By Christopher Rosa
Screen legend James Garner died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 86 years old. Garner’s most recent work was voicing Shazam in the 2010 short animated film Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam; however, his extensive résumé dates back to 1956. Read more…
We don’t need an anniversary to remind us of why we love The Notebook. Ten years later it remains one of the most iconic love stories of the 21st century, cherished by pre-teen girls and celebrities alike. Back in 2004, though, studios and moviegoers weren’t as quick to anoint the Nicholas Sparks adaptation as a success.
As far as we can see, the most romantic place to kiss someone is in the rain. How can we not think that after seeing Noah and Allie’s epic, passionate kiss in The Notebook? Their timeless love, culminating in the drama of the pouring rain and a smooch that makes us weak at the knees to even think about, is a moment we can only ever dream of recreating in our own lives. With Ryan Gosling or Rachel McAdams, no less.
Everybody loves a good love story — the kind that tugs at your heart, for real. The kind that makes you believe that the truest love transcends all obstacles! In the movies, there’s absolutely no more effective way to make this point than to have one-half of the couple die tragically.
OK, we’re gonna level with you: Last month we wrote a post called 25 Reasons Why Ryan Reynolds Is Hotter Than Ryan Gosling. And doing so went against every fiber of our being. Because in reality there is no contest. Ry-Go is a force of nature, an all-out phenomenon. He’s a real life super hero who struts around New York stopping fights and car accidents, while starting earthquakes with his huge thumping heart (that happened, right?). He’s the only guy who can be a little too enthusiastic about Disney World but still be totally sexy. Does Ryan Reynolds have his own meme? We think not! So please forgive us, Ryan Gosling. We didn’t mean it, honest. We’ve even assembled our 32 favorite photos of you looking awesome in honor of your 32nd birthday today! So can we put it behind us? Please?
[Photo: Getty Images/Warner Brothers/Splash News Online]
How could a movie like The Notebook end a marriage? It goes against the very grain of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams‘ very existence in the film. We won’t have any of it. Not listening. Our hands are on our ears at this very moment. But R. Kelly is on a roll and won’t let us be! He’s distressing us with all this talk that the movie was responsible for his marriage to Andrea Kelly dissolving, back in 2009. We kid you not. It’s all in his new book “Soulacoaster. ” May we just repeat that name for you, because it’s really that unbelievable — Soulacoaster. Hello, attack of the giggles!
Basically, he felt that his 12-year-old marriage couldn’t ever compare to the epic romance that is at the center of The Notebook. He writes, “As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move. I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. ‘The Notebook’ was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together. But I was also crying because I remembered a Valentine’s Day — when a helicopter dropped a rainfall of roses — that had come and gone … My marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.” Ai yi yi. That’s a bit much, isn’t it? His ex, Andrea, agrees with us, telling TMZ, “[The movie] came out in 2004 and we saw it together. Our divorce wasn’t finalized until 2009 so it’s impossible that the movie could have been the reason for our relationship ending. We had been separated for 6 years at that point! The movie definitely did not end our relationship!” Heard that, R. Kelly? Don’t come up in here and blame The Gosling for your business!
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It’s all come down to this: Of all the steamy Best Kiss winners in the 20-year history of the MTV Movie Awards, you, dear fans, have decided that The Notebook and Twilight were the absolute steamiest. Not that we’re surprised, of course. We just wanted to give you a chance to say so. Now, though, as we try to see which of the two is the end-all, be-all of onscreen liplocks — and I’m nearly out of synonyms for kisses here, so thank goodness we only did three days of this poll — things are really unpredictable. Both are between two undeniably hot actors, both onscreen pairings lead to real-life romances, both movies are based on beloved novels. Both are either regularly re-viewed on DVD in your home or frequent stops on your weekend channel surfs. And both make our hearts pound and concentration difficult as we merely think about them right now.
A few things that differ: The Notebook kiss isn’t Allie and Noah’s first, the drama is in their reunion after suffering a long separation — the result of meddling parents and World War II. And the instant Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams run at each other in the rain you know they’re going waaaay past first base. Also, rain-soaked clothing basically trumps all.
Twilight’s kiss is Bella and Edward’s first, with all the initial awkwardness that entails. But there’s an added element of danger that makes things much more exciting, especially when they momentarily forget to restrain themselves. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are all kinds of hungry for each other, and we feel physical pain when Edward launches himself backwards to prevent himself from turning this makeout session in to a feast.
So, as we fluff up our couch cushions and get the popcorn ready for Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, you have one last chance to decide between these two delicious scenes. We don’t envy you this decision. Polls close at 5 p.m. on Sunday!
[Photos: New Line Cinema, Summit Entertainment]
[Note: Round 2 is closed. Head here for the final round in the Best Kiss Smoochdown!]
OME. Just editing photos for our MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Smoochdown is raising the temperature in this office today. The things we do for you fans. Round 1 just finished this morning, and so we’ll say goodbye to worthy contenders Save the Last Dance, Brokeback Mountain, Independence Day and Shakespeare in Love in this grueling tournament to determine the hottest facesuckers of all past MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss winners. The victories leading up to this point were swift and decisive, but now it’s time to make some tough decisions for Round 2. Polls close Friday at 9 a.m. ET.
Blame It On the Rain: Spider-Man Vs. The Notebook
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst defied gravity, bad guys and the admittedly creepy factor of kissing a strange boy in a dark alley for this Golden Popcorn worthy makeout sesh. In interviews, Kirsten Dunst said the rain made it feel like she was drowning too. But all that discomfort didn’t discourage the Spider-Man co-stars to carry on their romance off-screen while filming the 2001 flick. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s drenched performance didn’t seem to require all that much acting in The Notebook — the two were also dating in real life. We really can’t blame them. But can we choose between them?
[Note: Rounds 1 and 2 are closed. Head here for the final round of our Best Kiss Smoochdown!]
Once upon a time, long, long ago (OK, four years ago), the MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss category was hotly contested. That was before the Internet rose up and demanded that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart demonstrate their dangerous love before a live audience on a yearly basis. Looking back upon the list of winners of this prestigious Golden Popcorn award, we are pretty impressed. Aliens, star-crossed lovers, American Pie stars, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen — a lot of famous smooches have taken the prize. Check out the montage so lovingly cut together by our friends at NextMovie and you’ll see. We are starting to get antsy as we await this Sunday’s big show, so we thought we’d entertain ourselves, and you, by determining which of the past Best Kisses is the hottest. (Note, that is hottest, which is why we’re leaving out the silly ones like those in Talladega Nights and American Pie 2, and the cutest of them all, My Girl.) We selected eight contenders for our Ultimate Best Kiss Smoochdown. Round 1 begins now and ends Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
Spider-Man vs. Independence Day
Are we the only ones who decided to introduce upside-down kissing into our repertoire after seeing Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s Spidey and Mary Jane go at it in a dark alley? Not judging by their Best Kiss win in 2003. Will Smith and Vivica Fox are underdogs in this competition — not that their gorgeously lit kiss in Independence Day didn’t make us long for some excuse to make Will Smith say goodbye to US like that — it’s just that the 1996 flick hasn’t been clipped and replayed as endlessly online, so it’ll take a minute to jog your memory as to why they took home the Popcorn in 1997.
OK, listen up RyanÃ‚Â Gosling. We speak for the dudes of the world when we say, stop making us look bad! It’s bad enough that our girlfriends are constantly disappointed that we don’t kiss like that stupid scene in The Notebook (and we’ve hurt our back trying). But lately you’ve been running around stopping fights and earthquakes, and taking your hot costars on wholesome dates to Disneyland. It’s all too much! And now you’ve brought your mom as your date to the Ides Of March premiere at the Ã‚Â Toronto Film Festival!? How the hell are we gonna compete with that!? It’s gonna make that cardigan we got our moms for Christmas look like a worthless piece of felt. Congrats, Donna Gosling. You have the best son in the world. There, we said it. You happy, Gosling!? Check out more adorability in the gallery below.