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Apr 8 2014 6:33pm

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read at your own risk.

Nearly two years have passed since Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff stole scenes and hearts in The Avengers, the end of which saw the pair of SHIELD agents/assassins driving off into the sunset together for parts unknown. Ever since then, many fans—myself included—have been dying to know if there actually is more than friendship between them (I made my case back in 2012 for why I believe they're TOTALLY in love) and how their relationship will be depicted in future films.

Based on new evidence gathered from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in which Natasha had a part but Clint was mysteriously absent), interviews with the directors and cast about that movie, and a blind item posted by an entertainment blogger, I am inclined to think that not only is there more than friendship between them but we'll get to see at least hints of their romance on screen in Avengers 2. Basically, fellow Clint/Natasha fans, I do believe our ship is about to set sail.

Here's everything I know so far. Let's get to speculatin'. (And to be absolutely clear: This is JUST speculation based on rumors extrapolated from interviews and such, NOT actual knowledge of future films. Your guess about what will happen is as good as mine.)

[“Love is for children; I owe him a debt”...]

Apr 4 2014 3:00pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier*Disclaimer* I am an unabashed Marvel fangirl. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I've seen Marvel's The Avengers in the theater nineteen times, thus far, and, more recently, I saw Thor: The Dark World in the theater five times before a back injury seriously curtailed my ability to binge on movies. I have already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier two times, though today is the official opening date and I also managed to sneak in a re-viewing of the first Captain America movie, as well. What can I say; I'm an overachiever. I say all of this to let you know that I am supremely qualified to offer a review of this movie, but I also may be the slightest bit biased. Just a smidge. You've been warned. Since most have not yet seen the movie (seriously, what are you waiting for?), I'll keep this spoiler-free.

Because I love and crave all things Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have been anticipating Captain America: The Winter Soldier for months. I've watched all the sneak peeks, I've read all the theories, I've watched the interviews with the cast, I read all of the early reviews, etc. I participated in anything that was intended to ratchet up interest in the movie and the mission was accomplished; if I could have, I would have somersaulted everywhere all day long on Tuesday, so giddy was I that I was going to see the Advance Screening of the movie that night. One of the things I knew going in was that this movie is part traditional superhero movie but also part spy thriller. In honor of that duality, I will present this review in two parts. The first part will be a traditional, spoiler-free review and the second part will be a full-on fangirlgasm wherein I will abuse exclamation marks and make up brand new words. Because I must.

[Two parts, all awesome? You tell us!...]

Apr 2 2014 4:26pm

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellExciting news! According to Entertainment Weekly, movie studio DreamWorks has picked up the film rights to Rainbow Rowell's much-loved Eleanor & Park, a book set in 1986 during high school that DreamWorks's president of production says "reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.” Here's the story's synopsis:

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

Rainbow Rowell will be writing the screenplay (!!!), and the studio hopes to start shooting in 2015.

(One caveat: Studios buy a lot of rights to books, but not all of them actually get made into films. Let's hope this one does!)

Stay tuned for updates as we get them. And if you've never read Eleanor & Park, what are you waiting for?! You can read an excerpt from the book and we also have this thoughtful review.

Mar 21 2014 9:30am

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamRob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Vintage / March 25, 2014 / $15.95 print, $9.99 digital

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off. 

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Note: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for the Veronica Mars movie now in theaters and on video on demand. Do not read until you've seen that. There are also minor spoilers for the book itself below. You've been warned.

We're officially living in a post-Veronica Mars: The Movie world. Can you believe it? I still can't: After 7 years, the bitch is back. And whether or not a sequel's greenlit for the big screen, her story won't end there, as series creator Rob Thomas, along with co-author Jennifer Graham, have also written the first book in a new series of Veronica Mars mysteries, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.

[Not so long ago, we became friends again...]

Mar 8 2014 11:00am

Veronica Mars: The MovieI don't know about you, but the closer we get to the premiere of Veronica Mars: The Movie (March 14, less than a week away now, baby!), the more excited—and nervous—I get. After six years of radio silence, we'll finally see Veronica and company back in action. And we may, fingers crossed, also finally see Veronica (Kristen Bell) make the be-all, end-all choice: bad-boy Logan (Jason Dohring) or nice-guy Piz (Chris Lowell)?

Until then, all we have is speculation. In the series finale, Veronica was dating Piz and told Logan that she and he were done forever. But nine years will have passed when we meet up with all of them again, and a lot can change in that time. Based on what we know about each guy at this point in their lives, and speculating about what the movie will add to the canon, let's see how Logan and Piz match up as Veronica boyfriend material, report card-wise:

Logan: B-
Piz: B+

Logan and Veronica's tempestuous relationship dates back to before the TV series began, as Logan dated Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane, for years, while Veronica was dating his best friend and Lily's brother, Duncan Kane. Whether as a result of just hanging out all the time or something else, the two became good friends. Of course, things then went very wrong for them after Lilly's murder, when Logan blamed Veronica for her father's suspicion of the Kanes and Veronica was left reeling with the loss of yet another ally. Logan was a complete and utter ass to Veronica for quite a while, and Veronica took none of his shit. Even after the two of them became an item in late Season 1, theirs was always a very rocky romance. So while Logan excels in quantity of history with Veronica, that also hurts him, 'cause the quality was often less than stellar.

[Veronica's choice...]

Feb 23 2014 11:00am

Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldWhen the film version of the comics series Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was released in 2010, I dove into Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series, which takes place over six black and white volumes. This post isn’t a recap of the series, but rather how Scott Pilgrim is literally and figuratively the perfect new adult hero, or more particularly, heroine (not in terms of age, but trope).

When we first meet Scott, he’s dating the high schooler, Knives Chau. All of his friends think this is a bad idea but he goes about it anyway until he meets manic pixie dream girl Ramona Flowers. Scott’s stuck in a Peter Pan rut; he’s fine living with his friend Wallace and not making much progress in his life. It’s not until he meets Ramona and has to face down her seven evil exes that he progresses on with his life.

How does this parallel the new adult prototype,you ask? In New Adult romance, the hero (or more often the heroine), continues about the day to day until something or usually someone acts as the catalyst for change. For example, take Jamie McGuire’s hugely successful Beautiful Disaster; it’s not until Abby meets the over-the-top Travis that her life changes into a world of emotional angst. How often does the back blurb of a New Adult romance novel read, “X was just living a blase college life until Y came along” or how often does the story of a protagonist come of age while taking on some emotional or actual life journey?

[Now that you mention it...]

Feb 22 2014 5:22pm

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamEntertainment Weekly has revealed the cover for Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line from Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, a mystery novel set after the events of the film. The cover itself doesn't give much away, but the book's description drops a few clues about where the end of the movie will leave Veronica and friends.

Here's the official cover copy [POTENTIAL SPOILERS]:

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

See what I mean? (Anyone interested in speculation, let's discuss in the comments!)

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line will be out on March 25, a few days after the Veronica Mars movie, which was funded via a spectacular Kickstarter campaign last year, premieres on March 14.

Feb 14 2014 6:00pm

It's Valentine's Day and many of you are making a night of it! Those plans may include dinner and a movie, and while you and your partner might struggle to agree on what to watch, there's certainly plenty of eye-candy at the theaters this weekend. Whether you're off to see action-packed movies starring Danila Kozlovsky in Vampire Academy,  Joel Kinnaman in Robocop, and Chris Pine in Jack Ryan, or going for the softer side with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan in That Awkward Moment, Alex Pettyfer in Endless Love, or Colin Farrell in Winter's Tale.

What movie are you going to see this Valentine's Day? What is your favorite date night movie?

[+All the man-candy you can stand...]

Feb 13 2014 9:30am

A Brooklyn-based comedy troupe called POYKPAC has made a clip of a couple breaking up using only titles from movies.

At least it's better than texting that you want to break up, right?

Feb 12 2014 2:39pm

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring as Veronica and Logan in Veronica MarsEntertainment Weekly gave Logan/Veronica (LoVe) shippers an early Valentine's Day treat today—our favorite pairing will be on the cover of the February 14 issue of the magazine in advance of the Veronica Mars movie's premeiere next month!

Believe it or not, it gets even better. Fans of EW's Facebook page can also watch an exclusive video of stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring reenacting the “epic love” scene from the Season 2 finale of the show. One twist: they're playing each other's characters! It's hella cute.

Veronica Mars: The Movie will be in select theaters and video on demand beginning March 14.

For more on EW's Veronica Mars cover story, check out the PopWatch post “This Week's Cover: 'Veronica Mars' lives!” Plus, go to the EW Facebook page (you'll have to “Like” it for access to the special content) for the exclusive video and this pic that really shouldn't be as hot as it is omg...

Feb 10 2014 3:00pm

Eagle's Heart by Alyssa ColeToday we're joined by author Alyssa Cole, whose Eagle's Heart has just been released. Eagle's Heart pairs Salomeh, a Brooklyn schoolteacher, with Julian, a special agent who's hot (and HOT!) on the trail of an Albanian mafia boss. They're trying to find Salomeh's kidnapped student, and they find some red hot passion along the way. Alyssa is here to talk about love stories set in Brooklyn. Thanks, Alyssa!

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to do a list of the top ten great Brooklyn love stories. “So many movies have been set here, this will be a cake walk,” I thought naively as I began to search. That’s the last thing I remember before waking up curled into the fetal position, the last strains of the Bee Gees’s “Staying Alive” blaring menacingly from my laptop...

Saturday Night Fever is a fun movie about dancing and love at the club, right? Um, wrong. WAY wrong. Most of us have been blinded by the bell bottoms, but that movie is about racial tensions, rape, and suicide. What about Crooklyn, one of my favorite childhood movies? While it definitely showcases the love of a family, the parents often fight and the mother’s death at the end (spoiler alert!) makes it too sad to even type about. Um…Goodfellas? One word (two syllables): KA-REN!! Sophie’s Choice? Let’s not even go there.

If you believe the movies, Brooklyn is a hard place to find love. This actually rings true in my novel, Eagle’s Heart, which focuses on a disgraced Brooklyn teacher who gets caught up with the Albanian mafia while protecting a student, and the hot Albanian FBI agent who protects her. Finding love beneath a hail of bullets is difficult to say the least, but is that reason to give up?

[Show us the love...]

Jan 25 2014 3:27pm

Fifty Shades of Grey movie posterThe countdown to the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has officiallly begun! The studio has released the first official poster for the film, a teaser image of Jamie Dornan as sexy, domineering billionaire Christian Grey—his back to the camera as he surveys his spectacular view of Seattle—with the tag line “Mr. Grey Will See You Now” and the release date: February 14, 2015, still more than a year away.

How WILL we handle all this teasing?! Now we wait for the first trailer...

Keep up with all things Christian/Ana with H&H's Fifty Shades Collection.

Jan 24 2014 3:30pm

Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy HelmesToday we're joined by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, authors of the Twisted Lit series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels. Their latest release, Anyone But You, is a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet. They're here to demonstrate why Shakespeare remains oh so relevant today. Thanks, Kim and Amy!

As authors of the Twisted Lit series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels, it’s easy for us to find Shakespeare in unexpected places. Pay attention, and you’ll start to see that his timeless works are front-and-center in some of today's most popular books, films, and TV series, including a few of our favorites, below.

Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park

“Parting is such sweet sorrow…”

Read Rainbow Rowell’s YA bestseller and you’ll get a dose of Romeo and Juliet. Not only do the title characters read the play in class—(Eleanor had some cynical remarks about the star-crossed lovers)—but their own bittersweet (and in many ways, forbidden) romance has strong parallels to Shakespeare’s teen tragedy.

[Shakespeare really is all around...]

Jan 17 2014 5:30pm

Kit Harrington in PompeiiThis spring and summer promises to be blockbusters filled with flashbacks—and we're talking way back. Like B.C. back. Last week, Kellan Lutz's The Legend of Hercules came out and it got us thinking about all the other ancient heroes who will be hitting the silverscreen soon. In addition to Lutz, Game of Thrones alum Kit Harrington, will be taking on Pompeii (we don't see this one ending well), and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will also don the lion's skin as Hercules, too. Back in the early 2000s (and '90s), Ancient Heroes were hot, too, gifting us with stars like Russell Crowe in Gladiator, the hotties of Troy, and, of course, Kevin Sorbo, also as Hercules.

What are some of your favorite Ancient Time hotties? Share in the comments!

[+6 more historical hotties!]

Jan 6 2014 1:33pm

Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian and AnaRumors are circulating that big-screen adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will be consolidated into just one film. The production has moved to Miami to film scenes that don't take place until the third book, and several reports mention the producers making a statement that there will be just one Fifty Shades of Grey movie, rather than three.

While it's easy to say the decision was made because the series itself drags on too long, the prospect of making a lot of money usually trumps artistic concerns. So if it's true, why do you think the producers are making this decision so early in the production process? Do you think the movie might be better if it were condensed?

Want more? Check out H&H's Fifty Shades Collection.

To see more images from Entertainment Weekly's Fifty Shades photoshoot, go to EW's image gallery

Jan 3 2014 11:56am

The theatrical trailer for the Veronica Mars film (funded by fans of the television series via a Kickstarter campaign) has been released, and it looks good. Not least because it has some delicious Logan/Veronica teases, including the one that currently has LoVe shippers freaking out (in the best way possible) most:

(gif by nightlocktime on Tumblr)

The movie will hit select theaters March 14th, and then will be available on demand. What do you think? 

Dec 20 2013 6:00pm

Brad PittBrad Pitt turned 50 this week, so that means he's been enchanting women and making them salivate on screen for more than half his life! In order to celebrate such a momentous occassion we give you, good ol' Brad in this week's Beefcake!

Share your favorite pics of the iconic actor in the comments!

Dec 19 2013 12:29pm

Well, hello Four! Are you bringing sexy back, or what? (Sexy back, get it?) The new trailer for Divergent, out in theaters March 21, 2014, has smooching, and naked skin, and tattoos, and Theo James's wry smile, and all sorts of chemistry between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (James).

Now we really can't wait until next March.

Dec 17 2013 1:30pm

Love Actually posterFor a lot of us, it’s not really Christmas until we’ve performed that most important of rituals: the annual viewing of Love Actually. It’s hard to believe, but it has been ten years since Richard Curtis’s ambitious movie exploded off the screen and into the hearts of millions of viewers. With its star-studded cast, multiple interconnected plot lines, and iconic scenes—Hugh Grant dancing around No. 10 Downing Street to the exuberant strains of the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump” comes to mind—the film became an instant, if controversial, classic.

Controversial? Oh, yes. For every person who actually loves Love Actually and can recite the dialogue from memory, there’s another who absolutely reviles it. I myself live in such a House Divided, as I adore the movie beyond reason while my husband rolls his eyes, observes “It should be called Love Impulsively,” and makes himself scarce for the film’s entire two-hour-and-fifteen-minute runtime whenever it’s on.

[Why DO we love it so much?...]

Dec 12 2013 1:45pm

Twisted by Laura K. CurtisToday we're joined by author Laura K. Curtis, whose Twisted is a romantic suspense with a true-crime writer heroine who is trying to solve the true crime in her own life—the murder of her mother—and the chief of police hero who helps her. Laura is here to discuss the evolution of superhero movies, and who they're really aimed at. Thanks, Laura!

Recently, when my husband was out of town, I streamed the entire first season of Arrow, then followed it up with the various Marvel superhero movies. Why did I wait? Because, despite the comic books from which all these franchises are derived being written for young men, the screen versions don’t seem designed to appeal to the same audience at all.

I grew up with an older brother and a younger brother, which means I grew up with comic books. The ones I remember best were Batman, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, but Spider-Man made an appearance on occasion as did several others. We watched both Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk on television. (Naturally, the boys pooh-poohed at Wonder Woman, but we watched anyway.)

[News flash: Girls are comic readers too!...]