posted on October 23, 2013 by
I was introduced to Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 1998 when I saw Velvet Goldmine. A movie I only watched because of Christian Bale, so while I know JRM was there too, I only had eyes for Christian. But Jonathan definitely caught my attention in 2002 in Bend It Like Beckham, a movie that I adored. Therefore, I adored JRM. He was just so young and cute and smiley! The obsession continued into 2005 when he was in Match Point, a movie that also introduced me to hotness that is Matthew Goode. JRM fell off my radar for a while after that, until he starred as Henry VIII in The Tudors, which I was hugely obsessed with (and also spawned the Henry Cavill obsession). And Jonathan was so hot in that show, well, up until the final seasons when he became obese and had that gross leg infection…
But since The Tudors ended, I kind of forgot about Jonathan. The most newsworthy things about him seemed to be surrounding potential plastic surgeries, drunken arrests and stints in rehab. But I knew that underneath the bad boy exterior was… a bit of a bad boy. Isn’t that the charm of Irish men? (I’m looking at you, Colin Farrell.) That slightly dangerous edge that commands our attention and draws us in? Knowing how obsessed I am with Christian Bale, that intense, slightly psychotic edge does not scare me away! Because beyond a bit of bad press is still that hot guy with those piercing, almost translucent blue eyes and sensual lips. I think Woody Allen described him perfectly, saying he’s “naturally magnetic and sweet and tortured and sympathetic.”
One thing I noticed when doing this photo search was that there are almost no photos of JRM smiling. Which is a shame, because he has a great smile. But I think that seriousness just adds to his intensity, and is probably why he is the perfect casting choice for Dracula. Jonathan is taking on the iconic figure in the new Dracula series on NBC , a sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel. (The series premiere is Friday at 10pm. Stay tuned for that post.)
posted on October 16, 2013 by
So just as we were all getting used to the idea of Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, he goes and drops out of the movie. Damn. I was totally on board with this casting choice. But thanks to his scheduling conflict, or cold feet, we now get to drool over a new crop of potential candidates. The same few names are popping up in all the news articles – four of whom seem to be on the studio shortlist, three who are fan (and maybe studio) choices, and one super long shot fan fave. So let’s dive right in!
(Oh, and be sure to choose your fave in the poll at the bottom. Not that it will have any effect whatsoever in who gets chosen…)
Name: Jamie Dornan
Where you recognize him from: Marie Antoinette, Once Upon a Time, CK undie ads, former Keira Knightly arm candy
Why he works: Apparently Jamie is the front-runner to snag the role of Christian, and I think the reason is obvious. He’s smokin’ hot. With a seriously hot bod. So hot that the New York Times dubbed him “The Golden Torso.” A male model turned actor, he looks good in just about anything. (Or just about nothing). He kind of looks a bit Henry-Cavill-esque, don’t you think?
posted on October 09, 2013 by
I’m a sucker for anything Romeo & Juliet. It’s probably my all time favorite love story. An obsession that started in middle school when we had to watch the classic 1968 movie. The obsession continued into high school when I did a huge project on the history of Romeo & Juliet. Luckily, the Baz Luhrmann movie had just come out on VHS, so I was able to show clips from the movie during my presentation. And yes, I said VHS. It was 1996. 17 years ago. Feel old.
Needless to say, I can’t wait to see the new version of Romeo & Juliet coming out this weekend. This movie was written by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, and he brings the story back to its roots in Verona. So while I’m excited about that, I don’t know if I could love it more than the Baz Luhrmann version. I was just so obsessed with everything about that movie. The old dialogue. The modern setting. The soundtrack. And obviously Leo. And Claire. And Baz. But it’s time for a new generation to be introduced to the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. With a new leading man. And who is our new Romeo? His name is Douglas Booth, and he looks like this:
Douglas is probably best known for his Burberry ads with Emma Watson, and now he’s bringing his modelesque good looks to the big screen in his breakout role as Romeo. And if the result is anything like it was for Leo in ’96, we’ll have a new teenage heartthrob on our hands. A gorgeous leading man with pouty lips. But like Leo, his aspirations go beyond being a pretty boy. He told Flaunt magazine that he admires Leo’s career and is ready for the comparisons. He said “There was a time when all people would talk about were his looks and that he was a heartthrob and this and that, but actually, by making clever choices and delivering great performances, working hard, being in amazing films, and keeping himself out of that world, he doesn’t need it. I think that’s the way to do it. I didn’t take the part deliberately to follow in his footsteps. I think it’s just a coincidence, but just to be mentioned in the same sentence as him is a compliment, I suppose.”
posted on October 04, 2013 by
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Two of Hollywood’s most charming actors. Friends for 20 plus years. And finally starring in a movie together! Gravity hits theaters today and is getting excellent reviews. I gotta be honest – space freaks me the fuck out. But I need to conquer my fear and go see this movie. It’s supposed to be beautiful with epic 3D. And of course, there’s the appeal of George and Sandra. And their amazing chemistry. And all their hotness. (Although do we really get to appreciate the hotness when it’s hidden under space suits? Which George joked was “Not as bad as the Batsuit, but just about!”)
Somehow, two and a half years have gone by and George has only made two small appearances on the blog (here and here). So I think it’s time to give him a little more attention. Because is there anyone more lovable than George Clooney? With his effortless charm. His non-cocky confidence. His self-deprecating, boyish sense of humor. His flirtatious smile. His classic salt-and-pepper hair. (I mean, he has a great head of hair.) And he’s a former two-time Sexiest Man Alive winner. Speaking of which, last years Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum, said this about George: “Well I’ve spent time with George Clooney and he’s the most interesting man on the planet. He can do it all. Yep, I guess what I’m saying is I’d have sex with him.” Well, George, if you’re good enough for Channing, you’re good enough for me!
posted on September 25, 2013 by
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Well, I’ve already counted a few of them (here and here), but there is just so much to love. He’s charming. Likable. Lickable? Friendly. Intellectual. Artistic. Enthusiastic. A little nerdy. A lot sexy. Talented. (Who knew the child actor from 3rd Rock would grow up to be such a huge box office success?) And he’s adorable. And handsome – with those thoughtful brown eyes, the unexpectedly hot bod (see below) and that boyish smile. You know I have a thing for man-boys… And according to his friend Zooey Deschanel, he likes to do backflips. Cute.
We can also add writer and director to those list of reasons. His feature-length directorial debut, Don Jon, hits theaters this weekend. And I cannot WAIT. If you don’t know what it’s about, you may or may not want to read the description. Because it’s basically about porn. But not really. Really it’s just a love story hidden behind x-rated activities and a Jersey-Shore-ish douchebag: Jon is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old-fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy.
posted on September 18, 2013 by
Originally, this started out as strictly a Jake Gyllenhaal post to be called something like Where have you been, Jake? But Hugh and Jake make quite the handsome acting duo in their new movie Prisoners, and there were so many cute photos of them together that I just had to share. So I would say the post is now 80% Jake and 20% Hugh. Especially since Hugh has already been featured a few times and Jake hasn’t been featured since August of 2011. I mean, that was like a lifetime ago!
Jake has been out of the spotlight for so long, I almost forgot how hot he was. OK, it hasn’t actually been that long, but while he was rocking that full beard he was just off my hotness radar altogether. I don’t mind his introspective, puppy-eyed, scruffy look. In fact, I’m totally on board with that, but he shouldn’t hide his assets (you know, like his face) under all that hair!
posted on September 11, 2013 by
As I mentioned in last week’s Charlie Hunnam hottie post, I am finally catching up on Gossip Girl. I know, I know, waaaay late to the game. I have no idea why I never got into it. It’s right up my alley – hot guys, great fashion – and I’m now officially OBSESSED. Better late than never, right? And now I am majorly crushing on male lead Penn Badgley, who plays smart, sensitive, honest (and mostly moralistic) Dan Humphrey. Although when Elle magazine recently asked Penn if women expect him to be sensitive like Dan, he said: “Some of them do. But the kind of women I’m interested in—they’re smart enough not to expect me to be Dan. In fact, they probably didn’t watch the show.”
Ok, well, sorry Penn, but I am crushing on Dan. Of course that could change if Dan ends up being a douche – I still have 4 seasons to watch. Please, Dan, don’t make me hate you. (For once I’m actually trying to avoid spoilers, although that Elle interview gave away a major one. Oh well.) But enough about Dan, let’s discuss what we love about Penn: his looks. I love that curly hair and the sideburns, the chiseled cheekbones and that adorable smile. He’s adorably gorgeous. And I am seriously obsessed with his smile. Oh, and he can sing, which is always a bonus. Did anyone see him as Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley? And one more thing. He’s from Baltimore! I don’t think he actually grew up there, but whatever…
posted on September 02, 2013 by
Happy Labor Day! Or, more importantly, happy Fifty-Shades-Casting-News-Day! I’m interrupting this day of non-labor, a day in which I planned to do nothing but watch an entire season of Gossip Girl (can you believe I’m just NOW starting to watch??), to bring you an impromptu hottie post. As you may have heard, Fifty Shades author E.L. James tweeted the casting news earlier today: ”I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.” Followed by: “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
It was well over a year ago that casting rumors started swirling. And it has felt like an eternity to get to this point, but then again, how do you cast a man who has to live up to so many women’s fantasies? It seems like an impossible task, and I’m sure this has been the hardest part to cast since… Edward Cullen? But like I said in my Facebook post, I DO think this was a better casting choice than Ben Affleck as Batman. And what’s weird is that I think a “younger Christian Bale” would have been my first pick for both roles!
But since Christian Bale is out, let’s talk about (and more importantly, look at) who’s in. Charlie Hunnam wasn’t even on my Christian Grey casting radar. (Well, not until recently anyway.) He may not seem like the obvious choice, and many of you might not even know who he is, but here’s what I like about him:
posted on August 28, 2013 by
When I was a kid, I religiously watched the Mickey Mouse Club. I was obsessed with this show and grew to love the cast. Little did I know that I would still watch some of them to this day – Britney, Christina, J.C., Keri, Ryan and JUSTIN!
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Legends of the Summer concert featuring Jay Z and Justin himself! Leading up to the concert, I was counting down the days and the concert did not disappoint. I have been sitting here trying to come up with an accurate description of the show, but words cannot describe. Amazing, revolutionary, epic… I heard people around me saying it was the most incredible concert they have ever been to. The music and collaborations with Jay Z were fantastic but watching Justin perform live was an experience I will never forget.
Here are a few things I have always loved about JT:
posted on August 21, 2013 by
Ashton Kutcher has been in the news a lot lately. Mostly getting slammed for his portrayal of Steve Jobs, the critics saying he doesn’t have the acting chops to take on such an iconic, serious role. But Ashton was kind of the perfect person to play Jobs. He idolized him. And Ashton, despite some of the characters he plays, is really smart, entrepreneurial, and is actually quite the tech guru himself. Perhaps the hottest tech guru, like, ever. (And on the smart thing, he majored in biochemical engineering before dropping out to become a model. He wanted to research cardiomyopathy to try to cure his twin brother’s heart condition.) I mean, swoon.
Remember his character in A Lot Like Love (one of my faves), where he played an entrepreneur who created an online startup selling diapers? That’s kind of like him, except in real life he invests in incredibly successful companies. (At least 27 of them, including Skype, Spotify and Airbnb.) And in real life he’s dating Mila Kunis, not Amanda Peet. Also, has anyone else almost forgotten that he was married to Demi Moore? I mean, I felt like he was always destined to be with Mila, so now it’s like the whole Demi thing never happened.
And I don’t care what they’re saying about Ashton in Jobs. He’s the perfect leading man in his countless romcoms (like A Lot Like Love, No Strings Attached, What Happens in Vegas and Valentine’s Day to name a few). He has that slightly goofy charm, a quality that might be annoying on any other guy, but totally works for him. Maybe that has a little something to do with his looks – the model-esque physique, the chocolate-brown eyes, that perfectly messy hair and the irresistible smile.
But let’s talk about the other reason Ashton has been making headlines…