Nicholas Sparks is the king of the chick flick.
Eight of his romance novels have now been adapted into films, the latest of which,
"For me, this is not a chick flick — that's a derogatory term for this genre," Hallström said at the premiere of the film Tuesday evening at the newly minted TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. "The words 'cheese' and 'chick flick' really bother me. This is not sentimentalized. It's a little bit like a documentary of two people falling in love — or at least that's the review my wife gave me."
The film, which stars "Dancing With the Stars" veteran
On the red carpet, Duhamel insisted he would go to see "Safe Haven" even if he weren't in it, and thinks there are elements of the movie that men will enjoy as well.
"Movies are good if they're good, and there are good and bad chick flicks. I love 'The Notebook.' I'm not gonna lie. I saw
Though she was decked out in a lacy gown, Hough was ill at the premiere and had to exit a couple of joint interviews with her costar because she couldn't stop coughing.
"I've got bronchitis and the
Still, Hough was all smiles as her four siblings, including fellow "Dancing" alum Derek Hough, and boyfriend
Sparks, meanwhile, seemed to be reveling in the spotlight. The author, who says he travels to Hollywood about a dozen times a year, said he was confident that audiences "are going to love this film" — even if it shares some similarities with his previous stories. (Moviegoers may notice that one "Safe Haven" scene, set in a boat in the middle of a small pond in the rain, is particularly reminiscent of a moment from "The Notebook.)
"I think the most important thing to realize is that I write about eastern North Carolina, and there's no big cities there. There's no big sports teams to cheer for, or Broadway," Sparks explained. "So what do you do there? You walk around small towns, you talk to people, and you go out in boats. That is ubiquitous to that part of the world. If you ignore that, you're not telling the real story."