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“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”
Hoover, who is now 35, wrote her first novel “Slammed” with zero intentions of it even getting published. It received five stars by major book blogger Maryse Black and then Hoover turned the story into a best-selling trilogy. After that, she released several more best-selling novels, like “Hopeless,” “Maybe Someday,” “Ugly Love,” and “Confess,” which were all greatly received by her fans. People enjoyed “Ugly Love” so much that producers decided to turn it into a movie, which is still in pre-production and set to be released at some point next year, according to the teaser.
Cody Hackman, founder of the company, has chosen his good childhood friend Nick Bateman, who was once up for the part of Christian Grey, to play the lead role in “Ugly Love,” and even Hoover believes he is the perfect choice for Miles Archer. Bateman posted a photo of himself holding up a copy of “Ugly Love,” hinting that it could be a new project he was working on
This story has a bit of a different vibe from Colleen Hoover’s other stories, yet it had the same amazing flare, and inspirational message she delivers every darn time she gifts us with a book. The story will grab you and make you feel, cringe, cry and then the author will build you back up again so carefully and then bam it’s over and you wish it had just one more chapter.

The best selling novel “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover is being turned into a movie. The steamy trailer has been released earlier this month starring Nick BatemanAs reported by The Londoner, Colleen Hoover’s “Ugly Love” is being turned into a movie with Nick Bateman cast as the lead actor Miles Archer. The novel was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.It has been reported that the “Ugly Love” movie has been filming in Toronto for three weeks. It has however yet to be confirmed on who will star opposite Bateman as Tate Collins.Producer Cody Hackman has high hopes for the film, which many point out as the next “Fifty Shades of Grey.””We’re really lucky to have it,” Hackman said. “With that amount of support and between (Bateman’s) fan base and how many (copies) this (book) sold, I think a lot of people who are fans of the book want to see it turned into a film so that’s what we’re doing.”Both Nick Bateman and Hackman shared several posts on their Instagram account sharing behind the scenes photos of the shoot.The full synopsis of “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover reads:”When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.Don’t expect a future.They think they can handle it,but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all,Hearts get infiltrated,Promises get broken,Rules get shattered,Love gets ugly.

Release Date
February 2016
Hackybox Pictures
Based on the best selling novel by Colleen Hoover.
 Directed By
Cody Hackman
Produced By
Cody Hackman

What’s Nick Bateman Up To?

New Nick Interview! He talks about Ugly Love, Instagram, Joey, acting classes, Snapchat, etc.

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One thing we know about Nick Bateman from meeting him last year is that he’s a man with a mission. Right now, when he isn’t making hearts swoon on Instagram and Facebook, he’s putting his muscles into a film project that some are calling the next Fifty Shades of Grey. We recently chatted with this Insta star to hear about his pet project and get the 411 on his real pet, Snapchat, and why he digs actor Christoph Waltz.

What’s your part in the film version of Ugly Love?
I’m playing the leading role, which is Miles Archer. He’s an airline pilot. He’s broken-hearted and you don’t know why while you’re reading the book. You find out at the end of the book why he is the way he is. In the story he meets the girl across the hall and they have a mutual attraction to each other, a sexual attraction. They make a rule, don’t ask about my past and don’t expect a future. Obviously things get ugly when they can’t stick to that. And then you find out why he’s like that at the end of the book.

How did this project come your way?
I found out about the book last year. I had all these notifications on my social media of people saying, ‘Nick Bateman should be Miles Archer, Nick Bateman should be Miles Archer’. And everyday I kept hearing, ‘Miles Archer, Miles Archer’. So it got to the point where I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, who is this Miles Archer guy?’ And I looked him up, and he ended up being the lead character in this book Ugly Love. So I went to my business partner, Cody Hackman, and he said, ‘Why don’t you reach out to [author] Colleen Hoover?’ We ended up contacting her about collaborating and she thought it was a good idea. So I thought obviously I needed to read the book first before I jumped the gun; I did, and I loved it. It’s kind of like Fifty Shades of Greymeets The Notebook, but not at all at the same time because it’s different stories and people. The book is truly about love, and how the ugliest part of love can ruin you, but how at the end of the day, there’s something down in there, there’s always love.

Is the book as sexual as Fifty Shades of Grey?
We marketed the teaser trailer a lot differently than the book. The book does have some sexual aspects, but not even close to as much as Fifty Shades of Grey. The book has two relationships. There’s Miles and Rachel, and they’re very passionate. They’re people who can’t not be around each other. They’re addicted to each other. And then it cuts back and forth to the different relationship when Miles is 26 years old. They obviously have feelings for each other, but he’s so closed off because of what happened and how the relationship ended. Throughout the book, they end up having lots of sex. But that’s all it is:it’s sex.

Do you get nervous about filming those scenes?
No, I’m pretty comfortable in my skin. I’m going to be focused on what I’m doing and not looking at the crew. I’ll man up and have some fun.

Is there a director attached yet?
We have a couple in mind. I can’t say any names. We’re looking around right now.

When will you start filming?
We hope to start filming in the fall. Our goal is to start shooting in September.

Are you taking acting classes?
I’ve been doing a Meisner acting technique class. It’s intensive, actually. I’ve been doing four hours, four days a week. It’s amazing. My teacher is a great acting coach, and I’ve been learning a lot.

Which actor’s career do you aspire to?
One of my favorite actors is Christoph Waltz, though I wouldn’t say following his exact career, because I have a different aesthetic than him. He was in  Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained. He’s just amazing at what he does. I would definitely love to follow in his professionalism, in how good of an actor he is. Besides that, I really like comedy stuff and improv. Like Jonah Hill’s career; he’s jokey. I’m a big goof, and I have a sense of humor no one really knows about it. That’s kind of my thing. I love comedy.

We hear you’ve been gaining weight for this role.
I want to be muscular and strong and an adult for this role, but I don’t want to gain too much weight. I’m gaining weight in my legs and my chest so I can bring more of a manliness vibe to the role because I’ve always been around 200 pounds. I think 215 pounds would be a good weight for this.

What’s your exercise and eating routine these days?
I’m lifting more weights now. Instead of three big meals, I’ve been eating six smaller meals a day. I have pre-prepared meals that I eat throughout the day to speed my metabolism. I’m eating a lot of steak and protein and all that stuff.

Do you eat any crappy food? Please tell us you do..
Once a week I’ll have a cheat day. I’ll order a large pizza or grab a burger. I eat right most of the week except for my cheat day.

Thoughts on the Ugly Love being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey?
The movies are pretty much nothing alike. Ugly Love is more about lust and how it can get ugly, and it really has nothing to do with sex. There is sex in the movie, but the comparison was just from all the people comparing the teaser to Fifty Shades of Grey. We did the teaser based on the hashtag that went viral that people kept tagging everywhere #MilesHighClub. We thought, ‘Okay, let’s get them excited and show them the dark side of Miles, and let’s show them the Miles High Club. So we showed Miles walking down the hallway, getting on a plane. It cuts back and forth from this plane, and it shows him having sex with someone, but you don’t know who it is. It could have been a different time, but it wasn’t actually in the book. We had a lot of book readers being like what the hell, that’s not in the book? But we had to remind them they were just teasers. “Why would you make a teaser like this? It’s nothing like the book.” So the comparison article came out. It actually ended up being really good because it got the movie awareness up to the 50 Shades of Grey level.

Are you prepared to be asked if you’ve been in the mile high club?
I’m sure I’m gonna hear that a lot. I’m ready for it.

Let’s set the record straight now…Have you ever joined the “Mile High Club”?
No! I have not. Not yet.

Glad we got the scoop on that. So, are you into Snapchat?
I just got Snapchat about a month ago. I’m just getting used to it; I haven’t really used it before, but it’s kind of a cool way to interact with the people that follow you and get to see your life in real-time. On Instagram, you can edit your stuff and put it up days later and that kind of stuff. Snapchat you put it up right now, or it’s gone. It gives the people who are following you an update of what you’re doing right now. I try to update people with live stuff of what I’m doing.

Do you think it will take off like Instagram?
From reading articles and people that I’ve talked to, Snapchat is actually more interactive. I think a lot of people like it because on Instagram you have to think about your post, and Snapchat, you don’t have to think about your post. You won’t ever know if people like it or not. If you put a picture of a bird up people have to click through it. I think they’re on to something.

On Instagram, you often pose with a super cute dog.
The dog on Instagram is my dog. His name is Joey. I got him in Canada five years ago when I was living in an apartment in Canada. He’s a cool dog. I’ve never had a small dog before. I had big dogs my whole life; I never wanted a small dog. I always grew up in places with huge backyards for dogs to run around. I thought it was unfair to buy a big dog if I lived in an apartment. He’s an awesome dog. I trained him like a big dog. He doesn’t bark. I can’t take him on long jogs because he’s pretty lazy. He actually has his own Instagram as well. He has almost 100,000 followers, which is actually pretty funny. Chilling with him is fun, and he’s a cool dog. And he listens, so I can basically give or do anything with him. He just sits there and goes with it.

Has he stayed humble since getting 100,000 followers or is he acting out a bit?
It’s funny, he’s just a little dog walking around my house and he has no idea. I have had people walk up to me and be like “Hey, I’m a big fan of your dog. Can you tell him I say hi?” And they’ll walk away. I find that hilarious.

Are you still enjoying living in L.A.?
It’s nice, the weather is awesome, there’s a lot of stuff going on here. I like the hustle and bustle of work here. I don’t have too many new friends here, since I’ve been working so hard, but I definitely still like it.

Always good to catch up with you!
Thank you! I’m really looking forward to this project!


Who The Hell Is Nick Bateman?

How did model/actor Nick Bateman end up with 1,138,067 followers (and counting!) on Instagram? (More than Cher! Hundreds of thousands more than David Gandy and Barbra Streisand! And not too far behind in followers from Karlie Kloss and Kate Upton) The Daily sat down with this humble Canadian to find out how he’s rocked the social media world via Instagram and Facebook, (where another million plus follow him) and turn himself into a brand. There’s even a calendar coming your way. Who’s really breaking the Internet? Meet Nick. 

Let’s get straight to the question! Who the hell is Nick Bateman?
Nick Bateman is a guy from Canada who, at four years old, wanted to be a ninja turtle, so he started doing martial arts. Through that, I started training and I found a bo staff, which is a weapon used in martial arts from Japan. It became my passion so I started training. I wanted to be a regional champion and once I saw regional championships come my way, I was like, “If I can do this maybe I can be a world champion.” Then I trained, went to the world championships, got my butt kicked, then realized, “Wow! I have a lot of hard work to do.” After over 10 years of training, I won my first world title.

How did the modeling thing come about?
When I was 17, after I won my first world title, I had a friend who was a promoter for karate tournaments. He ended up doing an event for ESPN International in Miami called “The Best of the Best.” While I was there an event was going on for Model Universe; not quite high fashion stuff. I wasn’t technically allowed to be in it because I wasn’t 18 yet at the time. Somehow I got in, though, and I did it for fun. One of the judges discovered me and introduced me to Calvin Klein while we were there. I walked up to Calvin and my friend said, “Nick, this is Calvin,” and I said, “Nice to meet you.” I knew who Calvin Klein was, but I didn’t know that was Calvin Klein. I saw some guy in a white shirt and jeans and I’m like, “OK, bye,” I walked away and my friend said, “Did you just walk away from him?” and I’m like, “Yeah why? Who was that?” and he said “That was Calvin!” and I’m like, “Calvin who?” and he said, “You just walked away from Calvin Klein!” He took me back and I talked to Calvin. He thought I had a good look, though I don’t know why. Back then, I looked like a total fool: I had spiky hair and no facial hair.

What was Calvin doing there?
I don’t know. It was not the place for him, because Model Universe is more about bodybuilding. I lucked out by meeting him, though. After I went back to Canada, I started modeling. My first big campaign was for Abercrombie & Fitch. I was on the bags for about two and a half years.

What’s it like having your face on a bag? 
Very fun. The Abercrombie experience is funny because they fly 120 people down for the casting. Then they meet you, and they send 40 people home without even shooting them. Everyone has to be plain. The girls wear no makeup. Then, they bring you into a room with Bruce Weber.  Everyone in the room is scared sh*tless.

Did you get recognized from being on the bag?
Yeah! A lot of people would say, “Oh, you’re the guy from the bag.” Anyone who worked at Abercrombie, was like, “Oh my God,” because they saw my face everyday. So I did get noticed quite a bit.

Did you save the bags?
Yes! They’re dwindling because I give them out to my family. I think I have three bags left. I’m gonna frame one, because that’s a good memory. Especially being shot by Bruce Weber.

Do you consider yourself more of a model or actor nowadays?
As long as I’m happy doing what I’m doing, that’s what I want to do. I’ll never be one thing. This sounds so cheesy, but one of my idols is Forrest Gump. As weird as that sounds, he’s one of those people where he was ignorant and full of bliss. He wanted to do something, he did it, and he did it good. He put his heart into it, and that’s the type of person I am. Right now I’m considering myself more of an actor, because that’s where I wanna go with my life. Even when I was modeling, I didn’t like to consider myself just a model. I was always an athlete and a martial artist, who became a model, for the fun of modeling.

Let’s talk about your epic social media presence.
I started it about a year and a half ago. I realized that if you’re smart with it, it’s something entertaining for people to follow. I’ve always treated my Instagram like a TV show. I make sure I post everyday so people get an inside view on my life, whether I’m working, hanging at home with my dog, or traveling, I’d always try to post something so that people knew what’s going on in my life. It grew rapidly for me.

Tell us more about making your ‘gram feed like a TV show.
Say you’re tuning into watch Dexter: if you tune in that one day and Dexter is about food, you’d be like, ‘I’m here to watch Dexter, I don’t want to see food!’ If you tuned in next week to Dexter and the whole episode was about landscape, if I wanted to watch a landscaping show I’d go watch a landscaping show. People follow me because they want to see what I’m doing with my life. I try to keep that in mind. It’s helped me build myself into a brand. We’re still in the transition era. Everyone’s like, “Is this social media thing for real?” I talked to some of my agencies and they’re like, “Nick, it’s just a social media following. You still haven’t shot the Prada campaign,” and I’m like, “I totally agree with you; there’s definitely upsides and downsides to both, but I think there’s something there [to the social media following].”

How many pictures do you take of yourself to get that one good shot?
It depends on what kind of day I’m having. If I went out the night before, or a bad day, or a meal where I’m bloated, sometimes I take twenty photos. Sometimes I’ll get it on the first shot. Now, I tend to take 10 to 20 photos; it’s the same as the photo shoot. You want to take a couple photos and pick the best one. When you’re pushing it out to millions of people, you gotta look your best. You have to treat yourself like a brand and business. Only put out high-quality stuff.

Nick Bateman

Your posts get hundreds and sometimes thousands of “likes” within minutes. Thoughts on that?
It still shocks me a little. It was hard for me to believe at first, because it’s only been a year. I’m very honored and lucky that people have embraced my social media. I can’t say anything more than that. People come up to me on the streets and are shaking when they see me. I’m so honored. When I see people that are shocked and shaking when they see me, I’m honored: those are the people that help build your brand! The people that are good to you? You gotta be good to them.

Do you read the comments?
Sometimes. It’s hard because on some of my photos, I have over 3,000 comments. The funny thing is, half of the comments aren’t in English, so I can’t even read them. My manager speaks Spanish as well as English, and she tells me that the Spanish comments are quite dirty. Girls can be pretty perverted.

How so?
One of the comments that I thought was funny and is starting to die down now because it’s been overused is “My ovaries exploded.” I’m like, “What?” Then girls get into fights being like, “Why don’t you like this picture?” It’s funny, but again, I’m nothing but honored. I think there are many other guys that could do what I’m doing. They just have to use the algorithm that I’m doing.

Kate Upton is famous for her social media presence. Why do girls have more followers typically than the guys?
Guys have a little too much manliness sometimes. They’re like, “I’m too manly to take a selfie.” They just don’t want to do it. They don’t want to dedicate time to social media because they’re like, “I’m just gonna enjoy my life. Whatever. If someone wants to follow me, they’ll follow me.” When I’m taking pictures, I’m thinking about it as a business sense. How do I maintain this? How do I keep growing this? Instead of being like, “Let’s look really good.”

Who do you follow on Instagram?
I don’t follow people I don’t know. I’ll go on the ‘Explore’ page to check out other people and see what they’re up to, but I usually just follow my friends. I don’t follow too many people, to be honest.

And then there’s your Facebook page…
It’s ridiculous! I had no one on my fan page, and then I posted this video of me spinning my bo staff around my neck with a beer in my hand. It got 380,000 views, 50,000 shares, and 60,000 comments. Within two weeks, up to half a million people liked it. Then I started posting photos on Facebook similar to my algorithm that I post on Instagram, and it grew insanely fast. That shocks me, because now I get almost double the amount of likes on my Facebook as I do on my Instagram. I’m baffled. I don’t even know what to say; it’s still surreal to me! I posted a photo a few weeks ago, and I got almost a quarter of a million likes on Facebook.

And now you’re living in L.A…
I don’t know the city well yet. I’m very lucky to be coming here in the stance that I’m in. Not many people get to come to L.A. with a movie that’s confirmed, the following that I have, and the things I have going for me. I feel like I need to keep working hard, stay humble, and keep the Canadian side to me. I can’t let L.A. get to me; some people get here and let things change them. There’s good and bad in every city. Wherever you are, there are great people everywhere. There are also gonna be people that aren’t so great.

How do you make money?
Endorsement deals sometimes pay on Instagram. From time to time, I can choose to endorse a product. I’m not doing too many. I want to keep my Instagram more for my follower,  and not for advertising. If the right deal comes along, I don’t mind promoting a product that fits my brand. If I use something, why not share that?

What’s your goal?
I want to make movies with my good friends. All I care about is being a happy person. I could wake up in a year and be like, “I don’t want to be an actor anymore.” As long as I’m happy doing what I’m doing, that’s all I care about.

Where does your happy attitude come from?
From martial arts, and from my mom. My mom is a very young-at-heart type of person. I love her to death. My mom taught me it’s better to be poor in a ditch eating French fries living your dream than it is to be rich and miserable. That’s how I live my life. Whenever I feel like I’m having a bad day, I’ll think, “Well, there are some people that don’t have food. Some people can’t walk. Some people are in  wheelchairs.” By comparison, there are some people that live on the other side of the world that would be happy just to have a chair and not be in the dirt. I always think of the positive side of things.

Do you get recognized frequently?
Usually when I go out at night. During the day, people often aren’t brave enough to ask for a picture. When I’m out at night, I get a lot of requests, which is surreal to me! But my friends just know me as Nick Bateman, the martial artist.

Any Instagram tips?
Just post your life! Don’t worry about people thinking you’re narcissistic by posting so many selfies, because people are gonna think what they’re gonna think. If you’re narcissistic, you’re narcissistic. You can still be a narcissistic person and be nice to people. If you’re gonna post a seflie, don’t do it of you in your bathroom saying, “Happy Sunday!” You should be doing something. People want to see that you’re traveling or working or working out.

You do a lot of shirtless selfies.
A lot of the modeling jobs I shoot are underwear shoots. I shoot mainly underwear and bathing suits, so that’s why I’m usually with my shirt off. If I’m in a hot place like L.A. or Miami, I don’t want to have my shirt on anyway. I’m the type of guy who relaxes with my shirt off if I’m home. Sometimes I look at my Instagram and think, “Have I posted too many with my shirt off? Is it stating to look like this guy is a dick?”

Nobody seems to have an issue with that! Let’s talk about your management company…
Rogue Management is an agency that I just started with Aileen Manso, who used to be one of my bookers at an agency. She was the best booker I’ve worked with. Very kind, very understanding, and she knew how to book the jobs. At one point I was like, “If I ever make it big, I want you to be my manager.” I’ve been very lucky to do so well, and she decided to quit working at an agency.  If I can sell my face to Instagram and get these amounts of likes, I feel like I can sell a product.

Do you think that ad agencies should be looking at the stars of Instagram?
Very much so! Social media is the big thing right now. Everyone’s looking at it. It’s weird to think that people are on their phones more than they’re watching movies and television. Kids these days, all they do is sit there on their phones. Statistically speaking, if someone posted a picture and it got 300,000 likes in a day, and another person posted a picture and got 5,000 likes, which person is clearly capable of selling a product better? You can’t click “like” on a billboard. You can’t click “like” on a commercial. People could shoot me down and say I’m wrong, but I guess time will tell…

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