Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or in some alternate, celeb-gossip-free universe – you know that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are officially a couple, and soon we get to see how much onscreen chemistry they have, in the David Wain-directed Wanderlust. The critical reaction thus far has been fairly mixed (we liked it, though!), and movies starring real-life couples in the past have been similarly hit-or-miss. Here are some of our favorites – and least favorites.
Couple: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Considered by some to be the worst movie ever made (and not in the Showgirls sense, where it later turns into a cult hit), Gigli was laughably bad in so many ways – but the chemistry not shared by then odd real-life couple Bennifer is most alarming. It’s also worth noting that Martin Brest is still in director's jail for Gigli.
Couple: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
Woody Allen did a masterful job co-crafting a great, somewhat groundbreaking screenplay in addition to directing the film – but Annie Hall wouldn’t be what it was in 1977 and still is today if not for the palpable chemistry between onetime real-life couple Allen and Keaton (whose actual last name is, you guessed it, Hall). Aside from Best Director, Screenplay and Picture, the beloved rom-com netted Keaton a Best Actress Oscar and Allen a nom for Best Actor. Clearly the Academy was as touched by the on-screen relationship as moviegoers were.
Eyes Wide Shut
Couple: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
When Eyes Wide Shut – which has to be considered, at the very least, Stanley Kubrick’s most uneven movie – was released, it was positively shocking to see THE celeb couple at the time appearing in a decidedly adult, unmarketable film. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s on-screen relationship was odd and a downer overall, which can also be said about their permanent separation a couple years after the release.
Couple: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
At one point before this biopic about salsa legend Hector Lavoe was released, the film was touted as a proverbial Oscar vehicle for Anthony. The expectations wound up vastly exceeding the end result, and people had much more interest in J. Lo and Anthony’s off-screen relationship than the on-screen version. Hell of a soundtrack, though – if you like salsa music.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
To hear Brad and Angelina tell it, they were NOT a couple during the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Whether or not you believe them depends on whether or not you’re a member of Team Aniston, but the chemistry they shared (and star power they oozed) as secretive spouses certainly helped keep the otherwise silly movie intriguing – and, of course, helped turn it into a blockbuster.
Couple: Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow
“What’s in the bo-ox?!” That’s what most people remember about the on-screen relationship between off-screen lovers Pitt and Paltrow in this classic David Fincher thriller. It was more of a side-plot to the story – that is, until Gwyneth’s “pretty head” was needed for the climax – but there was definitely a tangible believability to David and Tracey Mills’ relationship, which isn’t always the case when real-life couples take their romance to the screen.
Couple: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada have been together for what feels like a lifetime – constant rumors of their imminent or past separation notwithstanding – and that more than translated on the screen in Ali, in which he played boxing icon Muhammad Ali and she his first wife, Sonji. Alas, they later divorced, hopefully NOT like the couple that played them.
Me, Myself & Irene
Couple: Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger
It’s almost hard to believe that these two were, in fact, once (briefly) engaged in real life, but that pales in comparison to their even weirder romance in Me, Myself & Irene. Which isn’t to say that their pairing wasn’t funny, or that the movie didn’t have some Farrelly brothers magic, but they just seemed mismatched, and not in a comedic way.
OTHER REAL-LIFE MOVIE COUPLES (WITH GRADES!)
Couple: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Couple: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Couple: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
Couple: Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Couple: Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Couple: Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
The Departed star wed model Rhea Durham in 2009 after eight years together and Wahlberg admits he goes to great lengths to ensure his film roles are romance-free.
He tells WENN, "If it has anything to do with me kissing somebody my wife's not gonna like it so I'll fight to get it cut out. Those are the more important issues. I usually try to choose my battles wisely."
But the Oscar-nominated actor admits convincing Hughes to drop a big sex scene in the new crime thriller cost him his dignity for another shot.
Wahlberg says, "There's a love scene in the movie that I'm shooting now (Broken City) that is very graphic and I'm like, 'I really don't want to do that. I don't think it's necessary, we've been together now seven years and the magic is probably gone in the relationship anyway!'
"She (his onscreen love interest) plays an actress and she's having this really hardcore sex scene that she shoots in the movie and doesn't tell me about it, and then I see it in the theatre and I have a big problem with that because I play an ex-cop who's a private investigator investigating the mayor of New York City. And so obviously I lose that scene but then my compromise was to be nude in the scene by myself after she's gone. I still had to be butt naked for six hours but it wasn't with somebody else!"
Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones also star in Broken City, which is due for release in 2013.
Russell Crowe fulfilled a promise he made to the chancellor of Durham University in England on Friday (03Jun11) when he hosted an acting masterclass for students. The Oscar winner told author Bill Bryson, the chancellor, he'd talk about his talents and experiences the next time he was in the area some years ago - and he kept his word.
In March 1991 TV stations repeatedly broadcast an amateur videotape of LAPD officers kicking and clubbing Rodney King an unarmed black man. A year later an all-white jury acquitted three officers involved in the beating inciting a riot that killed 54 people and destroyed much of South Central Los Angeles. Dark Blue is a gritty police drama that unfolds in the four days leading up to the verdict. The story revolves around veteran cop Eldon Perry Jr. (Kurt Russell) who does what he needs to do to bring someone to justice even if it means planting a gun--or drugs--on a suspect. But police intimidation and corruption doesn't sit right with his rookie partner Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman). Their ideologies clash when the two are assigned to a high-profile quadruple homicide and receive orders from a high-ranking member of the LAPD to pin the crime on innocent suspects in order to appease the public. Keough contemplates going to Deputy Chief Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames) the only black man in the department about unfair police practices but is worried about going up against such a tight brotherhood. This cop flick is disturbingly realistic--which unfortunately is also its weakness. It tells us what we already know: that the history of the LAPD is meshed tightly with racism and corruption.
Dark Blue's Perry is a vulgar hard-drinking and unscrupulous cop--and Russell (3 000 Miles to Graceland) does a great job embodying the character. He swears knocks back drinks and smokes cigarettes like he's been doing this since birth. In fact Russell creates such a despicable character that I hoped he would get his ass kicked by rioters. As his naïve partner Keough Speedman (Duets) is a little bland. Keough redeems himself by rising above the police department's practices but Speedman's character is almost too nice and fresh-faced to be a cop in a city like L.A. As Deputy Chief Holland Rhames (Undisputed) is well cast but unfortunately the character is so one-dimensional that he doesn't make for a very passionate hero. The problem here is not the acting but the film's characters which are too simply drawn. Keough for example is not only unprejudiced he's politically correct--he has a black girlfriend and gets offended when his big bad partner uses the "n" word. And Holland is not only honorable he's a churchgoing community leader. It's not that these characteristics are bad but they are certainly tautological and stereotypical by movie standards.
If this movie sounds a lot like Training Day it's because scribe David Ayer wrote both of them. Unfortunately Dark Blue's characters are drawn with such a heavy hand they reek of clichés and are a far cry from Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's complicated and well-developed characters in Training Day. Director Ron Shelton found success with the 1988 hit Bull Durham and--with the 1994 sports drama Cobb--proved that he could deliver character-driven movies that were well worth watching. Despite the rigid characters he manages to deliver a straight-up dirty-cop movie that effectively mirrors the LAPD. (Is Holland for example the film's take on former LAPD Chief of Police Bernard Parks?) Shelton achieves the film's true-to-life feel by leaving out slick car chases explosions and shootouts and paying closer attention to sets such as Perry's unadorned house and the clunker he drives. There are some great scenes towards the end of the film when Perry is driving through South Central as the riots--which caused an estimated $900 million in damages--break out. What's even more chilling however is the lack of LAPD presence at the riot epicenter.