Love is savage — or so espouses the tagline to Oliver Stone’s Savages. Opening this week in theaters, Savages is the story of a pair of successful marijuana dealers who between them share a single girlfriend. This equation seems explosive enough, but things really escalate to the breaking point when rival dealers kidnap their collective girl. Dangerous romances are nothing new in cinema, but it is always surprising when a major studio takes a chance on a love story that isn’t clean, predictable, and by the numbers. In honor of Savages, we thought we’d examine of few more of our favorite examples of movies in which love proved to be a formidable antagonist.
Natural Born Killers
Spring boarding to the first entry on the list, Oliver Stone himself has dabbled in this theme of dangerous lovers before with his 1994 film Natural Born Killers. Using a variety of storytelling formats, including animation, and his signature flair for music video style editing, Stone brings us the terrifying tale of a pair of young lovers. Why is it so terrifying? Oh, because they also happen to be sadistic spree killers. Their notoriety fed by the media, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis) blaze a bloody trail of carnage across the country in one of cinema’s most destructive romances.
Bonnie and Clyde
This list would not exist were not for the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde as well as the real life, star-crossed outlaws for which the film is named. In the movie, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portray legendary lovers/bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker who emptied the vaults of several savings and loans across the country; murdering where they found it advantageous. As violent as their robberies tended to be, Bonnie and Clyde were considered folk heroes by some; products of the desperate climate of The Great Depression. Their love affair would lead them, as so often is the case, to a sudden, bloody demise.
Quentin Tarantino not only wrote the story for Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, but also penned the screenplay for Tony Scott’s 1993 film True Romance. Starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, and boasting one of the most impressive supporting casts in filmdom, True Romance is the story of a prostitute named Alabama who falls in love with her final client. The two have a whirlwind romance that finds them journeying to California to try and sell a cache of cocaine Alabama stole from her pimp. They suffer considerably for their actions, but never falter in their near-crazed fondness to one another.
When it comes to gritty, savagely honest crime cinema, few names resonate louder than Sam Peckinpah. In 1972, he gave us the phenomenal action/drama The Getaway starring Steven McQueen as an incarcerated career criminal and Ali McGraw as his wife. Her devotion to McQueen leads her to sleep with a well-connected businessman in order to secure his release from prison; a decision that ultimately backfires as the businessman then demands the two perpetrate one last robbery that goes horribly awry. The aftermath of the robbery sends them on a perilous flight as they search for safe haven and try to elude pursuing thugs. So in this instance, even the most well meaning acts of love can prove treacherous.
Supernatural romances are not without their own pitfalls, despite not often being bound by the constraints of the real world. In the epic war between vampires and werewolves, one wolf-slaying supervamp falls in love with a being that is a hybrid of both species. This adoration is of course looked upon as an act of betrayal by her bloodsucking brethren. At that point, Underworld effectively becomes a horror version of Romeo and Juliet. It’s too bad Romeo and Juliet didn’t spawn a franchise with at least one entry in 3D. Strike that, it’s perfectly fine.
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The actress jetted to Bulgaria to shoot the action movie with Hawke, who trained with a professional driver to play a burned out racing ace.
Hawke insisted on getting behind the wheel to show off the dangerous tricks he learned, and Gomez admits she was terror-stricken while strapped into the passenger seat.
She tells E! Online, "We had a stunt driver come in and teach Ethan how to do 360-degree spins because he wanted to do all of it himself. First I wasn't in the car but then I got in and he was doing (spins) and I was like, 'You've done this before in another movie, right?' and he said, 'No, this is my first time.' I was like, 'Great, so this is going to be where I die.'"
The teen star also admits she was happy to walk away with several bruises as a reminder of her hard work, adding, "I actually wanted to get a few injuries so I could be like, 'Yeah, I've got battle scars from making an action movie.'"
He may only be 18-years-old, but when it comes to doting on the woman he loves, Justin Bieber spares no expense. The young pop star decided to take his relationship with Selena Gomez to new heights, literally, by renting a helicopter for a romantic trip ride over Niagara Falls on Sunday night in between rehearsals for the MuchMusic Video Awards, according to People magazine. (Jeez, youths, whatever happened to a trip to the mall, complete with a stop at Orange Julius?)
And while Bieber is becoming pretty well known for his extravagant date nights with Gomez, he's not the only one who likes to go all out for their special someone. Here's a look back at some of the craziest dates in Hollywood history:
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Rendezvous at Cannes
The freshly divorced reality star jetted off to France for the Cannes Film Festival last month, where her rapper beau was showcasing his new movie, Cruel Summer. Because nothing says "Let's take things slow" better than traveling halfway around the world for a little one-on-one time at a gigantic film festival.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Party at Beacher's Madhouse
The newly engaged couple have gone on several dates to this raunchy show in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Kids today, cuddling up during an erotic stage act, amiright? Please tell me I'm wrong.
Justin Bieber Rents Out Staples Center
Bieber began excessively doting on his 19-year-old girlfriend long before this recent helicopter ride. In fact, the pop star went so far as to rent out the Los Angeles Staples Center for Gomez last year, where the couple dined on steak and pasta while taking in a screening of the film, Titanic. Near far, wherever you are, you can pretty much guarantee your boyfriend won't do this.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's Engaging Ski Trip
The on-again, off-again duo went on a ski date last December in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming. And while that in itself may sound romantic, this snowy wonderland is reportedly where Timberlake ended up actually proposing to Biel. Heym it's not every day a former *NSYNC star asks you to marry them.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Double Double Date With Katy Perry
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA played host to some of Hollywood’s hottest couples over the weekend, including Twilight sweethearts Edward and Bella Pattinson and Stewart. The popular duo jammed out at a few concerts and eventually met up with Katy Perry and her then-boyfriend, Robert Ackroyd. Ah, to live in a world where it's actually possible to double date with such Hollywood A-listers. Now that would be a real teenage dream. Or, grown-up. No judgment.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Go To Vegas
She may have reunited with her ex-hubby, Marc Anthony, on the Las Vegas stage last month, but later that same weekend the American Idol judge took in a show of Cirque du Soleil with her 25-year-old beau, Casper Smart. Talk about having your ex-cake and eating it too. Who knew tight-rope walkers and contortionists could be thought of as romantic. But it's like they say: what happens in Vegas, makes the front page news. Or something like that.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Barbados Birthday Fun
In celebration of her 40th birthday, Cannon whisked Carey away to Barbados via their very own private jet. Along with some typical beach-side fun, Cannon also planned a private dinner party for his wife at Barbados' ritzy Whispers on the Bay restaurant Friday, filling the place with hundreds of pink and lavender-hued balloons. Sweet, sweet fantasy, baby.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler Enjoy a Slice of Italy
Though any date with the devilishly handsome Clooney is crazy enough in itself, Keibler was lucky enough to join him on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy this month along with fellow boat enthusiasts Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber. Sometimes life just isn't fair to us regular folk.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Dine at the Eiffel Tower
Aniston and Theroux made the most of their romantic getaway to the City of Lights by grabbing a bite to eat at one of Paris' most prominent landmarks: the Eiffel Tower. C'est magnifque.
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The actress was said to have invited her The Client List co-star Brian Hallisay on a week-long Fiji getaway to see how their relationship would fare on holiday before going public as a couple.
An article in The National Enquirer went on to suggest that Hewitt feels "as if she's been jinxed in the romance department" after a string of break-ups, but the actress insists the story is false and has taken to her Twitter.com page to tell fans she was actually on a goodwill trip with pals.
In a series of posts, she writes, "Read like 10 rumors about myself today! So crazy!... I'm not cursed in love, I had a vacation with friends and I'm single!"
The star also admitted to feeling upset about the speculation, adding, "I am down. Really hurt by all the people who judge me, write mean things, rumors etc. It's so hurtful. It's hard to keep your head up.
"This is what I did on vacation. Painted part of there (sic) school and met these great kids. No more rumors."
The star infuriated a group of Hasidic Jews in Jerusalem while shooting scenes for his 2009 movie while wearing tight hot pants and a sleeveless top.
And he's told how he was forced to take refuge in a local store as the mob chased him off.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is promoting new film The Dictator, Cohen tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "A bunch of Hasidic Jews ran after me with rocks and I ended up hiding in a bathroom store. Normally in dangerous situations I have a getaway car. But as I ran towards the getaway car it drove away.
"So I found myself running down the street, running for my life, and being chased by these Hasidic nutcases. I turned round to calm them down, and I shouted in Hebrew 'I am Jewish', which apparently is the worst thing ever you can tell Hasidic Jews. It was then they decided that they wanted to really kill me.
"In those last two movies (Borat and Bruno) there were lots of people with guns who got angry and it became a little hairy at times. I never felt I'd get killed but it has been close."
The Wizards of Waverly Place actress is currently in Bulgaria filming her next project, The Getaway, but couldn't help getting back to her Texan roots by firing off a few rounds on Wednesday (16May12).
She uploaded shots of her aiming a pistol at a target to her Facebook.com account, alongside the caption, "Releasing some stress".
The star has been trying to shed her clean-cut image in recent months by taking on more provocative roles.
She will play a bad girl student in upcoming movie Spring Breakers, and revealed she had to be taught how to smoke a cigarette for the part.
Gomez told Interview magazine, "I was getting kind of repetitive in terms of the roles I was picking, and I really wanted to do something that was completely different. It was a mark thing for me - like, 'This is what I want to be doing.' I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress..."
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Shepard wrote Hit & Run as a movie vehicle for himself and his girlfriend and the action comedy will hit cinemas later this summer (12).
In the film, Shepard plays a bankrobbing getaway driver in witness protection who comes face-to-face with a dreadlocked Cooper - his former partner.
The all-star cast also features Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Chenoweth and Beau Bridges.
The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those things that, while popular in its time, exists today primarily in the form of parody. The 1980s series is a staple among comedic references in movies and on contemporary TV, with focus primarily on the General Lee. Even if you've never seen an episode of the show, you probably know the name of its central automobile, and the sound of its horn. But The Dukes of Hazzard is clearly a special thing to some people — special enough to warrant a big screen adaptation, and, more impressively, special enough to warrant a big screen adaptation reboot.
Jody Hill, creator of Eastbound and Down and writer/director of Observe and Report, is currently working on a Deep South action film which, as THR reports, might manifest as a Dukes of Hazzard movie. Whereas Jay Chandrasekhar's 2004 flick took the form of a wacky, sex-and-booze comedy, Hill's script is, as it stands, more along the lines of a 1960s stylized action Western. Definitely an interesting choice for the Duke family.
Aside from the general mood of Chandrasekhar's film, there are plenty of other aspects of it that Hill might be wise to avoid. In the film, the Dukes carry (and use, to excess) firearms, whereas on the original sitcom, the characters armed up with bow-and-arrows. The latter is definitively more interesting, and more sympathetic. Plus, there's the whole Katniss connotation now, so that's a win. Furthermore, the film's scene wherein Willie Nelson and Johnny Knoxville throw homemade explosives (flaming bottles of moonshine) onto a public rode to make a clean getaway from the cops should also not be replicated.
But even with a sharper script, more faithful elements, or an intriguing new stylistic twist, is another Dukes of Hazzard movie something anyone really longs to see?
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"(It's) absurd. A friend is a friend." Actress Mila Kunis dismisses fresh rumours suggesting she's romancing her former That '70S Show co-star Ashton Kutcher after enjoying a recent weekend getaway with the actor.
Ashton Kutcher was always believed to have had a crush on his That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis back in the day — but at the time that they were filming the show, she was just too young for him. They got to live out their fantasies, well our fantasies, somewhat on-screen as their respective characters Michael Kelso and Jackie Burkhart were love interests, but that was about it. Well, now it seems like the fan fiction that these two stars would eventually get together might actually be coming true.
Pictures have surfaced showing the couple vacationing together. According to multiple outlets, the rumored twosome escaped to a small beach town near Santa Barbara this past weekend. For Kutcher, this rumored romance comes at the end of his seven-year marriage to Demi Moore. Though she and Kutcher are not officially divorced yet, Moore reportedly has intentions to file following the alleged cheating scandal surrounding Kutcher at the end of 2011.
While it's sad to see Kutcher's marriage at the end of the road, the possibility of him dating Kunis is sure to please his That '70s Show fans. Kunis and Kutcher have reportedly already done some furniture shopping together. Now, all they need is a stoner anarchist with an impressive collection of Led Zeppelin T-Shirts to live in their basement.
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