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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Jack Reacher' and More

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This week: Tom Cruise proves naysayers wrong yet again in the above-average thriller "Jack Reacher," which was shot entirely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is based on Lee Child's 2005 mystery novel, "One Shot."

Also new this week is the horror hit "Mama" with Jessica Chastain, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough and the Blu-ray 3D conversion of "Gamer" with Gerard Butler. Get More »

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Josh Duhamel's 2013 Oscar Picks

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It's nearly go time: The 2013 Oscars will air Sunday evening. You're likely scrambling to fill out your office pool, debating whether you can catch up with the Best Picture nominees (you can't; there are nine, bro) and stocking up on the vino to prep for Hollywood's big night. Just in case our Oscar picks weren't good enough for you, we wrangled a bona fide movie star to share his expert second opinion.

Please welcome Josh Duhamel, star of "Safe Haven," to the arena. The guy straddles the line between normalcy and the Academy: He watches the awards at home, but he's also, you know, married to Fergie and working as an actor. And he's no slouch when it comes to the awards circuit, either: Duhamel will host the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards next month.

When we caught up with the very candid Duhamel prior to the V-Day release of "Safe Haven," we weaseled a few of his Oscar picks out of him, and learned which Best Picture decision still has him red in the face (Hint: Its lead characters are blue in the face.) Get More »

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'Die Hard' Kills Softly at the Box Office

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The calendar may have said Valentine's Day, but for movie fans it was "A Good Day to Die Hard," as according to the latest entry in Bruce Willis' decrepit action franchise eked out a win at the box office this weekend.

Not that it was easy; with an estimated total of $25 million, "A Good Day to Die Hard" barely beat out returning champion "Identity Thief," which racked up $23.4 million. And the latest sappy Nicholas Sparks romance "Safe Haven" also made a good showing, earning $21.4 million for a third place finish.

"Twilight" wannabe "Beautiful Creatures," on the other hand, took a complete header, debuting way down in sixth place with just $7.5 million. For a full look at that film's failure, as well as the rest of the box office top ten, head to

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Hot People Looking Hot: Julianne Hough Photos

Sifting through page after page of photos of "Safe Haven" star Julianne Hough was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

The sometimes-"Dancing With the Stars" pro and sometimes-country music singer is undeniably gorgeous. And, thanks to this week's Hot People Looking Hot gallery, we can honestly tell you that the girl doesn't take a bad picture. She always seems to have the perfect dress and the perfect smile. Her hair, skin, toenails, whatever are flawless.

In other words, we'd hate her if we didn't love her so much.

We think you'll enjoy this gallery almost as much as we enjoyed making it, so start flippin'.

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Questions and Answers With Josh Duhamel

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Josh Duhamel may seem like the consummate leading man, all tan skin and white teeth. After all, he did get his start in the infamous soap "All My Children" and was later the titular Tad in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" His role in "Safe Haven," opening Valentine's Day, is somewhat familiar territory: Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, the film tells the story of single dad Alex (Duhamel) and his seemingly doomed love affair with Katie (Julianne Hough), a Woman With A Secret who showed up to his small town under duress and settled down almost immediately.

However, Duhamel was refreshingly candid in a chat with NextMovie, putting on display some decidedly un-rom-com views. Read ahead to find out about the inspiration behind his murder-face, his musical aspirations, the surprising first movie he made out to and more. Get More »

Filed Under: Features Interviews

Link Riot: Proof That Nicholas Sparks Hates Us

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• C'mon, Sparks, are we not human? Do we not bleed? []

• Way Back When: Watch Jennifer Lawrence on "Monk," "Cold Case" and as an '80s-era Patricia Arquette on "Medium." [ScreenCrush]

• And here's David O. Russell reacting to Jennifer Lawrence's BAFTA loss. [FilmDrunk]

• Speaking of which, here's a breakdown of the Good, the Bad and the WTF of the BAFTA Awards. [The Frisky]

• Hugh Jackman keeps from getting worked up about his main Oscar rival by forgetting his name entirely. [Movieline]

• "The Best Never Rest." Check out the rather red-tinged teaser poster for "Red 2." [Yahoo! Movies]

• How did "Identity Thief" run away with so much box office bling this weekend, anyway? [Moviefone]

• Xoxo, Hollywood: The Best-Kept Celebrity Secrets. Well, best-kept in theory, anyway. [Hollywire]

• Look, on the Internet! It's a super fan-made HD image of Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel." [Hypable]

• And these "Man of Steel" action figures offer better looks at Zod, his right-hand woman Faora and Jor-El's armor. [SlashFilm]

• The best celebrity cameos on "Dawson's Creek," from Seth Rogen ("We porked!") to a naked Rachael Leigh Cook. [BuzzFeed]

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Nicholas Sparks Mad Libs: Write Your Own Bestselling Romance for Adaptation to the Screen!

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Man, don't you just love a good Nicholas Sparks movie? There's nothing better to pop into the DVD player, hit play, and just unwind, your only companions a pint of Ben and Jerry's, a pack of tissues and a box of Chardonnay. (Wine never judges when it comes to weeping over the doomed romance of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.)

But, much as we love "The Notebook," the totally underrated "A Walk to Remember" (We still love you, Mandy!) and all the other masterpieces based on Sparks' novels, don't they get a little...samey after a while? Get More »

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February Movie Math: It All Adds Up to What You Want to See

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Your mother always told you that math would be important someday, and we're here to validate her. Call it better living through arithmetic, but we believe simple math can help you decide which new movies coming out in February are for you.

Oh, and did we mention there are no actual numbers involved? It's like "Moneyball," but for movie-loving dummies.

So if you'd like a glimpse at what the cinema can offer you on this most romantic of months, read on for your latest lesson in Movie Math. Get More »

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You Can Go Your Own Way to 'Safe Haven' Trailer

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"Open up ... everything's waiting for you!"

Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel fall in love to a Fleetwood Mac cover in the trailer for "Safe Haven," the latest screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance novel.

If you saw "The Notebook" (and we know you did) or "The Lucky One" (you probably didn't), you know the drill: A cautious courtship leads to passionate embraces before some element of danger — usually one that comes from a secret one of the characters is harboring — comes to light in time for the third act. Get More »

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Julianne Hough Heading for a 'Safe Haven' With Josh Duhamel

Julianne Hough
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Nicholas Sparks books are pretty much the be-all end-all of romantic book-to-film adaptations, and now that "The Lucky One" is out and has earned a respectable box office keep ($77 million worldwide on a reported $25 million budget), it's time to focus on the next. "Safe Haven," which is sure to yank on our heartstrings like so many have before, might have found its leading lady in "Footloose" star Julianne Hough, according to Variety.

"Safe Haven" is about a woman named Katie Feldman, who arrives to the small town of Southport, North Carolina, with a dark secret and tries to avoid relationships with the townsfolk until widower shopkeep Alex (Josh Duhamel) with two adorable little tykes wins her over and forces her to face her past. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Variety
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