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Valentine's Day can either be the most swoon-worthy event in the calendar year for loved-up couples, or a Hallmark-card disaster for the broken hearted.

Whether you'll be heading on a candelit-dinner date with roses or cuddling up with your pet on the couch, we can all use a little romantic-comedy movie magic.

We've created a list of our film favourites for the loveliest day of the year…enjoy ladies.

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1. Set It Up

Harper and Charlie, played by Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, are plagued by cruel and hugely demanding bosses, until they decide to join forces and essentially trick them into falling in love with each other.

The biggest project of their young careers ensues, as their bosses will only fall for each other around their tight schedules, but will Harper and Charlie make a connection too?

Lucy Liu steals scenes as Kristen, Harper's insanely scary sports reporter boss. This movie is one of our favourite rom-coms ever, it somehow banishes clichés while remaining lovable at the same time.

2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before

The massively popular film is based on Jenny Han's trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and the Netflix movie caused quite the stir since its release.

Starring the adorable Lana Condor and Noah Centineo as teenagers who pretend to date in order to solve one young girl's letter-related disaster, you'll fall in love with this feature.

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the five love letters written privately to every boy she’s ever loved are mysteriously mailed out, despite the fact that they were hidden in her bedroom…

3. La La Land

Who could forget this stunning movie from Academy Award-nominee Damien Chazelle.

La La Land tells the breathtakingly beautiful story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggle to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

The unique musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams; Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are unbelievable in their acting prowess and chemistry in this tale of love in LA.

4. Valentine's Day (of course)

Yet another American rom-com from veteran film-maker Gary Marshall; Valentine's Day shows a series of interconnected stories of L.A. residents (celebrities) who go through the highs and lows of love on Valentine's Day.

From first dates, long-time marriages, old flames and new crushes, the stories will melt your heart like Ben & Jerrys on the couch.

The all-star cast consists of Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, and even Taylor Swift in her acting debut.

5. The Notebook

The Nicholas Sparks classic that has everyone reaching for the tissues, and which launched Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams from obscurity to stardom.

The pair also fell in love in real life while filming, so it's even more special.

Based in 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah falls for rich girl Allie but her parents force them apart. Noah leaves to serve in the second World War, and Allie finds love elsewhere. When Noah returns to their small town, their romance is far from over.

6. Crazy, Stupid, Love

Ryan Gosling just can't escape this round-up list, can he?

The hilarious and heart-warming film follows Cal, played by Steve Carell, as he undergoes a divorce from his wife Emily, played by Julianne Moore. Cal is still desperately in love with Emily, and his life is unravelling until he discovers Emily's infidelity.

Single at the age of 40, he finds Jacob (The charming Ryan Gosling), a handsome and youthful seducer who teaches Cal how to flirt with women again. Jacob is a bachelor of sorts, until his consistent co-star Emma Stone comes into the forefront. The pair really do sizzle on-screen together, but maybe it's just Ryan Gosling and anyone?

7. The Fault In Our Stars

Based on the critically-acclaimed YA book by John Green, the film follows Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley), a young teenager diagnosed with cancer.

The 16-year-old meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, after meeting him in a cancer support group.

Gus uses his invitation to meet Hazel's favourite author, Peter Van Houten, and brings her to Amsterdam to meet the recluse. Their love story becomes entangles by health problems, with often tragic circumstances. This one's a certified tear-jerker.

8. About Time

With an Irish star, what's not to love?

Domhnall Gleeson stars as Tim, who discovers the family secret at 21-years-old; the men in their family can time-travel.

Tim resolves to change his life by getting himself a girlfriend, Mary. Rachel McAdams plays his love interest, who falls in love with him after time-travel ensues. 

As life goes on, Tim figures out that his special ability can't save himself or those he loves from ordinary and mundane human problems.

9. P.S I Love You

The movie that led to Gerard Butler apologising for the butchering of an Irish accent; Hillary Swank plays his co-star and widow, who finds a series of messages that serve to guide her new life.

Starting on her thirtieth birthday, Holly Kennedy receives the first in a series of letters written by her late husband, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward after his tragic death.

Parts of it are filmed in Ireland, with stunning scenery and endless romance from Cecelia Ahern's novel.

10. The Holiday

Normally watched at Christmas, The Holiday also serves as a perfect flick to watch on the most romantic day of the year.

It's got Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swapping houses, it's got Los Angeles and English countryside scenery, sunshine and snow, Jack Black and Jude Law; basically everything.

Depressed and suffering from unrequited love, Iris agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky-in-love Californian Amanda for a break. Of course, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads and sparks fly. Utterly romantic…

11. Love, Rosie

We can't curate a list of love-themed films without including Love, Rosie.

Best pals Rosie and Alex have known each other decades, but are suddenly separated when Alex moves to America to pursue a dream.

Can their friendship survive the distance, as well as each of their own personal turbulent love stories? Tune in to see Sam Claflin and Lily Collins light up the screen.

12. Maid in Manhattan

Jennifer Lopez at her best.

The classic New York City-based flick follows a mother-of-one, Marisa Ventura, who lives in the boroughs and works as a maid in a top Manhattan hotel.

A twist of fate leads to her identity being mistaken for that of a wealthy socialite, and she meets Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), the heir to a political dynasty.

He has no idea who she really is, but the pair fall deeply in love. When her identity is revealed, their worlds couldn't be further apart. Will their love withstand?

We're in LOVE with this list, maybe we'll skip that date and just binge-watch all 11 of these in a row?

All we need is chocolate, candles and a fluffy pet to keep us warm for the perfect movie night.

Happy Valentine's Day gals, don't forget to treat yourselves.

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Claire Foy has gained international recognition for her powerful portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and now as Janet Armstrong in First Man.

As part of her acceptance speech for the #SeeHer recognition gong at the Critics' Choice Awards, she delivered a moving statement about the complexities of female roles.

She became the third actor to receive the accolade, which was launched by the Association of National Advertisers in 2016.

She followed in Viola Davis' and Gal Gadot's footsteps, winning the award which aims to increase the number of accurate depictions of women across the media.

Foy made sure to speak about how numerous people refer to her role in the 2018 Neil Armstrong biopic First Man as "just the wife", which she strongly opposes.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play some extraordinary women, for all sorts of reasons, and none more so than Janet Armstrong,” Foy said.

"She lived her life with such bravery and resilience and determination and love," she added.

“I can’t tell you how many times during the making of the movie and in the press tour that people said to me, ‘Well that part is normally the part of just the wife’." 

“And there’s no such thing as ‘just the wife’.” This statement got rapturous applause from the star-studded audience, clearly emphatically agreeing with the British actress.

Foy illustrated that it’s an actor’s responsibility to question who they portray, how they portray them and “how we want people to see themselves on screen” to create change.

Viola Davis presented Foy with the award, and Foy explained how she’d previously watched Davis’ acceptance speech for the 2016 #SeeHer award in preparation for her own.

She was eternally inspired by the outstanding Widows actor’s words that “the greatest privilege in your life is to be who you are.” WE STAN.

The actress concluded by saying she hopes the #SeeHer award will give her “encouragement” to be “brave enough to face and see myself”, and that she hopes it will also help others to do the same.

*Passes the tissues around the office*

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Broadway is about to get a whole lot more romantic; it's been announced that The Notebook, AKA the most heart-string tugging film/novel of all time, is coming to the stage as a musical.

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson shared the news on NBC's Today Show yesterday, and revealed that she has been developing the musical for over a year.

The 2004 movie starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and sparked a real-life love story between the pair as well as love blossoming on-screen.

The original novel was published in 1996 and shot Sparks to fame.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A producer on the NBC family drama This Is Us is writing the show, Bekah Brunstetter, and it will be a collaboration between her and Nicholas Sparks; the novel's original author.

The writer posted his delight on Twitter, saying that he is "thrilled" to be part of the team who will adapt the story to the stage.

The story follows a young couple in the 1940s who fall hopelessly and passionately in love, but are forced to part ways after turbulence between her family and Gosling's character.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They later reconnect, and the tale flicks between the 20th century and modern day, where the protagonist chronicles how time has impacted their lives in a tragic way.

Despite mediocre initial film reviews, the movie became a smash hit which has remained iconic in the romantic-drama genre.

Gosling and McAdams were relatively unknown at the time of filming, but their chemistry was undeniably. The pair met on set, and dated from 2005 until 2007, and again in 2008 before splitting up for good. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Casting news has yet to be revealed, and no opening date has been announced for the Broadway show.

More recently, movies such as Pretty Woman and Mean Girls have been adapted to the stage.

We can't wait to see the show, it's sure to bring the romance.

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It's Friday, the weekend and a night made for a deserved glass of wine and with must-watch TV (unless, you know, you have an actual social life).

Our favourite host Graham Norton is back tonight to kick-start a brand new series of his loved show. We've missed you – and your amazing line-up of guests! – in our living rooms, Graham!

Here's all you need to know about this evening's round-up and all the guests who will be appearing – it's going to be SO GOOD.

Two incredible leading ladies will be an appearance on that famous red couch. The ever-talented Lady Gaga will talk all things about her new (already Oscar-hyped) film A Star is Born and formidable actress Jodie Whittaker will talk about her much-discussed role in Doctor Who; she is the first female to ever take the leading role of the Time Lord.   

And gals, just wait for it. 

Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Rod Stewart will ALL sit alongside them.

We can't deal.

Cooper and Gosling will talk all things film, while Stewart will no doubt push his new album and upcoming UK and Ireland tour (do we really care about the finer deets, though?).   

We're saying it – all Friday night plans cancelled.

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One at 10.35pm on tonight and every Friday. 

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In case you were tuned into anything else at the time, Ryan Gosling appeared on The Graham Norton Show last night, and it made for some hilarious viewing.

While sandwiched between Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon and Margot Robbie, the 36-year-old actor was coerced into a recalling a time from his youth he'd clearly rather forget.

Drawing the La La Land actor out, Graham Norton suggested there was once a time when Ryan's parents had aspirations for him in the world of sales.

Sounding genuinely bemused by the memory, Ryan revealed that his parents once happened up a large supply of cellophane and thought nothing of recruiting their young son as the commercial spokesman for their supply.

From remembering how he peddled it to teachers to recalling how he spun it to students, Ryan's discomfort is palpable… and hilarious.

Take a look here.

 

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It looks like our very Saoirse Ronan may have found her number one fan in the form of Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Gosling.

The 36-year-old has spoken very highly of the Irish actress, declaring her a “master” of her craft and even compared her abilities to those of Meryl Streep.

Speaking to the Irish Sun on Sunday, the Canadian actor said she inspired him to become a better actor after the pair worked together on Ryan's 2014 directorial debut Lost River.

"She’s a genius. She’s a master. She made me a better actor, I think any actor she works with, there’s an elevation in their abilities, upping their game," he said.

"I felt like I was working with a master," he said, "like someone from the Golden Age. Someone superior to my skills as an actor in every way. She’s Meryl reborn."

Ryan confirmed that although he doesn't know when or where, he is looking forward to working with Saoirse in the future, and even hinted that a trip to Ireland may be on the cards.

"So absolutely, certainly, 100 per cent, we are going to work together again, I look forward to it. I don’t know when that will be, that is one busy actor."

"But I know she wants to bring me to Ireland, I’m fully on board."

And it looks like the admiration goes both ways with Saoirse previously calling Ryan “a blonde Canadian Jesus,” after he got people to start pronouncing her name correctly.

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Late last year it was announced that Warner Bros. will be creating a prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Since then, rumours have been rife as to who will play Willy Wonka, after Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp did such stellar performances in the role.

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And now, one name in the line up has finally been dropped, and we have to say, we like it a lot.

According to That Hashtag Show, Ryan Gosling has been named to take on the role of the sweet factory owner.

After his performance in La La Land, we think he'd be a perfect fit for the crazy, yet lovable, character.

Even though the storyline to the prequel has not been confirmed, it has been reported that it will surround the life of a young Willy Wonka, and how he became friends with the Oompa Loompas during one of his early adventures.

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The La La Land / Moonlight mix-up during the 89th Academy Awards will go down in Oscar history, not least because of Ryan Gosling's somewhat surprising reaction to learning he had not, in fact, bagged himself a little gold statue as audience members and viewers understood.

While many would have understood a disappointed or even frustrated response from La La Land's leading man, Ryan surprised fans by giggling into his sleeve after word landed that the musical had been awarded Best Picture in error.

Standing among stunned cast and crew on stage, Ryan attempted to hide a smirk behind his hand, but now, one month on, is at pains to explain his odd reaction.

"What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt," he said.

Speaking to People magazine, the 36-year-old insisted that his reaction was one of relief because the initial chaos led him to believe that someone had been taken ill.

"I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head," he said when reflecting on the confusion which played out in front of millions of viewers worldwide.

Recalling the moment it all became clear, he said: "And then I just heard Moonlight won and I was so relieved that I started laughing.”

And lest there be any confusion over his response to the loss, he added: "Truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won. I know the director. I’ve worked with them before. I’m so happy for them that they were being recognised."

So, now we know.

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Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is the movie that has us falling in love with musicals all over again.

Up for a record-tying 14 Oscars (only Titanic and All About Eve can match that figure), it also won every category it was nominated for at the Golden Globes last month.

Oh, and it’s made close-to ten times its budget back already.

 

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Here at SHEmazing! we say – go see it asap!

And if you’re wondering what the, ahem, song and dance is all about… here are eight very good reasons to LOVE La La Land

 

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1) You will worship musicals again

Sure for the first five minutes, you wonder how it’s all going to pan out. After another ten minutes of La La Land, you really start to like what you see. And after 30 minutes – well, then you are just ALL OVER musical films forever more.

2) You will covet the weather

It’s Ireland; it’s February. It’s chilly and damp and a bit dreary. What better time to inject a spot of LA sunshine and light into our lives? It’s practically a health treatment…

 

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3) You will fall in love

Maybe not with your date – but certainly with the loved-up duo that is Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Their chemistry = ah-maze-ing! This is their third film together (the others being Gangster Squad, and Crazy, Stupid, Love) and, yup, they’re once again pretty much perfect.

4) You will sing

Stick the soundtrack on Spotify in the aftermath and truthfully, you will listen and sing along to little else for weeks.

 

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5) You will adore dance

Dancing With The Stars has its merits, sure. But what you experience in La La Land is approximately 1,000 times better than anything seen on a celebrity-infused reality TV show.

6) You will dream

La La Land is all about making dreams come true. And every one of us – deep down – is a bit of a dreamer, right? This is a movie that offers beautiful escapism, making you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy inside at the same time.

 

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7) You will be utterly devoted to Emma Stone

Put simply, she remains one of the most talented, smart and funny actresses we have ever seen. She is Hollywood royalty for all the right reasons.

8) You will quiver when you see Ryan Gosling

Do we need to elaborate? The guy is not only the sexiest man alive, but he also can dance, sing, AND play the piano. That is all the #boyfriendgoals right there.

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Just days after getting over the remarks John Krasinkski made about his wife Emily Blunt during a recent interview, Ryan Gosling is after flooring us with comments he made about his partner Eva Mendes.

In an interview with GQ, the Notebook actor revealed that the reality of family life has, in fact, exceeded his greatest expectations.

Ryan, who share two daughters with the Hitch actress, said: "Your whole life, you hear what it's like to have kids, and all the clichés are true."

"I felt I knew that everything would be different, but until you experience that, there's no way to really know what people mean," he continued.

Paying tribute to Eva as a mother, he added: "Eva's the dream mother, and they're the dream babies. It's like a dream that I'm having right now. I'm dreaming it all."

Having welcomed his first child in 2014, the actor says her arrival signalled a profound change on his approach to life, explaining: "When you meet your kids you realise that they deserve great parents."

"And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve. There was nothing kind of premeditated about it, you know."

Reflecting on the impact Eva, Esmerelda and Amada have had on him, he added: "It just suddenly was: My life had changed. And thank God it did."

Excuse us while we weep into our sleeves.
 

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Late last year, it was announced that Gilmore Girls would be making its long-awaited on-screen comeback in the form of four 90 minute Netflix episodes.

Ever since the news broke, trickles of information about the highly anticipated reboot have been fed to fans along with nostalgia-inducing trivia about the original show.

The latest instalment of this trivia features one of Hollywood’s hottest heartthrobs.

Speaking at The Gilmore Girls Fan Festival this weekend, casting director Jami Rudofsky revealed that Ryan Gosling almost landed a role in the hit Warner Bros. series.

“When I was a very wee casting person, I was casting an independent movie for no money,” explained Jami.

“This guy came in, and he was late, and I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blonde.  I thought he was giving attitude ― what I didn’t realise was that he was in character.  He did the audition, and it was one of the most amazing auditions that I’ve ever seen.”

On the back of this incident, The Notebook star was invited to audition for a football player role in Gilmore Girls but – in a scenario which pretty much alters the history of GG fans’ lives – his audition failed to impress.

“[I’d] kept him in my mind, and I was thinking ‘I can’t wait for them to meet him.’  And I am talking him up,” continued Jami.

“So he came in, I think it was a football character? I don’t even remember…He auditioned, and it kind of fell flat.”

With that heart wrenching piece of history in mind, watching Gilmore Girls this November is going to be beyond emosh. 

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If there’s one group of people who’ve suffered the most at the hands of Twitter, it’s celebrities.

From memes of their faces rehashed to suit any occasion to GIFs preserving the moments they’d rather forget, it really must be tough at the top.

But as Hugh Grant, Kate Hudson, Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Gosling and others prove in this latest clip, sometimes it’s best to take the Internet with a pinch of salt.

Here’s the tenth episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Mean Tweets:

 

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