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The Redeeming Love Character That Was Completely Changed For The Movie

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Mild SPOILERS are ahead for Redeeming Love, which is now playing in theaters. 

If you’re an avid book reader, you’ve already come to realize that book-to-movie adaptations often see changes from page to screen. The latest bestseller to get the film treatment is Redeeming Love, over 30 years after it was published. Francine Rivers’ love story set in the 1850s has long been read by romance novel enthusiasts, and yes, there are some changes to note now that it has been adapted. 

When CinemaBlend sat down with the cast of Redeeming Love, Eric Dane, who plays the sinister Duke in the film, shared how his character specifically is not the same as the one readers may remember. In the Grey’s Anatomy and The Last Ship actor’s words: 

My character was derived from the character in the book, but ultimately ended up being a complete and total departure from him. I think the sensibility was the same but DJ and I created this totally different character, which Francine, to her credit, signed off on.

Redeeming Love was adapted to screen from a script written by Francine Rivers herself alongside the movie’s director, D.J. Caruso. The director has previously helmed hit movies, like Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four. As Eric Dane shared, the character of Duke was altered for the movie, but the author did co-sign the changes – which most definitely doesn’t always happen. 

It’s great to hear Francine Rivers was part of the adaptation of her bestselling novel. Abigail Cowen, who took on the lead role of Angel in Redeeming Love, shared her connection with the author while the movie was in production in South Africa:  

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We were so busy on set going from scene to scene but [Francine Rivers] did visit set one day. When you’re on set you’re in the zone, especially with a film like this. You have to be. What was so sweet is she kind of just stayed back and just watched and was just very kind and gracious. It took me a while to even know she was there and then she introduced herself and was like ‘Hi, I’m Francine’ and I went ‘Oh my gosh, Hi, nice to meet you!’ and then I was of course taken away to do another scene, but I found it very wonderful and kind.

Rivers was hands off on the set of Redeeming Love, only making herself barely known as the production was underway, according to Cowen. Nina Dobrev, who plays Angel’s mother Mae, spoke to Cowen’s comment about her brief encounter with the author: 

Which is probably a testament to your performance. The fact that she didn’t feel like she needed to say anything or do anything because she was probably so happy with what she was seeing on set. Abby’s performance is amazing in this film and I can imagine if I had written a book and then you did what you did with this movie, I’d be thrilled.

Redeeming Love is inspired by the Book of Hosea from the Bible, with its title referencing the “redeeming love” God has to sinners. The faith-based film explores the life of Angel as she is sold into prostitution by Eric Dane’s Duke as a child. In the book, Duke has a larger and more explicit role, getting Angel pregnant numerous times. Since Redeeming Love is PG-13, it makes sense that the movie version may not want to get into every dirty detail of Angel and Duke’s relationship. 

The movie instead spends more time on the love story between Angel and Michael (played by Tom Lewis). Michael is someone who finds Angel in the brothel and asks her to marry him so he can take her away from her miserable life. Rather than seeing her as a prostitute, he refuses to have sex with her and instead finds ways to spend time with her holding conversations. 

Redeeming Love joined the box office this weekend alongside big hits Spider-Man: No Way Home and Scream. You can check out our review of the movie along with the larger critical consensus. Check out what other 2022 movie releases you can look forward to next here on CinemaBlend. 

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

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It may not feel like it sometimes, but any upcoming movie has the chance to be named “the greatest movie ever made” by someone out there. However, that honor does have some specific caveats if you’re someone like filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Not only has the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director chosen a Steven Spielberg classic for that very distinction, Tarantino also explained just why that title is very specific. 

In an upcoming interview with our in-house podcast ReelBlend, Quentin Tarantino made his fourth appearance to talk about all things movies; the first since the big live show at the New Beverly Cinema. Promoting his new co-hosting gig on The Video Archives Podcast, Tarantino had yet another spirited discussion about cinema, which led to his pick of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as  the greatest “movie” ever made. That distinction is important, as the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood director made that perfectly clear through the following remarks: 

I think Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. Maybe not the greatest film. But it’s the greatest movie ever made. And then there are other movies that can get in its rarefied air. But as far as a movie, there’s no making it better than Jaws. There’s no ‘better’ than Jaws. It is the best movie ever made. And it shows how badly timed most movies made before Jaws were.

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to separate his tastes in movies into those two separate, important camps: “movies” and “films.” In this case, the designation of a movie almost sounds like it’s shorthand for the blockbuster opuses that Steven Spielberg made a name for himself with. Which means that “films” are presumably more of the independent/art house titles that have higher pedigrees, and usually end up on the lists of best picture nominees every year.

Strangely enough, Jaws is one of six horror movies to have Best Picture nominations, so the line could blur just a bit in that respect. Putting aside the “movies” versus “films” debate, Quentin Tarantino isn’t using that separation to be a snob. Later on in the conversation, he explained how spectacles such as this are their own form of art, and how Steven Spielberg came to be someone who perfected it: 

What I meant by that, to one degree or another, is that Spielberg and a lot of his cohorts grew up seeing those kinds of movies in the theater. Henry Levin’s Journey to Center of the Earth, he’s gonna run to go and see that. Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage. He’s going to run and go see it. Gordon Douglas’s Them! He’s going to run and go see. Now… most of them weren’t directed that well. They were assignments given to journeyman directors who did their best with them. That was how we were used to seeing comic book — that kind of movie experience. As opposed to a Spielberg, who was like, ‘No, this is exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on earth to make. And he’s going to make it, within an inch of his life, as effective as it possibly can be. And, you know, Michael Anderson, isn’t putting that kind of work in Logan’s Run.

Spielberg, and “cohorts” like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Copolla all latched onto genres that were pulpier entertainments in their childhood, only to make them into something new. Through films like Jaws, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, we saw a generation of directors taking movies they loved and reviving them through their own personal lenses. Which is exactly what Quentin Tarantino would do when he stepped onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; and it’s also why he’s such a staunch supporter of the cinematic experience. 

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If this conversation boils down to anything, it’s game recognizing game. Much as Steven Spielberg idolized the movies that helped make Jaws, Quentin Tarantino has reverence for the bearded director and his dedication to making the movies that sparked his love of cinema. Though considering the history his collaborator Samuel L. Jackson has had with sharks, you have to wonder if this has already sparked any sort of humorous conversations between the two?

You’ll be able to watch, and listen, to Quentin Tarantino’s latest appearance on ReelBlend, as it’s set to hit YouTube tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tarantino may not have his tenth and final film in the works just yet, but you can still enjoy the man’s gift for words in two very cool ways. 

Tarantino’s Video Archives podcast, which he co-hosts with friend and collaborator Roger Avery, is currently streaming wherever you find fine listening material. However, if you also want to read the man’s thoughts on ‘70s filmmaking in his upcoming book Cinema Speculation, which you can currently preorder on Amazon (opens in new tab); or any other fine bookseller.

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‘Prey’ Interviews With Amber Midthunder, Dan Trachtenberg And More!

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The stars of “Prey,” Amber Midthunder (“Naru”), Dakota Bevers (“Taabe”), Dane DiLiegro (“The Predator”), director Dan Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers discuss their new “Predator” movie in this interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. They discuss the “Prey” audition moment that landed Amber Midthunder her role and more!

You can stream “Prey” on Hulu on August 5.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / On-Set Rocket), Chukwudi Iwuji (The High Evolutionary) and writer Director James Gunn discuss their upcoming Marvel film and conclusion of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy in this post-Hall H interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

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  • 00:00 – Chris Pratt on Finding “Your Side”
  • 00:35 – Chris Pratt Teases What’s Ahead For Star-Lord and Gamora In GOTG 3
  • 01:24 – Karen Gillan LOVES ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fan Reactions
  • 02:00 – Karen Gillan Weighs In On Nebula Unaliving Nebula in ‘Endgame’
  • 02:32 – James Gunn Teases a “Darker” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
  • 03:20 – Sean Gunn on Baby Rocket’s Difficult Backstory
  • 04:30 –  Pom Klementieff on Welcoming New Marvel Actors to the ‘Guardians’ Family
  • 05:15 – Pom Klementieff Teases A More Badass Mantis In ‘Guardians 3’
  • 05:35 – Will Poulter Teases Adam Warlock Origins in ‘GOTG 3’ 
  • 06:32 – Chukwudi Iwuji on The High Evolutionary and His Motivations
  • 07:20 – Chukwudi Iwugi Praises James Gunn’s Dialogue
  • 08:15 – Chris Pratt Recalls His Last Day of Filming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trilogy
  • 08:55 – James Gunn Is Literally Always Writing and Rewriting Scripts
  • 09:49 – Will Poulter Wants to Play Adam Warlock Again “If Marvel Will Have Me”

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