before the midnight showings of the newest release.

Movie-goers planning on purchasing a marathon ticket will get to see exclusive interstitial content played in between the films, and a special event-only lanyard. Prices will vary and be set by the participating theaters.

Information on select locations, times and how to purchase tickets to come soon.

 

Full Trailer for ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′, is Here!

September 10, 2012 by  
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Full Trailer for 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2', is Here!Summit Entertainment
Last Thursday (September 6), Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, hit the MTV Video Music Awards held at the Staples Center to bring a a sneak peek of the latest Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 trailer. The duo was joined on stage to introduce the clip by their co-stars Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, and Jackson Rathbone, along with film producer Wyck Godfrey. Kristen Stewart was unable to join her cast mates as she was in Canada to premiere her film On the Road at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

In this latest trailer, we get more vamp Bella action as she takes on a mountain lion, and vampire covens band together to take on the Volturi for the sake of Edward and Bella’s half-human/half-vampire daughter Renesmee  (Mackenzie Foy). We even get a glimpse of a few sweet bonding moments between Renesmee and her parents. This is all just enough to make Twi-hards even more amped up to see the final installment of the series in theaters, November 16th!

Watch the full trailer below, and share your thoughts! [READ MORE]

NEW ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Stills

August 19, 2012 by  
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NEW Breaking Dawn - Part 2 StillsAndrew Cooper, Summit Entertainment
Just roughly 13-weeks to go and Twi-hards will have to wait no more as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will hit theaters nationwide on November 16th. Until then, to hold you over Summit Entertainment has released a new batch of movie stills.

It’s hard not to ‘aww’ over these new pictures, which feature some cute Cullen family moments between Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) and her parents, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson).

WATCH the latest teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn – Part 2!

View more stills from the final installment below! (8 photos included). [READ MORE]

NEW ‘Breaking Dawn’ Character Posters Released!

NEW 'Breaking Dawn' Character Posters Released!Summit Entertainment
It feels like The Twilight Saga final film is so close, yet so far away!

Summit Entertainment recently released some vampy character posters to promote The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which include The Cullens, The Denali Clan: Tanya (MyAnna Buring), Irina (Maggie Grace), Kate (Casey LaBow), Carmen (Mía Maestro), Eleazar (Christian Camargo) and Garrett (Lee Pace)…just to name a few.

For a look at all the promotional posters, check them out below.

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2012 Teen Choice Awards – Winners & Ultimate Choice

July 23, 2012 by  
Filed under News Room, Television, The Twilight Saga

2012 Teen Choice Awards – Winners & Ultimate ChoiceThe hot pink carpet rolled out for your favorite stars last night( Sunday, July 22) to flash their pearly whites and fly outfits to a crowd of fans and flashing cameras as they arrived for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA and hosted by X Factor judge, Demi Lovato and Glee star, Kevin McHale.

Some of the big winners of the night included Justin Bieber — taking home four surfboards, Taylor Swift who won all five awards she was nominated for, and Twilight as they picked up Ultimate Choice Award and Choice Movie Romance as well as individual awards for the stars of the film. While the Hunger Games took home wins for Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Choice Book. Oh, and we can’t forget the always popular Choice Hottie awards, which went to Miley Cyrus & Ian Somerhalder. [READ MORE]

‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ at Comic-Con

July 14, 2012 by  
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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ at Comic-ConZimbio
On Thursday (July 12), nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga came together for the Breaking Dawn – Part 2Comic-Con panel. During which hardcore Twilight fans, that had been camped outside all week waiting for the first movie panel of this years event, were given an extra special treat when they got to see the first seven minutes of the final film in the beloved vampire franchise.

Need we say what kind of reaction that caused?

In addition to the new footage — Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner were joined on stage by Mackenize Foy (who plays Bella and Edwards daughter, Renesmee), as well as series author Stephenie Meyer, to answer media and fan questions.

The night before (Wed., July 11) Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli were joined by many of their new on-screen vamp friends at a celebration party for the film, held at Float in the Hard Rock Hotel, hosted by Comic-Con and Fandango. Before partying the night away on the eve of the panel, the Twi-cast stopped outside to say “hello” and sign autographs for the dedicated fans that camped outside the San Diego Convention Center to see the cast! [READ MORE]

2012 MTV Movie Awards: ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ Wins Movie of the Year

2012 MTV Movie Awards: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Wins Movie of the YearZimbio
Last night, some of the biggest film stars gathered at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

This year MTV honored Emma Stone with the first ever Trailblazer, while Johnny Depp was given the MTV Generation Award.  Big winners of the night also included The Hunger Games coming in top for Best Male and Female performances (Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence), Best On-Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks) and Best Fight (Lawrence and Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig) [READ MORE]

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