The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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GIPHY/New Line Cinema
Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has penned an article to highlight violence in the Central African Republic.
The Monster star, who hails from South Africa, wrote the piece for The Wall Street Journal to document her recent trip to the poverty-stricken country, where a United Nations peacekeeping force was deployed this week (beg15Sep15). She discusses the horrific stories she heard while working with groups such as Doctors Without Borders, including the case of a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the back and hacked with machetes by rebels.
She writes, "I met a 16-year-old boy named Prince Matidi. On Dec. 25 last year - Christmas Day - he and three friends found themselves in the middle of the violence... Prince was shot in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. As he lay in the dirt unable to move, he said, Seleka rebels hacked at him with machetes. Both of his friends died that night... I couldn't stop thinking about this young boy lying in the dirt, left for dead on a night when back home millions of children were opening Christmas presents, safe and happy."
The actress, who runs the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, hopes to highlight the plight of citizens in the country, which has been marred by civil war and violence over the last few years. She adds, "We have a responsibility to not forget the people of the Central African Republic, and to press the international community to do more... International efforts to address the crisis in CAR have remained woefully inadequate. Political solutions need to be found to stop the violence, protect civilians and reconcile communities."
Keanu Reeves called police to his California mansion this week (beg15Sep14) after waking in the middle of the night to find an intruder in his home.
The Matrix star was woken by strange noises in the early hours of Monday morning (15Sep14) and when he went to investigate, he found a strange woman sitting in his library, according to TMZ..com. The actor dialled 911 and emergency services raced to the scene. The unnamed woman was taken into custody and held for a psychiatric evaluation.
The incident comes three months after Reeves' Speed co-star Sandra Bullock suffered a similar scare. The actress reportedly locked herself in the bedroom of her home in California in June (14) after coming face-to-face with an intruder in the middle of the night.
Bob Palmer, the legendary Hollywood publicist who led Sir Anthony Hopkins' successful Oscars campaign for The Silence Of The Lambs, has died, aged 85. Palmer, who also represented Faye Dunaway, David Soul and Dick Van Dyke among others, passed away at his home in Pacific Palisades, California on Monday (15Sep14).
Born in Alaska, he studied journalism in Los Angeles before becoming a theatre manager.
He was hired as director of publicity and advertising at United Paramount studios, where he helped create media campaigns for films like Sunset Boulevard, Shane and The Greatest Show on Earth.
After serving in the Korean War, Palmer returned to Hollywood and signed up as West Coast publicity director for ABC Radio, before becoming a publicist at ABC Television.
He also headed up publicity departments at Screen Gems and Universal.
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Emma Watson jetted to Uruguay this week (beg15Sep14) to give a speech as part of her new role as a United Nations (U.N.) Goodwill Ambassador.
The Harry Potter actress, who was appointed to the position in July (14), addressed an event at Uruguay's Parliament in the capital city Montevideo on Wednesday (17Sep14) which was organized by several women's groups. Watson spoke via a translator backing the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, which is fighting for more elected female senators, and she won applause from audience members including Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori.
The 24 year old admits she was pleased with how her speech was received, saying, "At the back of the room there were five young women, probably under the age of 17, who were holding a banner that said, 'Say yes to more women in politics'. To see this kind of participation is why I'm here. It's why I've come to Uruguay and why I want to work with U.N. Women...Thankfully, I have this platform and I'm able to shine a light on these issues, which are really important to me and this is what I want to continue to do and what I believe in passionately."
Joan Rivers left her multi-million dollar fortune to her daughter and her pet dogs, according to a U.S. report.
The veteran comedienne passed away earlier this month (Sep14) a week after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure at a clinic in New York City. She was mourned at a funeral in the Big Apple on 7 September (14), and now her final wishes for her estate have emerged.
Editors at the New York Daily News report Rivers had a fortune estimated at around $150 million (£93.8 million) and she left the bulk of her estate to her daughter Melissa and her grandson Cooper. She also reportedly left instructions for her dogs to be taken care of. The animals will be handed over to her personal assistant Jocelyn Pickett. A source tells the publication, "Those dogs are her family. They meant the world to her and Joan wanted to make sure that if anything happened to her that they would be taken care of."
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Actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd wants to expand his business empire by opening a blues club in London.
Aykroyd co-founded a chain of restaurants and clubs called House of Blues in 1992 and there are now 13 branches around the U.S., and he is hoping the 14th will be in the British capital.
The Blues Brothers star tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "I would like to put a House of Blues here. I would like to find a good spot for our format. We need a 1,000-seat showroom, maybe 500 seats, and I would love to bring our Louisiana cuisine and we'd fit the rooms with our rural folk art collection."
Matt Damon is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Jason Bourne in a new installment of The Bourne Identity franchise. Damon decided not to sign on for last year's (13) The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner, despite leading as the spy in the three previous films of the blockbuster series.
The Oscar winner hinted he was open to reprising his lead role in May (14), but only if his director pal Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy in 2004 and The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, is back behind the camera.
While Greengrass has openly stated there was no place else for the Bourne character to go creatively once he regained his memory, it seems they might have found a way around the plot roadblock.
Editors at Deadline.com reported on Monday (15Sep14) that Universal Pictures bosses are hoping to get Damon and Greengrass to start production on the next Bourne film in 2016, which would delay the planned spin-off sequel starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross and directed by Fast & Furious' Justin Lin.
Representatives for the studio have yet to comment on the report.
Rockers U2 have seen an unexpected sales bump of their music catalogue despite mediocre download figures for their new album. The Beautiful Day hitmakers made a groundbreaking move last Tuesday (09Sep14) when they teamed up with bosses at tech giant Apple to offer their highly-anticipated Songs of Innocence record for free on iTunes.
The album reached half a billion iTunes users around the world, and while Billboard.com reports suggested just 200,000 fans had downloaded the record on the first day, a Universal Music Group spokesman says the number is "completely inaccurate".
While label and iTunes bosses have yet to reveal the final figures, 24 of the Irish band's titles had reached the Billboard top 20 since last Tuesday.
Albums including The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, War and two versions of the singles collection have made it to the U.S. top 50 chart, with Rattle and Hum and The Unforgettable Fire following close behind.
In addition, their U218 singles record has also made its way to the top 10 in 46 countries.
Songs of Innocence will go on sale in stores next month (Oct14).
Singer Shakira is urging Hispanic students to become bilingual in order find success in the U.S. The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker is part of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence of Hispanics, a team which aims to reduce or eliminate disparities in education, health and wealth among the Latino population in America.
In a recent interview with website MediaPlanet, the Colombian beauty spoke about her work with the initiative and her passion for proper education for the youth in America.
She said, "Latino students need to be empowered for academic success, starting from early education. It is time to get stronger in our commitment to reduce inequity by expanding educational opportunities for all... Being bilingual is a competitive business advantage. Particularly for Hispanic students - which make up the majority of the English learner population - limited English proficiency in the early years is associated with low achievement and other poor school outcomes.
"Language opens doors to other cultures in a way that nothing else does, except music. They are the two most universal things we share as humans, and both have allowed me to connect with people around the world in a way I don't know that I ever could have imagined as a young girl just starting out."