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SAFE HAVEN Movie Review

Thursday, February 14th, 2013




Though I can’t claim to have read any of Nicholas Sparks’ books, I can say without a doubt that this might be one of his finest works to date after having had the privilege of viewing a few of his previous big-screen releases such as The Note Book and Dear John, to name a few. This latest effort seems to be at the top of the list and is well orchestrated by his previous collaborator, Director Lasse Hallstrom. Sparks, writer/producer, seems to be true to his art with this story that is somewhat reminiscent of that older Julia Roberts movie, “Sleeping with the Enemy.” I really liked how he displays the fearful journey from an abusive, sickening world to a relationship of love, peace and tranquility. I was left in awe as each character was introduced and seamlessly transformed from one state of being to another. Many of which dealt with tremendous heart-wrenching challenges and feats to overcome.

Needless to say Sparks seems to be a brand as well known as Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, or Microsoft. It’s a good bet that he would deliver an efficient, easy to follow story that is most definitely geared toward a female audience (That’s not a sexist statement; just Google the stats on the percentage of women readers). It seems that his stories will always feature certain elements such as a “lost” boy/man and girl/woman will meet by chance in a beautiful setting on the North Carolina coast or a South Carolina setting. Love will blossom and eventually be kindled after a number of diversions along the path to true love. It is pretty obvious that this is Sparks’ happy place.

Josh Duhamel headlines this latest release and is a very likable character for the most part. His delivery and timing seemed to flow naturally without much effort and offered up great chemistry with his sexy co-star. I think the sloppy execution in the last 10 minutes of the film was cause for a questionable performance, but I was overall very pleased with him. He simply makes it look easy to be enveloped by the damsel in distress. READ FULL SAFE HAVEN REVIEW >>

Relativity Music Group and Republic Records To Release Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Relativity Media’s Safe Haven on February 5th, 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Relativity Music Group and Republic Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack to Relativity Media’s upcoming deeply romantic thriller Safe Haven on February 5th. The soundtrack features original tracks “We Both Know,” written and performed by Republic Records’ two-time Grammy® Award-winner Colbie Caillat and RCA Records’ multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw (http://smarturl.it/ColbieWeBothKnowiTns ) and “The Journey” by FM Radio. Tristan Prettyman, Irish singer/songwriter Gareth Dunlop and a host of new talent also contributed tracks. Award-winning composer Deborah Lurie wrote the score and contributes an original song to the soundtrack. See full track listing below.

In theatres Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2013, Safe Haven is directed by Oscar®-nominee Lasse Hallström and based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks from a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. The film stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It), Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) and David Lyons (Eat Pray Love, J.J. Abrams’ Revolution) and is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman who struggles to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Safe Haven was produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Sparks and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

The soundtrack for Safe Haven was executive produced by Relativity Music Group’s Jason Markey, Bob Bowen, Happy Walters alongside the film’s producers Bowen, Godfrey and Kavanaugh.

Relativity Begins Principal Photography on Lasse Hallström’s Film Adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Best-Selling Novel Safe Haven

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Principal photography begins today on the film adaptation of Safe Haven, based on the best-selling novel from internationally-known author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), starring Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose). David Lyons (Apocalypse, Sea Patrol) has also been added to the cast. Oscar® and DGA-nominee Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) will direct the screenplay written by Dana Stevens (City Of Angels) and Les Bohem (Dante’s Peak).

Collaborating with Hallström behind the scenes is a creative below-the-line team including: director of photography Terry Stacey (P.S. I Love You), production designer Kara Lindstrom (In the Line of Fire), art director RA Arancio-Parrain (Ten Year), costume designer Leigh Leverett (The Vampire Diaries), editor Andy Mondshein (Chocolat) and stunt coordinator John Copeman (She’s Out of My League).

As with many of Sparks’ film adaptations, filming for Safe Haven will take place in Sparks’ native state North Carolina in the small town of Southport.

Safe Haven is an affirming and suspenseful story about Katie, a young woman who struggles 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.

Hough will star as Katie and Duhamel will play her blossoming small town love interest Alex. Lyons has signed on to play Hough’s estranged husband in the film.

Producing are Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) alongside Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter). Sparks, who recently launched his production company, Nicholas Sparks Productions, will also produce. Relativity’s Tooley (The Fighter) will serve as executive producer.

“It’s great to be back in the Carolinas with Lasse Hallstrom,” said Temple Hill Entertainment’s Bowen and Godfrey. “We’re all thrilled to be working on this adaptation and that Nicholas Sparks has trusted us with his special novel. His fans will not be disappointed.”

Relativity Media will release the film theatrically worldwide, opening in North America on February 8, 2013.

Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough Sign On To Star in Nicholas Sparks’ Film Adaptation of the Best-Selling Novel Safe Haven

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Relativity Media has closed deals with Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose) to star as the lead roles in its upcoming film adaptation of Safe Haven, based on the best-selling novel from internationally-known author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), it was announced today by Relativity’s President Tucker Tooley. The film is targeted to start production next month in Southport, North Carolina with a February 8th, 2013 release date. Additional casting to be announced.

Oscar® and DGA-nominee Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) will direct the film with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) producing alongside Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter). Sparks, who recently launched his production company, Nicholas Sparks Productions, will also produce. Relativity’s Tooley (The Fighter) will serve as executive producer. The screenplay is written by Dana Stevens (City Of Angels) and Les Bohem (Dante’s Peak). Relativity previously teamed up with Hallström, Bowen, Godfrey and Sparks on the 2010 box office hit Dear John.

Sparks said, “I’m thrilled that Josh and Julianne have agreed to come aboard Safe Haven—it’s hard to think of an actor better-suited to play the character of Alex than Josh, and Julianne will bring a combination of vulnerability and strength to the role of Katie. They are both such talented and charismatic individuals – and best of all, they have tremendous personal chemistry, which is essential for this film.”

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.

Relativity 2012 Release Dates Release

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Relativity Media announced today release dates for three films on its 2012 slate. Previously dated for June 29, 2012, Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals), will now release on March 16, 2012. Safe Haven, based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, will release on June 1, 2012. Hunter Killer, directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt), will release on December 21, 2012.

In Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project, starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lilly Collins (The Blind Side), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. The film will begin production in June 2011.

Safe Haven, based on the latest novel from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, whose books have been made into the hit films The Notebook, The Last Song, Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John, is a gripping love story infused with suspense and discovery. When a young woman escaping her past moves to a small North Carolina town, and falls for a loving widowed father, he heals her heart, and helps her escape the danger that threatens her. The film starts shooting this summer.

Relativity’s Hunter Killer follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III. The film heads into production this summer.

Relativity’s previously announced 2012 slate includes House at the End of the Street on February 3, 2012, followed by its Untitled Raven Project on March 9, 2012 and then the Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy on April 13, 2012.