With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring ent...
Sweet Valley High is just like any other high school. Everywhere there are hot guys, fast cars, perfect tans, and blinding highlights. And there’s never a moment where one of the Wakefield twins isn’t dealing with extreme romantic drama. Twin sisters Elizabeth and Jessica were opposites in every way, except in their ability to attract attention. They spend their whole lives fighting each other, and now it seems they’ve got to fight those who don’t believe they’re really bringing their young adult drama to the big screen.
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“Sweet Valley High is happening. And nobody believes me, but it’s happening,” says screenwriter Diablo Cody ( Young Adult). The Oscar-winning screenwriter spoke to Hollywood.com at Barnard College’s Women in Hollywood event, which marked the opening night of the annual Athena Film Festival.
But what’s the hold-up, lady? You’ve finished helping put the Evil Dead remake together (something she refers to as “adding a bit of her weirdness”), so where’s SVH?
“It’s just that when we made the decision to do it as a musical, and write original music, that takes time,” she says. “At this point all the musical material is ready, the script is written. We just have to find the perfect director.”
Of course, with her focus on finding a director (and the good news is, she’s got a “very short” list of folks for the job), she’s yet to cast the Wakefield twins themselves. She does, however, have an idea of who she’s like to take the role of Bruce, also known as Jessica’s one true love. “’ll just say that there’s a certain like bad boy teen heartthrob who would be interesting in the role of Bruce,” she teases. Go ahead and start theorizing, SVH fans! And keep in mind, that Cody denied eying Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson. “No, but I love him! He’s my dream man!” she jokes.
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Alright, Wakefield fans, start your theories now. What teen heartthrob do you think Cody is eying for her totally-happening-despite-the-musical-delay adapatation?
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Nicholas Sparks has made millions of fans writing books-turned-movies like The Notebook, Dear John, and The Lucky One. His films have drawn some of Hollywood's hottest actors, including Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, and Zac Efron, and have earned more than $600 million worldwide.
And he's apparently earned more than a couple of dollars for it, too.
Evidence? Behold the 47-year-old author's 24,000-square-foot, waterfront mansion on the banks of New Bern, North Carolina, featured in February's Coastal Living magazine.
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Critics can tease Sparks — whose latest book-to-film Safe Haven hits theaters on February 14 — all they want about his sometimes-cheesy writing style and earnest characters. But you've got to give the guy credit.
Who ever said that romance is dead hasn't seen that double staircase.
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The pair was getting ready for an event to promote its latest film, about a woman with a mysterious past who falls for a widower, when Duhamel took a tumble and burned his hand.
He tells People magazine, "I tripped over Julianne's curling iron cord and grabbed the wrong end of it. So I had to do the rest of our press day with Band-Aids all over my fingers. We put them under ice, but, yeah, they're a little blistered. It's not too bad."
The stars, who play lovers in the new romantic thriller, stopped by the Children's Medical Center of Dallas in Texas on Tuesday (29Jan13) and posed for pictures with patients.
They also sat down for a special radio interview which was broadcast throughout the hospital, answering questions from youngsters receiving treatment there.
Hough and Duhamel continued their whistle-stop tour the following day (30Jan13) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where they met with sick kids and their families and signed autographs.
Hough took to her Twitter.com to share photos and videos from both events, writing, "Loved our visit to (the hospital) today! Everyone was so amazing!"
Duhamel and Hough play the central characters in the big screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, but the actor insisted on talking to his co-star's partner before the cameras rolled on their most intimate scene.
The Transformers stars tells Access Hollywood, "I just thought it would be cool if he and I had a man to man (talk) about the scene before we started shooting it. I was like, 'Hey, just so you know, I totally respect you and your relationship. Nothing weird is going to happen, just so you know'.
"And (Seacrest was) like, 'Yeah, I wasn't even thinking about it'. I walked away thinking, 'Why would I feel compelled to do that? You only made him think about it when you didn't even need to'."
There is no deed more indicative of blossoming love than one person's offer to help another person carry something heavy. You might think this innocuous act of kindness to be a simple suggestion of general good will residing in the soul of the perpetrator, but there is something much stronger at work. The below exclusive clip from the newest Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven shows the power of "Can I give you a hand with that?" as one of the seedlings that is destined to sprout into a floral romance between stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.
A newcomer to the waterside down of Southport, N.C., Katie (Hough) forms a bond with longtime resident Alex (Duhamel). Both anchored to loneliness by tumultuous emotional pasts, Katie and Alex seem see in one another something they haven't been able to find in some time: true friendship, and, possibly, true love. Just remember to lift with your knees!
Check out the below exclusive clip, and catch Safe Haven in theaters on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
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The Footloose star has gone public with her traumatising childhood secret in a new interview with America's Cosmopolitan magazine, revealing she was taken advantage of by adults while she was a dance student in Britain.
She tells the publication, "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.
"While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything... (It got worse) when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."
Hough reveals her troubled past has inspired her to step up her work with non-profit anti-bullying organisation the Kind Campaign, and she's in the process of establishing her own foundation too to lend advice and support to her fellow child abuse victims.
She tells America's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I don't want pity. To me, it's more about being that voice for people who don't necessarily have a voice... It's important because there are a lot of girls who have gone through so much s**t and sexual abuse, and they're fine talking about it. They're dead, straight-faced. Then the minute they break down is when they're like, 'I just wish I had a friend to talk to.'"
And Hough, 24, admits being a role model to her fans and young relatives is what is inspiring her to do more to help others: "I have 17 nieces and nephews. The way that they look up to me is scary. I'm like, 'Oh c**p! I better be an aunt they can be proud of.'"
The Rock Of Ages star attended the InStyle magazine bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday (13Jan13) in a full-length silk dress with a plunging neckline and train.
However, the gown was left in tatters by the end of the night and Hough took to her Twitter.com page to share snaps of two great rips which left her thighs exposed.
The former professional dancer writes, "Ummm I think I may have danced too hard.... Eeek!!!!... I love to dance regardless of how expensive a dress may be... You can't hold me down!!!"
Any trip to your local drug store will provide a heart-y (get it?!) reminder that Valentine's Day is the Next Big Holiday. Never mind that the universally dreaded holiday is still over a month away — you'll be inundated with candies, teddy bears, and flowers right up until February 14. But don't let the panic of where to take your sweetheart set in just yet. In fact, Hollywood might be taking care of that for you.
It's been announced that the hotly anticipated adaptation of the supernatural YA novel Beautiful Creatures has been bumped back a day from its original release date of Feb. 13 to the fateful Feb. 14.
The film, which stars Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, and relative newcomers Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenriech (who play the star-crossed pair at the center of the love story), will draw in the fans of the saga, no matter what their relationship status come Valentine's Day 2013.
While guys will, undoubtedly, earn some points if they choose this movie of their own volition (the supernatural elements and action sequences should make it an easier pill to swallow than, say, other V-Day releases like Safe Haven) this is more likely to be a group event moviegoing experience like Twilight.
So what should you see, and who should you take, to the movies on Feb. 14 now that Beautiful Creatures has entered the mix? Grab your box of Smartie hearts and find out:
Beautiful Creatures: First dates, newer relationships, groups of platonic friends. This movie has a little something for everyone: action, romance, mystery, special effects, Jeremy Irons.
Whether you're going in as a fan of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s book or just desperate to hold hands with someone in a movie theater on Valentine's Day, the PG-13 flick should work to everyone's benefit.
Safe Haven: Established couples. Nicholas Sparks sets the bar way too high about acceptable relationship behavior (remember what Ryan Gosling did to men everywhere post-Notebook?), so this latest saccharine romance will create unreasonable expectations for new love.
Plus, your time-tested romantic partner can ogle the likes of Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough with less guilt than someone who still only has eyes for you.
A Good Day to Die Hard: Especially awesome, established couples, or good-natured singletons who really just want to watch s**t blow up on Valentine's Day.
Escape From Planet Earth: Your kids, because you couldn't get a babysitter to see Safe Haven or A Good Day To Die Hard.
Which movie will you take your love (or your equally lovely self) to on Valentine's Day?
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The dancer-turned-actress recently revealed to Cosmopolitan magazine she had suffered abuse as a young wannabe in London, leading many to believe she had been bullied and taunted as a student at the fabled British institute for talented kids.
Hough's comments have prompted Academy bosses to release a statement, insisting media outlets suggesting the star was abused while studying there are wrong.
The release reads: "We feel this article has been extremely badly worded and if re-read, you will see that although it mentions our name, it does not say that any abuse took place here.
"We feel sure Julianne would herself be horrified to learn that she had caused her old school any embarrassment or harmed its good name."
With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring entertainer from an early age, 10-year-old Hough left her Utah home to study at London's Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts; her efforts paid off when she became the first U.S.-born dancer to be crowned International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion. Although she returned to Utah to finish high school, after graduation she headed to Los Angeles and quickly booked a gig as a sexy dancer on the short-lived game show Show Me the Money. From there she joined the DWTS tour as a company dancer. In a 42nd Street-like twist, when lead dancer Kym Johnson injured herself, Hough replaced her, twirling across the country with Season 1 DWTS contestant Joey MacIntyre. Her impressive work led to her addition to DWTS proper. She was paired with Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and race-car driver Helio Castraneves in Season 5, winning back-to-back mirror-ball trophies. Proving that she's more than just a hoofer, Hough released her first country-music album in May 2008, with plans to open for country star Brad Paisley during his summer tour.
Attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, England