Food is a staple of life, and therefore, it's a staple of film. While some people aren't that good at making food look that appetizing on camera (we're looking at you, Martha Stewart), many excel at making the food look so delectable in films that you want to throw the bowl of popcorn in your lap away in frustration. Popcorn is tasty, but not as tasty as whatever Ron Weasley is eating.
Here our 10 movie scenes that make us wish that we could jump through the screen and eat anything and everything:
(Warning: The below content will make you hungry.)
1. Any Great Hall feast scene in Harry Potter: Unlimited delicious food is one thing, but the fact that it magically appears and replenishes itself makes it possibly the best thing ever. If I'm ever as happy and content as Ron is while he chows down on chicken legs, then I will have lived a good life.
2. When Harold and Kumar finally get to eat at White Castle in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: I think it's someone's dream out there to be surrounded by burgers and fries. (If it's not, it totally should be.) Yeah, you might feel like s**t afterwards, but it's totally (maybe) worth it.
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3. The food critic eating the ratatouille in Ratatouille: The warm colors! The sauce! The presentation! Remy the rat more than mastered the French dish, so much so that Anton Ego's tastebuds drifted him back to a time in his childhood of pure joy. Any food that floods you with memories of happiness is a dish that needs to be tasted by all.
4. The "Pure Imagination" scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Food is one thing, but candy is whole other ball game. We're talking gigantic gummy bears in trees, a chocolate waterfall, arm-length candy canes, jawbreakers the size of pumpkins, and edible teacup flowers. I don't care if I drop down a chicken chute -- I want to eat everything.
5. Almost every scene in Marie Antoinette: The film may lack plot and progression, but it sure knows how to make stuff look good. From shoes to dresses to hair to food, Sofia Coppola knew what kind of look she was going for. Now someone please pass me anything that has strawberries and whipped cream on it.
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6. The surprise breakfast scene in A Little Princess: Waking up to breakfast in your bedroom is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning, but this scene managed to take it a step further by decorating the whole room with sunset orange curtains, sunflowers, and, most importantly, a table filled with breakfast foods. And the meal is even more special because it's basically the first time Sara is treated kindly since she was banished to a life of servitude at a boarding school after her father went missing and was presumed dead. Is anyone else tearing up?
7. When Steve Martin and Meryl Streep make croissants in It's Complicated: Not only does Streep's character have the most country-chic kitchen ever, but she knows how to make a chocolate croissant while flirting. Now that's a skill. The croissants are a perfect golden brown, there's a light crunch to them, and they're so delicious that they cause Martin's character to say, "Oh, baby." (Plus, cooking/baking in a kitchen after hours is something I've always wanted to do... I'd also take being stuck in a grocery store over night.)
8. Basically any scene in Julie & Julia: Because this movie aims to make us pass out from hunger the whole way through, every scene in this movie makes the list. Except for the raw chicken scene... I don't want that.
9. When the Grinch cuts the "roast beast" in the How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966 TV special: Combine Christmas dinner with a heartwarming ending to a story and you've got yourself the ultimate holiday meal. Or maybe I just want the cartoon food so badly because I know I'll never be able to have it...
10. When Timon and Pumbaa eat bugs in the Lion King: So I guess I like animated food scenes -- so what? Yeah, I've been told that I'm weird for thinking that the bugs look absolutely delicious, but I firmly stand by my belief that they would taste amazing. Slimy yet satisfying!
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Eighteen years ago, Steve Martin — playing George Banks in The Father of the Bride Part II — worried that he was too old to have another child. So how ironic that now, at age 67, Martin has become a father for the first time.
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When The Adjustment Bureau hits theaters this weekend, I'm sure we'll all be looking forward to some of that Matt Damon charm, but he's not the only draw for us ladies. The film also stars John Slattery and since he's one of our favorite silver foxes, we thought now would be an appropriate time to share our top ten gray-haired heart-breakers of all time. So what makes for a fantastic silver fox? Well, it's not just a salt and pepper or gray set of locks. There's a certain je ne sais quoi about these men. Many are funny, dapper, or distinguished. Many are well-dressed, have an alluring quality in their voices, or are just so damn good at their job that it's sexy. So without further ado, here are our favorite silver foxes, in no particular order.
Even before he got into movies, or started wooing ladies as Mad Men's Roger Sterling, or selling Lincolns as a super sexy car to anyone with a pulse, Slattery was still breaking hearts -- just on a smaller scale. He not only sweet-talked Eva Longoria's character into marriage on Desperate Housewives, he also did the same thing to Sex and The City's Carrie Bradshaw; and he played a very important and powerful politician each time. It's hard to pinpoint why, but Slattery is undeniably sexy. There's a reason no one questions the hold Roger Sterling has on Christina Hendricks' Joanie.
Are you really going to argue with Dirty Harry? Really? That's not possible. Then you have all the spaghetti westerns he starred in like The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Those roles alone should give anyone enough reason to swoon, but let's add to it his multiple Oscars as a director and his turns as a composer and even as the mayor of Carmel, California. He's also served as a member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission and taken many other efforts to protect and preserve California's natural beauty. So wait, he's a great actor, great director and he cares about the environment? Awww.That's what we call a jackpot, ladies.
Words are failing me, because if I need to explain why Clooney is a total babe you're probably deaf and blind and aren't reading this anyway. The voice, the smirk, the talent, the muscles, the brains, the sense of humor -- it all works together to create a man who's irresistible to pretty much any woman ever. Why do you think he's dated so many women who look like they were created in a Victoria's Secret laboratory? Because he's unrealistically sexy. Let's add to this that he cares about the world SO MUCH. He recently contracted malaria because he was in the Sudan helping Google and the UN stop a civil war from breaking out. Read that again, because I've seen it 10 times and I'm still in disbelief. I'm going to have to stop because I'm about to faint just thinking about him.
Smart, sexy, svelt; what more can you ask for? Cooper probably gains most of his points for being a well-spoken journalist who recently risked his life to broadcast the crisis in Egypt, but even before his death defying reporting last month, he was still a total broadcast babe. So maybe you've never watched Anderson Cooper 360 -- which I'll admit was getting a little fluffy on the news side for a while there -- or you were annoyed with his Kathy Griffin-assisted New Year's hosting gig, but just look at him in that suit and tell me he's not attractive. Go ahead and try because I guarantee I won't comprehend a word of it. He's a silver fox; case closed.
The original James Bond may be 80 years old now, but he's a classic silver fox and to be fair, he's probably one of the best looking men to ever reach that age bracket. Connery's iconic Scottish brogue is a symbol of classic Hollywood and classic badassery, even in his old age, I think most people would be unwise to cross him. He's always been one of the best wooers of women and I think his legacy will always reflect that. Heck, I've shamefully seen First Knight TWICE just because he plays King Arthur in it. If you need more proof, check with People. They named him the "Sexiest Man of the Century" in 1999. Can't really argue with that, can you?
Here we have a man who I know every movie fan misses immensely. He was not only the picture of Hollywood glamor. He didn't only have a 1000 watt smile. He didn't only have the most piercingly beautiful blue eyes to ever sell salad dressing. He was a talented and beloved actor and director and race car driver and humanitarian. He's like the original Clooney except he also drove race cars and I'm pretty sure Clooney has no plans to put his face on boxes of delicious popcorn.
Here we have another political hottie. Stewart is hilarious; spewing his pointed and biting political commentary four nights a week and holding many crooked pundits and politicians more accountable than any governing body. Someone who's the smart and funny and strikes fear in the hearts of Bill O'Reilly and politicians alike and wears those incredibly well tailored suits is worthy of our attention.
Yeah, he's getting a little past his stage where he could be considered terribly foxy, but let me remind you that Martin has fulfilled the silver part of the silver fox title for as long as we've known him as a comedian. From the time he sang "King Tut" on SNL, to the time he named his dog "Shithead" in The Jerk, to playing The Father of the Bride, Martin's got the funnyman appeal with a little touch of that undefinable quality we mentioned up top. Add to all of this that he's a pretty talented banjo player and damn good author and you've got the total package.
Oh hello, Dr. McSteamy. You don't have to actually watch Grey's Anatomy to understand why this guy made our list. Just look at that jawline and those alluring eyes; they're like the Death Star's tractor beam and we're as helpless as the Millenium Falcon. (Sometimes I can only explain things in Star Wars terms. It's a disease; they're still researching the cure. In simple terms, that whole Death Star thing means he's sexy.)
Danson's a silver fox that we love because of his old television persona, Sam from Cheers. The reason he's still foxy now that the show has been over for so many years is because he's taken that Sam Malone charm and aged it like a fine wine, combining it with his famous snark and parlaying it into roles like George Christopher on Bored to Death. Or maybe it's the way he somehow pulls off the aging Clark Kent look, but does it really matter? He's a bona fide silver fox, end of story.
They are some of the most-asked questions at donut shops around the world: (1) Who will go home with Oscar?; (2) What new and probing insights will the most important social commentators of our time, Joan and Melissa Rivers, have to say about the nominees' clothes? (3) Why is a babe like Catherine Zeta-Jones hanging around with that old guy? And, (4) What is Ricky Martin's sexual orientation, and how does it affect us?
Ricky Martin At least some of those questions -- and more -- will be answered this week on TV. And just so you don't have to sit through all of it just to find out about the really important stuff, here's a handy little guide:
-- Live from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, it's the 72nd Annual Academy Awards (8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, Sunday, ABC)! In case you haven't heard of this show, it's kind of like the Golden Globes. What to watch for? How will Robin Williams perform the expletive-laden Best Song nominee "Blame Canada" (from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut")? Our prediction? We predict that we will go to a party and drink too much champagne so we won't notice how incredibly long this show is.
-- The annual Oscar night "Barbara Walters Special" (7 p.m. EST; immediately after the Academy Awards on the West Coast, Sunday, ABC) looks to be a good one this year. Interviewees Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are expecting, Mike Myers is a very funny man and Ricky Martin actually requested that Walters bring up the much-talked-about issue of "Is he or isn't he?" Our prediction? We will still be at a party drinking champagne and will probably get pretty upset at the whole Catherine Zeta-Jones issue because we really think we would have had a chance if it weren't for Michael Douglas.
-- If it's wacky Oscar-related commentary you're looking for, check out E!'s live pre-show coverage starting at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST, and featuring the ever-catty Joan and Melissa Rivers standing outside the Shrine and judging people by their covers like mean-spirited high school cheerleaders. Joan looks absolutely fabulous, by the way. Also on Oscar night, ABC unspools the "Politically Incorrect After-Party" at 12:05 a.m. EST/PST. Host Bill Maher will surely have a few choice words to say about some of the goings-on at the ceremony. Our prediction? We will have come to our senses, wished the Douglas family well and cried ourselves to sleep by this time.
-- Jennifer Love Hewitt is quite charming in the title role of "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (8 p.m. EST/PST, Monday, ABC). The made-for-TV movie is as light and breezy as its subject always seemed to be. Nothing groundbreaking or shocking here, but it's always so easy to like Audrey Hepburn, and this movie keeps the feeling going. All in all, not a bad night in front of the tube.
-- ABC has another mid-season replacement worth checking out when "Wonderland" premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Created by actor Peter Berg, formerly Dr. Billy Kronk on CBS' "Chicago Hope," "Wonderland" is a brooding drama that's just a little different from the more-familiar police precincts and emergency rooms we're so used to seeing on TV. Martin Donovan and Michelle Forbes head a strong ensemble cast as husband and wife doctors in a New York City hospital's psychiatric ward. Our prediction? The show has drawn a tough slot, opposite NBC's "ER," but there might just be room for this one.