02/15/2013 06:14 pm ET Updated Apr 17, 2013

Safe Haven Heats Up


You could say that the chemistry between Katie (Julianne Hough) and Alex (Josh Duhamel) is incendiary in the psychological thriller cum romance Safe Haven. This film by Lasse Hallstrom based upon a Nicholas Sparks novel may be on trend in some unforeseen ways. Without spoiling the inflammatory (pun intended) end for its assured volume of fans, no one you fall in love with dies. But there's some serious damage to property. That detail may resonate for recent hurricane, tornado, and blizzard victims.

With a touch of the supernatural, a tear-jerking plot, a loathsome villain, some adorable kids, and a lot of suspense making music, the film is agreeable enough to be a hit. At the movie's New York premiere at Beauty on Essex, Fern Mallis and Phillip Bloch took a break from fashion week. Danny Aiello, Alan Cumming, Nikki St. James, and Lasse Hallstrom's wife Lena Olin chatted with Duhamel and Hough, also celebrating her cover on the newly revamped Self Magazine.

The very buff Julianne Hough grew up in Utah, a Mormon, lived in London, and never went to college. "That's not a choice I recommend," she added. The very tall Josh Duhamel grew up in North Dakota, and is as appealing up close as he is as the film's dreamboat. Lasse Hallstrom said it was a pleasure working with these actors, but had to keep the movie's sentimental twist because it was in the book.

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