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Tue
Feb 14 2017 12:00pm

20 Date-Night Approved Valentine’s Day Episodes, Movies, and More to Stream

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Whether it’s romance you’re looking for or just something to make you feel good and laugh, Team H&H has some suggestions on things you can watch if you want to stay in and laugh, swoon—or a combo of the two. These are all availabe to stream on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and more, so you don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to have the perfect night in!

Feel the Love

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks’ Notice (Netflix) —Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant play conscientious lawyer, and clueless CEO respectively in this tropey, delightful rom-com.

The Office: Episode 7x16, “PDA” (Netflix) — Holly and Michael make their relationship Office Official when they announce they’re back together… which earns them a stern talking to on the company policy on office PDA.

North & South (On Netflix until March 1)—Based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell, get ready to swoon at Richard Armitage’s smoldering looks. Watch this title before it leaves Netflix on March 1st.

Belle  (available to rent or purchase on Amazon)— Dido Elizabeth Belle is the mixed race daughter of an English captain in this gorgeous film about 18th century England. It is heart-wrenching, but oh so beautiful.

[More swoony and feel good titles ahead...]

Fri
Feb 10 2017 9:30am

10 Classic Romantic Comedies You Must Watch

The recent article on romantic comedies seemed to omit anything before 1987. Although the list was utterly lovely, and included a couple of movies I really have to catch up on now, may this vintage lover remind you of some of the classics? My husband and I fell in love while watching some of these movies. No, I’m not that old, but we were students and we watched a lot of Saturday afternoon TV.

I know some are in monochrome, but I don’t care. They’re funny.

1. Top Hat

Yes, I know it’s a musical, but it’s also funny. As well as the sublime pairing of Fred and Ginger, there are some really great moments of pure romantic comedy. The scene after Ginger has come up to complain about the noise is wonderful. Instead of tap dancing, Fred spills dirt from a plant on the floor and does a soft shoe shuffle instead. Melts me every time.

2. Singin' in the Rain

More music! But the film within a film, the Scarlet Pimpernel-ish movie when they’re trying to get to grips with sound is so great, it has to be on my list.

[+8 More Classic Titles...]

Fri
Feb 3 2017 2:00pm

Does the Fifty Shades Darker Movie Live Up to the Book?: A Fan Review from the World Premiere (SPOILERS)

Fifty Shades Darker

Is Christian and Ana's Second Big-Screen Romp Worth the Wait?

Note: This post contains spoilers from the premiere of Fifty Shades Darker, the film adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey sequel of the same name.

Fifty Shades Darker

When a popular book gets made into a movie, every reader wants to know what stayed and what didn’t make the cut. What characters don’t have their moment in the sun? What iconic scenes are brought to life and which ones lay on the cutting room floor? What locations are too complicated or expensive to film and which are absolutely vital to the success of the movie?

I was privileged to attend the Fifty Shades Darker Hollywood premiere as the plus one of my friend Lish Fish aka @50shadesgirlPDX. I will attempt to answer all the questions I posed above in this book to movie recap. If you’re curious about anything else, please ask me in the comments section.

Fifty Shades Darker has been described as a love story within a thriller and it lived up on both counts. Christian Grey wants Anastasia Steele back in his life and there’s nothing he won’t do, no changes he won’t make, to get her back. Difference number one: there’s no romantic sunset helicopter ride to Portland in Christian’s chopper so that Ana can get to José’s gallery opening: Ana never leaves Seattle. Christian shows up at the show and persuades a not-very-reluctant Ana to have dinner with him. This slight variation is a pattern that continues through Darker: although the details and scenes don’t always match up 100% with the book, the essence of Christian and Ana’s relationship moving forward is true to E.L. James’ vision. That is surely not at all surprising, since James’ husband, screenwriter and novelist Niall Leonard, wrote the script.

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Thu
Jan 26 2017 4:00pm

The 10 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time!

What are the top 10 romantic comedies of all time? Find out!

The Princess Bride

We love hosting authors on Heroes and Heartbreakers, especially when they are also our bloggers—so with that in mind, we're pleased to welcome A.J. Pine (Worth the Wait) and Jennifer Blackwood (The Rule Maker) to H&H in their author capacity. We tasked them with a pretty hard job—list the greatest romantic comedies of all time—and they certainly delivered. See what they picked! Thanks, A.J. and Jennifer!

Note: All of these romantic comedies are guaranteed with Happy-Ever-Afters. While we love classic love stories like The Notebook and others, you'll only find romantic comedies in the truest sense of the word on this list!

Wait...we can only pick ten? Let’s just start by saying that we know Pride and Prejudice is on the top of everyone’s list—as well as any sort of iteration like Bridget Jones (for A.J.’s generation) or What a Girl Wants (for Jen’s). We’ll just assume you don’t need to be reminded of Austen’s classic. So we’re not leaving it off the list, but already know you’ve already got it on yours.

But still the task is a tough one, one we don’t take lightly.

Okay, Heroes and Heartbreakers. You’ve given us a challenge, and we have nothing else to say other than…

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

[And the Best RomComs are...]

Tue
Jan 24 2017 8:05am

Everybody Loves Somebody!

I have loved Karla Souza since I saw her in Season 1 of How to Get Away with Murder. I don't watch HTGAWM anymore, but I do still follow along with Karla Souza, and so I am super excited for this new film—it looks like a tropey, My Big Fat Greek Wedding-esque movie!

 

Sat
Jan 7 2017 1:00pm

The World Will Remember Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, But She’ll Always Be Marie to Me

Carrie Fisher in When Harry Met Sally

Why I'll Always Remember Carrie Fisher as Marie in When Harry Met Sally

It's an innocuous role on the surface: quirky heroine's best friend. Upon a deeper look, Carrie Fisher's Marie is so much more. Over the past week, since Carrie Fisher's unexpected death, many people have remembered her for her work in Star Wars and for her personal life: She was a rebel leader. A intergalactic legend. A mental health advocate and kickass feminist. It's in her role as Marie in 1989's When Harry Met Sally much of this comes together. 

When I was younger—probably not yet in my teens—I watched When Harry Met Sally for the first time. I had watched City Slickers with my dad not long before, and my mom wanted to show me a different side of Billy Crystal so one day we popped popcorn and rented When Harry Met Sally on VHS (you know, those bricks movies that used to come out roughly a year after it was in theaters). I was hooked. I loved Meg Ryan's high strung Sally Albright and Billy Crystal's neurotic Harry Burns. It wasn't until years later that I fell for the true star, Carrie Fisher's Marie. 

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Fri
Jan 6 2017 12:00pm

Katherine Johnson’s Amazing Work—and Romance—Take Flight in Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer

This post contains spoilers for the film Hidden Figures... 

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Hidden Figures in theaters this past Wednesday. It's a movie I recommend everyone put on their watch list. If you're unfamiliar, it's the story that centers around three incredible black women and the work they do in regards to the 1960s space race. It's a piece of hidden Americana that's incredibly significant. Katherine G. Johnson, played by the incredible Taraji P. Henson, did much of the heavy lifting in regards to the complex and intricate mathematics that successfully launched John Glenn and the Friendship 7 into outer space. 

The through line in the film is the struggle between knowing what to do and being utterly competent in a world and climate that keeps you separate from everything else. The film takes place in Virginia in 1961 in the segregated south as tensions continue to grow between the “way things have always been” mindset and the undeniable need for civil rights.

One of the best things about this film is the life that's given to these women. They are not automatons, simply calculating trajectories or solving compelx equations, they have lives—rich inner lives, families, stories, and a camraderie that's so genuine it's a pleasure to watch. 

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Fri
Jan 6 2017 9:30am

Romantic Comedy Needs Flawed Characters…

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Imperfect. Damaged. Messed Up. These are all words I associated with characters in the early days of New Adult. It wasn’t until a recent conversation that I realized these characteristics are also inherent in the heroes and heroines of romantic comedy. 

Perfect, idealized characters that saves the day, are great in small doses, but have no place in romantic comedy. What makes for compelling stories is a character that's flawed. That's the case for all fiction. Full stop. What makes romance particularly fulfilling is when you are following the journey of a imperfect character (much like us) that triumphs over circumstance and finds love. When a perfect character triumphs over circumstance... it's far less engaging. 

So What Does a Comedic Flawed Character Look Like?

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Tue
Jan 3 2017 11:15am

Every Fairy Tale Has a Dark Side in Fifty Shades Darker Extended Trailer

We've seen the sexy side and we've seen the suspenseful side, but in the new extended trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, we get a dose of both. The trailer opens with a groveling Christian coming to win back Anastasia—too bad she's more confident this time around and not willing to put up with his shenanigans. Grey is going to have to work for it! 

Unfortunately, the second half of the Darker equation enters: Christian's past lovers resurface and one of them has a deadly agenda. The trailer ends with a gunshot as the screen goes dark. Those who have read the books know the fate of Christian... but everyone else will have to wait until February 10, when the movie premieres.

What are your thoughts on this extended trailer? It certainly gave us more to sink our teeth into! 


H&H Editor Picks:

Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

Christian Wants to Protect Ana in Latest Fifty Shades Darker Teaser

Do We Need More Fifty Shades? An H&H Blogger Roundtable on E.L. James' Grey


 

Sun
Jan 1 2017 11:13pm

Christian Wants to Protect Ana in Latest Fifty Shades Darker Teaser

Christian and Ana cuddle in Fifty Shades DarkerChristian and Ana experience the highest highs and lowest lows together in E.L. James' Fifty Shades romance trilogy, and that fact is on full display in the latest Fifty Shades Darker movie trailer, which aired on television during New Year's Eve festivities last night.

In the new footage, clips of Ana telling a friend that she's never been happier and of her cuddling with her billionaire hero in bed are quickly followed by hints that Ana is being stalked by a strange woman, who may or may not be connected to Christian. Of course, as readers already know, she'll eventually be revealed as [spoilers for the books ahead] Christian's ex-lover, Leila.

But like Christian says there at the end, he could never forgive himself if something happened to Ana, so be on the lookout for protector!mode Christian when the second Fifty Shades movie, Fifty Shades Darker, hits theaters just before Valentine's Day, on February 10.

Catching up on Fifty Shades news? See the full two-minute Fifty Shades Darker trailer (or take the steamier route here) and then read an excerpt from the upcoming sequel to Grey, which presents Christian's side of the Fifty Shades story.

Wed
Dec 21 2016 11:24am

Welcome Home: Love & War in Rogue One

Jyn Erso and crew in the official Rogue One posterSPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the ending of Rogue One. Read at your own risk.

Rogue One is no romance novel, but if resistance fighters Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor don't deserve a Happily Ever After, I don't know who does.

Fierce, charismatic, witty, brave, honorable, and secretly looking to love and be loved in return, Jyn is a heroine you're soon willing follow to the ends of the earth—just ask Cassian.

A cynical, laser-focused, anything-for-the-cause intelligence officer at the start, Cassian quickly comes to respect the gutsy Jyn and eventually becomes not only her biggest supporter but her partner. Don't we all have a special place in our hearts reserved for the tough alpha heroes whose only weakness is their love for their spunky heroine?

So we have our romance novel-worthy hero and heroine, and a mission to steal the Death Star plans that just so happens to bring them closer and closer, making them more and more reliant on each other. While watching Jyn and Cassian fight side-by-side and rescue each other in the movie, I got flashes of Battlestar Galactica (2004)'s Starbuck and Apollo, Suzanne Brockmann's SEAL Team 16 couple Sam and Alyssa, and The 100's Clarke and Bellamy, some of my all-time favorite 'ships.

[The couple that fights together...]

Fri
Dec 16 2016 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook in Rogue One

Dear Riz Ahmed,

With Rogue One in theatres today, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to praise your talents and unrelenting good looks. The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise has already been getting a lot of buzz, but your work in The Night Of put you on a lot of people's radar, and for a very good reason.

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Thu
Dec 15 2016 12:00pm

Are Rogue One’s Jyn and Cassian the Next Star Wars Power Couple?

Leia: I love you.
Han: I know.

Anyone who says that Star Wars doesn’t have a romance subplot is crazy. We have a moment of a love triangle with two guy battling over the same girl, the good girl who falls for the bad guy, a declaration of love that’s true to the characters where we watch as the guy defends his heart until the very last. Would Star Wars, now owned by the people who made “and they lived happily ever after…” the ideal for little girls everywhere, be able to pull off this magic again?

Before Princess Leia embedded the plans for a new deadly weapon in an R2 droid, someone had to steal the plans. Ever since the first crawl across the screen in A New Hope, there was a moment where we wondered about the spies who stole.

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Fri
Dec 9 2016 4:35pm

Friendly Neighborhood News & Deals from Meredith Russo, Spider-Man Trailer & More!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith RussoDeal Alert: Meredith Russo's LGBTQ YA romance If I Was Your Girl—in which new-girl-in-school Amanda finds herself falling for sweet-and-easygoing Grant, but worries what'll happen if she tells her crush she used to be Andrew—is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* H&H blogger JohnJacobson's Brief Guide to Transgender Terminology in Romance offers words to use and avoid when reviewing, writing, and discussing romance with transgender characters.

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al.'s historical holiday anthology The Last Chance Christmas Ball—also featuring stories from fellow Word Wenches Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, and Susan King—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Go ahead, give in to the lure of the holiday novel.

Deal Alert: Olivia Dade's Lovestruck Librarians novel Ready to Fall is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Who are some of your favorite librarians in romance?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Paris, je t'aime: Head to the City of Light in the striking newly released cover for Victoria Alexander's The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman, the first book in a new series due out on May 30, 2017.

[+The Spider-Man trailer & a Pitch interview...]

Fri
Nov 25 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Look Back at the Men We’re Grateful For


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There have been a number of truly beefy Beefcakes that we've been grateful for this year, and in true Thanksgiving fashion, we're giving you a sampling of some of Team H&H 's favorite Beefcakes of the year. 

So grab a cup of tea, or a glass of wine if that's more your speed, and journey with us as we give thanks for some of this year's beefcakes.

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Tue
Nov 1 2016 3:36pm

Who Wrote the Best Romance of 2016?: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Fight for Me by Jessica LindenDeal Alert: Jessica Linden's MMA contemporary romance Fight for Me is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Read Chapter 1 from Knox and Natalie's story on H&H now.

Deal Alert: Lynsay Sands' historical romance The Highlander Takes a Bride is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you're looking to fill the hole in your heart left by Outlander's hiatus, we've got Scotland-set romances, time-travel romances, virgin heroes, alpha males who aren't alphaholes, and more Outlander-themed book recommendations for ya.

Deal Alert: Kate Hewitt's A Yorkshire Christmas is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Get a rundown of the holiday romances that may land you on Naughty and Nice list!

Deal Alert: Stephanie Laurens' third Adventurers historical romance, The Daredevil Snared, is just $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Stephanie Laurens has ensared our hearts for years now... which is probably why she landed on our list of steamiest historical love scenes. 

[+The GoodReads Choice Awards nominees are...]

Fri
Oct 14 2016 1:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Diego Luna

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Dear Diego Luna,

With Rogue One on the horizon, we can't help but look back over the oeuvre of your filmography. You first captured a number of our hearts (and our attention) in the incredibly sexy Y Tu Mamá También, but Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is where so many of us fell head-over-heels.

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Fri
Oct 14 2016 8:30am

31 Years Later and We Still Love LadyHawke

LadyHawke

1985:

  • gas cost $1.09, movie tickets $2.75,
  • New Coke would be introduced,
  •  The Unabomber kill his first victim.
  • The Food and Drug Administration would approve a test for AIDS, and insurance companies start screening for the disease.
  • Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder, record the song “We Are The World” as USA for Africa. to raise money for famine relief.
  • Michael Jackson Buys ATV Music and every Beatles Song for $47 million dollars.
  • TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollahon on June 14 
  • Back to the Future with $210,609,762 domestic gross is the most popular film of the year.
  • Stephen King dominated the best seller list. But readers were also reading Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sidney Shelton

Many romance fans feel that Ever After may be the best fairy tale adaptationwith Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, and Anjelica Houston.  It is cute and sweet. Drew Barrymore is a darling. But is it truly a larger than life romance?

As a counterpoint to this modern take on Cinderella, I would like to offer up a movie that is truly a majestic story of love and overcoming obstacles to happily-ever-after—LadyHawke with the hilarious Matthew Broderick, the gorgeous Rutger Hauer, and absolutely stunning Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Mon
Sep 19 2016 1:00pm

Is the Downton Abbey Movie a Done Deal?

Downton Abbey cast photo

We've speculated in the past about a Downton Abbey movie, where it would take us, what our final view of the Crawleys would be... Apparently we may not have to wonder for too much longer!

Various new sources are claiming that a Downton movie is likely to happen due to Maggie Smith agreeing to reprise her role as Dowager Countess. 

The rumors follow from yesterday's Emmy win for Smith's work in the final season of Downton.

What do you think? Ready for one last jaunt with the Crawleys on the big screen?

Missed out on Downton? Catch up here with our coverage of the series. 

Tue
Sep 13 2016 10:17am

“You Just Gonna Stand There Gawking?”: Christian and Ana Reunite in First Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

Christian and Ana in the Fifty Shades Darker movie posterYou ready for some fireworks? Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the hot-off-the-internet first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to last year's Fifty Shades of Grey movie, both of which are based on a little Twilight-inspired book trilogy you may have heard of: E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

Watch the steamy, angsty Fifty Shades Darker trailer and let us know what you think:

Will you be in the theater on February 10, 2017, to see Christian and Ana's story continue onscreen? Whatever the choice come February 10, we know we'll be listening to Miguel's cover of “Crazy in Love” on repeat between now and then. 

Ana and Christian enjoy a little shower sex in the Fifty Shades Darker trailer

Catching up on Fifty Shades news? See the full Fifty Shades Darker poster released yesterday and then read an excerpt from the 2017 sequel to Grey, which presents Christian's side of the Fifty Shades story.