20th Century Fox via Everett Collection
There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
"I was very happy I voted for Lupita. It’s beautiful when you watch something good happen to somebody when it’s well deserved." Jennifer Lawrence admits she voted for the 12 Years a Slave star to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in March (14). Lawrence was also up for the award, alongside Sally Hawkins, Julia Roberts and June Squibb.
Ellen Degeneres treated the Oscars pizza guy to his own special delivery on her chat show by introducing him to his favourite actress, Julia Roberts. DeGeneres brought out Edgar Martirosyan, the owner of a Big Mama's and Papa's Pizza shop in Los Angeles, at the March (14) prizegiving to dish out hot snacks for hungry A-listers including Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence.
The talk show host, who served as host at the Oscars, has invited Martirosyan on to her show several times, but on Wednesday (07May14) she surprised him with a special guest - the Pretty Woman star.
DeGeneres told Roberts, "What a coincidence that we would get a guy from Russia who grew up watching Pretty Woman. You were his favorite movie star of all time and now he's serving pizza to you."
When DeGeneres brought Martirosyan out to deliver pizza to her audience, Roberts came out from hiding behind some potted plants on stage, walked up next to her superfan and said, "Do you have pizza in there?" Matirosyan replied 'Yes' before realising it was his favourite movie star, and with mouth agape, he gave her an embrace.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
New Line Cinema via Everett Collection
Last year alone, films like Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave and Philomena were driven by the brilliant transformations of actresses like Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, and Judi Dench. And as we celebrate Women's History Month (looking forward to more exciting performances from these and other great actresses), let's take a look back at just a few of the many, many life changing performances in some of the best biopics and period pieces from recent years.
Q'orianka Kilcher, The New World
You thought you knew the story of Pocahontas until director Terrence Malick introduced us to a whole new world. Kilcher's performance was so awe-inspring it practically re-told and re-wrote history itself.
Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Roberts, Mona Lisa Smile
Yes. Pretty much every actress you love is in this movie. Set in the 1950s, this amazing film tells the story of a group of Wellesley students who get their lives shaken up when Julia Roberts shows up as their free-thinking art professor.
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
When Cotillard won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her role as beloved French singer Edith Piaf, nobody in the world cried foul. Because there aren't enough awards in the world for what she did in La Vie en Rose. A stunning, haunting, fitting tribute from one French star to another.
Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer, The Help
Spencer took home the Academy Award in 2012 for her portrayal of Minny Jackson, a black maid working for a particularly cruel white woman in the '60s, and costar Davis was nominated. As far as the clip above, one YouTuber describes it as "The most satisfying scene in cinematic history." We're inclined to agree.
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn? Damn near flawless.
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
But Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth? EVERYTHING!
Angela Bassett, What's Love Got to Do with It
No offense to Tina Turner, but Angela Bassett was the best Tina Turner of all time.
Laura Linney, Kinsey
It may have been Liam Neeson's flick, but Linney played the wife of the famed scientist and, for many of us, absolutely stole the show.
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
If you've somehow managed to go through life not being in love with Michelle Williams, then you clearly have not seen My Week with Marilyn. Do yourself a favor and make it happen. NOW!
Jennifer Lopez, Selena
If you can make it through J Lo's performance of Selena Quintanilla's life and work without crying, you are a martian robot lacking the full understanding of Selena Quintanilla.
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Granted there are other Kate Winslet movies to choose from. But when you really get down to it... no. No, there aren't.
Follow @Hollywood_com Follow @shannonmhouston
"I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself. Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background, you're feeding them pizza." U.S. President Barack Obama takes a dig at Oscars host Ellen Degeneres for breaking his record for most retweeted posts on Twitter.com. During the prizegiving earlier this month (02Mar14), the comedienne staged a star-studded 'selfie' at the Oscars with the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence. The shot was retweeted more than 3.4 million times.
Sir Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons and Dominic West were among the British stars who helped recreate Ellen Degeneres' Oscars 'selfie' photograph at an awards show in London on Wednesday night (12Mar14). The Academy Awards host attempted to set a new world record for the most re-tweeted photo by gathering attendees including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper together for a star-studded self-taken snapshot earlier this month (Mar14).
A group of British stars has now attempted to recreate the famous 'selfie' on the red carpet at the Prince's Trust awards.
The picture was taken by veteran actress Joan Collins and shows West, Kingsley and Irons squeezing into the shot along with pop star Pixie Lott, The Hobbit actor Luke Evans, and musician Jools Holland among others.
Oscars host Ellen Degeneres shut down Twitter.com on Sunday (02Mar14) after gathering stars including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts for an all-star selfie in a bid to set a new world record for the most re-tweeted photo. Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper, who took the snap, all squeezed into view for the shot, which the comedienne posted on her micro-blogging profile.
The accompanying caption read: "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever."
She then encouraged everyone in the audience at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to re-post the image, and the snap quickly racked up more than 500,000 re-tweets and 300,000 'favourites' within minutes.
The heavy website traffic caused Twitter to temporarily break down, but as WENN went to press, the photo had garnered around 2.2 million re-tweets and had been 'favourited' almost one million times.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence thought she had fallen victim to a cruel joke when she was first told she had won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Lawrence won the BAFTA trophy for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle, but was unable to attend the ceremony due to filming commitments for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, so director David O. Russell collected the prize on her behalf.
The Hunger Games star was so certain she would not win the category, which also included Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years A Slave and Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, that she completely forgot the awards ceremony was taking place last Sunday (16Feb14).
She tells Deadline.com, "Oh, it was a big surprise. I didn't remember that the BAFTAs were happening that day. I certainly did not think I was going to win one so I put it out of my mind. So there I was, in the middle of being painted blue (for an X-Men character), and someone said, 'You just won the BAFTA!' And I said, 'Oh, go f**k yourself!' And then it turned out they were serious."
The actress also admits she has enjoyed keeping her distance from awards season this year (14), avoiding the stress of worrying about scooping the honours she is nominated for.
She adds, "It has been a bit of a blessing to be away, and not really aware of what has been going on,. It actually has been really nice."
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift are among the celebrities who have lent their support to Oprah Winfrey's campaign to end loneliness. The TV mogul released a video titled Just Say Hello on Tuesday (18Feb14) to encourage people to reach out and connect with others.
She has enlisted a number of her famous friends to take part in the video, also including fellow TV host Ellen DeGeneres, actor Seth Rogen, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and singer John Legend.
The stars make a brief appearance on screen to prove how easy it is say hello to someone in need of company.