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Grab Your Girlfriends and Grandmas: Here Comes Another Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

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Professional handsome man Josh Duhamel and tiny dancer Julianne Hough will star in Safe Haven, the big screen version of another Nicholas Sparks novel. Man, this guy is as prolific as Asimov.

What’s it about, you ask? Take it away, publicity folk!

Safe Haven is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

Lasse Hallström  who directed “Dear John” and the overlooked “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” is on board. But let’s not get too excited. “Safe Haven” has Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough (who’s everywhere these days), two performers not known for their explosive acting abilities. For these kinds of sweeping, borderline ridiculous romances you need a skilled cast. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” worked because Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor were terrific. Going back, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams made “The Notebook.” Remember how Julia Roberts enchanted a nation in “Pretty Woman”?

“The Lucky One,” the latest Sparks’ big screen adaptation, stunk primarily because stars Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling had zero chemistry. You can’t hire pretty people, drench the screen in summery hues, and expect to make a good movie.

But you can make a profitable one. “The Lucky One,” which reportedly cost $25 million to make, has made nearly $60 million at the box office.

Production on “Safe Haven” is scheduled to start next month. The movie is scheduled to be released on February 8, 2013.

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