These days, you pretty much know what you're getting into with any film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book, and recent release Safe Haven is the latest in his line of romances. A first glance alone features famous Sparks conventions — a beautiful couple on the verge of romance at the beach — and it got me thinking about the other common themes that show up repeatedly in Sparks movies.
After looking through PopSugar's photos of Hollywood couples locking lips, we were feeling inspired to show some of our favorite smooches from 2010 as well — the ones from the big screen. Several actors got it on for the cameras this year, from Natalie Portman in Black Swan to Robert Pattinson in Eclipse and Remember Me (that guy gets around!). Check out this list of the memorable tender moments that sent our hearts racing.
In this week's DVD releases, you have three very different genres, but they do have one thing in common: they're all based on books. Take a look!
The Nicholas Sparks adaptation follows an army guy (Channing Tatum) and college girl (Amanda Seyfried) who find love one Summer, and embark on a long-distance relationship via a series of letters. I was fully hoping to be swept off my feet by the Sparks story a la The Notebook, but unfortunately, the actors could only do so much with the film's contrived plot. Rent it for Richard Jenkins's performance — and to watch Tatum act all sensitive (awww). Bonus extras include alternate scenes and an outtake reel.
If you haven't already noticed all of the coverage right here on BuzzSugar, the True Blood phenomenon is at a fever pitch as the show approaches its third season. HBO has been releasing a series of minisodes and clever ad campaigns, but if you really want to get prepped, the entire second season comes out this week to get you up-to-date on the neck-biting, shape-shifting madness. Bonus extras include audio commentaries with the cast and crew and "The Vampire Report," a campy half-hour news show.
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You’ve had a fast and flirtatious few weeks with the sexy surfer you met at the beach. Things are really starting to heat up, but the summer is winding down. How do you know if your newfound love will last through the chilly Winter months and beyond? Take this quiz to find out and be sure to check out the hot Hollywood romance Dear John on Blu-ray™ & DVD May 25! Rated PG-13.
Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried hit the red carpet in London tonight for the UK premiere of Dear John. Jenna Dewan and her blue eyelashes stuck right by her husband, after the duo made the trek to England from LA late last week. The adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book already was deemed a success when it came out in the US in February and impressively managed to end Avatar's run at the top of the box office. Jenna has been there for Channing at many screenings of his film, but he'll also have lots of chances to return the favor since she's just picked up a new role of her own.
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February may be a short month, but there has been plenty of movie, TV, and music offerings. While there was a lot to cheer about, not everything was stellar, as much as it pains me to say. Want to know which rocked my world and which didn't measure up? I've broken it down into the best and worst of the month right here.
Other openers Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and The Wolfman earned second and third place with $31.1 million and $30.6 million respectively, making this weekend the highest grossing President's Day tally to date.
Avatar and Dear John continued to cling to spots in the top five. James Cameron claimed another $22 million for his pet project for No. 4, while the Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried vehicle took a significant 50 percent hit, bringing in $15 million for No. 5.
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Surprise — it finally happened! After seven straight weeks at No. 1 and record-breaking ticket sales, Avatar got the boot. Which film pulled off the upset? Well, it wasn't Valentine's Day as the majority of you guessed, but Dear John. The Nicholas Sparks romance took in $32.4 million in its debut week in theaters, dethroning the James Cameron box office king which came in second with $23.6 million.
Despite mixed feelings on John Travolta's From Paris With Love, the new film ranked in at third in its first week with $8.1 million. Edge of Darkness followed close behind at No. 4 with $7 million, and Tooth Fairy finished out the top five with $6.5 million.
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