Romantic Comedies are a staple in the entertainment industry. Throughout film history we’ve seen couples meet, fall in love, and overcome all obstacles so they can finally live happily ever after. But how do their exes factor into that equation? A lot of times, characters end up leaving the person they were originally with, in order to be with their “true love,” but what about the ones they left behind --- The ones that got away?
In the movie What’s Your Number?, Anna Faris revisits her past relationships to see if there’s someone special that she overlooked the first time around. I suggest that we follow her example and take a look back at various characters former flames to determine if they deserve a second look. Were they wrongfully dumped or did they deserve what was coming to them? Let’s take a journey to the Ghosts of Relationships Past and find out!
The Notebook – Lon Hammond Some exes had to be dumped whether they were good or bad. Of course everyone was routing for Noah and Allie to get together in this Nicholas Sparks book-turned-movie. They were the main characters and clearly had a special connection that withstood the test of time. But we genuinely felt sorry for James Marsden’s character, Lon Hammond, when Allie kicked him to the curb. He was rich, devilishly handsome, and was an all-around decent guy that didn’t deserve to be heartbroken. There was just no way that his character could be justified enough to get the girl though. He would be an outstanding alternative if Noah was no longer in the picture, but as soon as he kissed her out in the rain it was a done deal. The audience would’ve felt cheated out of an epic love story if she had chosen to remain with Lon. He may have been a nice guy, but let’s face it – he’s no Ryan Gosling.
Sweet Home Alabama – Andrew Hennings We’ve got a very similar situation going on in this movie as well. Girl falls for high school sweetheart, complications drive them apart, girl finds new dreamy boyfriend, but ends up still loving home town hottie. Melanie found a great guy in Patrick Dempsey’s character, Andrew Hennings. He too was rich, good looking, and a very kind hearted man. It always helps when the stand-in boyfriend has a few significant flaws since it makes them easier to root against, but his character is perfect husband material. But once again, even though he looks great on paper, he can’t compare to a couple with so much history and who have known each other practically their whole lives. It’s definitely unfair and Andrew ends up getting majorly screwed over in front of all of his family and friends when Melanie rejects him at the altar (ouch), but you don’t base who you love off of whose resume looks more impressive. You base it off of who already won over your heart. So even though we liked Andrew and his sweet demeanor, we couldn’t help but fall for Jake and Melanie’s country charms.
Made of Honor – Colin Now this was clearly after Patrick Dempsey transitioned into Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy and became a full-on hunk, because now his character is the one that gets the girl. Everyone knew his character, Tom, wanted to be with Hannah even after the first time they met in college, but he was still too immature to understand what was right in front of him. It was only when she was about ready to marry Colin that he came to his senses and realized that he was in love with her. Now Colin’s not really as lovable as the other exes that I’ve mentioned so far, so I really didn’t have a hard time seeing him get dumped. I mean, he had the whole Duke thing going for him, but that was pretty much it. He didn’t even really know her that well and I didn’t see much chemistry between them. And when he wouldn’t let Hannah eat cake off of his plate during their wedding rehearsal dinner, I knew without hesitation that I’d had enough of him. Plus those bagpipes were super annoying. McDreamy deserved the girl, hands down.
It’s Complicated – Jake
This movie is a great example that love is not only timeless, but ageless as well. The older generations can have love lives just as complicated as the rest of us, so no one could blame Meryl Streep’s character for feeling unsure of who to choose: Adam (Steve Martin) or Jake (Alec Baldwin). Talk about Sophie’s Choice! These guys are equally lovable in real life, but what inevitably makes you route for Martin’s character in the end is the fact that Baldwin’s character cheated on Jane during their marriage. He was married to Jane (Streep) for 20 years, but then decided to leave her for a younger model. While he ended up realizing that it was a mistake and that he still loved his ex-wife, it’s too little too late I’m afraid. He needed to be taught to accept the consequences of his actions, which made Adam an easy pick. Plus, any decision that Meryl makes is never the wrong one!
The Wedding Singer – Glenn Gulia
In this case, the decision was easy and unanimous (hopefully) as to which guy you wanted to end up getting the girl. Glenn was a jerk and constantly cheated on Julia all the time. He didn’t really want to marry her for love, he just wanted someone to cook him dinner and clean up after him. It was totally justifiable for Julia to pick Robbie over him. Besides, she didn’t want to be stuck with the name Julia Gulia the rest of her life. And while financially Glenn could have provided for her more with materialistic possessions (Robbie did get paid in meatballs remember), Robbie more than makes up for his lack of income with his great personality, adorable dimples, and lovable singing voice. Plus any Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore combo is always two thumbs up in my book.
Spiderman – Harry Osborn
Even Hollywood’s hottest hunks don’t hold a candle to superhero charms. Sure Harry was easy on the eyes, but can anyone really blame Mary Jane for choosing New York City’s friendliest neighbor? I mean, he’s a vigilante who protects the city from countless criminals and murderers – that’s hot (even if he is wearing tights). I could also use the fact that Harry’s father is the Green Goblin and tries to kill her as reasons why she was right in choosing Peter Parker, but she had pretty much already made her decision before any of that happened. And while I admit Peter is somewhat of a dork, he’s a lovable one that deserves to have one thing go right in his life. It complicates matters since Harry is Peter’s best friend and there’s that whole “bros over hoes” rule, but Harry used him throughout the years for homework purposes and eventually tried to kill him. So I’d say they’re about even.
Just Go With It – Palmer
So far it’s been all about the woman having to decide between two men, so let’s switch things up and have the guy be the one in the hot seat. In this cute rom-com, Adam Sandler’s character, Danny, falls head over heels for Brooklyn Decker’s character, Palmer, an absolutely gorgeous woman. But in his attempt to win her heart, he ends up falling for his assistant, Katherine (played by Jennifer Aniston). Talk about a tough decision. Palmer doesn’t really do anything wrong except make all women want to jump on a tread mill and never get off. She’s sweet, gorgeous, wants to settle down, and genuinely seems to like Danny. But she’s almost too perfect, which makes us want to root for Katherine, who is also uncomfortably good looking, but not to as extensive a degree (I’m sure some of you will disagree with me on that one). She’s also closer to his age and they undeniable click together so well. Plus your heart immediately warms to her due to the fact that she’s willing to help him out to such a massive extent. Not to mention that Jen’s already had her heart broken too much in real life, so let’s just give her this one.
American Pie – Nadia
For a little blast from the past, let’s take a look at this classic, feel-good film. Here we’ve got Jim, desperate for some female attention, who ends up having to choose between a flute playing nerd from band camp and a gorgeous European exchange student. Two very different girls, but both of them like the infamous pie boy. You’d think that this would be a no brainer decision, but Jim opts for the band geek, who he ends up really caring for. While I’m not naïve enough to expect this to actually happen in real life scenarios, I think it’s cute that Jim’s character is so pure and chooses to listen to his heart and not his…well, something else.
My Best Friend’s Wedding – Julianne Potter
I saved this one for last because I find it to be a very rare and unique movie. Normally, you would assume that Julia Roberts' character, Julianne, would be the one to win over the guy in the end. She’s the star of the show and usually the past lovers end up together, but the movie takes it in another direction by having Michael stay with his fiancée, Kimberly. I remember feeling very upset when this happened because I was so used to rooting for the underdog couple to overcome all the odds and be together. And to be honest…I still feel that way in this movie. The girl that he falls for is way too perky (to an annoying degree) and he so clearly still has feelings for Julianne throughout the entire duration of the movie (like when he thought she was engaged to George), so I have a hard time buying that he would reject her in the end. Sure, it took her a long time to realize her true feelings and overcome her commitment issues, but better late than never, right? Sometimes you need to lose something first in order to appreciate it. But my own personal feelings aside, I have to give the film kudos for not just giving in to what the audiences may have wanted. It went against the norm and for that I have to respect it.
So now that we’ve weighed in on all the exes, I think we can safely say that for the most part, the characters inevitably ended up making the right decision. Some of them may have seemed a little predictable, but part of us can’t help enjoying that “happily ever after” mindset. While some exes were wrongfully hurt, others deserved the hand they were dealt. And as I’m sure Anna Faris’ character is going to find out in What’s Your Number? – some relationships are just better left in the past.
Before becoming one of the great late night hosts to make a public spectacle of NBC, Conan O’Brien was a professional extra. Well, actually, he was a writer, but he still appeared in a bunch of sketches in the background. Remember the Five Timers Club? That’s him taking their jackets! Now it looks like he’ll be returning to his roots as an extra on How I Met Your Mother.
As Neil Patrick Harris explained to Conan’s audience, they were both in attendance at a charity auction where an extra’s spot was up for bid. Conan kept playing against himself and eventually won a part. The producers wanted to write him in as a character but he insisted on being an extra. So that’s definitely going to happen next year and we’ll just add that on to the things we’re looking forward to: Barney’s wedding, Lily and Marshall’s baby, Conan’s extra spot, and, oh yeah, maybe finally MEETING THE MOTHER!
The 85 year old, who starred with Sir Michael Caine in The Last Valley, avoided jail time after a judge at Kingston Crown Court handed him a two-year supervision order.
Westwood is said to have provoked and humiliated homosexual Barrie Boxell, the manager of his apartment building in Wandsworth, south London.
The judge found him guilty of harassment and breaching restraining orders, telling him: "You made this man's life an absolute misery. It was premeditated bullying."
In her new film The Switch, Jennifer Aniston plays an unmarried 40-year-old woman who gives up on the notion of finding Mr. Right and contracts a sperm donor to have a child. Though it was plagued by distribution drama after Disney put Miramax Films up for sale, The Switch (which co-stars Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldblum) is set to bow in theaters nationwide on August 20th and its looming release date has headline stealing commentator Bill O'Reilly doing his thang.
While promoting the film, Aniston acknowledged the possibly controversial subject matter of the story, noting that "times have changed" and that "women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child. Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere." Well, all-American O'Reilly didn't take kindly to Jen's views on modern parenting and retaliated with his own scathing analysis of the state of the nuclear family.
"She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don't need a guy, you don't need a dad," O'Reilly said on his somehow top-rated Fox News show The O'Reilly Factor, adding that "Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad." Unfortunately but not unsurprisingly, O'Reilly has twisted the statement of a well-known public figure to turn heads in his direction, since his bullheaded political views make him more irrelevant as the days go by. The public is well aware of Ms. Aniston's financial status and her highly-publicized relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Despite her comments, she hasn't decided to crank out a fatherless child just because physically she doesn't need one. She's been waiting for Mr. Right for years and will continue to do so because she chooses to, just like every woman has the right to choose what to do with her body.
Continuing on, Bill stressed the importance of the male presence in a child's life: "I think that men get hosed all day long in the parental arena...any man who leaves their children is not a man. Let's make that perfectly clear. But the fathers who do try hard are under-appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston." Though I agree that having a father is a wonderful thing (I don't know where I'd be in life if I didn't have a male and female influence on my upbringing), as usual, O'Reilly cast a web of distorted truth over Aniston's statement and turned it into a man-hating meditation. Not once did she say that having a mother and father isn't ideal, she simply told the truth about the society in which we live - where approximately 21 million children are being raised by one parent and a staggering 83 percent of those households are headed by a single mother (via SingleSpouse.com). Nor did she encourage young woman to skip marriage and go straight into motherhood. She's telling it like it is, something that Bill should try sometime.
While I don't think that Jen has lost any sleep over O'Reilly's attack, the elegant actress seems to have had the last laugh as she comically responded to his negativity: "Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," Aniston told People magazine. "And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options." Beautifully said, Jen. After all, most women I know would take a test tube over bumbling Bill any day of the week.
Source: CBS News, SingleSpouse, People
The last time I saw Denzel Washington, he was playing a nomadic crypto-Christian, surviving in the dystopian bummer The Book of Eli. It was a little off-putting. "Come on, Denzel" I wanted to yell at the screen. "Drop the religious shtick and unleash the kick-ass!" Thankfully, Vulture reports that Washington will soon be getting back to what he does best. The action star is currently in talks to star in Safe House, an original spy thriller from Universal, based on the script from Us Weekly editor David Guggenheim that triggered a bidding war between the studios last winter.
The film will center on a young CIA agent who is forced to go on the run in South Africa with a newly arrived prisoner (Washington) when their safe house, thought to be a secure location, comes under attack. The role of the American agent has not yet been cast, although Deadline reports that Chris Pine (with whom Washington just wrapped shooting the Tony Scott-directed drama Unstoppable) had at one time been considered for the part.
The timing of this news is not insignificant: Vulture speculates that this deal is in large part a play by the William Morris Endeavor agency to hold onto Washington, whose longtime superstar agent, Ed Limato, passed away this weekend from lung disease. WME co-CEOs Ari Emmanuel (brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and the basis for Entourage's Ari Gold personality) and Patrick Whitesell have reportedly been working overtime to find another action vehicle for Washington, who typically commands around $20 million dollars for a big studio movie. So it looks like Washington will be staying with WME… for now.
Safe House is being produced by Scott Stuber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) with newcomer Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) directing. Hopefully that means a departure of sorts from the typical Tony Scott fare (Man On Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3) that Washington has churned out in the last few years. Although I'm as happy as the next guy to see Denzel kicking ass in another good-not-great action movie, it would be nice to see him do something just a little bit different. Plot-wise, Safe House doesn't leave me terribly optimistic, but perhaps direction from someone not named Tony Scott will mean a fresh start for the actor. Plus, if Washington's performance as the film's villain is anywhere near as powerful as in American Gangster or Training Day (for which he won an Oscar), Safe House will be a movie worth watching.
Johnny Depp has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for the second time -- nudging out last year's hunky winner Hugh Jackman.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who previously scooped the award in 2003, is still making fans swoon at the age of 46.
Depp now joins an elite list of double winners including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Richard Gere.
He joins 109 other sexy stars on the list, including soccer ace David Beckham and actors Simon Baker, Matthew McConaughey, Patrick Dempsey, Will Smith and Josh Brolin.
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