Every Nicholas Sparks movie follows a similar formula. There are good looking people who fall in love, usually by a lake, and are separated by unforeseen circumstances – sometimes war, sometimes cancer, sometimes overprotective parents, sometimes all of the above. Eventually, they reconnect and fall back in love, only for a shocking twist to tear them apart again. Usually their love manages to transcend all obstacles. And every single time, without fail, you will cry.
Sparks’ latest film, The Best of Me, follows that formula to a T. (That’s not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes you just want something familiar and comfortable to cry to on rainy Saturday.) This time around, the pretty people that fall in love by the lake are named Amanda and Dawson (sadly not played by James Van Der Beek), and their relationship endures both her interfering father and his near-death experience. There is, of course, also a shocking twist... it’s just not the kind you’re thinking of.
See, for much of the trailer, you’re under the impression that this is going to be the tale of the star-crossed love between a teenage girl and her older, bad boy-with-a-heart-of-gold boyfriend. All the clues point to this being the plot: Amanda spots him brooding on his car by himself, he reads to her in trees, he dresses in the classic “tight shirt and jeans” uniform, her father wants to keep them apart for her own good. Oh, and Luke Bracey looks at least 15 years older than Liana Liberato. But then you keep watching the trailer, and it hits you. This isn’t a story about age being nothing but a number. In fact, they’re supposed to be the same age, despite the fact that he looks like he’s in his mid-30s and she’s clearly in high school. Even Dawson’s Creek did a better job of casting people who looked like they could be taking Algebra together, and most of that cast had been over the legal drinking age for years.
Once you get over that shock, you discover that Bracey is meant to be playing the younger version of James Marsden’s character — which is something of a problem, considering the fact that they look nothing alike. They don’t even have the same color eyes. And most bizarrely, whoever edited this video decided to highlight the disparity between the male leads with a slow dissolve from one to the other. Instead of thinking “Oh, how sweet, he always loved her,” you’re instead left going “Wait… does James Marsden actually look younger than his teenage self? What the hell?”
It’s strange. It’s bizarre. It jars you right out of whatever gooey, romantic thoughts about love overcoming time and parental disapproval and searching for clues to see if you can predict which character ends up having the terminal illness. It’s also the most fascinating a Nicholas Sparks movie has ever been, so maybe it was all done on purpose. Maybe his character has Benjamin Button’s disease and that’s why they can’t be together. It would, at the very least, be an exciting change from his standard cancer/war/dementia bag of tricks.
Hopefully we’ll be able to figure this whole thing out when The Best of Me opens on October 17.
In the trailer for Trespass, two thieves break into the household of an incredibly affluent family (Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman and daughter Liana Liberato). What they want: the contents of Cage's vault. What he's willing to part with: not that. The trailer depicts the two acts to this movie. In the first, the terrified married couple pleads for the insanity to end. In the second, the married couple BECOMES the insanity and fights back. Will Joel Schumacher's hostage thriller be awe-inspiring cinema? Unlikely. An exciting watch? Very likely.
Check out the first trailer for the movie below then head over and see Kidman and Cage act terrified in freeze frame in the official Trespass poster.
Aaron Eckhart is about to be hunted by a total babe. The lucky lady alongside Daniel Craig's Bond in Quantum of Solace, Olga Kurylenko, will now take on the task of playing a CIA agent tracking down her ex-partner and former flame in The Expatriate. I think she can handle Eckhart; James Bond isn't exactly a walk in the park and she managed to alright there. Plus, even I can admit she's gorgeous. I doubt there's a single man that wouldn't count himself lucky to be chased by her.
Also signing on is relative newcomer Liana Liberato. She's made an appearance here and there on a few of our favorite TV shows, but this stint as as Eckhart's expat's daughter looks to be her among her first bigger roles. She also played another daughter to Clive Owen in Trust and she's set to appear with Nic Cage and Nicole Kidman in Joel Schumacher's next flick.
Filming is already underway in Montreal, so these ladies will like have to get to work quickly, but it looks like this project is just the first of many for them both.
David Schwimmer will direct Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in Trust, the trades report.
The dark drama is about the damaging effects an online sexual predator has on a family. Millennium Films will produce and finance.
Schwimmer wrote the story for the drama with Andy Bellin on the script.
Owen and Keener will play the parents of a 14-year-old girl who discover she has been victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager in a chat room. Liana Liberato will play the daughter.
Avi Lerner will produce with Heidi Jo Markel and Bob Greenhut. Executive producers are Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Schwimmer and Tom Hodges.
This is Schwimmer's second feature as director following 2007's Run, Fatboy, Run.
Shooting begins Nov. 9 in Michigan.
Nu Image will distribute the film worldwide.
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