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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Lasse Hallström
"Safe Haven" belongs to the specialty genre of romantic thriller about an abused woman often derided as fit for the Lifetime cable network. Even by that dismal standard, "Safe Haven" is a bit of a clunker.
It's easy to understand why Hollywood loves doing business with author Nicholas Sparks. His books are huge best-sellers, and several of the films adapted from his novels _ "Message in a Bottle," "The Notebook," and "Dear John" _ have achieved impressive box office grosses. The latest Sparks adaptation, "Safe Haven," will probably continue his winning streak, especially with its Valentine's Day opening pegged to lure female fans. A thriller element that has not been present in earlier Sparks movies is designed to draw reluctant male viewers to see the picture, but they won't respond with the same enthusiasm as his core audience of woozy romantics.
Academy Awards organizers have received submissions from a record 71 countries for this season's foreign-language prize.
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are the headliners for the European premiere of the romantic comedy-drama "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."
Adapted from Paul Torday's acclaimed novel of the same name, the film by Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom tells the story of a rich sheik, played by Amr Waked, who dreams of bringing the sport of fly fishing to his desert country.