Is there anything more entertaining in Hollywood than the bromance? Seriously, I think a good bromance is healthy and sweet and fun…and hysterical. In fact, I love them so much that I’ve posted on them before (see The Best BROMANCE on TV)
Here are a few of the best bromances in Hollywood.
THE FRAT PACK
Back in the 90’s Hollywood opened its doors to a slew of new young up-and-comers including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, my boyfriend Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, Vince Vaughn, and Chris O’Donnell, to name a few. This group of guys rotated in the same circles, same movies, and even same homes, often sleeping on each other’s couches off and on for several years. Most of these guys are still good friends and still pop up in each other’s films.
Check out this episode of Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, and Brian Cox (a bit of an oddball choice here) and make sure you watch “The Phone Booth” at 19:15 for some laughs.
SIR IAN MCKELLAN and SIR PATRICK STEWART
These two are acting royalty and they have had an ongoing love affair, bromantically, for years. They have appeared on screen together numerous times (obviously including all the X-Men movies), as well as on stage. Their friendship is one of longevity, laughter, and love. We can all strive for this kind of affection.
Watch the Sirs play the Newlywed Game. Too funny!
It’s like everything they do is perfection.
Old Man BFFs!!! #squadgoals
MICHAEL FASSBENDER AND JAMES MCAVOY (and HUGH JACKMAN)
Speaking of the X-Men movies, let us not forget the most recent bromance from that franchise. That being Michael Fassbender (playing young Ian McKellan) and James McAvoy (playing young Patrick Stewart).
(Fun fact: Patrick Stewart has two roles in common with James McAvoy: McAvoy played Macbeth in ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth while Stewart played him in Great Performances: Macbeth and Stewart played Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, while McAvoy played him in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. They also each share the role of Macbeth with their respective Magnetos, Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender (IMDB).
Apparently, James and Michael have a huge fan-base for their bromance. People have dedicated fan-art and fan-fiction to the friendship between these two. It’s not hard to see why, they do seem to have that..spark.
Hugh Jackman (newest future husband!) sometimes seems like a third wheel but, watch the threesome’s appearance on the Graham Norton show and you can see why he is included in this as a trio. Like Dinner for Five, I have watched this interview over and over. It is hilarious! It actually makes me want to be part of a bromance.
*sigh* Again, #goals.
HUGH JACKMAN and ANY Co-Star!
It is no secret that Hugh Jackman is one of the nicest, most charming men in Hollywood. And it seems all of his co-stars fall madly in love with him too. Aside from the trio above, Hugh is loved by many:
HUGH JACKMAN and Jake Gyllenhaal
HUGH JACKMAN and Patrick Stewart
Here’s that X-Men connection again. These two have appeared onscreen together a bazillion times and it seems like their friendship just.might.last.
HUGH JACKMAN and Ryan Reynolds
Although they totally troll each other on social media and in interviews, these two seem to have a fun bromantic chemistry. The two have been friends for years (having worked together on X-Men: Origins – Wolverine) and like to pop up in each other’s lives here and there. Ryan even hijacked Hugh’s interview while he was doing press for Eddie the Eagle (a great movie, btw).
It seems that these two good ol’ boys do have a sweet affection for each other. One that almost borderlines…Single White Female.
Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we could all love our co-workers as much as all of these mates seem to.
It’s Oscar night!!
It’s one of my favorite nights of the year. Back in the day I hosted my annual Oscar party (which included friends, lotsa good food and crazy evening gowns (rejects from past proms or hand me downs)) but the last couple of years things have come up so I’ve forgone my regular party and had annual Oscar date night with my cousin, Tanya, via text messaging.
She and I are all set and ready to go. Luckily, Blair went to see comedian Jeremy Hotz with my dad and brother so I don’t have to worry about him flipping the channels constantly trying to find a hockey game. Grrrrrr!! O Canada, eh?
Anyway, I’m 30 seconds away from the live broadcast.
One night in the summer of ’93, while my dad was away on business and my brother was out doing his thing, my mom and I decided to go see a movie. We saw Hocus Pocus.
I was in high school and the thought of going to see a movie with my mom didn’t exactly top my list of cool things to do on summer vacation, but it was a treat.
It was July and it was a warm evening, as most evenings in July are. I wore a cute little summer dress and a sweater and felt like a grown up that night, which is so strange because I don’t feel like a grown up most of the time now. But that night was filled with simplicity and I remember it quite vividly. For some reason, it was pure loveliness.
The movie, however, is another story. It is neither lovely nor simple but it remains one of my favorite Halloween movies (even with its summer release).
And in the spirit of Halloween, I thought I might dwell on it for a moment and recommend it. It’s a funny movie with some scares and a long list of celebrities: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Garry & Penny Marshall (who, BTW, play hubs and wifey – and they’re siblings….kooky!).
It’s funny and there are little nods to this and that that make it even funnier. Of course there are some goofs and some things that don’t make sense or quite add up, but it’s Hollywood….there are many things in Hollywood that don’t add up:
Hocus Pocus is a fun movieand fine for the entire family to watch. It’s nothing spectacular…it’s not going to win any awards but it’s fun. And that’s what a Halloween movie should be.
Plus, it’s got cute little Omri Katz in it. He’s adorable.
Oddly enough, as I was thinking about this movie earlier in the week and planning to write about it once I found the time, I came across this: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/25-little-known-facts-about-hocus-pocus/
To be perfectly honest, I don’t like realllly scary movies. I like movies like Scream and The Craft and What Lies Beneath (tho I sometimes still close my eyes so I don’t see her face). I like a
little itty bitty scare. Movies like The Exorcist (made me cry), The Ring, The Woman in Black (loved but hated….nearly wet my pants AND had to turn the lights on when Blair left for work in the morning). So Hocus Pocus suits me fine. I’m a bit of a baby*.
*Just to point out how much a scaredy cat I am: Last night’s Halloween special of Grimm (have I said how much I love this show???) was creeping me out. I turned it off and will watch the rest in daylight or with Blair.