Yesterday, news of Brittany Murphy's death swept the Internet, leading many of us to gasp and shake our heads over how young she was (32). For the past few years, we had heard less about her Hollywood success and more about her startling weight loss and diva-like behavior. Which is why a good number of us still prefer to think of her as the young, doe-eyed up-and-comer, making her breakout role as Tai in 1995's Clueless. Over the years, she popped up here and there in unconvential romantic comedies and dark dramas that challenged our view of what love is. After the jump, the big-screen characters we couldn't help falling in love with.
How was your 2009? Did you get married? Fall in love? Or perhaps your relationship ended this year. No matter what happens in your love life, YourTango wants to be there with you. We've put together some lists that we hope will be useful, comforting, though-provoking and fun. Included in our 2009 round-ups are songs for the broken-hearted, songs for lovers, songs for the proud-and-single; books about chicks and books about d---s, er, men who cause us pain; sex scandals and sexy celebrities; and love on both the big and small screens.
The year's best date movies. We had to see them in theaters. Now, as these movies are slated to start appearing on DVD, we're itching to watch them again, this time cozied up on the couch with our best guy or gal. Check out our list and tell us what films we may have missed.
Like it or not, Edward Cullen is the fictional hottie du jour. Never before have women been so enamored by a sparkly, lovesick centenarian torn between protecting his girlfriend and eating her for dinner. Despite Edward's edgy persona and "angelic" good looks, we're not convinced that he's the literary dreamboat that thousands of Twilight and New Moon fans have made him out to be. Before Edward Cullen swooped into our libraries and bookstores, we had other male literary characters to dazzle us.
Certain men—gays and hairstylists among them—have a particularly astute handle on what women want. Richard Temtchine, who is decidedly not the former but who was, for 22 years, the latter, is one of these men—and he's translated this insight into his new film, How To Seduce Difficult Women, opening in New York City on Friday. The Paris-born Temtchine wrote, directed and produced the film, which follows Philippe, a married Frenchman living in New York, as he instructs hapless American men in the art of seduction, while sustaining ample practice himself with various mistresses. Temtchine came up with the idea after running into an acquaintance who struck him as a particularly difficult woman, and realizing he had the tools to make her soften, if not melt.
Romantic comedies are fun to watch and bad to live by. The lessons learned from "rom-coms" don't hold up in the real dating world. Here, 4 bad habits learned from these dreamy films.
If you're willing to just embrace the inherent inanities of the star-studded romantic comedy genre, then this is a perfectly acceptable date-night flick for a married couple. Just don't look too far below the surface and you'll manage a few guffaws and knee slaps.
Robert Pattinson reportedly "irritated," throwing darts at Bazaar cover while castmates look on. Visit YourTango's Celebrity Love for the details.