Last night, the unhappy news of Nora Ephron's death at 71 swept across the internet like a juggernaut of sadness—sadness so deep and all-encompassing that we immediately put in our DVD of "Sleepless in Seattle," watched it all the way to the end, and cried the whole way through.
...Not because of the sad loss of a talented writer/director, but because that's what always happens when we watch one of her movies, because she was just that good at making you feel things.
And today, in honor of the inimitable Ms. Ephron, we've put together this list of the most wonderful moments from her movies that made us feel all the feelings. Sad, frustrating, funny and true, these are five scenes out of many that made her work painfully, perfectly human.
What a difference a day (well, two days really) makes, Gleeks. While I definitely enjoyed the post-Super Bowl episode for its theatrics and that crazy cool "Thriller"/"Heads Will Roll" mash-up, last night's Valentine's Day-themed "Silly Love Songs" was "Glee" at its finest: good storytelling, humor with a dose of heart, and, of course, some wonderful musical numbers.
It was a love triangle triad at McKinley High School, beginning with a surprising new couple: Puck and Lauren. Turns out, our bad boy only has eyes for Lauren, a fellow badass in her own right. Still, Lauren is apprehensive (even more so after Puck swung and missed with a rockin', but rather insensitive, rendition of Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls") and makes him woo her.
While it's undetermined what their future may hold, I really liked the way Ryan Murphy handled this storyline. Rather than make it overly preachy (like he so often does) or make actress Ashley Fink a sight gag, he made a seemingly far-fetched romance feel legit.
Natalie Portman will trade her "Black Swan" ballerina tutu for medical student scrubs this weekend in the new comedy "No Strings Attached," and I, for one, cannot wait to see her and Ashton Kutcher's on-screen chemistry. The movie focuses on the not-so-politically correct relationship between two friends who try to be just that: friends...but with benefits. Except, Ashton's Adam pines for more with Natalie's commitment-phobic Emma (role reversal!). I'm no psychic, but I'm guessing the two end up together. It wouldn't be a romantic comedy if they didn't, right?
Some wise person once said it's best to fall in love with your best friend, which wouldn't be too hard if my BFF looked like Ashton—just sayin'. Since we just love a best-friend-turned-true-love romance, we've compiled a list of our favorite movies where besties fall for each other. Swoon with us:
With 2011 mere heartbeats away, we couldn't help but reminisce about our favorite portrayals of New Year's Eve on the silver screen. Cinematically, the New Year is a symbol for new beginnings, as exemplified by our top five NYE moments below. If your plans are more of the cuddle-by-the-fire than shimmy-at-the-club variety, consider popping one of these faves into your DVD player to appropriately say sayonara to 2010.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in "High School Musical"
Our favorite Disney couple, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), meets at a New Year’s Eve party. They're both tentative when the host picks them for karaoke, but by the end of "Start of Something New," it's obvious these two lovebirds were made to sing and dance together. Oh, Zac and Vanessa, "Get'cha Head in the Game" and get back together!
Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet in "A Lot Like Love"
After meeting on a plane (and joining the mile high club), Emily (Amanda Peet) calls Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) in a bout of New Year's Eve loneliness. Thus begins a long-distance friendship that develops into true love. Aww!
New Year’s Eve brings so much to look forward to, from those oh-so-decorative glasses to acknowledging your New Year’s resolution doesn’t start just quite yet. But, let’s face it, nothing trumps a perfect New Year’s kiss at midnight. So while you plan on you who’ll pucker up with for January 1, 2010 we decided to take a look back at who had the best NYE smooches on the big and small screen.
Kim Cattrall and Jason Lewis in “Sex and the City: The Movie”
It wasn’t the happiest of New Year’s Eves’ for the entire “SATC” gang (Carrie was still heartbroken over Big, Miranda and Steve still weren’t back together), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Smith (Jason Lewis) spent a romantic and low-key NYE together. Adorned in matching sparkly robes and accompanied by their, er, eager pup, the two exchange gifts and kisses set to Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis’ beautiful take on “Auld Lang Syne.”