by Emily Laurence
All the single ladies, all the single ladies: Instead of wallowing in your solo status this Valentine’s Day, celebrate it! Put down the box of chocolates you bought for yourself, stop looking up your ex on Facebook and call up your girls. Hollywood Crush has your movie night all planned out. Here are five films perfect for a belated Galentine's Day celebration (thank you, Leslie Knope!).
"Thelma & Louise"
This movie proves you don’t need a man to conquer the world—all you need is your BFF. In fact, Brad Pitt's around just long enough for Thelma to appreciate his hot bod and get some savvy tips about his robber lifestyle. As the credits roll, you’ll appreciate your friendships even more and vow to be friends forever (like, forrreal!).
What are you doing on New Year's Eve? Whatever it is, it's probably not as cool as hanging out with offscreen BFFs Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The "(500) Days of Summer" stars teamed up and recorded a new duet for Zooey's website, HelloGiggles, and it's basically the most adorable thing we've seen all week.
The duo covered Nancy Wilson's classic "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" in a low-production video posted to YouTube. Ever since JGL joined ZD in She & Him's "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" music video, we've been obsessing about their mutual exploits off screen as well as on. We've been crossing our fingers for them to team up again onthe big screen, but the closest we've gotten is their hilarious Cinemash of "Sid and Nancy."
In addition to being the object of indie boys (and girls!) affections worldwide, a great actress and just generally adorable, Zooey Deschanel has made quite a career out of her band She & Him. They had a few tunes on the "(500) Days of Summer" soundtrack, and Zooey's recorded tracks for films from "Elf" to "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" to "Bridge to Terabithia."
When MTV News caught up with Zooey at the Sundance Film Festival where she was promoting her film "My Idiot Brother," she revealed that she had recently contributed music to another film that she's really excited about.
"I did some soundtrack work for the new 'Winnie the Pooh' movie," she said amidst awwws from her costars Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer. "I wrote a song for the end credits and did the beginning credits song and it was really fun."
As excited as I am to finally see "Blue Valentine" (in limited release today), I know it will come at a price to watch two of my favorite stars, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. After all, the movie is a heartbreaking portrait of a not-so-fairytale love story, so I know I'm in for some emotional wallops. Of course, this isn't the first time moviegoers have watched the trials and tribulations of ultimately doomed couples. In fact, some of the best movies over the past 20 years have been love stories without a happy ending. The pairing of Ryan and Michelle and their on-screen estrangement in "Blue Valentine" got us to thinking about other flicks in which the characters, unfortunately, have their hearts trampled.
Ever since Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant's newsroom shenanigans in "His Girl Friday," Hollywood has been fascinated by the Working Girl—that chic, career-driven leading lady who kicks ass, takes names and looks fabulous in a pencil skirt. Driven by pure professionalism, the Working Girl excels at the office, intimidates her male coworkers, sacrifices her personal life to work extra hours and, of course, would never, ever get caught using an office Xerox to make illicit photocopies of her butt.
The latest star to take on a working woman role is Rachel McAdams, who we'll get to see play a hotshot morning show producer when her latest film, "Morning Glory" premieres this week. And today, we're taking a look at all the ladies who paved the way before her, with a list of our favorite working girls throughout cinematic history. Which of these actresses would we most want to share a cubicle with? Check it!
In an attempt to blockout the impromptu Backstreet Boys YouTube video sing-along yesterday in the MTV offices (seriously, stuff like this happens a lot around here), I turned to that promoter of productivity: Pandora. I felt a sense of ease as the various selections in my Snow Patrol channel wafted through my earbuds. That is, until Moby's "Extreme Ways" shuffled into the playlist, prompting me to sit up and proclaim (only to myself), "Bourne!"
If you're a fan of the "Bourne" trilogy, you're no doubt familiar with this electro-pop ditty. In the closing sequence of "The Bourne Ultimatum," we see super spy Jason Bourne floating lifelessly in New York City's East River after having been shot by the authorities—a scene that satisfyingly brings the trilogy full circle to "The Bourne Identity"'s opening moments. As the funky strains of "Extreme Ways" begin to sound, Bourne's body comes to life and he begins swimming for shore, outwitting the bad guys once again. No matter how many times I watch this scene (check it out on YouTube), I can't contain my smile.
This all got me thinking about what songs we'll forever and always equate with a particular movie or TV scene. I asked Hollywood Crush's trusty writers to confess their own scene-setting song memories. (Unsurprisingly, more than one referenced "Grey's Anatomy." Kudos, Alexandra Patsavas!) Read what they had to say after the jump, and let us know in the comments which songs are inextricably linked in your mind to a movie or television show.
It's appropriate that the mind-bending thriller "Inception" (which opens today) is about dreams, because one of its stars has been visiting ours for years. While Leonardo DiCaprio may get top billing, his equally dreamy costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt has certainly been giving fans some pleasant thoughts for years.
(Click on the photo below to see JGL throughout the years and keep reading to follow the evolution of one of Hollywood's brightest young stars.)
The 29-year-old cutie, who got his start way back in the 90s alien-sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun," has come a long way transitioning from teen heartthrob ("10 Things I Hate About You") to respected indie actor ("(500) Days of Summer").
By Tina Warren
It’s not easy to steal a scene from a Hollywood heavy weight like Nicholas Cage, but Chloe Moretz does it with the ease of a seasoned professional. This weeks Girl Crush isn’t old enough to be in high school but that hasn’t stopped us from choosing 13-year-old Chloe because with her maturity and talent, you really have no idea how old she really is!
With her role as Mindy Macready (superhero name: Hit-Girl), in “Kick-Ass” Chloe really does kick butt! You can’t help but stare in aw as she demonstrates her enormous acting capabilities and dynamite personality! Her no-nonsense character holds her own against the big boys, a role Chloe molds perfectly into.
"Valentine's Day" is out in theaters, Valentine's Day is around the corner, and the chick flick has never been more relevant. No matter what your go-to fuzzy-feelings inducer might be: "The Notebook," "Pride & Prejudice" or "Gone With The Wind," we have a certain set of guidelines to determining what the best chick flicks out there are.
But first, the type of film we are trying to identify needs to be cleared up. A quick glance at Urban Dictionary's definitions of "chick flick" leads us to become more and more disappointed. From "A film that has a happy, fuzzy, ridiculously unrealistic ending" to "A movie that embodies all that is wrong with the world," these definitions don't seem to capture the side of chick flicks that makes us love them.
It was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and find that the Oscar nominations weren't a complete and total disaster. Sure, opening the best picture slot up to 10 nominees came a year too late (we will always mourn "The Dark Knight" getting shafted), but still, films like "An Education," "District 9" and "Up" were able to get the recognition they wouldn't typically receive but definitely deserve. And then there's "The Blind Side" getting a Best Picture nod, but we'll talk about that later.
There were, however, a few pleasant surprises in the mix. "In The Loop," the hysterical British political satire, got a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jeremy Renner received a well-deserved Best Actor nod and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" earned nominations recognizing its costume design and art direction. Still, there was one break-out indie film this year we're surprised got the shaft from the Academy: "(500) Days of Summer."