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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Actress Roselyn Sanchez insists on speaking to her two-year-old daughter in Spanish so she can master her mother's native tongue at a young age. The sexy Rush Hour 2 star, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, admits she converses with little Sebella in Spanish "80 per cent of the time" and also reads her bedtime stories in the language - even though her husband, actor Eric Winter, can't understand what she's saying.
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "I want her to go to Latin countries and sound like a Puerto Rican!"
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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."
Songwriter and instrumentalist Johnny Rotella has died, aged 93. The musician's son, John Rotella, confirmed his father passed away peacefully in his sleep in Van Nuys, California on 11 September (14), just days before his 94th birthday.
A statement from Kathy Spanberger, head of music publishing company Peermusic, reads, "He was not only a gifted songwriter but also a renowned musician and raconteur. I will miss the lunches... I had with Johnny because we got to sit back and listen to the wonderful stories of the days he worked with the greats in our business, including Sinatra, Goodman and Glenn Miller."
While growing up in New Jersey, Rotella played clarinet and saxophone in an array of bands throughout his teens, and after military service in World War Two, he relocated to California, began work as a studio woodwind player and became established on the music scene.
Rotella wrote the anthem Nothing But the Best for Frank Sinatra and recorded with Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa and Steely Dan.
He was a sought after session musician, a band regular on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour variety show in the 1970s, and he wrote more than 200 songs, performed by the likes of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Doris Day.
Rocker Jack White turned on music bible Rolling Stone and its co-founder and editor Jann Wenner during a rant at a show in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (17Sep14), slamming the magazine boss' recent editorial decisions. White has featured many times in the publication, but he revealed he is no longer a fan during his show at Fenway Park, mocking the magazine and its website for publishing tabloid-type stories and articles.
White said, "RollingStone.com, brought to you by the Kardashian Family! Fifteen outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month. Ten reasons why RollingStone.com didn't cover the Newport Folk Festival for 15 years straight. Twelve reasons Rolling Stone won't put a black-and-white cover on their magazine - unless you're dead!"
He added, "Did you know Jann Wenner also owns Us Weekly, the tabloid capital of magazines? Jann Wenner, keeping paparazzi alive for more than 20 years!"
Realising he was raging a little too hard at the gig, White then said, "OK, I'm officially supposed to stop now, because this is becoming a Kanye-esque rant. Because apparently nowadays, you aren't allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant.
"So, forget (terrorist organisation) ISIS, forget the war in the Middle East, forget any problems at home, forget gay marriage, forget everything you ever thought about everything. This not a rant. This is just me saying, 'Hello Cleveland!'"
It isn't clear what irks White about Rolling Stone. He last appeared on the cover of the magazine in May (14), and in the accompanying candid interview spoke about his fondness for Kanye West, his relationship with ex-wife and bandmate Meg White and his reputation as a curmudgeon.
"I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! - those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalising every single element of the story. And there’s nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognise that those stories are false." Ben Affleck reacts to stories suggesting his marriage to Jennifer Garner is in trouble.
The mystery surrounding veteran rapper Tim Dog's death has been resolved following a 16-month investigation. Authorities in Mississippi issued an arrest warrant for the hip-hop star, real name Timothy Blair, three months after stories about his passing first surfaced in February, 2013.
Amid allegations he had faked his death to avoid settling a debt following a grand larceny conviction, Mississippi prosecutor Steven Jubera obtained the warrant, insisting, "I need a death certificate showing that he's dead because, as far as I'm concerned, he's alive."
But now investigative reporters for TV network NBC have concluded the F**k Compton rapper is dead.
Blair's death certificate has been located in Atlanta, Georgia. He died, age 46, following a seizure linked to diabetes.
Esther Pilgrim, the Mississippi woman he defrauded, now accepts Blair is dead, stating, "Amazing... some people STILL don't believe Tim Dog is dead... I believe... I actually feel sad he went out like that... Not to be envied."
"My husband and I were in the supermarket the other day, holding hands, and someone said, 'Oh, you're back together...?' And I said, 'When were we apart...?' I said, 'Jim, what are they talking about?' and he said, 'Well, you know, the rags print this stuff'. It's like, why do they have to make up stories? I don't get it." Barbra Streisand cannot understand why magazine editors choose to spread false rumours about trouble in her marriage to James Brolin.
Actor Bill Cosby is set to loan officials at The Smithsonian his African-American art collection for a new exhibit. The impressive haul, which features works from artists including Beauford Delaney, Faith Ringgold and Jacob Lawrence, will be part of the Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue exhibition, which will launch at The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. in November (14), as part of the prestigious venue's 50th anniversary.
A statement from Cosby reads: "It's so important to show art by African-American artists in this exhibition.
"To me, it's a way for people to see what exists and to give voice to many of these artists who were silenced for so long, some of whom will speak no more."
Museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole adds, "The exhibition will encourage all of us to draw from the creativity that is Africa, to recognise the shared history that inextricably links Africa and the African diaspora and to seek the common threads that weave our stories together."
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While it would take a special kind of bravery (and madness) to attempt a film adaptation of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, its “world of possibilities” message is one that can find a cozy home in most any story about growing up. Cozy is just the word to describe Dolphin Tale 2 and its endeavor to carry forth the spirit of Dr. Seuss' final book.
The clean-as-a-whistle family film uses its effectively flawless hero, the high school-aged Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), to celebrate the bounties of stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world. Throughout the film, Sawyer wrestles with a tough decision: does he accept a fantastic opportunity to spend a semester studying marine biology at sea through Boston University, or does he keep anchored to his work at the Clearwater Marine Hospital for fear of leaving his friends — both human and dolphin — behind when he fears they might need him the most?
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Sawyer’s conflict carries forth as he and his colleagues (Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Harry Connick Jr.) search for a new cohabitant for amputee dolphin Winter, whose aged pool-mate Panama passes on in the beginning of the movie. The time spent with the animals is the movie’s greatest asset: Tensions hike whenever the team apprehends an ailing dolphin — one bears visible skin injuries, one is undersized and initially contentious with Winter — and the well-being of each rescued creature makes for consistent, palpable drama. Much lighter but perhaps doubly as charming fare surrounds a wounded sea turtle that Hazel (Zuehlsdorff) takes special attention to… and with whom Clearwater’s unofficial mascot Rufus the pelican falls ostensibly in love. Near lethal levels of cuteness ensue.
While the wildlife material thrives on this kind of potent wholesomeness, the human stories suffer just a bit from a complete lack of teeth, incurring boredom on two or three occasions. Nevertheless, Dolphin Tale 2’s heart is admirable and more often than not affective. Saywer and Hazel collect life lessons courtesy of their family, colleagues, aquatic friends, and an occasional Morgan Freeman speech (he’s got a doozy involving a pocket watch metaphor), all to the thematic end of growing up. Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers.
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