New to Blu-ray: JACK REACHER, UPSTREAM COLOR, ONE HOUR PHOTO, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases.  What will you be picking up?

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Friday Box Office: SNITCH Squeaks by IDENTITY THIEF on Friday; Comedy Expected To Prevail This Weekend

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A disappointing month will come to a disappointing end this weekend as the box office offers up yet another underwhelming frame. How underwhelming? While last year gave us a surprisingly-strong debut in Act of Valor ($24.4 million), not one title is expected to reach $15 million by Oscar Sunday. Among new releases, Snitch is in the best shape. The action flick starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won a narrow victory on Friday: taking in an estimated $4.14 million from 2,511 locations. Snitch should see a $12 million debut, though that won’t be enough to beat Identity Thief. The comedy holdover took in $4.1 million on Friday, but is expected to earn $13 million over its third weekend in theatres. Debuting in fourth place, Dark Skies earned an estimated $3 million from 2,313 locations. The extraterrestrial-thriller is projected to make $8.4 million through Oscar Sunday, putting it behind holdovers like Safe Haven, Escape from Planet Earth and A Good Day to Die Hard. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Snitch $4,140,000 $4.1
2.   Identity Thief $4,100,000 $83.7
3.   Safe Haven $3,520,000 $40.9
4.   Dark Skies $3,087,000 $3
5.   A Good Day to Die Hard $2,800,000 $44.6

Weekend Box Office: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Kills with $25 Million, IDENTITY THIEF Steals 2nd with $23 Million, SAFE HAVEN Secures 3rd with $21 Million

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A Good Day to Die Hard turned in a good weekend at the box office with $25 million, netting $33 million since its Valentine’s Day opening.  It looked like the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven was going to secure the second spot with $21 million, but Identity Thief stole the silver with $23 million.  The comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, now has $70 million in just 10 days.  Check out the full rundown of the weekend’s Top 10 below:

Title Weekend Total
1 A Good Day to Die Hard $25,000,000 $33.2
2 Identity Thief $23,437,000 $70.7
3 Safe Haven $21,430,000 $30.3
4 Escape from Planet Earth $16,066,000 $16.1
5 Warm Bodies $9,000,000 $50.2
6 Beautiful Creatures $7,460,000 $10.0
7 Side Effects $6,307,000 $19.0
8 Silver Linings Playbook $6,088,000 $98.5
9 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $3,470,000 $49.7
10 Zero Dark Thirty $3,100,00 $88.0

Friday Box Office: DIE HARD and SAFE HAVEN Battle It Out for Number One with $7.2 Million and $7.1 Million; BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Sinks

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The holiday weekend is off and running at the box office, and it’s a battle of brawn over sap as A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven are neck-and-neck for the top spot.  The fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise netted near-universal negative reviews, and now the pic is performing slightly under expectations at the box office as the actioner took in an estimated $7.2 million on Friday to add to its $8.2 million take on Valentine’s Day Thursday.  Nipping at Die Hard’s heels is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which scored an estimated $7.1 million on Friday to combine with its $8.8 million gross on Thursday.  Warner Bros.’ YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures, however, fell flat with a paltry $2.3 million on Friday that puts it in the number 6 slot overall and on track for a very low $11.5 million weekend.  All of this despite the fact that Beautiful Creatures garnered considerably more positive reviews than both Die Hard and Safe Haven.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1. A Good Day to Die Hard $7,250,000 $15.4
2. Safe Haven $7,150,000 $15.9
3. Identity Thief $6,500,000 $53.7
4. Escape from Planet Earth $3,702,000 $3.7
5. Warm Bodies $2,600,000 $43.8

David Lyons Talks SAFE HAVEN, Getting Involved with the Film, Working with Director Lasse Hallström and Nicholas Sparks, and NBC’s REVOLUTION

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The romantic thriller Safe Haven, from director Lasse Hallström and adapted from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook, Dear John) novel of the same name, tells the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), who arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new start.  Even though she’s hoping to keep a low profile, she finds herself interested in and attracted to local store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel), who has two young children.  Each are haunted by their past, but hopeful for their newfound happiness and love.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor David Lyons, who plays a mysterious man from Katie’s past, talked about why he wanted to get involved with the film, the experience of working with director Lasse Hallström, being dawn to the darker aspect of the story, collaborating on the character with author Nicholas Sparks, and the challenge of establishing his story while being separated from so much of what’s happening.  He also talked about what fans of the Revolution can expect when the NBC drama series, and his character Monroe, returns on March 25th.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Julianne Hough Talks SAFE HAVEN, How She Landed the Role, Being Part of a Nicholas Sparks Movie, Emotional vs Physical Work, Improvisation and More

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The romantic thriller Safe Haven, from director Lasse Hallström and adapted from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook, Dear John) novel of the same name, tells the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), who arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new start.  Even though she’s hoping to keep a low profile, she finds herself interested in and attracted to local store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel), who has two young children.  Each are haunted by their past, but hopeful for their newfound happiness and love.

At the film’s press day, actress Julianne Hough spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to this role, what it’s like to be part of a Nicholas Sparks movie, what a big fan of his work she’s been (A Walk to Remember was her favorite movie, growing up), that she finds the emotional work more challenging than the physical, and how scary it was for her to try improvising.  She also talked about how excited she is for people to see another side of her, as Lamb in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, Paradise.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

Josh Duhamel Talks SAFE HAVEN, Playing a Nicholas Sparks Character, Improvisation, and Upcoming Roles in YOU’RE NOT YOU and SCENIC ROUTE

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The romantic thriller Safe Haven, from director Lasse Hallström and adapted from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook, Dear John) novel of the same name, tells the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), who arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new start.  Even though she’s hoping to keep a low profile, she finds herself interested in and attracted to local store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel), who has two young children.  Each are haunted by their past, but hopeful for their newfound happiness and love.

At the film’s press day, actor Josh Duhamel spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to the project, his desire to mess up the nice guy, the pressure of playing a Nicholas Sparks character, and getting to do so much improvisation in the film.  He also talked about his roles in the upcoming features Scenic Route and You’re Not You, opposite Hilary Swank, and said that he’d love to do a ridiculous guy comedy, at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Director Lasse Hallstrom, Author Nicholas Sparks, and Producer Marty Bowen Talk SAFE HAVEN

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Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough get their romantic groove on for Valentine’s Day in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, which opens February 14th.  The romantic thriller centers on a young woman with a dark past whose sudden arrival in a small North Carolina town raises questions.  As Katie (Hough) struggles with a dark secret that still haunts her, she reluctantly finds new love with a lonely widower (Duhamel) and his two children (Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland).  Directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay by Dana Stevens, the film also features Cobie Smulders and David Lyons.

At the film’s recent press day, Duhamel, Hough, Hallström, Sparks and producer Marty Bowen talked about turning the novel into a major film, what Hallström brought to the story on screen, navigating the fine line between drama and melodrama to give an authentic voice to the characters, the process of conceiving a story that might be made into a film, the terrifying yet liberating experience of improv-ing on set, and the luxury of shooting on location in the quaint seaside town of Southport where the story was set.  Hough also discussed playing a victim of domestic abuse and doing her own stunts.  Hit the jump to read more:

4 Clips from SAFE HAVEN Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel

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With director Lasse Hallstrom’s (The Cider House Rules) Safe Haven opening February 8, we’ve been provided with four clips.  Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the film stars Julianne Hough as a young woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and raises questions about her past due to her reluctance to join the tight-knit community.  She strikes up a relationship with a widowed store owner (Josh Duhamel) who has two small children, but soon realizes she’ll have to face her dark secrets head on.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders and David Lyons.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

Release Dates for POPEYE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, THE LAST EXORCISM 2, THE TO-DO LIST, TURKEYS, and SAFE HAVEN

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We have plenty of new release dates to pass along:

  • Sony Animation scheduled two Genndy Tartakovsky’s projects.  The 3D cartoon Popeye that Tartakovsky will direct hits theaters September 26, 2014.  The sequel to Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania opens the following year on September 25, 2015.
  • Relativity scheduled fellow cartoon Turkeysfeaturing the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Dan Fogler—for a Thanksgiving release on November 14, 2014.
  • The Last Exorcism II: The Beginning of the End is dated for March 1, 2013.
  • The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List will move from Valentines Day next year to August 16, 2013.  Relativity took advantage of the open slot and moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven from February 8 back to February 14, 2013.

Hit the jump for details on each project.

New Posters for HITCHCOCK, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, SAFE HAVEN, and THE IMPOSSIBLE

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Hitchcock – A new poster for the drama about the making of Psycho, starring Anthony Hopkins as the legendary filmmaker.  The film opens on November 23rd.
  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning – Three new character posters for the fourth installment in the Universal Soldier franchise, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and Dolph Lundgren.  The film is currently available VOD and opens in theaters November 30th.
  • Safe Haven – The first poster for this Nicholas Sparks adaptation, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.  The film opens on February 8th.
  • The Impossible – A U.K. poster for the tsunami drama starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.  The film opens on December 21st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Trailer and Images for SAFE HAVEN Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel

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The first trailer and images for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven have been released.  Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and raises questions about her past due to her reluctance to join the tight-knit community.  She strikes up a relationship with a widowed store owner (Josh Duhamel) who has two small children, but soon realizes she’ll have to face her dark secrets head on.  This essentially looks like every other Nicholas Sparks movie ever made, so if you’re a fan of those films then this is probably right up your alley.  If not, Safe Haven looks unlikely to sway your opinion.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images.  Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules) the film also stars Cobie Smulders and David Lyons and opens on February 8th, 2013.

Cam Gigandet to Join PLUSH, James Corden Boards CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? and ONE CHANCE, Cristin Milioti in Talks for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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Here’s your latest fix for relevant casting news.  Check them out at a glance below:

  • Cam Gigandet (Easy A) has joined Emily Browning in director Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush.
  • James Corden (The History Boys) has boarded not one, but two projects: Can a Song Save Your Life? and One Chance.
  • Cristin Milioti (Year of the Carnivore) is in talks to join the Martin Scorsese picture, The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • David Lyons (The Cape) is the latest addition to Relativity’s romantic thriller, Safe Haven.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Julianne Hough in Talks for Nicholas Sparks Adaptation SAFE HAVEN

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Good news, everyone: the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation finally has a female lead!  Despite being set for a pre-Valentine’s Day 2013 release this past December, Safe Haven has been without a female lead for the duration of its development.  Josh Duhamel (Transformers) recently signed on as the male lead, and now Variety reports that Footloose star Julianne Hough is in talks to land that coveted female role.  The story centers on a young woman with a dark past who arrives in a small North Carolina town, and reluctantly begins a relationship with a widowed store owner and his two children, and a friendship with her plainspoken neighbor.

Keira Knightley was previously rumored to be eyeing the role, but apparently a deal never materialized. Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) is onboard to direct the adaptation.  I quite liked Hough’s charisma in Footloose, and Diablo Cody chose her to star in the Juno scribe’s upcoming untitled directorial debut.  The actress will next be seen opposite Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages when it opens next month.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Sparks’ novel.

Casting Call: Josh Duhamel to Lead Nicholas Sparks Adaptation SAFE HAVEN; Andrea Riseborough Joins Alexander Skarsgard in HIDDEN

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Josh Duhamel is ready to get his Nicholas Sparks on.  Variety reports that the Transformers star is in negotiations to lead the adaptation of Sparks’ Safe Haven.  The story centers on a young woman with a dark past who arrives in a small North Carolina town, and reluctantly begins a relationship with a widowed store owner and his two children, and a friendship with her plainspoken neighbor.  Duhamel would play the widowed store owner, but producers are still trying to fill the female lead role.  Also, I’m assuming someone dies at the end.

Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) is onboard to direct and the film already has a pre-Valentine’s Day release date set for February 8th, 2013.  The Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron, opened to a successful number two at the box office last weekend.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the low-budget thriller Hidden and to read a synopsis for Safe Haven.

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