Weird pop-culture romance

Movies and TV come up with some pretty weird bedfellows

June 05, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Is the stage being set for a bad romance? Earlier this week, Channing Tatum talked about his new onscreen wife in "The Bitter Pill," which recently began production. And it's not the usual suspect either -- his lady love will be played by Rooney Mara. Huh? While Tatum met his real-life wife, Jenna Dewan, on the set of "Step Up," we don't really see the spark here. Check out where Channing and Rooney rate on our rankings of recent odd TV/movie couples, from most to least likely. | @Redeyedana

Ryan Gosling and Blow-Up Doll

"Lars and the Real Girl"

True, this movie kinda gave us the heebie-jeebies, but Ryan is such a strange dude in real life that we totally believed him in this role. And at least these two are sweet to each other, unlike plenty of other movie couples.

Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl

"Knocked Up"

In Seth's defense, he was drunk. His Ben might've been an aimless stoner, but at least he wasn't a self-involved harpy like Katherine's Alison. The scenes where he reads new-dad books and puts together a crib totally won us over.

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone


In Emma's defense, it was her VERY FIRST movie. Look how far she's come in only five years! Her Jules was sweet to his Seth, but he had better best-bud chemistry with Michael Cera.

Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley

"Gossip Girl"

Leighton's Blair and Ed Westwick's Chuck? Evil sexual gold mine. Penn's Dan and Blake Lively's Serena? Cute, if mismatched in real life. But mish-mashing these couples was a totally unbelievable switch, especially considering how much they loathed each other earlier on in the show.

Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara

"The Bitter Pill"

He's got man thongs. She's got dragon tattoos. If they get really down and dirty, this might end up working, but for now, we're skeptical.

Ben McKenzie and Autumn Reeser

"The O.C."

Yes, yes, OK, this happened YEARS ago. Guess what -- we're still not over it. The pairing of laid-back Ryan and horrible, uptight Taylor made "The O.C.'s" crappy final season even more unbearable. But of course we still watched it, because come on.

Brooklyn Decker and Adam Sandler

"Just Go With It"

How any woman could be attracted to Adam Sandler when he's doing swill like this is beyond us, but what's REALLY ridiculous is that he ends up with Jennifer Aniston! (We think ... it's not like we actually saw it.)

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