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'Safe Haven' marks Julianne Hough's first non-musical film lead

'Safe Haven' marks Julianne Hough's first non-musical film lead

U.S. singer, dancer and actress Julianne Hough says she was happy to tackle her first lead role in a non-musical movie in "Safe Haven."
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
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Efron filming 'Lucky One' in New Orleans

Efron filming 'Lucky One' in New Orleans

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun in New Orleans on the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel "The Lucky One," Warner Bros. said.

Time Warnersells publishing unit for $538M

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- France's Lagardere SCA is paying $537.5 million to buy Time Warner Inc.'s book group, the companies said Monday.

'The Da Vinci Code' falls off Times list

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," has dropped off the New York Times best-seller list for the first time in two years, it was reported Friday.

Book lovers flock to National Mall

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Some 85,000 people jammed the National Book Festival in Washington Saturday for book signings by some of the nation's top writers.

Memory loss popular Hollywood theme

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood is preparing to release a spate of films featuring one or more memory-challenged characters in the next few months.

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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 91
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 59
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Ultimate X-Men Update -- Peter Sanderson, 100 2. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 32
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 30
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 100 2. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 54
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 100
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Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is an internationally-bestselling American novelist and screenwriter. He has 16 published novels, with themes that include Christian faith, love, tragedy and fate. Six have been adapted to film, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song. Two other books are in the process of being made into films; True Believer is expected to be released in 2011; The Lucky One is expected to be released in 2012.

Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31, 1965, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Patrick Michael Sparks, a professor, and Jill Emma Marie (née Thoene) Sparks, a homemaker and optometrist's assistant. He was the middle of three children, with an older brother Michael Earl "Micah" Sparks (1964–) and a younger sister, Danielle "Dana" Sparks (1966–2000), who died at the age of 33. Sparks has said that she is the inspiration for the main character in his novel A Walk to Remember.

Sparks was raised Roman Catholic and is of German, Czech, English and Irish ancestry. He and his wife are devout Catholics, and are raising their children in the Catholic faith. "I was raised Catholic, baptized, confirmed, Sunday School, went to Notre Dame, go to confession, go to church weekly," the author says. "My oldest son is an altar boy. All my children go to the Catholic school. My wife Catherine was raised Catholic. We were married in the Catholic Church."

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