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The Longest Ride, the latest big screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks weepie, is a star vehicle for leading man Scott Eastwood. Not only is the 29-year-old actor/model a major talent (hey, it runs in the family), but he’s a bona fide hunk. And if there’s any place that’s a breeding ground for Hollywood hotties, it’s Nicholas Sparks movies.
Eastwood joins a long line of studs playing sensitive dreamboats (often with access to boats) that have included the likes of Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, and Liam Hemsworth. While he’s got some stiff competition (just so many abs), Eastwood doesn’t hold back the hunkiness in The Longest Ride. As a rugged but sensitive cowboy named Luke who does romance the old-fashioned way, the seriously sexy actor will have moviegoers swooning. (And very possibly “Yee haw!”-ing.)
In anticipation of The Longest Ride, which opens in theaters this weekend, and in appreciation of Sparks only casting total babes to play the leading men in his sappy romances, we’re ranking the hotties from all 10 of these movies.
10. Kevin Costner in Message in a Bottle
With all due respect to the handsome Kevin Costner, in the world of Nicholas Sparks, his younger, hunkier counterparts reign supreme. Not even romantic letters sent from beyond a watery grave can get him a higher spot on this list.
9. Richard Gere in Nights in Rodanthe
Same goes for this silver fox. While we wouldn’t mind frolicking with Richard Gere on a picturesque beach, his character in Nights in Rodanthe is far more swoonworthy than all-out sexy.
8. James Marsden in The Best of Me
Poor James Marsden cannot catch a break in Nicholas Sparks movies. First, he gets dumped in The Notebook (more on that in a bit), and then he gets dumped in a forgettable movie all his own. Marsden’s movie star charisma gets washed out in his dull romance about reunited lovers and tragic endings. Sounds familiar.
7. Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven
Josh Duhamel upped the hottie factor by being both a hot widower and a hot dad in Safe Haven, but the movie’s twist ending is far more memorable than the actor’s fine beach body.
6. Liam Hemsworth in The Last Song
5. Shane West in A Walk to Remember
If it were still 2002, Shane West would be much higher on this list, but our tastes have evolved over the past few years. Still, we’ll always love his character Landon, and will always cry hard, inconsolable tears for him. Time definitely doesn’t change that.
4. Channing Tatum in Dear John
It’s not nearly as fun watching Tatum in army fatigues and wearing construction belts that are not part of some sort of stripper uniform, but, hey, it still gets the job done.
3. Scott Eastwood in The Longest Ride
He’s a sexy cowboy with a sensitive side, do we really need to explain this any further?
2. Zac Efron in The Lucky One
Efron is definitely lucky to be this high on a list of Sparks movies, considering his on-screen romance with Taylor Schilling in The Lucky One is laughably bad. But you know what’ll get you in the runner-up spot on a list of hotties? One seriously smoldering shower sex scene. Well played, Efron.
1. Ryan Gosling in The Notebook
Was there ever a shadow of a doubt about who would take the top spot here? Gosling plays both boyishly handsome and OH-MY-GOD-WHAT-A-HANDSOME-RUGGED-BEARDED-SEX-GOD-WHO-WILL-KISS-YOU-PASSIONATELY-IN-THE-RAIN in The Notebook and none of us will ever fully recover from it. It’s hotness personified.
Shane West reveals why we keep going back to (and crying over) Sparks stories.
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Furious 7, which opens in theaters this weekend, is a slam-bang, non-stop action flick with outrageous stunts, crowd-pleasing one-liners, and some deliriously over-the-top scenarios (a car drives through not one, but three buildings at one point). But don’t be surprised if you leave the car caper a little misty-eyed. Honestly, don’t be surprised if you leave in a full stream of tears. That’s because the film pays a touching, heartfelt tribute to one of the saga’s original family members, Paul Walker.
Walker — who tragically passed away at the all-too-young age of 40 in a car accident in 2013 — gets the send-off he so richly deserves in what marks his final film. Not only does Walker’s character Brian O’Connor get the full action hero treatment (he has more than a few jaw-dropping sequences that will bring fans to their feet), but the film is dedicated to the memory of the actor.
There’s no question that it’s hard to adjust to Walker’s presence at first. Walker’s stunning blue eyes and captivating smile light up the screen in Furious 7 and it’s still hard to believe he’s actually gone. Even in the midst of watching a silly, hyper-violent popcorn flick, you can’t help but feel the sting of his death. It’s particularly difficult watching Walker in the film’s many car crashes, but even more tough to watch him play a loving, doting father. Some of it just feels a little too close for comfort.
Still, Walker’s memory and legacy in the Fast and Furious franchise is, undoubtedly, in the right hands. The movie’s finale gives his Furious family the chance to say goodbye to him and pay their respects, but it’s one that allows fans of the popular series to say goodbye to the actor and the character alike. Walker’s on-screen departure — which features a montage of his work in the previous Furious films and an instantly classic exchange with co-star Vin Diesel (who named his newborn daughter after his late friend and co-star) — is handled in a lovely, appropriate manner. You’re pretty much made of stone if you don’t get even a little choked up at the moment.
While the actor’s brothers Cody Walker and Caleb Walker — who stepped in to film some of his remaining scenes — are undeniable to spot, it’s as bittersweet as it is fitting. After all, the Furious films have always been about family, both on and off screen.
The Gossip Table has more on Diesel’s tribute to Walker.
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It’s been 25 years since the release of Garry Marshall‘s timeless fairytale, Pretty Woman. When it arrived in theaters back in 1990, the film opened to mixed reviews, but the dramedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere would become a box office smash and a cultural touchstone.Twenty five years later, Pretty Woman is a beloved classic, not to mention a pop culture reference in movies like Romy and Michele’s High School reunion and TV shows like Broad City and Parks and Recreation. From those unforgettable outfits to those endlessly re-quotable lines, we’ve picked the 25 most iconic things from Pretty Woman.
1. It Turned Julia Roberts Into a Full-Fledged Movie Star
Yes, the actress broke out in Hollywood in the late ’80s thanks to her work in Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, but it wasn’t until she nabbed the role as bubbly, sexy hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward that she became an A-list leading lady.
2. That Jewelry-Box-Snapping Scene, You Know the One
It’s perhaps the scene most associated with the film (not to mention Roberts’ laugh) but it wasn’t even supposed to be in the movie. Garry Marshall reportedly told Richard Gere to do it as a gag, but the moment was so charming, they kept it in. Smart move.
3. The Cut-Out Dress
The sexy blue-and-white cut-out dress (paired with the sky-high black boots) that Vivian wears when she first meets the rich and handsome Edward Lewis was something of a fashion statement and resonates just as much all these years later. In the classic Parks and Recreation episode “Road Trip,” we find out that Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) actually owns the dress and she looks “really good in it.” But the dress really made headlines again back in 2012 when Julia’s real-life niece Emma Roberts wore it as a Halloween costume.
4. Kit De Luca: Rom-Com’s Greatest Sidekick
The 90′s were filled with wise-cracking sidekicks, but no one could even compare to Vivian’s no-nonsense pal and fellow prostitute Kit De Luca (played by Laura San Giacomo). The hilarious scene-stealer forever changed the way we pronounced the Regent Beverly Wilshire (“Reg Bev Wil”) or said Cinderella (“Cinede-fuckin’-rella”). We would have watched an entire movie about Kit, truth be told.
5. “I Want the Fairytale”
Don’t we all?
6. The Shopping Sequence
Just like Romy and Michele, we just get so happy when those judgmental saleswomen finally let her shop.
7. “Big mistake. Big. Huge.”
Has there ever been a more satisfying comeback then when Vivian lets those mean Beverly Hills clerks lost out on a huge commission? Nope, and that’s exactly why people still reference it, even the Broad City gals.
8. Richard Gere’s Salt and Pepper Hair
For some inexplicable reason, they changed his hair to black on the Pretty Woman poster, when he looks so much better on screen with the gray.
9. Julia Roberts’ Gigantic Curly Hair
We’re with Edward here, it’s so much better than the ridiculous blonde bob wig she wears at the beginning of the movie.
10. Julia Roberts Singing to Prince in the Bathtub
It’s truly the only way “Kiss” was meant to be sung.
11. The Entire Soundtrack
From Roxette‘s weepy power ballad “It Must Have Been Love” to, of course, Roy Orbison‘s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” the entire soundtrack hits all the right notes at all the right times.
12. She Rescues Him Right Back
Sure, Pretty Woman ends with as cliche an ending as an fairytale (Edward climbs the “tower” to rescue the princess), but there’s a twist. As Vivian iconically tells her prince, “She rescues him right back.” Twenty-five years later, that’s still a kick-ass twist on a fairytale ending.
13. All the Sex Scenes
Pretty Woman is one of the steamiest movies of all-time, and that’s thanks in part to the smoldering scenes like when Edward and Vivian get it on atop a piano in the hotel bar.
14. A Particularly Scummy Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander will forever be known as Seinfeld‘s resident neurotic George Costanza (above), but for Pretty Woman fans it’s hard to shake the image of the actor as Edward’s sleazy boss Philip Stuckey hitting on Vivian and then, quite literally, hitting her. This guy was way more worthy of the “Can’t-Stand-Ya” name pronunciation.
15. Hector Elizondo’s Solidifies Status As a Garry Marshall Movie Regular
The Reg Bev Wil’s manager Barney Thompson turned out to be a real pal to Vivian, but one of the movie’s best characters. It’s no coincidence that Marshall has repeatedly used the supporting actor as a sidekick in many of his other movies, including Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries, and Valentine’s Day.
16. “Well color me happy! There’s a sofa in there for two!”
Come on, who doesn’t say that every time they enter a fancy elevator?
17. Vivian and Edward’s Romantic Night at the Opera
Vivian got even more emotional over their emotional, romantic date than at the Pirates of Penzance, and so did we.
18. Hollywood, Land of Dreams!
It sounds cliche when settings are described as another character, but it’s true when it comes to Pretty Woman and Hollywood. The sunny and ritzy locales are the perfect setting for the film, especially those iconic scenes on Rodeo Drive. As the flower salesman walking around Hollywood at the end of the film puts it, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here: this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t…but keep on dreamin’…this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’!”
19. Vivian’s Arsenio Hall Impression at the Stuffy Polo Match
The ’90s were awesome.
20. The Polka Dot Dress
The only thing better than Vivian’s Arsenio Hall outburst at the polo match, is her classy polka dot dress, paired with a white hat.
21. The Lotus Espirit
Thanks to Pretty Woman we all learned that Edward’s fancy sports car, the Lotus Espirit “corners like it’s on rails!”
22. “Do you have anything in this shop as beautiful as she is?”
Now that’s a line.
23. “In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.”
No, wait, that is.
24. Vivian Eats Pancakes With her Hands
Seriously, only Roberts could make that look appetizing.
25. The Whole Damn Movie
Every outfit, every line, every sexy glance, and every hairstyle still incredibly holds up 25 years later. Of course, nothing is as timeless as a boy and a girl meeting from the other sides of the tracks and falling in love, but Pretty Woman is in a league of its own.
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