Friday's Top Five: Movie duos
May 25th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Movie duos

Two heads are often better than one, especially on film. Case in point: this weekend's "Men in Black III."

Regardless of whether this franchise really needed a threequel (critics are leaning toward "no"), the relationship between Agents K and J are at the heart of this franchise, explored further in the latest installment with help from Josh Brolin, who plays the younger Agent K.

As with all great platonic pairs on film, each character brings something to the relationship that equates to an endlessly watchable partnership.

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Friday's Top Five: Scripts waiting to happen
May 18th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Scripts waiting to happen

For those who've never flipped through it, the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is exactly what it sounds like: a detailed guide mainly focused on the changes and events a woman can expect while pregnant.

But starting this weekend, that parenting staple is also a new movie release. Somehow, the screenwriters have adapted the reference book into an ensemble comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and "Glee's" Matthew Morrison.

It might sound like a silly idea, but when you consider how nicely both Steve Harvey's dating how-to "Think Like A Man," and another advice book adaptation, "He's Just Not That Into You," played at the box office, clearly there's some money to be made here.

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Friday's Top Five: Mother's Day movies
May 11th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Mother's Day movies

Mother's Day means different things to different people - for some, it's a day to celebrate, for others, maybe not. But for us it's an opportunity to re-watch some of our favorite films that feature great story arcs about moms and motherhood.

These movies tend to find a balance between heart-warming, comedic and moving, even when they're as purposefully silly as Tina Fey's "Baby Mama," which earned a spot in our honorable mentions. Why? It stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Need we say more?

Below you'll find five other movies we'd recommend viewing with mom, or just on your own, and as always, tell us your personal top five in the comments!

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Friday's Top Five: Spanish-speaking movie heroes
May 4th, 2012
01:37 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Spanish-speaking movie heroes

Happy early Cinco de Mayo!

The approaching holiday, which has its roots in Mexico, got us thinking about some of our favorite Spanish-speaking movie heroes. Movies sometimes present Spanish speakers as caricatures (see El Guapo and Machete), but the characters listed below defy stereotypes.

I know, some of these movie aren't set in Mexico, nor are they all in Spanish (movies that incorporate Spanish into the dialogue being the criteria here), but all of the characters have brought Spanish to the big screen, and have resonated with me strongly enough to include in my top five.

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Friday's Top Five: Dating lessons from movies
April 20th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Dating lessons from movies

Opening in theaters today - just in time for your date night pleasure! - are two movies focused on affairs of the heart.

One of them, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One," is based on the novel of by Nicholas Sparks and falls squarely in the romantic drama category. The other is "Think Like A Man," an adaptation of Steve Harvey's relationship guide for women.

It's a romantic comedy with a plot that chronicles the sometimes-backwards tactics men and women employ when it comes to dating, but you just know that someone, somewhere, is probably going to have an ill-fated "lightbulb" moment while watching it.

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Friday Top Five: And now, for the news
April 6th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Friday Top Five: And now, for the news

If we learned anything this week, it's that 1): more viewers will watch Sarah Palin on "Today" than Katie Couric on "Good Morning America"; and 2) that kind of heated morning show competition could easily be spun into a script.

There's a reason why Hollywood often takes an interest in the lives of news anchors, journalists, magazine editors and the like  - every workplace has its drama, but it seems the media offers a special breed.

No wonder Aaron Sorkin will offer his perspective on the biz with his upcoming HBO drama "The Newsroom," the excellent trailer for which debuted earlier this week, and even Will Ferrell is reviving his "Anchorman" character, Ron Burgundy, for a sequel.

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