Ranking Every Nicholas Sparks Movie Couple, from Pathetic to Passionate

by (@TaylorFerber)

6. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, Safe Haven (2013)

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Hough should have kept her moves strictly in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, because her acting isn’t nearly as good as her dancing. Her performance in this movie causes her character Katie to be distant and unattainable, making it actual effort to become attached to her. While Duhamel’s character goes extra lengths to win her over and break her icy exterior for no apparent reason (seriously, she tore his head off because he gave her a bike), there’s nothing that would make us think the two would actually be a real couple except for the fact that they’re both really hot and in an small, utterly boring town.

5. Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

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While their performances weren’t all that bad, there wasn’t anything particularly memorable about these two as a pair. Especially since the story has them meet and fall in love in such contrived circumstances: Two middle-aged, single adults all alone at an Outer Banks inn with a hurricane looming. How convenient. Plus, we can’t help but compare these roles to their more profound ones like Gere’s ruthless businessman in Pretty Woman and Lane’s broken but determined romantic in Under the Tuscan Sun, which, like the South American mudslide that kills Gere’s character, drowned their Nights roles into a far, far away place.

4. Robin Wright and Kevin Costner, Message in a Bottle (1999)

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It’s hard to fully appreciate Wright and Costner in the film because the storyline is SO Sleepless in Seattle. Like, basically the same story. And obviously, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have our hearts forever and ever. However, since this was the first of Sparks’ film adaptations, the two have the advantage of being the most organic before common tropes like war, kissing in the rain, and disapproving parents really became trademarks of every Sparks movie known to man.

3. Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, Dear John (2010)

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Aside from the fact that the end of this story is beyond frustrating (spoiler: Seyfried and Tatum’s characters don’t even end up together), their performances were still endearing. They work as a couple because they look good together physically (hubba, hubba), and don’t overact or try to be too mushy and romantic in attempts to up the Sparks tear factor. Their chemistry is so believable that you actually anticipate when they’ll have their reunions and make sweet, sweet love between their, what feels like, never-ending letter writing.

2. Many Moore and Shane West, A Walk to Remember (2002)

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If you don’t cry every time you watch Landon (West) lose his shit over Jamie’s (Moore) sickness, you may want to double check to see if you are in fact, human. Even though it’s obvious their characters will end up together, because it is in fact a Nicholas Sparks story, their performances make you think it’s truly an unlikely, yet inevitable romance. Landon is the lost rebel who isn’t the typical high school douchey jock and Jamie is the bible-hugging shy girl, who is again, slightly offbeat from your usual moody high school teen (see: Miley Cyrus). West and Moore’s characters are genuine which makes their journey and love so. damn. believable. Someone pass me a tissue.

1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook (2004)

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Obviously. McAdams and Gosling’s Allie and Noah should be deemed the greatest on-screen couple ever. Is that aggressive? Don’t even care; their performances are perfection – we see their connection from from a budding romance to endless love and what makes them stand apart from the rest is their physical and mental transformation from teenagers to adults. It may be the only Sparks film to date that dudes aren’t completely ashamed of actually liking (“Uh, yeah, it’s okay I guess…”) and there’s a reason. McAdams and Gosling aren’t the least bit corny not to mention Gosling is a damn MAN. I mean, writing letters just doesn’t cut it for him, he builds a whole damn house. Allie and Noah forever.

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Famous Men Who Take Style Tips from the Ladies

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The Plaid Hatter, or in this case, The Plaid Rocker, Lenny Kravitz, sure does love his plaid (tartan) and apparently so does Wale. But we’ve seen this look more than once and on two particular ’90s fashion-obsessed rich teenagers named Cher and Dionne from the cult classic Clueless. Like those young ladies, Lenny and Wale have both rocked this looked several times without apology; historically, it was used on kilts, which proves that men have worn dresses long before it became popular. Obviously both have embraced the classic print in different ways, much like Dionne and Cher. Dare we ask: Did he steal their look? As if!

The Man Skirt

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Whether it’s leather, maxi, or mini, men wearing skirts is nothing new. So when Kanye, Young Thug, and A$AP Rocky made this trend relevant again, the masses began to talk. In 2003, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented “Braveheart: Men in Skirts” and proved that women borrowed from male closets long before we played in theirs; this fad is still pretty modern in the States. Sartorial freedom has always existed in hip-hop and now with a new wave of gender-bending wordsmiths, popular culture has embraced and inspired more than a few gentleman to trade in trousers for something light and flouncy. If given the opportunity, I would don a Givenchy dress in a heartbeat. In the words of A$AP, during an interview with MTV, “If fashion is your life and that’s what you like and that’s what you’re about, express yourself, wear what you want and nothing matters, nobody else opinions matter.” In other words: Real men wear skirts!

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Drastic Celebrity Transformations That Will Make Your Head Spin

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Stars: They’re just like you and me. They go to the beach, they order pizza on Fridays, and — you know — get 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. OK, maybe that last one isn’t so relatable, but it’s definitely worth talking about.

One major difference between celebrities and us earthlings is that Hollywood’s finest can completely transform their looks at the drop of a hat. Or better yet, with a needle full of Botox. Let’s take a look.

Now, it’s not just plastic surgery that reinvents celebrities’ bodies. Some stars like Jennifer Hudson transformed through diet and exercise. On the flip side, Star Jones lost a staggering 160 pounds after a gastric bypass surgery. And who can deny the drab-to-fab power of a new hairdo (and nose-job)? NeNe Leakes certainly can’t.

These star transformations are about to rock your world. Take a look at the gallery, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Find out how Chris Pratt — one of the biggest transformations of 2014 – felt getting into top shape for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, below.

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A Look at Scott Eastwood’s Furiously Sexy Shirtless Instagram Account

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If there’s one sexy offspring of a famous actor turned prolific director, it’s Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. The budding actor first sparked a frenzy when he was photographed shirtless for Town & Country magazine in September of last year. Since then, everyone’s been paying attention to Eastwood’s sculpted abs and pecs as he started making more media appearances, picking up new movie roles, and enjoying life in the sun on Instagram.

This weekend, Eastwood is appearing in his most high profile film to date. Opening in theaters is the military drama, Fury, co-starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. Eastwood is rounding out the trio of hunkiness with his square jaw and disarming grin.

While we hope for a long and successful film career — his next role is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride — for Eastwood, we can’t help but enjoy his social media updates. Let’s hope he never stops posting sexy shirtless pics for the duration of his ab-tastic moment in the sun.

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Charlie Sheen Calls Off Engagement, Russell Brand Is Threatened with Arrest + More in Today’s Last Lap

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Charlie Sheen says “I don’t” to his fiancé, Russell Brand is kicked off Fox News’ property, Misty Upham died at 32, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • Charlie Sheen calls it quits from former adult film star Brett Rossi just weeks before their wedding. [ET]
  • Russell Brand was threatened with arrest after filming outside the Fox News building in New York. [Independent]
  • August: Osage County actress Misty Upham died at 32. Her cause of death is currently unknown. [EW]
  • Attention Lost fans: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje aka Mr. Eko is joining Game of Thrones. [Vulture]
  • If you didn’t catch Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon’s “Breakdance Conversation” on The Tonight Show, you need to now.
  • Kevin Hart tried to save a woman’s job as a bus driver after she was fired for taking a seflie with him. [BET]
  • Dane Cook throws shade at Jessica Simpson and her love making. [Fish Wrapper]
  • True Blood star Ryan Kwanten visits sick kids in his hometown, Sydney. [Just Jared]
  • Leighton Meester dishes on the biggest gossip she’s ever heard about herself.

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Emma Stone and the Cast of Birdman Know Their Underwear

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Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis star in the much buzzed about dark comedy Birdman, which also marks the return of its star Michael Keaton to the big screen. While the film deals with an aging star’s struggle with his career, ego, and personal life as he tries to mount a Broadway show, one of the most memorable scenes in the movie has Keaton running around Times Square with only his tighty whities to support him.

In honor of this cinematic spectacle, we challenged the cast (which also includes Naomi Watts, rising star Andrea Riseborough, and The Office’s Amy Ryan) to identify other actors who dared to bare their briefs on screen, including Tom Cruise, Jason Segel, Rhys Ifans, and Birdman’s own Zach Galifianakis, who believes he’s very skilled at ID-ing his own body.

Clyde May’s Has Your Cocktail for the Weekend

by (@TaylorFerber)

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It’s official: The fall chill is in the air. Lucky for you, Clyde May’s has a perfect, cinnamon-y cocktail to allow you to get your buzz on while warming up. The Alabama-style craft whiskey features hints of green apple and cinnamon for a smooth finish. Mmmm.

This weekend, enjoy the sweet, warm Alabama Whiskey Cider. Here’s what you need and how to make it:

1.5 oz. Clyde May’s Whiskey
3 oz. apple cider
1 orange, sliced
Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg to taste

Combine apple cider, sliced orange and the spices of your choice (we suggest allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) in a medium-sized pot. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs and add in Clyde May’s Whiskey. Stir well and be sure to serve warm!

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Leighton Meester Chats About Making an “Adorable” New Movie with Husband Adam Brody

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Former O.C. star Adam Brody wed ex-Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester in February, wowing fans who grew up with the teen dramas. Today on Big Morning Buzz Live, Meester opened up about working with her new hubby in a flick aptly called Life Partners.

Before you get too excited, the couple won’t be taking their real-life chemistry to the screen. They actually play adversaries, as Meester’s character tries to remain close with her best friend (Gillian Jacobs), who’s engaged to Brody’s character. Watch the video above to find out about the film and all of Meester’s milestones from 2014.

Remember to watch Big Morning Buzz Live weekday mornings at 9/8C.

Yas Girl of the Week: Wonder Woman Star Gal Gadot

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Wonder Woman is finally getting her due! Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Wednesday that a solo Wonder Woman movie would be coming into theaters in 2017, with Gal Gadot in the title role. Gal will make her first appearance as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, in 2016.

This will be the first female led superhero movie in almost a decade — the last being Jennifer Garner‘s turn as the titular character in 2005′s Electra. Israeli actress Gadot has been seen in films like Fast & Furious 6 and is rumored to be vying for the lead in the new Ben Hur film. But her debut as Wonder Woman will likely be the thing that pushes her into super stardom alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Yas, girl!

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Believe It or Not, Ed Norton’s Bare Butt Is Not the Sole Highlight of Birdman

by (@TaylorFerber)

Despite the trailer, it is not an action movie.

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There are very few, short blockbuster movie action scenes. They’re sole purpose is to show how the Birdman universe is haunting Riggan as the constant reminder of the bigger and better world he left behind. Metaphor, anyone?

We need to see more Andrea Riseborough.

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She and Naomi Watts are fantastic in this one, lesbihonest. Of all the female characters, however, Riseborough really steals the show. We’ve seen the English actress in indies such as Disconnect (2012) and Made in Dagenham (2010), but her performance left us wanting so much more. Her spectrum of reactions to Keaton’s (who is her lover) ambivalence showcased just what she is capable of as an actress and the scope of her talent in just two hours.

Director/writer/producer Alejandro G. Iñárritu says the film represents his experience turning 50.

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Although Keaton doesn’t believe the story should be associated with his real life, Iñárritu doesn’t feel the same way. In a recent interview at the Telluride Film Festival, he spoke to the “melancholic state” of turning 50 and how it causes you to look inward while thinking about your purpose, successes, failures, “[w]hat satisfies, [and] what are things you should do or not do.” As this is a constant struggle for Riggan throughout the film, we can see that if the movie does tie to anyone’s real life specifically, it would be Iñárritu’s.

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