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James Franco has a Valentine's Day card for you

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Most cheesy Valentine’s Day cards featuring a celebrity or movie character are made by people impressed with how they can force movie phrases into pickup lines. (Here’s looking at you, Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Today, James Franco took out the middle man and made his own corny/sleazy card, uploading the above photo to Instagram alongside the message, “I’m down for 127 hours with you, girrrrrrrllllllll (boyyyyyyyeeeee).”

Never forget: James Franco was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for 127 Hours. Also never forget: He hosted the Oscars that year, something he would probably like you to forget.

While I appreciate that Franco doesn’t discriminate in his V-Day lovin’, I can’t help but wonder: Is 127 Hours really the best film of his for sex puns? He cuts off his own arm at the end of that movie! No thank you. Surely there are better Valentine’s Day messages based off Franco movie titles. Just off the top of my head, James, we’ve got: READ FULL STORY

We asked celebs to name the sexiest song, and the answers are hilarious -- VIDEO

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If you want to get to know someone’s sense of humor quickly, ask them to name the sexiest song in their collection. In honor of Valentine’s Day, that’s what we did with the actors who’ve recently popped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personalty Test. Watch the video below to see who admits to having a “really, really good” playlist to set the mood, who finds that INXS’ “Need You Tonight” closes the deal, and who thinks Ginuwine’s “Pony” is “hot stuff.”

If you care to wager, interviewees include the cast of Workaholics, Girls‘ Andrew Rannells, The Following‘s Sam Underwood, Fatherhood‘s Hank Azaria, The Walking Dead‘s Emily Kinney, Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan, Enlisted‘s Chris Lowell and Geoff Stults, Black Sails‘ Toby Stephens and Luke Arnold, Outlander‘s Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, Whiplash‘s Miles Teller, The Originals‘ Danielle Campbell, Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, Arrow‘s Colton Haynes, Being Human‘s Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer, Downton Abbey‘s Julian Ovenden, and Community‘s Jim Rash and Gillian Jacobs. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: I care way too much about onscreen kisses (and here's who does them best)

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I have my mother to thank for a lot of things — my hair, my love of purses, my fear of camel crickets, my existence, and most of all, my judgmental qualities when it comes to on-screen kisses. When I was but a teen, I remember sitting on my couch watching Ryan and Marissa’s first kiss on The O.C. I had no idea my mother was standing in the corner of the room until I heard, “OH MY GOD! That is the best kiss EVER!!” Suddenly, I had to rewind the scene to see what the heck she was talking about.

What made one kiss better than another? Well, for one thing, hand placement is key, according to my mother. And it can’t be too over-the-top. You never want a guy to slobber all over you. Okay, so those weren’t her exact words — but by the third viewing of Ryan and Marissa’s Ferris wheel ride, I started to see what she meant. Man, that was a really good kiss, particularly the part when he puts his right hand behind her head. And the way he holds his mouth… in an instant, I was hooked.

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Google celebrates Valentine's Day with help from 'This American Life'

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Google’s Charm Offensive is strong on Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day.

Today’s homepage Doodle (in the United States, at least) is decked out in candy hearts — you know, the kind you gave to your crush (and everyone else in the class) when you were 8.

Click on any of the hearts, and you get to hear one of six short ‘n sweet stories from real-life lovebirds describing how they fell in love. The snippets come from public radio’s This American Life. They hit a bunch of different tones, but the funny ones may be the best. Take “Crush,” for example, in which a teenage girl declares:  “This one time I sneezed … and he goes, ‘You know, you have a really cute sneeze.’ … I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends.”

Love is a battlefield. Break out some chocolates and give all the stories a listen on Google’s homepage.

Love is in the air: We break down which Valentine's Day movie you should see

No Valentine’s Day is complete without a ridiculous amount of chocolate and a trip to the movie theater to see the latest over-the-top cheesy romance. And the way I see it, you have three options in the movie department this year. In terms of chocolate, your options are limitless. Go crazy!

The first romantic comedy on the docket is About Last Night, starring Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Regina Hall. Of all your options, this seems to be the least cheesy of the bunch while still having many of the necessary ingredients for a good Valentine’s Day film. For starters, it gets point for Ealy’s attractiveness. Hey, this is Valentine’s Day. Being shallow is allowed!

Then, we’ve got Hart to add the humor, and did I mention there’s a scene in the rain? That gives it bonus points. All in all, this is your most down-to-earth option. About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 film starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Jim Belushi, follows two best friends as they navigate the dating world, one woman at a time — until one of them falls in love. From there, it’s all “Who will say ‘I love you’ first?” and “What does this mean?”

In general, About Last Night seems like a solid pick for a chick flick to see on Valentine’s Day, or any day, for that matter. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Love songs you'll listen to unapologetically today (and today only?)

Maybe it’s because I saw Barry Manilow on Broadway last night (highly recommended), but my Valentine’s Day morning commute was all about the love songs. Now, I don’t normally feel guilt over anything I genuinely enjoy — even if I should — but only on Valentine’s Day would I let myself string these hits together:  READ FULL STORY

Tropfest 2013: Have a happy Valentine's Day with these short films from down under!

Okay, so in the four loved-themed films from Australia’s iteration of Tropfest featured below, there’s self-amputation, a killer boyfriend, two somewhat creepy kids, and an Amour-style old couple. But deep down, all of the films are about love — and as we all know, sometimes it hurts, literally. In honor of Valentine’s Day (a holiday with somewhat bloody beginnings — St. Valentine himself was supposedly a martyr after all), we have four short film entries that you can watch below: Marry Me, The Mistake, Boo, and The News.

Tropfest, which was founded in Sydney, Australia 20 years ago, narrows down a field of over 700 short films to just 16 in its competition. It bills itself as the world’s largest short film festival and has expanded to cities around the world, including New York. If you’re a filmmaker hoping to enter the New York Tropfest, entries are due by May 9.

Check out the four films about love after the jump.
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Christoph Waltz teaches us the sweaty art of seduction on 'Jimmy Kimmel' -- VIDEO

The art of seduction isn’t hard to master — as long as you’re a handsome, cultured, multilingual Oscar winner like Christoph Waltz. But thanks to the actor’s new (fake) guide to pickup artistry, even regular, American-accented Joe Hamburgers can learn how to seduce and destroy like ladies’ man Waltz.

The method is a simple three-pronged plan, easily absorbed by buying Waltz’s 30-DVD, nine-book course (also comes with a bottle of the Django Unchained star’s own pit sweat; only €69, or $91.95!). Of course, you could also just skip all that and get your Valentine’s Day started right by watching the video below.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s your fictional valentine this year?

Happy Valentine’s Day, PopWatchers!

In honor of the day of love (or a manufactured holiday of corporate greed) I got to thinking about fictional characters I’m in love with. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you the list is pretty long. I can’t help it! Whether I’m swooning over The OC reruns and wondering where Seth Cohen was for me in high school, or contemplating whether I’d be willing to live in the 1920s if it meant Matthew Crawley could be my boyfriend (yes), if there’s a charming guy on television, I’ve probably wanted to to marry him at some point. Danny from The Mindy Project? Been there. Jim Halpert? Welcome to my 2005. This Valentine’s Day, I’m choosing not to narrow it down any further when it comes to fictional boyfriends. It’s a four-way tie! This (fake) holiday is the best.

Check out some staffers’ picks for their fictional valentines below, and then be sure to tell us what character you’re secretly hoping to have some chocolates delivered from today. READ FULL STORY

Better than chocolate-covered strawberries: Let EW provide your Valentine's Day entertainment

It’s here, sweethearts! The day of blood sugar-spiking chocolates, overpriced greeting cards, overly complicated Garry Marshall movies, and, uh, inept role-playing exercises (is that a champagne bucket on your nether regions, or are just happy to see me, Clive Bixby?). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d take a look at some of our loveliest posts. Below, we present celebratory plans of attack for saps and singles alike. READ FULL STORY

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