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Hot Trailer: ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 1:50pm PDT

Paul Walker had planned to star in this Nicholas Sparks adaptation. James Marsden ended up playing the role opposite Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts who reunite in their hometown after 20 years apart. Will true love prevail? Michael Hoffman directed The Best Of Me, which he wrote with J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney co-star in the romantic drama from Relativity Media and Di Novi Pictures that opens October 17. Here’s the teaser trailer, set to Jules Larson’s “Running Wild”:

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Sam Jaeger Enlists For ‘American Sniper’; Jon Tenney Joins ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 7:29pm PDT

Sam JaegerSam Jaeger has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. The film stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History serves as the basis for the Warner Bros film. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing. Jaeger will play Captain Martens, who welcomes Chris back to Iraq for his second tour of duty and is his commanding officer on his subsequent tour. Jaeger is a regular on NBC’s Parenthood and appeared in last year’s The Truth About Emanuel. He next will be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Jaeger is repped by Greene & Associates and Circle of Confusion.

Jon TenneyJon Tenney has booked a role in The Best Of Me, Relativity’s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.The pic ttells the story of Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but the duo find the very same forces that drove them apart before live on. Tenney plays Harvey, father of Amanda (played as a teenager by Liana Liberato and as an adult by Michelle Monaghan). Read More »

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‘The Best Of Me’ Adds ‘House Of Cards’ Sebastian Arcelus & Gerald McRaney

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

House Of CardsSebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney are joining the cGerald1ast of Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of arcelus2Me. Directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, The Emperor’s Club), The Best Of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Read More »

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‘The Best Of Me’ Adds Luke Bracey; Sanaa Lathan Heads For ‘Ad Inexplorata’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

Luke BraceyEXCLUSIVE: Aussie actor Luke Bracey is joining the cast of Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me. The actor, who played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, joins a cast that includes James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, and Liana Liberato. Marsden came aboard last month replacing the late Paul Walker in the role of Dawson opposite Monaghan as Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who return home for a friend’s funeral and reignite their past romance only to discover that what drove them apart years ago could pose even more serious threats now. Bracey will play the younger Dawson opposite previously cast Liana Liberato as the younger Amanda. The Relativity release is the latest Sparks adaptation at the studio which also brought the author’s Dear John and Safe Haven to the big screen. The Best of Me is directed by Michael Hoffman from a script by J. Mills Goodloe rewritten by Hoffman and Will Fetters (The Lucky One). Denise DiNovi, Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park and Alison Greenspan are producing alongside Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh. Tucker Tooley is exec producer. Bracey is repped by CAA, ROAR and Mark Morrissey & Associates. He next appears in Roger Donaldson’s November Man.

sanaa-lathanEXCLUSIVE: Sanaa Lathan is going to space with indie Ad Inexplorata, from writer-director Mark Elijah Rosenberg and Beasts of the Southern Wild producers Josh Penn and Matt Parker. Low Winter Read More »

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Liana Liberato Joins ‘The Best Of Me’; Chilean Miner Pic ‘The 33′ Adds Bob Gunton

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 4:14pm PST

Liana LiberatoEXCLUSIVE: Liana Liberato (Stuck in Love, Trust) has been cast in Relativity’s The Best Of Me, the Nicholas Sparks romance that James Marsden joined earlier this month replacing the late Paul Walker opposite Michelle Monaghan. Liberato will play the younger version of Monaghan’s character Amanda in the tale of two former high school sweethearts who reunite 20 years later in their hometown for the funeral of an old friend. The novel adaptation is directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) from a script by J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters, and Hoffman. This is the third Sparks pic at Relativity after last year’s Safe Haven and 2010′s Dear John. Liberato’s upcoming projects include If I Stay and Dear Eleanor. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360.

bob guntonBob Gunton (ArgoThe Shawshank Redemption) has joined the cast of the now-filming Chilean miner drama The 33. Earlier this week Gabriel Byrne boarded the true story pic playing Andre Sougarret as part of an international cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, and Rodrigo Santoro. Gunton will play Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. The film is shooting in Colombia before it heads to Chile. Patricia Riggen is directing. Gunton is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.

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James Marsden Offered Lead To Replace Paul Walker In Nicholas Sparks Novel Adaptation ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have offered "Lee Daniels' The Butler" - Los Angeles PremiereJames Marsden the male lead role in The Best Of Me, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller that Paul Walker planned to star in. Marsden’s deal needs to be negotiated, but the offer was just made for him to star alongside Michelle Monaghan. Relativity had been quietly looking to recast since the tragedy that took Walker’s life late last year. This had boiled down to a short of Marsden and Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello. While Universal put Fast & Furious 7 on extended hiatus to creatively find a way to finish the movie after Walker died in a crash Thanksgiving weekend halfway through the shoot, Walker had several good projects he was sparked to star in. Homeland‘s Rupert Friend is reportedly circling one of the others, Agent 47.

bestofBook is about two former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the sparks, but the forces that drove them apart back then still get in the way. J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters and Hoffman wrote the script. Denise DiNovi, Sparks and his producing partner Theresa Park are producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity president Tucker Tooley and Richard Middleton are executive producing. Read More »

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Relativity Sets Nicholas Sparks Adaptation ‘The Best Of Me’ For Fall 2014

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT

Relativity is straying from its Nicholas Sparks safety zone for its third adaptation of the author’s work. After scoring with a pair of successful Valentine’s week openings — and eventual grosses — for Safe Haven (2013) and Dear John (2010), Relativity will bow The Best Of Me on October 17, 2014. The second-chance tale of former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart will go up against Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up and Fox’s Romeo and Juliet-meets-Day of the Dead toon Book of Life that weekend. Best Of Me is directed by Michael Hoffman, who co-wrote the pic with J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters.

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Relativity Takes On Nicholas Sparks Novel ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 3:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has acquired from Warner Bros The Best of Me, a fully developed package that includes the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, and script by J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Michael Hoffman, who is rewriting the script with Fetters, is set to direct. It puts Relativity back in business with Sparks, whose Safe Haven was released in February and grossed over $96 million worldwide. Relativity also adapted the Sparks novel Dear John, which grossed over $114 million worldwide.

Hoffman, who helmed The Last Station and The Emperor’s Club, has been working on the project since not long after Warner Bros acquired it for a sum in the vicinity of $2 million against $5 million, which at the time was the going rate for a Sparks novel. Sparks’ frequent collaborator Denise DiNovi s producing with the author and his producing partner Theresa Park. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh joins them as producer.

It’s the second project that Relativity has acquired this week that was developed by another studio after Relativity signed on to distribute the family adventure film Echo from Disney.

Relativity production president Robbie Brenner said the company was eager to do more projects with the author. “Nicholas is one of the most creative and talented authors in the world and in The Best of Me he tells a deeply moving and unforgettable story. We look forward to working … Read More »

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