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Dear Lasse

May. 22, 2008by: Ben Barna
When Lasse Hallstrm and I went out for funnel cakes three years ago, it was an alright time. Sure he paid for my cake, but he insisted I only get powdered sugar on it with strawberry sauce, This means he stiffed on the soft serve, which kind of turned me off. But I thought, what the hell, hes a major Hollywood director, so I let him drive me home. His movies are okay, I dont have much of an opinion on them, but if youre a Hallstrm or a Nicholas Sparks fan (the gent who wrote THE NOTEBOOK and A WALK TO REMEMBER), then peep this. Lasse (not like the dog, thats Lassie), has signed on to direct the latest sappy Sparks adaptation DEAR JOHN (it even sounds sappy).

The exciting thing is, the plot doesnt sound like a typical Nicholas Sparks story at all. If anything, it reminds of John Waters meets Edgar Allen Poe meets Karl Marx. Channing Tatum (STEP UP) plays a rebel who joins the army, only to fall in love with a college studenta female onewhile in North Carolina, and decides to settle down with her. But then Osama and his goofs muck things up on 9/11, and Tatums character is forced to choose between love and duty. Which would you choose?

Extra Tidbit: Hallstrm shot and directed almost all of ABBA's videos.
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12:43AM on 05/23/2008
Yeah, I noticed same thing!
Yeah, I noticed same thing!
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12:22PM on 05/22/2008

Nice

That script face makes it look like the title is "Dear Joker"
That script face makes it look like the title is "Dear Joker"
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11:06AM on 05/22/2008
I've decided based on a single Sparks adaptation (and not one of the ones mentioned above) that I don't like him. Also due to what I've heard from those movies. Sure "The Notebook" was a runaway hit with women, and guys maybe didn't hate it either, but I still haven't been compelled to watch it. Maybe I'm just bitter because arguably the most famous contemporary author of my home state writes some of the sappiest crap to be adapted into film. But then again, I firmly believe that I have no
I've decided based on a single Sparks adaptation (and not one of the ones mentioned above) that I don't like him. Also due to what I've heard from those movies. Sure "The Notebook" was a runaway hit with women, and guys maybe didn't hate it either, but I still haven't been compelled to watch it. Maybe I'm just bitter because arguably the most famous contemporary author of my home state writes some of the sappiest crap to be adapted into film. But then again, I firmly believe that I have no business actually criticizing this thing without having at least seen "The Notebook" and/or "A Walk to Remember." And I'll settle on bitter suspicion. This thing could be good, and irregardless of the tragedy involved with immediately post-9/11 movies, I've yet to hear of something dealing with the aftermath that sounds very compelling, and when I say dealing, I mean focusing, because Spike Lee's already made a couple of movies that "deal" with post-9/11.
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8:49AM on 05/22/2008
Is she putting out?
Is she putting out?
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