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Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Returns To First; Stitches For 'Snitch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So far, 2013 is trailing 2012 in box office receipts, allowing “Identity Thief” to celebrate the spoils of war. The comedy is slated to become the highest grossing film of 2013 within days (beating out “Django Unchained,” which is actually a 2012 release), and this weekend it romped over a couple of weak newcomers to reclaim the top spot at the box office.

Box Office: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Has A Good Weekend At #1, 'Beautiful Creatures' Not So Pretty

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2013 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the world of the new blockbuster. Would Hollywood studios learn to make good movies, or make smarter fiscal decisions first? Given that we're looking at "A Good Day To Die Hard" ruling over the box office, the latter is true, with the fifth installment in the action series winning a very close horse race on this Presidents' Day weekend. The fact that this opening is significantly smaller than the one for "Live Free Or Die Hard" and that the picture is assuredly the worst in the series turns out to be irrelevant.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Escape From Planet Earth' With 'A Good Day To Die Hard' & 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 15, 2013 7:11 PM
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Dear faithful readers, we hope you enjoyed your day of stuffed animals, roses, and antacids in the shape of little hearts. Or maybe you just got drunk and ate cheesecake (after which you probably needed a couple of those Rolaids disguised as candy). Holiday traditions are the best, aren't they? Well, in case you didn't get enough of the love, there's plenty going around in theaters this weekend. A(nother) fantastical being falls hard for a(nother) human, John McClane bonds with his son, a call girl finds herself torn between a client and her fiancé, paramours turn pathological in an Indian remake, and one more Nicholas Sparks lovefest sobathon -- er, novel -- gets a silver screen adaptation. Be sure to pack some insulin for the sugar rush, and tell us what you'll be seeing in the comments below!

'Safe Haven' Soundtrack Features Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw, Tristan Prettyman & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 16, 2013 2:53 PM
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Lasse Hallström + a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, hmmm... OK, so maybe this isn't our most anticipated film of the year, or even close, but hey, people who liked "Dear John" may care. Starring Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and Colbie Smulders the soundtrack to the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" has been announced and it features an original track from Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw, plus songs by Tristan Prettyman, FM Radio and a strong line-up of newcomers.

Will These Films Suck? The Question Mark Films Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Over the last few days, we've been pin-pointing 100 of the films we're most looking forward to over the next twelve months. Of course, they won't all be great -- and some will be terrible -- but they all give some reason for hope, to one degree or another.

Watch: Trailer For Nicholas Sparks' 'Safe Haven' Will Manipulate Your Heart Into A Soggy Organ Of Tears

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 9:07 PM
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It's almost that time again.... Arriving like clockwork, it seems every year or so we get another Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation (in 2010 we were lucky enough to get two movies based on his books!). And for his fanbase that likes to hear a variation on the same mediocre, manipulative story over and and over and over and over again, "Safe Haven" will be a warm, vanilla pillow of familiarity and fake emotion.

First Look: 4 New Photos Of Julianne Hough & Josh Duhamel In 'Safe Haven'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 20, 2012 3:17 PM
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From the filmmaker behind the star-crossed lovers fromage of "Dear John" (director Lasse Hallström) and the author of "The Notebook" (Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote "Dear John") comes the latest in Harlequin-esque romance for the screen, "Safe Haven." Starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough with a supporting cast that includes Cobie Smulders and David Lyons, "Safe Haven" is being touted as a romantic thriller, or according to distributors Relativity Media, an "affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again." Color yourself intrigued.

Marilyn Manson Heads To 'Californication'; Kristin Schaal Voices 'Cloudy 2'; Cobie Smulders Finds 'Safe Haven' & Christopher Meloni Joins 'They Came Together'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 25, 2012 10:20 AM
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(Former) shock rocker (is he all that shocking anymore?) Marilyn Manson seems to be enjoying this whole acting thing. He's done bit parts here and there over the years ("Party Monster" and "Jawbreaker" among them), but it seems he's taking a bigger step toward movie roles. He already has a stint in Quentin Dupieux's "Wrong Cops" and how he's headed to cable. Brian Warner will stretch his wings playing himself in a guest spot on Showtime's "Californication" starring David Duchovny. Production on the series is now underway and you can see the longawaited Manson/Duchovny pairing in 2013 on the seventh season's seventh episode. [THR]

Julianne Hough Finds 'Safe Haven' & Gemma Arterton Ready For 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
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Two lovely and talented ladies have lined up some projects, so let's get right to it....

Josh Duhamel Joins Lasse Hallstrom's Nicholas Sparks Adapatation 'Safe Haven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 4:49 PM
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Is there any leading man as non-essential and bland as Josh Duhamel? Say what you will about the Nicholas Sparks adaptations, but so far they've (for the most part) gone with men who at least have some appeal to some spectrum of the female population that drives these things. Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth and even oldies like Kevin Costner and Richard Gere were decent enough choices for their respective films. But who even says, "That Josh Duhamel is soooo cute. Can't wait to see his next movie!"

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