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From The Blog
November 26, 2014
Families and Holidays
Lucy Dosch
November 26, 2014
5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights
Rebekah Weatherspoon
November 26, 2014
Dirty Talking in Romance
Laura Kaye
November 25, 2014
The Busybodies of Romance
Marina Adair
November 25, 2014
Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes
Team H & H
Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:00am

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 2:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]

Sat
Nov 22 2014 10:30am

3 Things the Fifty Shades of Grey Film MUST Get Right

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and AnaLove it or hate it, E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is a cultural phenomenon. It's a polarizing work inside and out of romance circles, but its bestseller status many times over and overwhelming penchant as watercooler talk made a transition to the big screen basically inevitable. The thing is, its popularity means that just about everyone has an opinion on the idea of a BDSM romance novel translating to theaters. It's really the first exposure of the genre to blockbuster feature film status. And regardless of the final product, Fifty Shades of Grey struck a chord with people across the globe for a reason, and above all, the film version has to respect that. The Fifty Shades film should make us love it for the same reasons the book resonated with so many. It must reflect the story we've come to know and in order to do that, it has to nail three things: the extreme sex, the proper articulation and balance of the romance, and Christian Grey.

As a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has one objective to accomplish: Walking the tightrope of honoring what fans and readers love about the addictive quality of the work while doing justice to our overactive imaginations as we've devoured the story and know it well. It needs to take itself seriously but not too seriously.

The intensity that should have come across in the first official trailer released this summer at times unfortunately just feels slow, boring, and even cold. So often BDSM is portrayed poorly and inaccurately, and with the visual component of the props and the Red Room of Pain, it cannot be a bunch of cheap thrills. It can't be stereotype and it can't just be an extreme version of Twilight. Execution of the BDSM lifestyle here is a concern, and it's one of the main hit-or-miss elements upon which the film's success hinders, and there will be plenty of fact-checkers in the audience.

[What else will fans be expecting?...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 8:12am

“I Could Be the Ham in That Man Sandwich”: 3 Reasons We Already Love Pitch Perfect 2

  • All the Fat Amy We Can Handle—She's the naughty Australian best friend we always wanted, and says all the things we're thinking!
  • Great Music—Raise your hand if you tried to learn the “Cups (When I'm Gone)” song after seeing the first Pitch Perfect! We imagine it'll be more of the same in the sequel.
  • To Sing Love Songs We Need Love First, Right?—Fat Amy and Bumper Alan, Fat Amy and The Green Bay Packers (aka the Man Sandwich), Becca and Jesse. We're sure there will be plenty of other ships for us to set sail on!

What are your three reasons?

Romance Addict Confession: I've already watched the trailer five times, as of posting. How about you guys?

Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:23am

The First Cinderella Trailer Is Here!

The trailer for Disney's first live-action Cinderella movie is finally upon us! Downton Abbey star Lily James will take on the leading role of young orphaned princess Ella, who's living with her mean step-mother and two evil step-sisters (one of whom you'll discover is The Borgias's Lucrezia, Holliday Grainger). Oh, and Richard Madden, famous for his role of Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the dashing Prince Charming.

Watch the magical trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! Will you be seeing this one in theaters?

Cinderella will arrive on March 13, 2015.

Fri
Nov 14 2014 3:00pm

H&H Debriefing #20: Fifty Shades of Adaptations

It's that time again! In a new edition of the H&H Debriefing, Team H&H's Megan, Jenn, and Heather discuss the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer and open up the floor to a wider discussion on the best/our favorite book-to-screen adaptations. We talk Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, Nora Roberts, and a whole lot more! What is your favorite adaptation? Do you like them at all, or do you stay as far away from them as possible?

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 10:22pm

“It’s You That’s Changing Me”: Extended Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Arrives

As promised earlier today, an extended Fifty Shades of Grey trailer premiered during tonight's Scandal (check back in the morning for a Heart-to-Heart recap!). If you missed it, watch it here and now!

The first trailer left a lot to the imagination—what do you make of this one, which delves deeper into the tension between and issues facing Christian Grey and the woman he can feel changing him? Are you buying Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the roles, or are you reserving judgment? Ready to fall for Christian and Ana all over again? Sound off in the comments!

Revisit all of H&H's Fifty Shades trilogy coverage here, and check back regularly for more news as we get it! As a member of the Official Fifty group, we'll be hosting sweepstakes for some pretty cool swag in the near future, and you won't want to miss that!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 1:00pm

Mr. Grey Will See You Tonight: New Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Debuts During Scandal

We'll be recapping Scandal tomorrow, but there will be a scandalous treat in tonight's episode for those watching—the newest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer! Don't worry if you can't catch it, as part of the #OfficialFifty we'll be sharing it with you as soon as we can!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 12:09pm

New The Mockingjay, Part 1 Clip Forces Katniss to Choose: Gale or Peeta


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We all know how this story ends, but seeing the Katniss/Gale/Peeta love triangle come to life on the big screen has been a big part of The Hunger Games movie experience. And in the latest clip from The Mockingjay, Part 1—released today as part of a Good Morning America segment with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson—we see Katniss edging closer to having to make some hard choices (think life-or-death) that'll impact her very different relationships with would-be suitors Gale and Peeta.

Mockingjay, Part 1, opens in theaters soon—November 21, 2014.

Tue
Oct 28 2014 2:28pm

Marvel Announces Captain Marvel Movie, Super-Sized Avengers 3, and More!

Captain Marvel #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez, and Lee LoughridgeBIG news out of Marvel's fan event today, including the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU's) first female-led film, Captain Marvel, is in the works! While it's not the Black Widow (with or without Hawkeye) movie this fan had hoped to see (sigh), this is wonderful news for those of us who've been clamoring for a woman to finally get her own standalone story.

Other major announcements from Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige:

  • Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3, 2017; even bigger news, it already has a star—Chadwick Boseman, clearly our newest superhero crush
  • Avengers 3: Infinity War will be released in TWO parts, a year apart: Part 1 will be out on May 4, 2018, and Part 2 following (relatively) shortly after, on May 3, 2019 (WOW that all feels far away for more of our beloved Avengers)
  • Captain America 3's subtitle is “Civil War,” confirming all the rumors we've been hearing about what a beast of a film that'll be (Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Man for this one); it'll be in our eyeballs May 6, 2016 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier was SO good that we have high high hopes for this one)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released May 5, 2017, earlier than expected
  • Doctor Strange (which may or may not star Benedict Cumberbatch, as the Hollywood trades are reporting) will bow May 6, 2016
  • Thor: Ragnarok will see the return of both Thor AND Loki on July 28, 2018 for a third Thor standalone
  • Inhumans was perhaps the biggest Phase 3 surprise (at least, I hadn't heard any rumblings about this one) and will be released on November 2, 2018

Anybody else suffering from sensory overload? How are we feeling? Who wants to join me in clamoring for Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff (so terrific as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace)  as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel?

ETA 10/28/14 4:46pm: Fiege had this to say to Entertainment Weekly in response to questions about a potential Black Widow standalone film:

Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger herself. Her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very, very big and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very, very big. A lynchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out, instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, we’re continuing the forward momentum and continuity of the cinematic universe of which Widow is a key, key part.

So it looks like that's a no on the standalone, at least for now, but that Marvel's aware she's beloved and will continue to play a big role in future films, which...hey, maybe a character as enigmatic as she is just works better this way. I admit I love what we've seen of her so far and that it's been great seeing her show up as often as she has.

Fri
Oct 24 2014 1:45pm

All Hallow’s Eve-ning at the Movies: Best Paranormal Romance Date Movies

 Today we're joined by author Elizabeth Hunter, whose Desert Bound, the second book in the Cambio Springs series, has just been released. Elizabeth writes paranormal romance with a healthy dollop of suspense, so she is well-suited to advise us on the best movies to head to for some paranormal romance—perfect for a Halloween date, right? Thanks, Elizabeth! 

Movie theaters are flooded with magical or paranormal romances, but does your date share your enthusiasm for teen romance in the fantasy vein? If you’re having a hard time dragging his warm body to Warm Bodies, stay in and check out some of these favorites he might not have seen.

Practical Magic

There’s a reason this movie is a girls’-night-in classic, but it can also be a fun movie for a date. Practical Magic is wickedly funny, features lots of creepy-crawly horror themes, and a great paranormal mystery. Two sisters who deal with their magic in very different ways fight off a haunting from the world’s worst ex-boyfriend. Good guy cop, Aiden Quinn, tops off this Halloween favorite.

Date bonus: MIDNIGHT MARGARITAS!

[You get the salt, we'll get the tequila!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:54am

“Nothing Lasts Forever”: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is out, and things don't seem to be going well for our favorite superpowered crew. Here's the official synopsis:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015.

First impressions? Looks really dark and intense, huh? Exciting!

Except...are we the only ones disappointed there wasn't more Black Widow/Hawkeye? (Think we spotted them together in only one quick shot, which is a shame because we have hopes and dreams for that relationship in Avengers 2...)

Fri
Oct 17 2014 4:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Magic Mike XXL Cast

Can you believe it's already been two years since Channing Tatum made Magic Mike aka “that male stripper movie.” It blew most people's expectations out of the water, and now the wait is almost over as the sequel Magic Mike XXL is set to come out in July 2015. For those rabid fans who happen to live in or near to Georgia, you have a chance to be cast as an extra in the movie. For those who are eagerly anticipating, but will miss the opportunity to be an extra, H&H always has your back with a look at the eye candy that's been cast in the sequel.

What actors are you looking forward to stripping down. Will you be seeing the sequel?

[Get ready for the full monty...]

Wed
Oct 1 2014 9:55am

Twilight Returns, Sort Of!

Bella and Edward in New MoonIt's not truly nighttime yet!

The film company that produced Twilight has announced that it is teaming with Facebook to produce five short films based on Twilight characters. According to Entertainment Weekly, “A group of female panelists will choose from five aspiring female directors to direct the films, titled The Storytellers—New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga...The panel includes Kristen Stewart; The Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer; Kate Winslet; Octavia Spencer; Julie Bowen; Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke; producer Cathy Schulman; and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.” The films will appear exclusively on Facebook, and will not feature any of the original cast.

Whose stories do you want to see? Will you watch movies on Facebook?

Fri
Sep 19 2014 12:00pm

LOL! The Top 10 Rom-Coms of the Past 10 Years

I worship at the altar of Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks, and Meg Ryan. I can quote When Harry Met Sally on command, and I’ve been to Katz’s Deli. However, since the early 2000s, much has been left to desire in the world of the rom-com. But if you know where to look, there are plenty of gems to be found. In chronological order, here are my picks for the best rom-coms of the last ten years; what rom-coms would make it onto your list?

13 Going on 30 (2004)
Why? Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner are perfectly charming. As teenagers, we all wished we were older and wiser—or Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving as Jenna wishes in the film. But she quickly learns that the perfect life isn’t really worth it without the ones we love. Plus, Andy Serkis doing the Thriller dance is a vision.

[And so many other things to love...]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 3:30pm

Hearts Flutter as Benedict Cumberbatch Recreates Wet Darcy Scene for Charity!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceHe's doing this for good, people! Benedict Cumberbatch recently recreated the stepping out of the water scene from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.

The charity, Give Up Clothes For Good, encourages people to donate their used clothing that will go to help children with cancer. And just because, here's the original scene:

Mon
Sep 15 2014 11:18am

Trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 Released!

A new trailer for Mockingjay Part 1, the third movie in the Hunger Games quartet of films, has just been released. The trailer shows just what Katniss is up against, even though she's an unwilling heroine (“I just wanted to save my sister”).

Mockingjay Part 1 will be release November 21, 2014.

Thu
Aug 21 2014 2:00pm

You’ve Got Text: Love in the Digital Age

Today we're pleased to have author Shelley K. Wall join us to talk about the next iteration of romance communication, this time in the digital age! Shelley's latest release, Text Me, has a hero who's having a bad time—he got fired, he got dumped, and bout the only thing that's going right are the texts he's exchanging with someone he thinks he knows—but doesn't! Text Me is a modern screwball comedy, integrating today's social media with some delightful miscommunication. Shelley is here to talk about love in the digital age. Thanks, Shelley!

Pop quiz time! How many Facebook posts did you make today? How about Twitter? Did you Facetime? What about plain ol’ texting a friend?

Now for the bonus question: How many times did you speak out loud to an actual human?

Let’s face it: this is an age of instant interaction. For most of us, the majority of conversations we have on a daily basis are now done through some sort of technical gadget. We text, tweet, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. and expect immediate communication.

[For love of technology...]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:30am

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 9:15am

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!