Safe Haven

(2013)

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Lasse Hallstrom Talks ‘Safe Haven’

EXCLUSIVE: Lasse Hallstrom Talks ‘Safe Haven’

Director Lasse Hallstrom discusses his new romantic thriller Safe Haven, in theaters February 14

Director Lasse Hallström has had as long and diverse a career as practically any director working in and out of Hollywood today. He has been nominated for three Oscars, two for his work as a writer and director on My Life as a Dog and another for directing The Cider House Rules. He has also directed beloved films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, and, more recently, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The director returns to the world of author Nicholas Sparks for his latest drama Safe Haven, opening in theaters nationwide February 14. I recently had the chance to speak with the filmmaker over the phone about finding such a talented cast (Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons), shooting in the actual North Carolina town of Southport, which the novel is set in, and much more. Take a look at what he had to say.

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EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Sparks Talks ‘Safe Haven’

EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Sparks Talks ‘Safe Haven’

Since 1996, Nicholas Sparks has become a publishing sensation, authoring 16 widely-successful romance novels (and one non-fiction book), eight of which have been adapted into movies, including hits such as A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, and last year's The Lucky One. The latest of those adaptations is director Lasse Hallström's Safe Haven, opening in theaters, fittingly, on Valentine's Day. However, fans looking for another typical Nicholas Sparks-style romance will be in for a bit of a surprise with this hybrid of a tender love story and a gripping thriller.

The story centers on Katie (Julianne Hough), a troubled Boston woman who leaves town in a hurry, catching a southbound bus down the Atlantic coast before the police close in. Katie discovers the sleepy town of Southport, North Carolina, where she decides to make a fresh start, with the help of a local widower (Josh Duhamel) and a friendly neighbor (Cobie Smulders). However, just as Katie begins to forget her mysterious past, it comes back to haunt her. I was recently able to chat with Nicholas Sparks, who also serves as an executive producer on the adaptation, about his latest romantic tale, which is both set in and shot in the real-life town of Southport. Here's what he had to say.

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EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Hough Talks ‘Safe Haven’

EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Hough Talks ‘Safe Haven’

Actress Julianne Hough discusses her role in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, opening in theaters February 14

Julianne Hough's wide-ranging talents were first put on display as a dancer in shows like Show Me the Money and the ABC reality juggernaut Dancing with the Stars. It wasn't long before the silver screen came calling, as she landed roles in music-themed projects Burlesque, Footloose, and Rock of Ages. Julianne Hough's new drama Safe Haven gives fans both a glimpse at her dramatic acting chops, and a Nicholas Sparks adaptation that isn't just a straight-up romance.

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Six ‘Safe Haven’ Clips

Six ‘Safe Haven’ Clips

This Valentine's Day, get swept away by the romantic thriller Safe Haven, based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and starring sexy on-screen couple Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. We have six new clips from this stirring drama about a troubled young woman seeking to reclaim her life and find new love. Watch as these two lovebirds become acquainted and learn to live again. We're also throwing in a bonus featurette focusing on actress Julianne Hough. Consider it our Valentine to you.

Safe Haven was released February 14th, 2013.

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‘Safe Haven’ Hi-Res Photo Gallery

‘Safe Haven’ Hi-Res Photo Gallery

Relativity Media has provided us with a high-resolution photo gallery for Safe Haven, director Lasse Hallström's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, arriving in theaters this Valentine's Day. Julianne Hough stars as Katie, a young woman who runs away from her troubled Boston life and starts fresh in the sleepy North Carolina town of Southport. She forms a bond with shopkeeper Alex (Josh Duhamel), but before she can start a new life, she must confront her past demons. Take a look at these photos featuring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons as the tenacious Boston cop Kevin Tierney, Cobie Smulders as Katie's new neighbor Jo, and Mimi Kirkland and Noah Lomax as Alex's children Kristen and Josh.

Safe Haven was released February 14th, 2013.

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‘Safe Haven’ 'Can't Let You Go' Featurette

‘Safe Haven’ 'Can't Let You Go' Featurette

If you want to spend Valentine's Day a weeping mess, then make sure to reserve your tickets for the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which arrives on the lovers' holiday Thursday, February 14th. We have a new featurette from this romantic drama starring Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, and Cobie Smulders. Hear from the cast and crew as they take viewers behind-the-scenes of this thrilling and suspenseful story about one woman's attempts to love again. We also have new photos with the cast.

Safe Haven was released February 14th, 2013.

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‘Safe Haven’ TV Spot with the Song 'We Both Know' by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

‘Safe Haven’ TV Spot with the Song 'We Both Know' by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

The track is now available to download on iTunes for this adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.
‘Safe Haven’ Trailer

‘Safe Haven’ Trailer

Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in director Lasse Hallstrom's drama adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel.