We've watched their characters fall in love on the big screen and in our living rooms. We cried as we watched them endure heartache and unrequited love. We cheered when someone made the first move and they overcame obstacles. Who says true love can only happen in the movies? Here are 14 pairs of actors we believe have too much chemistry and history to not be together in real life. We must wait patiently until they realize their happy ending.
14. Keira Knightely and Orlando Bloom
It was there tortured, forbidden relationship in Pirates of the Carribean that hooked us in 2003. The beautiful pair couldn't stay away despite the difficult circumstances. If nothing else is worth it, they should get together just because the kids would have great hair.
13. Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey
In so many ways, Grey's Anatomy is one of the most heart-breaking shows out there. With characters like Izzie Stevens and Lexie Grey undergoing so much loss, it was important to have Meredith and Derek to cheer us up. We think Patrick's silliness would be the perfect balance to Ellen's toughness!
12. Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski
It's this couple that we got so attached to when they were on TV, we can't let them go We've grown with Pam and Jim over the years and gotten to watch their relationship unfold. We beg you, Jenna and John, to grant us that same pleasure again!
11. Ellen Page and Michael Cera
In Juno, Ellen and Michael play an adorably young and naive pair that despite everything, really cared for one another. The actors' quirky personalities and sweet dispositions would work just as well in real life, in our opinions. Ellen's recent coming out speech, though eloquently said and so touching, may pose a problem for this pair.
10. Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling
On-screen, Piper and Alex cannot get away from one another. Despite their ability to poorly influence each other, the two are drawn to each other. Laura even admits that the chemistry with Taylor is there when she interviewed with After Ellen. Here's to hoping the same magnetic pull is between the two actresses!
9. Jennifer Aniston and David Scwimmer
Ross waited so long for Rachel to love him in Friends ,that we're not giving up hope on this one. Even though it's been 20 years since Friends aired, we believe in the powerful and patient love that David and Jennifer will one day experience!
8. Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick
One of TV's most monumental couples was the once-surprising pair of Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass. At first Blair's high maintenance and Chucks elusiveness made them seem destined for failure, but they defied obstacle after obstacle and ended up together. How do they not see that Leighton's sweet feminity and Ed's tough masculinity would be optimal?
7. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
A favorite couple of all times, Kate and Leonardo's chemistry is evident time and time again. Whether it's their long-time friendship or Kate's comment that "Leo is my love of my life," we can't let go of the talented and beautiful pair.
6. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson
This one is less because of the actors chemistry together, but more for the fantasy of Harry and Hermoine dating in real life. The fictional couple was so important to so many as they were growing up, that we believe Emma and Daniel should suck it up and date for the fans!
5. Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
This quirky pair has felt right since they starred in (500) Days of Summer together. According to HelloGiggles, Zoey's website, the pair have know each other since 2000. They even sang in a YouTube video together. If the way they make music is any indicator of their relationship success, we can tell you it's going to be beautiful.
4. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott
Ben and Leslie proved that friendship is the the best foundation for any relationship. The wedding episode as well as the entire "I love you, and I like you" concept has taken the viewers by storm. Amy said in a recent Q&A with Reddit that she thinks Adam "is a great actor, he's a great kisser, has a GREAT head of hair," so maybe her infatuation can grow with time like Leslie's did.
3. Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel
Throughout the many seasons of How I Met Your Mother, Lily and Marshall remained one of the most stable and fun couples on TV. They were never overly romantic and were always being goofy with each other. Alyson and Jason's humor and comfort with each other after nine seasons must be able to translate outside of work.
2. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Between Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman, this unstoppable pair had us truly feeling the depths of their on-screen love. Richard's characters were always taken by Julia's characters' spirit and joy, so we don't see why that would change off set!
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
The Notebook has gone down as one of the most-beloved romance movies of our time. For good reason! Rachel and Ryan's passion and chemistry with one another is unmistakable. The pair even reinacted their kiss when they won the MTV Best Kiss Award in 2005 and as well as dated until 2007. Sorry, Eva Mendes, but these too are clearly meant to be.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Critically-acclaimed drama 12 Years A Slave looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively.
12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title.
Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now.
Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon.
Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie.
To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than $20 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, Toronto or the Los Angeles Film Festival, or run for at least a week at a commercial theatre.
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in California on 1 March (14), on the eve of the 2014 Academy Awards.
Influential jazz drummer and composer Chico Hamilton has died, aged 92. The musician, who counted Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon as high school classmates, performed with Duke Ellington and Count Basie before launching his own band in the mid-1950s.
He died in New York on Monday (25Nov13).
A note on his Facebook.com page reads: "We're saddened by his passing but are grateful and blessed for the grand musical legacy he left with us."
Hamilton also performed with jazz greats Lester Young and Lionel Hamilton and singers Lena Horne, Nat 'King' Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Billie Holiday.
He enjoyed a brief film career as well and appeared alongside Fred Astaire in the 1941 film You'll Never Get Rich.
The drummer released over 60 albums and was one of the co-founders of the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in New York City.
Hamilton never stopped playing jazz and released three albums in 2011, according to Billboard.com. A final album with his Euphoria ensemble will be released in 2014.
TV writer David Tynan has died aged 62 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tynan passed away on 11 November (13) at his home in Vancouver, Canada, according to Variety.com.
A statement from his family reads, "David survived longer than 97 per cent of others diagnosed with his particular form of cancer, a testament to how much he loved life... David showed exceptional bravery, perseverance and good humour throughout his illness, and he shall be sorely missed."
Tynan's writing credits include TV spin-offs based on Highlander and Flash Gordon, as well as Poltergeist: The Legacy.
He was a member of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of Canada, and in 1996, he was awarded the organisation's first Leo Award for Best Screenwriter in a Dramatic TV Series for Highlander: The Series.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney and Baz Luhrmann were among the stars honoured at Australia's GQ Men of the Year Awards this week (beg18Nov13). The Gladiator star picked up the Icon Award during the ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday night (19Nov13) and he was surprised to receive the trophy from Australian acting veteran Jack Thompson, telling the crowd, "The one sure way to invalidate something like this is to actually have Jack Thompson present it. I'm like every other person in the room thinking 'Jack, what the f**k are you giving it to him for?'"
Crowe also reminisced about a conversation he had with British musician Sting on the subject of lifetime achievement awards, adding, "About 10 years ago I had the privilege to be in a room with Gordon Sumner - Sting - and he won a lifetime achievement award. At one point I said to him, 'Mate how does it feel?' And he said, 'Listen man, no matter how many of these hints of retirement they give me... I'm just going to keep doing what I love'."
During the ceremony, moviemaker Luhrmann secured the Visionary honour, while A Good Day to Die Hard star Courtney landed the Breakthrough of the Year prize.
Other winners included musician Jimmy Barnes, who was named Legend of the Year, and comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, who landed the top honour of Men of the Year.
Reunited rockers Black Sabbath were triple winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards in London on Thursday night (14Nov13), but terminally ill Wilko Johnson was the event's hero. The 66-year-old former Dr. Feelgood guitarist, who was told by doctors that he would not live past October (13) after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year (13), took to the stage to collect the night's Innovator Award and joked, "I'm supposed to be dead now."
The rocker, who hopes to have time to record one more album with The Who star Roger Daltrey, told the audience at the ceremony that he has never felt more "vividly alive" after accepting his latest award from fellow musician Jimmy Page at the London Roundhouse.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates collected the Living Legend Award and the Best Album prize for their comeback release 13. They also claimed the Event of the Year trophy for taking the album to number one on the British charts.
The triple win came hours after Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler announced plans to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Other winners included The Rolling Stones, who claimed the Best Band prize, and Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and late blues legend Rory Gallagher.
The full list of winners is:
The Living Legend Award - Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year - Black Sabbath go to number one
Breakthrough Award - Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro - James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution - Mott the Hoople
Classic Album - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award - Shep Gordon
Metal Guru - Zakk Wylde
Best New Band - The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year - 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year - Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year - Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year - The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog - Alex Lifeson
The Showmen - The Darkness
Innovator - Wilko Johnson.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hated preparing for his role as a porn-obsessed bodybuilder in Don Jon because of the amount of meat he had to eat to pile on the pounds. The actor made his feature-length directorial debut with the film, in which he plays a New Jersey man addicted to X-rated films and working out.
Gordon-Levitt spent hours in the gym for the role and restricted himself to a protein-rich diet - and he admits he couldn't understand why anyone would want to live that way.
He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "It was really good research getting into that character head space, being so into your appearance and working so hard on it (but) it's not even that healthy, bodybuilding.
"I was eating multiple pounds of meat, chicken and fish every day. That's too much meat. I don't think it's great for your heart - but it does make you big."
A shopping mall performance by Irish pop star Brian Mcfadden had to be axed on Thursday (07Nov13) after he turned up minutes late to a Christmas lights switch-on event in Manchester, England. The former Westlife singer found himself stuck in traffic en route from London to Manchester for the Intu Trafford Centre's annual holiday celebration, and organisers opted not to wait for McFadden, cut his time slot on stage and asked British soap star Natalie Gumede to flick the switch on the festive decorations on schedule.
Disappointed McFadden took to his Twitter.com blog to apologise to fans, writing, "Sorry to everyone at the trafford lights. Took 6 1/2 hours from london. Arrived 3 minutes late but trafford centre wouldnt (sic) wait. Sorry".
McFadden tried to make it up to devotees by spending time signing autographs and posing for photos outside the Trafford Centre.
The singer has been invited to return to the event next year (14).
Speaking on Friday (08Nov13), Gordon McKinnon, the Intu Trafford Centre's regional director, says, "Sadly Brian McFadden was caught up in traffic and missed his slot on stage. We had been looking forward to hearing his new acoustic material, so we were extremely disappointed - and we know that Brian was too. We would love to have Brian back next year."