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Mon
Jul 28 2014 11:30am

New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer!

“No one else can do this but her.”

The latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is out, and shows the ramifications of what happened in Catching Fire, when certain people were revealed as being secret rebel sympathisers, and Katniss Everdeen had to make choices that would change her life forever. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes out November 21, 2014. 

Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:15am

First Trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey!: Does it Satisfy?

This morning the first ever trailer for the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, was released. Set to a dark remix of Beyonce's Crazy in Love, the trailer gives us a little hint of everything—including the Red Room of Pain!  The trailer seemed focused far more on the romance between Christian and Ana than on the sex, but based on the trailer, we think there will be plenty of both! Now we can all see it, and weigh in with our thoughts.

So—what do you think the movie will be like, based on this trailer? Are you pleased or disappointed? (Also, Lost Girl fans, did you spot Tamsin?)

Mr. Grey will see you on February 13, 2015—just in time to be your Valentine's Day date!

Sat
Jul 12 2014 1:00pm

What the Heart Wants: Summer 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for July and August. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!


Ray Donovan (television)
While it looks like the Terry/Frances relationship that H&H’s Wendy the Super Librarian was rooting for is over (poor Frances!), Liev Schreiber alone is enough to tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Ray Donovan. (Premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  Masters of Sex (television)
Thanks to history and human sexuality classes, we always knew where William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s relationship was going. And sure enough, in Masters of Sex Season 2, their research isn’t all that’s going to new heights. (Premieres at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)
 
 

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 11:19am

Catch Up with Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Update!

Ron, Hermione, Harry,Ginny, and their children in the final scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsIt comes as no surprise that the youngest Seeker that Hogwarts has seen in a century made an appearance at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup with his family and friends. Harry Potter, now 34, attended the Cup with his two sons, along with other members of Dumbledore's Army. This is the first sighting of Harry since the publication of the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in 2007, and the release of the final movie in 2011.

J.K. Rowling on her site, Pottermore, released an update for fans via the notorious Rita Skeeter, who is gossiping about “covering” the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Thanks to the much-debated epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we know that Harry, Ron, and Hermione all went to work for the Ministry of Magic—Harry and Ron as Aurors, and Hermione in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. However, the article reveals that Ron, after only two years as an Auror, left to co-manage Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

[How are our favorites faring these days?...]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 2:00pm

Love Among the Wreckage: Adrenaline-Fueled Romance at the Movies

In the closing moments of 1994’s Speed, Sandra Bullock’s Annie tells Keanu Reeves’s smitten Jack that “...relationships that start under intense circumstances, they never last.” Clearly she’s right, because by the time Speed 2: Cruise Control rolls around three years later she’s gotten tired of his constant life-in-peril routine and has moved on to Jason Patric—who, however, ends up being even more disaster-prone (in more ways than one). But despite the evident wisdom of this oddly self-aware heroine’s words some twenty—can you believe it? – years ago, filmmakers persist in giving us whirlwind romances shoehorned into even the most aggressively boisterous of explosion-filled blockbusters, because they think that’s what it takes to make us womenfolk happy.

And guess what? It makes me happy.

[We LOVE happy, too!]

Wed
Jun 25 2014 6:57pm

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series Optioned for Film!

Ready for some big news, In Death fans? Amber Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired the film rights to the series!

Here's their tweet, which links to an announcement on J.D. Robb's official Facebook fan page:

Naturally, the fandom exploded, so Robb herself (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) took to her blog to clarify several points, including the fact that while the rights have been sold, this does not guarantee a movie will be made. (The project is in the very early stages of development, and as film buffs know, many projects do not make it all the way into production, let alone theaters. In those situations, if/when the option runs out, the rights revert back to the author/publisher/rights holder.)

Here are a few more excerpts from Robb's post (or read the full blog entry here):

I’ve met face-to-face with the producer, twice. She has not only read the books, she gets them–and the characters. I’ve turned down option offers before, for this series and for my other work because I didn’t feel it was a good fit. This feels like one.

Will it be? No absolute guarantee, but I have to trust my instincts.

...

Will the movie be an exact reproduction of the book? Again, no. It can’t possibly be. It’s based on the novel, translated from the novel to the screen, interpreted by a director, a cinematographer, a screenwriter, and far from least of all, by actors. Both the producer and I agree the film must, absolutely must, remain true to the core of the book and the characters. But yes, some things will be left out, some things will change in order to make the shift from page to screen.

...

I’m not in charge of casting–I wouldn’t know where to begin. But again, I’ll have input. Actors act, and a really good actor becomes the role. Gregory Peck became Atticus Finch, Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lector. For me Tom Cruise became Lestat, Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss (and Mystique!) That’s what I’m looking for when the time comes–actors who can make me believe–as their creator–they’re the characters.

What are your thoughts on a possible Naked in Death movie? Who would you like to see cast as Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire hubby Roarke if the project gets to that stage?

Want more? Check out all of our J.D. Robb and In Death coverage here and stay tuned for more news as we get it!

h/t to Anne Marie Tallberg for the links!

Wed
Jun 25 2014 12:48pm

Peeta, Is That You?!: First Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer

Just out is the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the Hunger Games series based on Suzanne Collins's books by the same name.

Here we have a propaganda ad featuring President Snow (with a cameo from Peeta Mellark) reminding the country—in not very subtle language—that Panem is responsible for supporting its people and that to go against the Capitol is to risk going without sustenance.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will be in theaters in November 2014.

Has the teaser whet your appetite? Will you be there opening weekend?

Wed
Jun 18 2014 10:57am

First Official Look at Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey Movie!

The twitter account for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie tweeted the first official photo of Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.

Christian certainly looks both dangerous and charismatic here; is he living up to what you thought he would look like when you read the books? (If you read the books, that is).

(There have been earlier photos from the set—the First Glimpse of Fifty Shades of Grey—but this is the first one from the film).

Fifty Shades of Grey will be in theaters February 14, 2015.

Wed
May 28 2014 2:00pm

Disney’s Frozen: Is It a Fairytale Romance?

Frozen PosterJudging by outward appearance, Frozen might seem to be another Disney princess movie, with its traditional princess and the requisite happily ever after.

But, luckily for those of us who like a little darkness in our HEAs, there’s more to this frothy mixture than meets the eye. For starters, it is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. Our Danish friend was not exactly known for light and fluffy—remember that story about the Little Match Girl? Or even The Ugly Duckling? His stories have always contained a dark pathos, and the Snow Queen is no different.

In the Hans Christian Anderson version, we are given no explanation as to why the Snow Queen is the way she is, or why she kidnaps the young boy Kai, who then has to be rescued by his friend Gerda. The female director of Frozen, though, brings Queen Elsa—our story’s version of the Snow Queen—to life, imbuing her with enough angst to make any modern day teen proud.

[Exactly as it should be...?]

Tue
May 13 2014 2:00pm

Cajun Invasion: Channing Tatum Will Be X-Men’s Gambit

Apparently everyone’s favorite Kinetic Cajun is on has lined up his first solo film, but who was chosen to glow purple and wear that fabulous trench coat? None other than Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum.  Word is that Tatum has been officially cast as the master thief turned hero and all around Southern charmer, but the real question we have is who is going to be his Rogue?

In the comics, Gambit, or Remy LeBeau, was a New Orleans street urchin turned master thief who eventually joined up with Professor Xavier’s team of heroic outcasts, the X-Men. Gambit tended to chafe when it came to authority, and wasn’t ever really all that keen on being “heroic” but when he met fellow Southerner Rogue, he was hooked. Personally, there really isn’t a Gambit without Rogue, I mean they even made runner up in best super hero couples suited for Romance, so only time will tell if we get to see the current Rogue, Anna Paquin, meet with the X-Men’s answer to Han Solo.

What do you think about a solo Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum?

Tue
Apr 29 2014 2:40pm

10 Tropes That Make Historical Romance Awesome

Today we're thrilled to have not one but three authors—Gayle Callen, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Caroline Linden—weigh in on one of our favorite genres, historical romance. Gayle's latest release, Redemption of the Duke, is out today, and its hero is a duke (of course!) with secrets who needs redeeming. Laura Lee Guhrke's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days pairs an American heiress with a duke, and is also out today, while Caroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal offers a love triangle between a wealthy heiress and two very scandalous gentlemen. The ladies are here to discuss what makes historical romance so awesome. Thanks, Gayle, Laura Lee, and Caroline!

1) Dukes. Now come on, when you see the word “Duke” in a title, doesn’t your heart speed up? There’s just something about powerful men at the top of the aristocracy, brought to their knees by love, that just makes us all swoon. That’s probably why I’ve used “Duke” in the title 3 times in my 21 historical romances, including my most recent, Redemption of the Duke. –Gayle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

Source: runningoffthereeses.com

[+9 more historical tropes we'll love forever and always...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 6:33pm

Avengers 2 Speculation: Are Black Widow and Hawkeye an Item?

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”...]

Fri
Apr 4 2014 3:00pm

Amaztasticful!: An Obviously Super Impartial Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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!...]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 4:26pm

Eleanor & Park Coming to the Big Screen?!

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.

Fri
Mar 21 2014 9:30am

First Look: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham’s Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (March 25, 2014)

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...]

Sat
Mar 8 2014 11:00am

Judgment Day: Will Veronica Mars Choose Piz or Logan?

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:

History
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...]

Sun
Feb 23 2014 11:00am

Scott Pilgrim vs. New Adult: Scott Pilgrim, The Makings of a New Adult Heroine

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...]

Sat
Feb 22 2014 5:22pm

Cover Alert: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham’s Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line!

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.

Fri
Feb 14 2014 6:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Date Night with Efron, Ealy, Pine, and More!

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...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 9:30am

Like Crazy: A Cinematic Break Up

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?