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Stalking or Romance? Your Favorite Rom-Coms Re-examined

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It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Don't deny it; you feel it too. All of this frilly lovey-doveyness just makes you want to grab a box of chocolates and a glass of wine and hang out with a good rom-com DVD (you didn't think we were going to say a person, did you?). The mythical pull of the rom-com is amazing, enthralling. They always solve their problems and end up happy in the end!

But wait. Take a closer look at the plot the next time you're watching your beloved chick flick — there are usually at least nine "endearing misunderstandings" and "charming half-truths" involved in a typical boy-meets-girl-eventually-they-make-out movie.  Schemes! Plots! But it always turns out ok!

Would that happen in real life?

Here at NextMovie, we walk the streets with a can of Mace in one hand and sharpened nails on the other (and type one-handed when we're not walking the streets, because we just got our nails did), on the lookout for handsome yet hapless leading men veering too close to obsession for our tastes. After all, you never know when someone will go from liking how soft your skin is to wanting to wear your skin. What that in mind, we revisited five of our favorite rom-coms to analyze: Is this actually romantic, or should we be reaching for our panic buttons? Get More »

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Valentine's Day With Planet Fanboy

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Clint Barton and Oliver Queen's arrows have nothing on Cupid, that obnoxious nude baby that pops up in television commercials the same time each year.

If it is your good fortune to get hit with one, you can be assured of a few absolute truths: you'll never get to watch what you want and you'll find yourself cleaning up the mess of a pet you never asked for.

If you are a male dating a female (and on Planet Fanboy, this is just one of a dozen permutations) you're gonna have to whip out the ol' Discover Obsidian Advantage Plus Card and dig deep as the calendar approaches February 14, no matter how much your beloved feigns indifference to crass, material goods. Get More »

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Twisted Valentines From Movie Characters

Valentine's Day is great for getting cards and candy and flowers and stuff. But some people take the concept of "Be Mine" to rather sinister and even psychotic levels.

No, we're not talking about anyone's ex (well, not in particular, anyway). We speak of the diabolical romantics that make for some of cinema's most memorable and twisted villains. This Valentine's Day, you should recall a different holiday and be thankful that you're not the one receiving some of the sentiments below.

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Questions and Answers With Josh Duhamel

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Josh Duhamel may seem like the consummate leading man, all tan skin and white teeth. After all, he did get his start in the infamous soap "All My Children" and was later the titular Tad in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" His role in "Safe Haven," opening Valentine's Day, is somewhat familiar territory: Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, the film tells the story of single dad Alex (Duhamel) and his seemingly doomed love affair with Katie (Julianne Hough), a Woman With A Secret who showed up to his small town under duress and settled down almost immediately.

However, Duhamel was refreshingly candid in a chat with NextMovie, putting on display some decidedly un-rom-com views. Read ahead to find out about the inspiration behind his murder-face, his musical aspirations, the surprising first movie he made out to and more. Get More »

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Nicholas Sparks Mad Libs: Write Your Own Bestselling Romance for Adaptation to the Screen!

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Man, don't you just love a good Nicholas Sparks movie? There's nothing better to pop into the DVD player, hit play, and just unwind, your only companions a pint of Ben and Jerry's, a pack of tissues and a box of Chardonnay. (Wine never judges when it comes to weeping over the doomed romance of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.)

But, much as we love "The Notebook," the totally underrated "A Walk to Remember" (We still love you, Mandy!) and all the other masterpieces based on Sparks' novels, don't they get a little...samey after a while? Get More »

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Enjoy the Best Movie Breakups For Valentine's Day


If you're like us, your black, black heart shrivels up a little bit more every time Valentine's Day rolls around. Oh, sure, the idea of true love is wonderful, but if you watch a lot of movies -- and we do -- you know that these things never actually work out. Instead, there are tears, recriminations, f-bombs, pimp slaps and occasionally ear-piercing shrieks of soul-rending grief.

The solution to all that heartache? No, not another box of chocolates, but rather the new Ultimate Breakup clip from New York Magazine. Get More »

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Creating the Perfect 'Twilight' Valentine's Day


Turning your Valentine's Day into a "Twilight-themed" date may not be the most original concept in the universe. Coupling the year's designated day for romantics with the biggest fictional romance of the 2000s has been commonplace since the first book.

However, Valentine's Day by its very nature isn't unique. Everyone is expected to buy sweetheart gifts, chocolates, flowers, candy, champagne, crotchless undies, etc. on the same day.

You may as well embrace the tawdriness of the holiday. It's more fun to dive head-first into it, rather than overthink it and stand on the sidelines, pointing out its flaws -- you know, like critics do with "Twilight." Get More »

Divas Do Hollywood: We Grade Their Acting

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Madonna and Whitney to Gwen and Britney... Nearly every pop queen has packed up their diva ways and taken them to the big screen. 

The results have been mixed; for every Mariah Carey in "Precious," there's a Mariah Carey in "Glitter," and for every J. Hudson in "Dreamgirls," there's a J. Simpson in "Employee of the Month." 

With veteran screen diva Cher teaching acting newcomer Christina Aguilera the tricks of crossing over in "Burlesque," here's a rundown of the most memorable instances of divas gone Hollywood. Get More »

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