Best Selling Author Nicholas Sparks Admits It Takes Compromise To Go From Page To Screen

500x_sparks_beach_couplesCurrently riding high on the weekend box office chart, THE LUCKY ONE is a deeply romantic drama centering on a Marine vet returning to the States from his third tour of duty in the Middle East determined to find the anonymous woman pictured in a photograph he found and credits with his still being alive. Based on the novel by NICHOLAS SPARKS, the film is directed by SCOTT HICKS from an adapted screenplay by WILL FETTERS and stars ZAC EFRON, TAYLOR SCHILLING, BLYTHE DANNER, ADAM LEFEVRE, JAY R. FERGUSON and RILEY THOMAS STEWART.
Another of over a half-dozen SPARKS tales of romantic fantasy adapted for the screen, THE LUCKY ONE had to make a few compromises before making the cut. During our recent interview with the author, he admitted that’s par for the course. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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‘The Lucky One’ Author Nicholas Sparks Is A Fabulous Writer: Just Ask Him

books-by-nicholas-sparksAs an internationally known, best-selling author whose novels MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, A WALK TO REMEMBER, THE NOTEBOOK, NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, DEAR JOHN, THE LAST SONG and, now, THE LUCKY ONE have all been adapted for the big-screen, NICHOLAS SPARKS has brought tears to the eyes of millions of moviegoers and readers.
Now, to the more pedestrian reader, SPARKS might be mistaken for a writer of “romantic fiction” or “romantic fantasy” but, during our recent interview, the author was quick to point out that his novels are most definitely neither and should be considered “literature” because they contain many of the same elements of SHAKESPEARE and HEMINGWAY. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Zac Efron Did Due Diligence To Research ‘The Lucky One’

lucky_oneIn theaters this week, THE LUCKY ONE is a deeply romantic drama centering on a marine vet returning to the States from his third tour of duty in the Middle East determined to find the anonymous woman pictured in a photograph he found and credits with his still being alive. Based on the novel by NICHOLAS SPARKS, the film is directed by SCOTT HICKS from an adapted screenplay by WILL FETTERS and stars ZAC EFRON, TAYLOR SCHILLING, BLYTHE DANNER, ADAM LEFEVRE, JAY R. FERGUSON and RILEY THOMAS STEWART.

Probably best known for his song-and-dance work in the HAIRSPRAY and the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL franchise, EFRON took his role as a war weary Marine combat vet very seriously. During our recent interview, he talked about spending time with real soldiers in the interest of authenticity. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Kate Winslet Thrilled (But Not Surprised) That ‘Titanic’ Got The 3D Treatment

kate-winslet-titanicCurrently in theaters, TITANIC 3D brings new life to JAMES CAMERON’S 1997 epic disaster movie that put a romantic slant on what will always be considered the world’s greatest shipwreck. Known for being a pioneer in the field of technology, CAMERON spent an estimated $18 million (and a considerable amount of time) to convert TITANIC from a 2D epic to a 3D masterpiece. A labor of love and object of slavish attention to detail, the film features a cast that includes KATE WINSLET, LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, BILLY ZANE, FRANCIS FISHER, KATHY BATES and GLORIA STUART.
We recently caught up with KATE WINSLET, who is thrilled at the prospect of a whole new audience enjoying one of filmdom’s greatest romantic dramas. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gamble On ‘Titanic’ Paid Off Big-Time

titanic_ver9Currently enjoying new popularity as a 3D conversion, JAMES CAMERON’S historical epic TITANIC is thrilling audiences 15 years after its original theatrical release. Directed with slavish attention to detail by CAMERON, the film shined a worldwide spotlight on stars LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and KATE WINSLET as doomed star-crossed lovers.

Already the recipient of his first Oscar nomination, DiCAPRIO had consciously eschewed epic blockbusters so it came as a surprise when he signed on to CAMERON’S massive retelling of the world’s most famous shipwreck.
We spoke with DiCAPRIO for the film’s original 1997 release and he talked about his decision to get on board. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
 
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