Rapper Drake closed out the 2014 edition of his annual OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada on Monday (04Aug14) by treating fans to surprise appearances from Lauryn Hill, Usher and 50 Cent. The Canadian hip-hop star served as the headliner for the second day of the event, but instead of delivering a solo show, he invited a slew of famous friends to give attendees a night to remember.
After an opening set by previously-announced performer Jhene Aiko, former Fugees star Hill was introduced to the stage, much to the crowd's delight, and delivered renditions of Killing Me Softly, Ooh la la la, Ready Or Not and Doo Wop (That Thing).
Drake then took over the show and launched into his back catalogue of songs, with guest appearances from R&B star Trey Songz, rapper J. Cole, singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, DJ Khaled, Tinashe and YG.
He also paid tribute to his sick mother, Sandi Graham, by having her brought out onstage in a wheelchair to greet the audience during the 5th Annual OVO Fest.
However, it was Usher who sent fans into a frenzy as he joined Drake in the spotlight and played a string of his popular tracks, including Climax, Lovers and Friends, Confessions Pt. II and U Don't Have to Call.
Drake also brought 50 Cent and his G-Unit group up onstage for renditions of Gangsta, I Get Money and In Da Club, before closing his two-and-a-half hour gig with Worst Behaviour and 0 to 100.
Reunited hip-hop duo Outkast had been the main attraction during Sunday's (03Aug14) festivities.
"I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don't need to be friends with that man anymore. I don't want to be the one going, 'I'm cool, because I'm friends with all my exes.' There's a reason why you're called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you're going to walk this earth knowing that there's an individual who has no respect for you." Actress Zoe Saldana prefers not to keep in touch with former lovers. The Avatar beauty was previously engaged to businessman Keith Britton and famously dated Bradley Cooper before marrying Italian artist Marco Perego last summer (Jun13).
Noel Gallagher's ex-wife Meg Mathews and their teenage daughter Anais have given the Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign a big boost by signing up as 'pledgers' to end animal testing of cosmetics. Mother and daughter posted a 'selfie' of themselves holding up their signed pledges to the animal rights organisation's website, and they're now hoping that friends and fans follow their example.
Mathews, who recently teamed up with vegan accessories label Wilby to design a new line of leather-free handbags, says, "When I put on my make-up, I can look myself in the mirror with a clear conscience because I know that not a single rabbit, guinea pig or mouse has suffered pain to test my beauty products. Country by country, cosmetics animal testing is being banned because it's cruel and unnecessary."
And 14-year-old Anais adds, "I love cosmetics, but it makes me so sad to think that thousands of gentle animals are dying just for our vanity. I could never feel pretty with cruel cosmetics."
Animal lovers around the world are being asked to sign the pledge at www.hsi.org.
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turned to movie scenes and moments. And finally, we take on the big guns: the best movies we've seen so far this year, listed below in alphabetical order. Check 'em out, and see which ones sound worth catching up on.
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BORGMANA mysterious vagabond makes himself at home on the property of a posh, rapidly fissuring Danish family. "All is not what it seems" to the nth degree.As a bonus: The film's proclivity to tease its viewers for their inevitable search for answers to its mysteries.
BOYHOODThe life of a boy as he grows from age six to 18. More of a poem about the bounties of life and presence than a traditional narrative, and unlike any other film you'll see.As a bonus: The eventual realization that you've been looking at life all wrong, but that it's not too late to find a new kind of existential harmony.
THE DOUBLECrippled by his anxieties, Jesse Eisenberg is tossed into a dark and comical existential whirlwind when he meets a man who looks just like him (also Jesse Eisenberg, naturally) but acts the exact opposite.As a bonus: The engaging debates following the movie about whether or not director Richard Ayoade is just ripping off Terry Gilliam.*The Double made our Best Performances list for Jesse Eisenberg, but we'd also like to give special props to Wallace Shawn for his hilariously dimwitted boss.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELAt the dawn of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe, the consierge of an esteemed luxury hotel in sets off on a wild caper, his lobby boy in tow, when he is suspected of murder.As a bonus: Finally getting a Wes Anderson movie that you think your non-Wes Anderson-fan friends might actually enjoy.
HIDE YOUR SMILING FACESA simple and closed-mouthed but incredibly dense film about two young brothers dealing with the death of a close friend. Heartwrenching and accessible all the while.As a bonus: The faith that debut director Daniel Patrick Carbone is definitely going places.
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IDAOn the dawn of her inception into a monastery, a teenage orphan finds out that she is Jewish and sets off to meet her alcoholic, free-wheelin' aunt for the first time. Terribly sad, but incredibly funny at times.As a bonus: The realization that this movie is kind of like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles set in post-WWII Eastern Europe.
JOEAn emotionally rattled Nicolas Cage rambles about his rural town, solving and causing problems for neighbors, friends, his dog, and a young boy who comes to him looking for a job (and a father figure).As a bonus: You can't help but delight in the fact that Cage actually gets to be in a good movie for the first time in years (and does a hell of a job in it, too).
THE LEGO MOVIEA tribute to the omnipresent children's toy, as well as to creativity, individuality, and spaceships. Funny as hell.As a bonus: If for some reason your kids didn't like LEGOs, hopefully this will do the trick.
LIFE ITSELFA documentary that scales the life and work of Roger Ebert, the most decorated film critic in the history of the business. As a bonus: If you're a film critic, this will really, sincerely make you feel good about what you do for a living. And if you're just a movie person in general, it will simply just make you feel good.
MANAKAMANAA weird, formless movie that follows a series of passengers on a cable car traveling to and from the Manakamana Temple in the mountains of Nepal.As a bonus: The one American featured in the movie is... comically American.
MOOD INDIGOMichel Gondry's whimsical tragedy (if such a thing ever existed, it was Mood Indigo) about an eccentric couple that falls victim to one party's fatal illness.As a bonus: Gondry's Science of Sleep-style imagery is in full force here, even in the darker chapters of the feature.
NIGHT MOVESThe second Jesse Eisenberg picture on the list: this time, he's an eco-terrorist whose plans to blow up a problematic dam go awry. A rare gem that captures thrilling tension and precise intimacy at once.As a bonus: You'll learn a few things about living "green." Just don't blow up too many dams.
OBVIOUS CHILDA traditional rom-com — she's kooky, he's serious, and New York is a palpable character (man, They Came Together really got it right), but fresher, funnier, and centered around the process of getting an abortion.As a bonus: Although Obvious Child doesn't seem to have any political angles, the fashion in which it treats abortion is particularly important in the interest of quelling the stigmas facing those pursuing the option.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVEPossibly the best thing to come out so far in 2014, Jim Jarmusch's story about a pair of madly-in-love but decadently depressed vampires uses the mythology of immortality to discuss just how sad mankind is getting, and just how sad a man can be.As a bonus: It's basically a love letter to classic rock. If you're a music lover, this is a must-see.
PALO ALTOA fever tream about suburban teen ennui, involving the stories of three high school students and a lecherous soccer coach.As a bonus: Hey, we've got another Coppola now!
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PARTICLE FEVERA chipper, accessible documentary about the Higgs-Boson particle and the nature of existence altogether. It doesn't condescend but it doesn't shoot too far over your head, either.As a bonus: It's a movie about the very fabrics of the universe. What more do you need?
SNOWPIERCERWhere do we begin? Long after the human race has been wiped out, a "super train" containing the last living people runs indefinitely, hosting a vicious class system that is about to be uprooted by a blue collar revolutionary.As a bonus: Tilda f**king Swinton.
UNDER THE SKINThis one is hard to explain. Basically, Scarlett Johansson drives around Scotland bringing men back into a black room containing a carnivorous liquid floor. Kind of. Just see it, okay?As a bonus: The movie helped one of its actors overcome the hardships of his disease.
WE ARE THE BEST!Three Swedish schoolgirls find agency and identity in the punk rock scene, forming a band and a tight friendship in this endearing and joyful tribute to the coming-of-age genre.As a bonus: HATE THE SPORT! HATE THE SPORT! NA NA NA NA HATE THE SPORT!
ZERO MOTIVATIONA weird mix of sincerity and loony surrealism, this Tribeca Film Festival entry about best friends toiling as grunts in the Israeli army is oddly funny, charming, and original.As a bonus: Imagine if Stripes were about kooky, petulant teenage Israeli girls.
Summer at the movie theater generally means one thing: big-budget popcorn films packed with explosions, robots, superheroes, aliens, or a combination of all four. But even though we're currently in the middle of blockbuster season, that doesn't mean that action movies or outrageous comedies are your only option for summer entertainment. This also happens to be the best season for indie movies, and low-key alternatives to your favorite summer blockbusters are flooding into theaters everywhere. So, when you get tired of watching people run from explosions in slow motion and you can no longer tell one superhero from the next, why not take a break from the multiplex and give one of these indies a try instead.
If You Liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Try Snowpiercer (Opens June 27) The sequel to 2011’s Captain America saw Chris Evans lead a band of rebels who took down an oppressive regime that infiltrated a major government agency in order to save the world and protect American citizens. Snowpiercer sees Chris Evans lead a band of rebels as they attempt to take out and oppressive bureaucrat in order to establish better living conditions for the people living aboard the train. One of them has Tilda Swinton and one has Anthony Mackie, but both are worth watching.
If You Liked The Fault In Our Stars, Try What if (Opens August 1) Now that you’ve recovered from watching two people fall tragically in love, why not follow it up with a funnier take on romance? Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, What if tackles the immortal question of whether or not people can be just friends if they have romantic feelings for one another. It’s a smart, creative take on the traditional rom com, and it won’t leave you a shell of your former self at the end.
If You Like Tammy, Try They Came Together (Opens June 27) Comic powerhouses Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler both happen to be starring in major movies this summer. Co-written by and starring McCarthy, Tammy is a road trip movie that follows the titular character’s misadventures with her alcoholic, diabetic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Poehler’s role as Molly in David Wain’s rom com parody is a bit more low-key, but promises to be just as funny and irreverent.
If You Liked 22 Jump Street, Try Life After Beth (Opens August 15) At its heart, 22 Jump Street is a film about a couple attempting to hold their relationship together despite their different personalities and the obstacles that arise because of them. It just so happens that Life After Beth tells a similar story, except instead of being undercover cops whose partnership is tested by college, the big hurdle that Beth and Zach need to overcome is the fact that Beth is, well… a zombie.
If You Like Get On Up, Try Frank (Opens August 15) Chadwick Boseman stars as the hardest working man in show business in Get On Up, which charts the life and career of James Brown, culminating in his comeback in the 1990s. But if you’re looking for a slightly more unconventional take on the music “biopic,” we recommend Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender as an eccentric, brilliant musician who wears a giant fake head at all times and Domhnall Gleeson as the newest recruit to Frank’s band. Although something tells us their music won’t be as easy to dance to…
If You Like Sex Tape, Try Two Night Stand (Opens August 22) Summer isn’t just filled with alien-fighting robots and superheroes protecting the galaxy; it’s also the time of year when the world celebrates the raunchy sex comedy. First up is Sex Tape, which follows a couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their marriage, only to accidentally send it to all of their friends. Two Night Stand also centers on a regrettable decision – sleeping with a drunk stranger you met at a bar – that spirals out of control due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, it’s a blizzard that traps the unhappy couple in an apartment together.
If You Liked X-Men: Days of Future Past, Try I Origins (Opens July 18) If you prefer the X-Men to all of the other superheroes on the block, you’re likely someone who appreciates a slightly complicated storyline, discussions of science and genetics and misfits coming together to form a family – which means that I Origins, a sci-fi romance about a molecular biologist who studies the human eye and his journey for truth and his lost love.
Young lovers Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have found a way to keep their romance alive when they're both working on location - they ignore one another.
Rather than get upset when a text or phone message isn't returned, the couple has come up with a plan to avoid the frustrations of trying to keep a long-distance love affair alive and simply give each other the space to work.
Lawrence tells Marie Claire magazine, "When we're busy, we agree to mutually ignore each other. Not completely, but neither of us gets mad when the other doesn't text back or call. Life's super-busy. "Obviously you know what they're doing, and you trust them... At least this way he's in the same boat as I am - we can go out and have our own lives and know that we have each other."
And The Hunger Games star has no time for jealousy when it comes to her British boyfriend, insisting recent reports suggesting she was unhappy when she discovered Hoult would be starring alongside Kristen Stewart in new movie Equals were way off. She says, "There was something in a magazine, and I was like, 'Oh, my God, that's hilarious,' because Kristen and I are friends. I actually texted her a picture of it and was like, 'Just so you know, this is absolutely true'."
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May 6, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the series finale of Friends, a television event the likes of which we still haven't seen, even after Walter White took on a gang of white supremacists and Ted Mosby revealed that his wife had been dead the whole time. But while we often look back on Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey with fondness and joy, we tend to overlook the fact that these characters could often be terrible human beings. Those funny, charming New Yorkers you always wanted to hang out with often behaved in a way that was better suited to the gang at Paddy's Pub. What makes Friends even more evil than It's Always Sunny, though, is that so many of the gang's despicable deeds were simply glossed over by the writers. In honor of the finale's 10th anniversary, and the celebratory marathon you're no doubt planning, we've rounded up the gang's worst behavior, and the ways that the show taught us to look past it. Think of it as adding some much needed balance to your sitcom nostalgia.
Rachel Making Barry's Wedding About HerIt should be said from the start that Rachel’s ex fiancé Barry is the worst. But that still doesn’t exclude her from making his wedding to her best friend Mindy all about her. Yes, he placed a bet on how much torture she’d endure, but your friends' wedding is not the place for your big, redemptive speech about how you’ve moved on, forgiven them, and become a better person in the end. Just write it in the card!
Monica Wearing Emily's Wedding DressWhile it’s not nearly as morally reprehensible as some of the actions on this list, Monica secretly wearing her future sister in law’s wedding gown around her apartment, just to boost her own self-esteem is a pretty rude (and weird) thing to do. It’s not your day, it’s not your dress, and it’s not about you!
Chandler Pressuring Rachel to Start SmokingChandler’s been a smoker since the age of nine, and even though he managed to give up cigarettes, he’s apparently still a big fan of the smell. So much so that he would pressure Rachel to take up smoking just so he wouldn’t have to give up the smell along with the cigarettes... even though it could, say, get her addicted and possibly lead to a great deal of health problems.
Rachel Spreading Lies About Tag's Sexual Orientation to Keep Him Single Tag was a hot, single guy in an office full of women, so naturally Rachel had some competition for his affections. However, her plan to tell everyone else in the office that he was gay in order to get them to back off wasn't the way to handle that. Generally speaking, making up elaborate stories about friends', coworkers', and (especially!) hopeful significant others' sexual identities is a pretty psychotic move.
Monica Not Checking On Her Infant Nephew After He Hit His HeadIn all fairness to Monica, baby sitting can be tough. But when you accidentally hit your nephew’s head on the ceiling, your first though shouldn’t be “How can I hide this from his father so that I don’t get in trouble?” but rather, “Hey, is my toddler nephew okay? He hit his head pretty hard, and I wouldn’t want him to be seriously injured.”
Ross Firing Emma's Nanny Because He's a GuyEmma's first nanny, Sandy (Freddie Prinze Jr.), was everything a parent could want: he was smart, competent at his job, good with Emma, and he even taught Joey a thing or two. But Sandy didn't stick around for very long purely because Ross couldn't wrap his head around the idea of a male nanny. Because apparently, it doesn't matter how good you are at caring for a child; if you're not a lady, you're not fit to raise Ross' kid. That's just bona fide sexism from the would-be intellectual.
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Chandler Constantly Mistreating JaniceWe’re not going to deny that Janice’s laugh is really annoying. But that still doesn’t make it okay for Chandler to have Phoebe dump her so he doesn’t have to, call her whenever he’s lonely, sleep with her, and then dump her again the next day. Or lie about moving to Yemen just so she won’t bother him. Or pretend to be in love with her, even though he knows she still has feelings for him, in order to manipulate her into moving away. Turns out Chandler was a total jerk.
The Gang (and Show) Endorsing a Relationship Between an Adult and a MinorEverybody remembers that Phoebe was a surrogate for her brother, Frank, and his wife Alice, so that they could have a family. What they tend to forget is that Frank and Alice started dating when he was a minor and she in her 40s. He was a student in her Home Economics class in high school, and that he often referred to her as “Mrs. Knight” rather than by her first name. Monica, Rachel, and Ross were all guilty of similar malfeasances with younger lovers. Oh, but they were all madly in love, so the statutory rape is totally fine.
Rachel Convincing Bonnie to Shave Her HeadWhen Phoebe decides to set her friend Bonnie up with Ross, Rachel is supportive only because she remembers that Bonnie is bald, and knows that Ross wouldn’t find that attractive. So, when it turns out that Bonnie’s hair has grown back and Ross is interested, Rachel convinces her to shave he hear again, gives her the razor to do it with, and then confesses her feelings to Ross while he and Bonnie are in the middle of a fight. But as long as Ross and Rachel end up together, who cares what happens to everyone else, right?
Monica Getting Drunk in Front of Her Alcoholic BoyfriendWhen Monica’s boyfriend Fun Bobby realizes that he has a drinking problem and gets sober, rather than being supportive of him, she just becomes upset that he’s not “fun” anymore – the gang even goes so far to rename him “Ridiculously Dull Bobby” – and she starts drinking heavily in order to endure her dates with him. Because if your boyfriend is really, really boring, it’s okay to get rid of him by any means necessary... even if it means tempting him with the very substance he's worked very hard to kick.
Manipulating People Who Were Mentally IllNo, it’s not okay to threaten your roommate or watch him while he’s sleeping. But you know what else isn’t okay? Taking advantage of someone’s mental illness as a way of tricking them into move out of your apartment and leaving you alone, which is exactly what Chandler did to his roommate Eddie. Also not okay? Convincing a mentally unstable woman who thinks Joey is actually his soap opera character Dr. Drake Ramoray to run away to Salem to “be with Drake” in order to get her to stop stalking him. At least they’ve got that peace and quiet now, though, right?
So... Many... Homophobic Jokes...Whether someone was making wisecracks about Chandler and Joey's friendship or Ross was freaking out over his ex-wife's new wife, it's hard to name a post-Season 4 episode of Friends without a single homophobic joke in it. They were practically a fundamental part of Chandler's characterization, especially when the show delved into his relationship with his father. And yet everybody just went along with Chandler and Joey keeping barnyard animals as pets. Clearly, the writers were mining the wrong territory for jokes.
And worst of all...
Nobody Ever Made the Effort to Go to Phoebe's Place!Phoebe made that trip across town every single day to hang out with her friends. Every single day. And they just about never returned the favor by heading over to her neighborhood. Sure, most of them lived in one building and Central Perk was nearby, but it would have been nice of them to give their friend a day off from schlepping all the way across the city just to have yet another conversation about the relationship status of Ross and Rachel.
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Some movies make us laugh. Others make us cry. Then there are those that make us want to run home to our pets and give them the biggest hug imaginable.
Cinema has the ability to highlight the unique power of animals. The techniques of editing and framing allow filmmakers to structure stories from an animal's point of view, and the audience magically learns what life is like from the perspective of a horse, a dog, and even a rat. They're not quite human, yet the best movies give animals human-like qualities to earn the audience's sympathy and compassion.
To me, successful films about animals demonstrate cinema's potential to tap into our imaginations. They force us to dream of a world in which animals comprehend the human voice. Those of us who have pets know that we're never quite sure if our beloved animals actually reciprocate our feelings of love, but we give them the benefit of the doubt and treat them better than we treat ourselves.
Do you play with your dog more than your friends? Are you fascinated with nature and wildlife? If so, these movies about animals are for you.
GALLERY: 10 Must-See Movies for Animal Lovers
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Kissing is as much a part of movies as car chases and sarcastic best friends. All kinds of kisses have been captured on film, but there are some more than others that make us swoon as lovers lips join together.
We're taking a look at the most memorable kisses in film from the '80s on, including the Worst Kisses and the Most Perplexing Kisses. Here, however, are the kisses that made our hearts flutter.
Anna and Kristoff, Frozen
"I could kiss you," Kristoff says as he gleefully picks Anna up in the air. We watched the animated pair bond over an adventure to save her sister, Elsa, from the wrath of hostile villagers. The comment leads to a peck on the check that morphs into an embrace. Disney princesses always get their big kiss, but few are as well earned as Anna's.
Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, While You Were Sleeping
You would expect a couple to have kissed — really kissed, not an under-the-mistletoe peck — prior to getting engaged, but such was not the case for Bullock's Lucy and her true love, Pullman's Jack. Falling in love while she pretended to be the fiancée of his in-a-coma brother, the pair skipped right to the ring after Jack (and his family) realized they couldn't live without Lucy. Sealing a marriage proposal with a kiss has never been sweeter.
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau
The movie, about a shadow agency that controls everyone's lives, is a bit of a mess. What can't be denied, however, is the crazy chemistry that exists between Damon's politician and Blunt's mystery woman. Blunt follows Damon into the men's room at the Waldorf Astoria and strikes up a conversation about crashing a wedding. How does that lead to a passionate kiss? Well, what else were they going to do in the bathroom?
Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino is not known for romance, but in his Western epic, Foxx's Django is driven by only one thing: the desire to save his wife, played by Washington, from the clutches of a nefarious slaveowner. When Foxx finally tracks her down, trapped on a plantation owned by Leonardo DiCaprio's bad guy, we're treated to a slow, sweet, reverberating moment as Washington gradually realizes that her love has come for her. The kiss begins within a chilling silhouette until the camera turns to show the passion of lovers reunited.
Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Cera and Dennings' mixed-up teens actually kiss moments after meeting one another, as Dennings asks him to be her boyfriend for "five minutes" so that she can dupe a rival (who happens to be Cera's ex) into believing she isn't dateless. The real kiss, though, comes later on, as Dennings' Norah takes guitar aficionado Nick to see Electric Lady Studios. One thing leads to another and soon Dennings' impossibly full red lips are working overtime.
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
Much has been made over the years about the love scenes shared between Ledger and Gyllenhaal, even leading to a hilarious Jonah Hill rant in Knocked Up about the lack of explicitness. The duo brought a palpable passion to the movie in full, but there is something special about the urgency of the scene wherein Ledger's Ennis sees Gyllenhaal's Jack Twist from his apartment window and rushes to embrace him. As Ennis pushes Jack into a stairwell, the two attack each other like a pair of hungry wolves, throwing caution to the wind. Nearly 10 years later, the scene has lost none of its original impact.
John Cusack and Ione Skye, Say Anything...
Few teen romances have been as influential as Cameron Crowe's story of a high-achiever falling for the earnest slacker that dares to ask her out. As you would expect, there are multiple kisses throughout as the duo fall head over heels, including a particularly sweet embrace in the rain. It's when Skye's Diane Court realizes that she needs Cusack's Lloyd Dobler that takes the cake, though. The fact that she kind of distracted him during a sparring session, causing him to get his nose bashed in by Don "The Dragon" Wilson moments before only adds to the tenderness.
Leondardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic
Back in 1997, seemingly every woman on the planet wanted to trade places with Winslet's Rose. The romance aboard the doomed ship left movie audiences teary-eyed long after the credits rolled. In the iconic scene, DiCaprio's Jack takes Rose to the railing of the ship and extends her arms outward, making her feel as though she's... well, why not let her famous line tell the story. "I'm flying, Jack!" Rose exclaims, before Winslet turns backwards to let her lips meet DiCaprio's. No matter what happened after, thanks to Celine Dion, we're always assured that their hearts will go on.
Cary Ewles and Robin Wright, The Princess Bride
"Since the invention of the kiss," Peter Falk's narrarator intones in Rob Reiner's much-loved fantasy, "There have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind." Such is the power of the happy ending smooch that Ewles' Westley lays on Wright's Buttercup. For a guy that was "nearly dead" not long before, and a woman almost forced to marry a prince — not to mention that trip through the fire swamp — that seems like a fitting reward.
Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling, Sixteen Candles
Ringwald's Sam had an epically bad birthday. Her family, preoccupied by her sister's impending wedding, forgets that it's even happening and the geeky Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) has parlayed a pair of her panties into a money-making venture. Worse, she's hopelessly in love with Schoeffling's senior dreamboat, Jake Ryan. As she exits her sister's nuptials and the crowd parts, there is Jake leaning against his sportscar waiting for her. As teen fantasies go, it's a hard one to top. Sam finally gets a birthday cake with the namesake candles and a sweet kiss from Jake to boot. It may have been a bit of a fire hazard, but it sure was romantic.
James Franco has accused Lindsay Lohan of telling "lies" by reportedly including him on a list of her sexual partners. The Spider-Man star was linked to Lohan back in 2011 after they worked on a video project together and became friends.
He has previously denied their relationship was ever sexual, but rumours of a secret fling resurfaced this month (Mar14) when a U.S. tabloid published a handwritten list of names said to be Lohan's former lovers.
Franco was included on the note along with several other stars including Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell and Heath Ledger, but the actor has dismissed the list as untrue.
When asked about his decision to include several poems about Lohan in a new book of verse, Franco retorts to Los Angeles Magazine, "I didn't write anything bad about (her)... And Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her 'people-she's-slept-with' list! So I feel like what I said is much less than what she's said."