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'The Best of Me' trailer hits all the Nicholas Sparks notes -- VIDEO

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“Based on the novel by Nicholas Spark.” This message at the beginning of a movie trailer speaks volumes.

Directed by Michael Hoffman, The Best of Me stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts reunited 20 years after they split. The plot: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl’s dad does not approve. Boy and girl are separated for years. Boy and girl (now man and woman) come back together. Love still exists for man and woman. Will their love make it this time? Probably, unless someone dies. It is Nicholas Sparks after all… READ FULL STORY

Happy Valentine's Day: Nicholas Sparks talks wet kisses, training swans, and tearjerker moments

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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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The adaptations of your novels always include what I like to call “the wet kiss.” Do you have a favorite?
Nicholas Sparks: [Laughs] There are all sorts of versions of the wet kiss — under a shower, in the rain, in the ocean, in the river. We’re running out of them. I say this because I have two more films getting ready to film. No favorites, but I will say that it’s kind of a requirement to come up with one. It’s part of what you expect when you see the film. We work to get a new version of it in there. With every film, there are significant discussions about, “Well, we’ve gotta make our love scene better than X.” Then they reference basically every movie that has been made before that of mine. [Laughs] Oh yeah, we spend time talking about how to make it different, how to make it new, because it’s a goal. It’s a goal for the director to make it new. It’s a goal for the cast to make it new. They want to see if they can top it. They know they might not, but there’s always the fun in trying. You can top it in different ways, because some strike you as more passionate, but others might strike you as more sensual. Others might strike you as more real and everlasting. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Die Hard' gunning for No. 1 over holiday weekend

It’s a double-holiday weekend at the box office, with Valentine’s Day on Thursday and President’s Day on Monday, and three films (A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven, and Beautiful Creatures) are taking advantage of the five-day frame (Weinstein is also releasing Escape from Planet Earth on Friday). Here’s how the busy frame may play out over the Friday-to-Monday period:

1. A Good Day to Die Hard – $47 million

Five years after Live Free or Die Hard scored $134.5 million, Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in a fifth installment in the enduring action franchise — this time with random Cold War overtones! After a slew of weak performances from movies like Parker and The Last Stand (it’s been a tough winter for Expendables stars), A Good Day to Die Hard is poised to become the first outright action hit of the year. Fox is releasing the film, which was made on a $92 million budget, into 3,553 theaters, and between Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Fox’s well-executed marketing campaign, it’s headed for very healthy grosses. Die Hard opened at 10 p.m. engagements across the country on Wednesday night and pulled in $850,000, more than the $725,000 that The Expendables 2, which debuted to $28.5 million, made in similar showings last year. The Bruce Willis vehicle will be a top choice among men and moviegoers avoiding lovey-dovey fare over the weekend, and it may earn about $47 million over the Friday-to-Monday period. (And perhaps another $8 million on Valentine’s Day.)
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'Safe Haven' trailer is jam-packed with Nicholas Sparks cliches -- VIDEO

Beyoncé’s “Déjà Vu” would have been a more appropriate song choice for the trailer of Lasse Hallstrom’s Safe Haven than a Fleetwood Mac cover.

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel (the fourth in three years) has an uncanny resemblance to the hit that spawned this string of chick flicks, The Notebook. Sleepy coastal town? Check! Male lead who likes to work with his hands? Check! Romantic canoe date? Frolicking in the rain? Check and check! The film, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel as Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as Allie and Noah, even includes the iconic Notebook sweep-you-off-your-feet kiss scene.

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'Safe Haven' romance lands 'Eat Pray Love' 'naked guy' David Lyons -- EXCLUSIVE

For some, actor David Lyons is best known as Dr. Simon Brenner from the last two seasons of ER. Others know him as The Cape from NBC’s short-lived 2011 superhero series.

In his native Australia, he’s famous for the navy drama Sea Patrol, but to most people he will forever be remembered as the skinny-dipping “you’re-so-naked” guy whose antics made Julia Roberts guffaw like a seagull choking on a bottle cap in Eat Pray Love.

EW has learned he is now joining the cast of the Nicholas Sparks romance Safe Haven, adding a far more menacing character to his repertoire: the angry ex-husband. READ FULL STORY

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