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Love story shakeup

'Safe Haven' preems at the Chinese Theater

Everyone was talking about love and Sparks — that’d be author Nicholas Sparks — at the Tuesday preem of Relativity Media’s “Safe Haven” at the Chinese Theater.

Lasse Hallstrom was drawn to Sparks’ focus on character. “He’s interested in telling stories about people, as opposed to what happens when you throw grenades at people,” the helmer noted at the Annex afterparty.

“There’s no one better at telling a love story than Nicholas Sparks,” praised Relativity’s Tucker Tooley, who admitted to crying the first three times he watched the film.

Producer Marty Bowen believed the pic’s thriller aspect will not only make boyfriends happy but gives the classic love story a necessary new twist.

“You want to have the great internal conflict: Boy meets girl, they fall in love, break up, and we bring them back together. But we’ve seen that, we know that, we’ve all read ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ we’ve all seen ‘Gone With the Wind’ or ‘Casablanca,’ so we have to try to do something that shakes up that construct and makes it a little uneasy.”

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