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Tue
Apr 8 2014 5:33pm

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”...]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 12:42pm

Danny and Mindy Sneak Around in The Mindy Project 2x15 & 2x16

Danny and Mindy in The Mindy ProjectThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 2, episodes 15 and 16, “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW.” Enjoy!

Will they or won't they? That was the question for a season and a half of The Mindy Project, but that is all over, friends: They DID.

And while the so-called “Moonlighting effect” is always a concern for shows with romantic elements (can you resolve the sexual tension between your leads and still create compelling television?), if the first two episodes after Mindy and Danny's kiss on an airplane are any indication, The Mindy Project has nothing to worry about there. If anything, Mindy and Danny's new relationship status—whatever that may be—seems to raising the bar for comedy and romance.

As “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW” illustrated beautifully, the kiss merely opens up a whole new world of complications, all of which are potentially comedic gold in the hands of the series' writing staff. Already you can't deny the benefits of more one-on-one time with Mindy and Danny, whose chemistry is downright electric, and the laughs derived from their very different approaches to life and love. The legitimate, down-to-earth, character-based issues between the two of them as both individuals and a couple can easily power years' worth of storylines, and we got a taste of that last night.

[Everything's fine and Dandy...]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 3:53pm

Jake Peralta Uses His Words in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Finale!

NOTE: This post may contain SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, including last night's season 1 finale, 1x22, “Charges and Specs.” Enjoy!

As laugh-out-loud funny as Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, the series also has a lot of heart, and NYPD Detective Jake Peralta put his on the line for fellow officer Amy Santiago in the Season 1 finale.

After realizing he had feelings for her a couple episodes back and then pining for her all of last week's, Peralta finally confessed his feelings for Santiago—in a spectacularly awkward fashion for such a confident guy—before leaving for his undercover assignment:

I don't know what's gonna happen on this assignment, and if something bad goes down, I'd be pissed at myself if I don't say this: I kinda wish something...could happen...between us...romantic-stylez. And I know it can't, 'cause you're with Teddy, and I'm going undercover, and that's just how it is. Anyway, we're not supposed to have any contact, so I should go.

Awwwwww! That plus the earlier dance scene, where Jake teaches Amy a few steps while the two are posing as dance competitors, made for quite the romantic send-off. The wait for Season 2's gonna be killer!

Wed
Mar 26 2014 10:28am

Love Lessons from The Mindy Project’s Dr. Mindy Lahiri

Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy ProjectDr. Mindy Lahiri bases the success of her love life around how closely it resembles a rom-com. Unfortunately, her dates and her life in general (while hilarious) lend themselves more to a tale of caution than a storybook. To celebrate the return of the charming, hilarious, and romantic TV comedy The Mindy Project in less than a week (April 1), allow us to present 10 lessons the show, via Mindy, has taught us thus far about love and dating.

10. Let go of the fairy tale. We've only gotten a few glimpses of what oral surgeon Tom and Mindy were like as a couple prior to the series, but what we have seen suggests that even before Tom dumped her for a Serbian bagel girl “with more years to share,” Mindy'd been invested in him more as proof that fairytales can come true than 'cause she was ready for an honest-to-goodness long-term relationship. Even the way she describes their meet-cute (“Met in an elevator? My hair came undone? Are you kidding me? I'm basically Sandra Bullock!”) and subsequent accelerated romance (he moved in after a very brief courtship) are evidence that these two were not together for the right reasons. While Mindy's a wreck about Tom's betrayal at first, in the long run she's undoubtedly better off without him and in a more grounded relationship. (I'm Sandra Bullock gif via stuntedadults.com)

[+9 more important lessons...]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 10:49am

Mind. Blown. The Good Wife’s Heartbreaking Twist

Alicia in The Good Wife 5x15This post contains MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS for last night's episode of The Good Wife, Season 5's episode 15, “Dramatics, Your Honor.”

Do NOT read this post until you have caught up. You have been warned.

In a season already known for being a game-changer, The Good Wife somehow did it again, and no one saw this (shocking, devastating, horrifying) twist coming.

With absolutely zero warning this would be anything other than your average—if still terrific—episode of the delicious, morally ambiguous legal drama, the show in its final few minutes [highlight for spoilers]offed not only a major player but one-half of a fan-favorite couple.[/spoilers]

Suffice to say: If you're still reeling...you're not alone.

[Any chance this was all a nightmare?...]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 8:30am

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 10:00am

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...]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 11:46am

“I Want the Whole Damn Thing”: April’s Choice in Grey’s Anatomy 10x13

April in Grey's Anatomy season 10Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Grey's Anatomy, including last night's Season 10, episode 13, “Take It Back.” Enjoy!

Just when you think you've got a handle on Grey's Anatomy, creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes  (also the boss at H&H favorite Scandal) throws you for another loop. And that is exactly what happened in last night's midseason premiere.

Back in December, fans of the Jackson/April (nicknamed Japril) pairing were thrilled to see Jackson confess his love for April in front of all of their friends and her family. The catch? He did so at her wedding to another man! So viewers were left wondering: Would April choose fellow doctor and best friend Jackson, or her paramedic groom, Matthew? Last night, we got our answer and then some.

[Team Matthew or Team Jackson?...]

Wed
Feb 26 2014 10:15am

I’m Here for Philip/Elizabeth: 4 Reasons to Watch The Americans

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in GQThe Americans Season 2, here we come! FX's series about a pair of Russian KGB spies posing as a married couple in the U.S. during the latter years of the Cold War is set to resume tonight, and if you haven't yet caught up, you really must. Why? This show is romantic suspense at its best, as it turns out that agents Phil and Elizabeth Jennings (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) may actually be falling in love with each other after 15 years, many many missions, and two kids.

The whole first season is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, so feel free to quit reading and check it out at any time.

...Need more incentive? Let's get to it. Allow me to present 4 (mostly Philip/Elizabeth-related) reasons why, given the opportunity, this show will hook you good:

1. Theirs is a love story in reverse. If you thought your relationship was complicated, wait'll you hear how Philip and Elizabeth got their start: In Season 1 we learned that fifteen years before, these perfect strangers (seriously, they'd never even met before) were paired for a long-term KGB mission in the U.S., where they were ordered to pose as a married couple and, eventually, produce a few kids to really sell their cover in between all the covert ops Moscow assigned them. Can you imagine? So, really, it wasn't at all surprising to learn that in the years since, they hadn't exactly fallen head over heels for each other, despite the fact that they did, indeed, bring two children into the world and into their “family.” Except, in the Pilot episode, after Philip ruthlessly snapped the neck of a man who raped Elizabeth in training years ago, feelings started to come to the surface for both of them after all.

[+ more reasons to watch...]

Sat
Feb 22 2014 4:22pm

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.

Wed
Feb 12 2014 1:39pm

Veronica Mars Gets Some LoVe from Entertainment Weekly!

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...

Sun
Feb 9 2014 2:06pm

Shipping Sunday: The Mindy Project’s Mindy/Danny

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project's The DesertOpposites attract, enemies to friends to lovers... The Mindy Project's Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano (portrayed by Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina) encapsulate several favorite romance tropes. Not to mention the two have loads of chemistry. What's not to love?

What are your favorite Dandy moments? And do you think they're headed for true love after “The Desert” and that kiss, or was it just temporary insanity? For the record, this girl has to believe they'll be brilliant together, even if they never stop bickering (never stop bickering, guys).

[+6 more totes adorbs Dandy pics...]

Thu
Feb 6 2014 7:06pm

Ship’s Log: Trust-Building with Oliver and Felicity in Arrow 2x13!

Oliver and Felicity in ArrowThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x13, “Heir to the Demon.”

Trust, or its lack, was a major player in last night's fantastic episode of Arrow as Felicity was forced to decide whether her relationship with Oliver could withstand the truth about Thea's father and Sara finally had to take the plunge and reveal herself to her whole family. Did Oliver prove himself a true friend, justifying Felicity's faith in him? And did Sara's family welcome her back with open arms, demonstrating their unconditional love for her?

Yes and, er, sorta.

First, let's talk about Olicity's progress, because let's be real, a lot of us are here primarily for the delicious tension between them, and last night's episode was a perfect example of why:

See, Felicity—extraordinary Felicity Smoak, ladies and gentlemen—found out the truth (offscreen) about Thea being Malcolm Merlyn's daugther rather than Robert Queen's, which set up that potential Olicity hurdle I mentioned at the top of the post. Moira, when confronted by Felicity, immediately turned things around on Felicity by telling her that if she told Oliver the truth, he'd hate her simply for being the messenger. Low blow made even lower by the fact that she called out Felicity's clear feelings for Oliver (“I see the way you look at him”), which was how she knew Felicity's greatest fear would be losing him. Oh, snap! So understandably, Felicity spent some time angsting over whether or not to come clean with her friend/hero/dream man.

[Here's your time to shine, Oliver...]

Wed
Feb 5 2014 12:00pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King!

The Kraken King Part 1 by Meljean BrookFebruary's already off to a Kraken good start! Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is excited to reveal the covers for the first three parts of Meljean Brook's eight-part Iron Seas serial novel, The Kraken King! When a woman yearning for more life experience finds herself on a voyage with a notorious man known as the Kraken King, you just know there's bound to be thrilling adventures and epic romance. We can't wait to check it out.

Here's the official description:

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

The Kraken King will be published in eight installments beginning April 15, 2014!

[+See the fantastic covers for Parts 2 and 3!...]

Wed
Jan 22 2014 10:36am

Best of You: Mindy and Danny [Redacted] in Mindy Project 2x14!

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project Season 2, episode 14, The DesertThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s 2x14, “The Desert.” Enjoy!

“'You know you're right for someone when they force you to be the best version of yourself. That's how I know we're right for each other....'”

In the winter finale of The Mindy Project, a mini roadtrip to visit Danny's (formerly) deadbeat dad, an epic argument in the desert, heartfelt apologies, a co-written apology/love letter to Cliff, and a brush with death (okay, some turbulence on an airplane, endured alone—same diff, though, right?) somehow all led to...

[MAJOR SPOILERS AHOY!...]

Thu
Jan 16 2014 9:26am

Ship’s Log: Oliver Reveals His Jealous Side to Felicity in Arrow 2x10, “Blast Radius”

Arrow Season 2 posterNote: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's Season 2, episode 10, “Blast Radius.” Enjoy!

Any lingering doubts about whether Oliver was jealous of Felicity's potential new beau, Central City CSI Barry Allen—now in a coma after being struck by lightning—were laid to rest in last night's episode. Not only did Oliver ROLL HIS EYES when Diggle mentioned Felicity was spending a few extra days at Barry's bedside in Central City, he also later (unfairly) blamed an Arrow snafu on her, basically claiming she hadn't been 100% focused on the mission due to Barry.

Of course, THAT comment led to a pretty heated argument between the two of them, in which Felicity went toe-to-toe with Oliver and his (rather irrational) anger, not backing down until Digg told them to chill out. Afterwards, Digg pointed out that Oliver never had a problem with Felicity's work until she met Barry. Your non-platonic feelings are showing, Oliver (clearly Digg would agree)!

But then Mr. Queen redeemed himself. After a passive-aggressive comment or two from Felicity (“You sure you want me doing this? My head might not be in the right place.”) and after they caught the villain of the week (Firefly alum Sean Maher's bomber “Shrapnel”), Oliver seized upon one of those rare quiet moments in the Arrow cave to apologize.

[What? Oliver apologized?!...]

Sat
Jan 11 2014 8:50pm

Jamie and Claire in Action: The Outlander Trailer Is Here!

Starz has released the first trailer for its new TV series Outlander, based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. This marks our first look at Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall (Fraser) in action on the screen.

The footage was first shown to the crowd at the Outlander Fan Event in Los Angeles today (if you missed it, read a liveblog recap of the Outlander panel here), where showrunner/executive producer Ronald D. Moore also announced that the series will be scored by composer Bear McCreary, whose Battlestar Galactica and Walking Dead fans (among many others) are thrilled (this girl being one of them!). During the event Moore also revealed some production art for the series and talked a bit more about adapting the series from the books. He, stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Hueghan, and Gabaldon also took a lot of fan questions in anticipation of the show's series premiere sometime later this year.

Stick with H&H's Outlander Collection for more news!

Sat
Jan 11 2014 6:34pm

Outlander Panel & News Recap

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander

We may still be a few months out from the series premiere of the Outlander TV show (Starz hasn't set an official date yet but says it'll be in “the third quarter of 2014”), but more and more details are starting to emerge about Jamie and Claire's live-action story. Here are some news tidbits we've seen around the web in the last couple days:

Plus, today in Los Angeles, Starz is holding an Outlander Fan Gathering (the hash tag on Twitter is #OutlanderInvadesLA) featuring a panel with series stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heugan, executive producer Ronald D. Moore, and book series author Diana Gabaldon. The panel starts in just a few minutes, at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern. To view a livestream of the event, go to Starz's Outlander home page. After the event, I'll update this post with the highlights. Feel free to comment on this post with your own thoughts on the event!

[Read the highlights here...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 5:54pm

Jamie and Claire Steal Hearts in Their First Outlander Portrait

Jamie and Claire in OutlanderThe first official image of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as Jamie and Claire (together! finally together!) in the upcoming Outlander television series has been released by Starz via TV Guide (which promises more to come in the magazine's next issue). Do they make a handsome couple or what?!

While we've seen the two seperately, this is the moment we've all been waiting for—the chance to see how they look right next to each other. Now we just have to wait to see their chemistry in action...

Until then, for more Outlander goodies, check out the show's official page, featuring a few videos, including one in which Heughan teaches us all how to pronounce “Sassenach.” This is absolutely as hot as it sounds, yes.

And stay tuned to H&H for all things Outlander, such as news, blog posts (about both Diana Gabaldon's book series and the show), and—once the show begins airing on Starz in 2014—episode recaps with a focus on the romance, especially between supercouple Jamie and Claire.