Hottie Madness 2014, Round 2: The Swoon Bracket.

Happy Monday! After a few upsets and some serious battles, we’ve reached Round 2 of Hottie Madness 2014. So let’s get started with the Swoon bracket. Not to sway votes, but I shared a few thoughts on each matchup, and I tried to choose photos that were similar to put the hotties on a more level playing field. Click on the names/links for the full post and cast your vote in each box below the photos. Click here for more details and to download the bracket. 

Voting for this bracket ends Thursday, March 27th. Don’t forget to tag any social posts with #HottieMadness2014!

Vote Now! Hottie Madness 2014, Round 2: The Swoon Bracket. Charlie Hunnam vs Mark Wahlberg. #hottiemadness2014  #charliehunnam #markwahlberg #eyecandy #girlyobsessions

(1) Charlie Hunnam vs (9) Mark Wahlberg
Top seed Charlie beat out Jim Parsons with 70% of the vote, and Mark had a narrow (53%) last minute victory of Josh Holloway. And now it’s a battle of who’s more badass. Charlie as Jax on Sons of Anarchy? Or Mark as…himself?

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Hottie Madness 2014, Round 1: The Swoon Bracket.

Time to vote for your most swoon-worthy hotties in Round 1 of Hottie Madness 2014! First up, the Swoon bracket. I don’t want to sway votes, but I shared a few thoughts on each matchup, and I tried to choose photos that were similar to each to put the hotties on a more level playing field. I also did my best to choose recent photos of each hottie. Gotta keep things real. You can click on the names/links for the full post and cast your vote in each box below the photos. Click here for more details and to download the bracket. Voting for this bracket has ended. And don’t forget to tag any social posts with #HottieMadness2014!

Hottie Madness 2014, Round 1: The Swoon Bracket. Charlie Hunnam vs Jim Parsons. #hottiemadness2014 #jimparsons #charliehunnam #eyecandy #girlyobsessions

(1) Charlie Hunnam vs (16) Jim Parsons
Charlie’s post was the most shared of all the hotties this year, and I’m sure that had a little something to do with his winning, and then ditching, the role of Christian in the 50 Shades movie. But, he’s still super hot, and as much as I liked him for Christian, I think Jamie was a good pick. (He’s in the Drool bracket.) His competition is one of my fave nerds on TV, Sheldon Cooper Jim Parsons. I seriously love Jim, and it seems like everyone else does, too, with his three Emmy wins. And you know, nerdy sexy is just as hot as sexy sexy.

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Oscar-Nominated Hotties.

The post otherwise known as There-Are-Empty-Spots-In-The-Hottie-Madness-Bracket-So-Let’s-Fill-Em-Up. In all seriousness, these guys are all relevant, and some have never been featured, so they definitely need to be in this year’s tournament! Just a reminder, the Oscars are this Sunday, March 2nd, with coverage starting at 7pm. And will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres for the second time, which I’m super excited about! Love her.

I apologize in advance to Bruce Dern (Best Actor, Nebraska) and Barkhad Abdi (Supporting Actor, Captain Phillips) for not making the hottie cut. But let’s take a look at those who did.

Oscar-Nominated Hotties: Leonardo DiCaprio. Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street. #leo #leonardodicaprio #oscars #hottie #eyecandy #girlyobsessions

Leonardo DiCaprio | Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street
I don’t need to go on and on about Leo. He’s been featured a few times on the blog and it’s no secret that he is one of my absolute faves, if not my most favorite. A crush that’s been going strong since 1993. I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about The Wolf of Wall Street, but I loved it. I loved him in it. But then again, I love everything with Leo. I can go on and on about how he’s been snubbed too many times, but I won’t. He’s up against some tough competition this year, but obviously, I want him to win.

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Hello, Romeo. (And Tybalt.)

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:

Hello, Romeo: Douglas Booth. #humpdayhottie #eyecandy #romeo #girlyobsessions

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.”

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Gatsby Math: Leo + Gatsby = Obsessed.

Hi everyone! I’m back from vacation and trying to catch up on posts. I wanted to get this post ready before I left, but it didn’t happen. So even though it’s a few days late, I have to share my love for Leo since, as you know, he’s one of my all time faves. OK, so I haven’t actually seen Gatsby yet since I was traveling the day it came out and was busy all weekend, so I won’t get to see it until this weekend. But it doesn’t matter. It’s Leo. And Baz Luhrmann. And all kinds of glitzy, over-the-top, 1920’s fabulousness, so I know I’ll LOVE it.

Gatsby Math

So that’s how I ended up doing some Gatsby Math. Because Leo plus anything is generally awesome. And really, hot guy math is the only kind worth doing. It also allowed me to Google some 20’s slang to use where appropriate. Like I really wanted to use the phrase elephant’s adenoids instead of bee’s knees, but I didn’t think anyone would get it. (Apparently all of the following can be used in place of the well-known nonsense catchphrase: elephant’s adenoidscat’s meowant’s pantstiger’s spotsbullfrog’s beardcaterpillar’s kimonoturtle’s neckduck’s quackduck’s nutsmonkey’s eyebrowsgnat’s elbowsoyster’s earringssnake’s hipskipper’s knickersclam’s gartereel’s ankleleopard’s stripestadpole’s teddiessardine’s whiskerscanary’s tuskspig’s wingscuckoo’s chin, and butterfly’s book.)

Anyways, happy hump day! I hope put your new and improved math skills to use!

Gatsby Math: Leo + Macarons = Yummy.  Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby
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Hotties of the Year: 2012.

Sorry that I’ve totally slacked on hottie posts (and all posts for that matter) for the past few weeks. It’s not like me. I actually started this post two weeks ago, but I’ve been swamped at work and busy trying to get Christmas stuff done, so the blog has taken a back seat. And I am taking next week off from blogging to enjoy the holiday and recharge my batteries, and I’ll be back in full force in the new year.

But I do hate to see weeks go by with no hotties, so I’m going to try to make up for it. A lot of magazines right now are coming out with their Entertainers/Men of the Year issues (GQ, EW, Details), so I thought I’d recap some of my picks for Hotties of the Year 2012. Some are new to the blog, and some have already been featured, but you can never have too much hotness, right?

It was so hard to narrow down all the hotties of the year into a small list, so I’m sorry if I’ve left out your faves!! Who would be your top hottie of 2012?

Roll over image to see Hotties of the Year 21012 categories and winners.

Sexiest Stripper: Channing Tatum
Who knew a movie about male strippers would be so successful? (Well, I could have told you that…) It’s hard to choose just one hottie from a movie full of them, but Channing brings the sexy in Magic Mike. Those dance moves? Damn. He clearly had a good year, also starring in The Vow and 21 Jump Street, and was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. And how can you not love a man, when asked what super power he wishes he had, answers, “To be able to read my wife’s mind.” Swoon! (And we recently found out he’s going to be a DILF daddy, so congrats Channing and Jenna!)

Super Hotties: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christian Bale and Henry Cavill
I freaking love, LOVE, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. So much so that I may have been the only person to see Premium Rush. And he was so great in The Dark Knight Rises as a super-hero sidekick to my other love, Christian Bale. I’m sad to see CB’s part of the franchise end, but I seriously hope they continue with JG-L as Robin. Plus you gotta love a guy who channels his inner stripper for a very sexy Magic Mike tribute on SNL. And even though Man of Steel isn’t out until next summer (ugh), Henry Cavill (and his package) has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention!

Red-headed British Hotties: Eddie Redmayne and Damian Lewis
I mentioned this in my Claire Danes post, but I’m completely obsessed with Homeland, including its friendly neighborhood terrorist and Emmy-award-winning star, Damian Lewis. I had no idea he was a “pesky Brit” until he accepted his award, and with a typical British sense of humor, said: “I don’t really believe in judging art, but I showed up just in case.” I’m completely enamored with him and the character he plays. And I’ve already blogged about my love for Eddie Redmayne, so I’m thrilled to see his stylish, perfectly coiffed self all over the place promoting Les Mis. Just one more reason I can’t wait to see this movie!

Downton Hotties: Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery
I’ve already done a hottie post on the Men of Downton Abbey (one of my most popular posts!), but it’s no secret that Dan Stevens is my fave. I went to see him in The Heiress on Broadway, and stalking the stage door finally paid off! I not only met him, but hugged him, got his autograph and a picture with him! He was completely lovely and charming in person, so now I’m even more obsessed. I will be crushed if he doesn’t return for Season 4. Crushed. And Michelle Dockery is just stunning. Even though Lady Mary is a bit stuck up, I have a soft spot for her!

Just Cause: Leonardo DiCaprio and John Krasinski
Leo should always be featured, just cause he’s Leo. He is one of my all-time faves, and since he made it to the final round of Hottie Madness earlier this year, I know I’m not alone! I’m excited to see him in Django Unchained, but more excited for The Great Gatsby, which was supposed to be out this year but has been pushed back until 2013. Bummer. Either way, he had a busy 2012. And in case you need another reason (which you don’t), he was featured in the Details Hollywood Maverick’s issue as the Leading Man. John Krasinski was featured in that same issue as the Idea Man, which made me realize I’ve never done a post on him (what?), so this is way overdue. I’ve been a long time fan of John on The Office, and I basically love him in anything he does! He’s just so damn adorable. Check him out in the upcoming movie Promised Land, which he co-created, co-wrote and co-stars in with fellow hottie Matt Damon.

The New Hotties: The Cast of New Girl
I recently did a post on the boys of New Girl and like I said in that post, I started watching the show because I was a fan Zooey Deschanel (and still am), but the guys have totally won me over and stolen my heart. New Girl has become one of my favorite shows, and the cast has such great chemistry. Can’t get enough of the douchebag jar!

Brotherly Hotties: Chris and Liam Hemsworth
I’ve featured both brothers on this site, and they have both had incredible years, Liam with The Hunger Games and Chris with Snow White, The Avengers and Red Dawn. So…I can’t feature one without the other. I love how Thor director Kenneth Branagh described Chris’ appeal to Out magazine: “[Chris] is built like a concrete shipyard and looks very fetching with his shirt off.” Umm, yum.

Girl Crushing: Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway
There are so many women I could feature, but these are three of my fave ladies of 2012, each of them being nominated for SAG and Golden Globe awards for their performances this year! Jennifer had a huge year with The Hunger Games and I’m so happy to see her nominated for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, which I adored. (Check out my review!) I think she is super sexy and I love her raspy voice and sense of humor. I was also lucky to see Jessica Chastain in The Heiress, and the fact that Jessica came out to talk to the fans, take pics and sign autographs was amazing. She was incredibly sweet and I was thrilled to meet such a charming, beautiful, total A-lister, with the most fabulous hair and smile. I loved her in The Help, and I can’t wait to see her in Zero Dark Thirty. And I’ve been a fan of Anne Hathaway since The Princess Diaries. I think she is stunning, such a unique beauty, and I love seeing her all over the red carpet while promoting Les Mis. She is getting rave reviews for her performance, and from the clips I’ve seen and heard, I know she will be fabulous. As always! Good luck during award season, ladies!

Hottest Judging Musician: Adam Levine
There are so many hot musicians, and I don’t feature enough of them on my blog, but Adam Levine has had an incredible year (well, few years) and it’s time to show him some love. I’m not a devoted fan of The Voice, although I love the show when I do watch it, and seriously, Adam Levine is so hot. And funny. An genuine. And great with the contestants. And that dude can sing. I mean, who knew a song about a payphone could be so freaking sexy??? I just love all those tats, and the voice, and the hair, and the shirtless moves like Jagger, and the overall rock star vibe.   

Surprise Obsessions: Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck
Well, I recently mentioned in my post about Bradley that I was never a huge fan (not cause of his looks, but cause of the characters he played), but my love for Silver Linings Playbook made him my latest obsession. I adored him in that movie and now his hotness has gone to a whole new level. Same with Ben Affleck. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t a fan. After Good Will Hunting, I went down the path of Matt Damon and turned on Ben Affleck. Sorry Ben, I don’t know why. But I have loved all the movies he’s directed and also starred in, especially Argo, and I’m pleased to see it nominated for so many awards. He is clearly at the top of his game, and I kind of adore his relationship with Jennifer Garner. Plus, how can you not melt at the fact that Jennifer says he “excels” at “playing babydoll” with his girls Violet and Seraphina? Totally swoon-worthy. Consider me converted!

So, that’s it. The last hottie post of the year. But I’ll be back the first week of January with a new crop for 2013!

Girl crushing on: Claire Danes.

The early 90’s were clearly pivotal years in my obsession forming stages. Billie Joe Armstrong, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprioClaire Danes. I don’t know any girl who wasn’t totally obsessed with My So-Called Life. It was pure teenage angst perfection, complete with flannel, Doc Martens, and Jared Leto. Remember when he sang I Wanna Be Sedated? And Red? Total swoon. Oh, but this is about Claire Danes. Right, sorry.

Claire Danes Homeland British GQ
Ethereal Claire in Angeleno Magazine Homeland Claire Danes Homeland British GQ Claire Danes Homeland Capitol File Magazine

So I’ve been a fan of Claire’s since MSCL. And I absolutely loved her in Romeo + Juliet. (Even though I was mad at her for getting to kiss Leo.) And now my obsession is back in full swing after a recent addiction to Homeland. Seriously, how amazing is that show?? And you know what else I love about her? She’s not afraid to ugly-cry. Like in R + J when she has that epic sob. And in Homeland when Carrie has her batshit crazy moments. Ugly-crying is real acting. And that’s why she won an Emmy!

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Leonardo DiCaprio + Baz Luhrman = winning Great Gatsby combo!

I don’t normally just feature a video in a post without some verbose intro, but this is an exception! Even though we have another hottie lined up for later, I just had to post about The Great Gatsby trailer that was released today! Especially since it stars one of my faves (and Hottie Madness runner-up) Leondardo DiCaprio. Plus Romeo & Juliet, which is another Leo/Baz partnership, is one of my all time faves! And I have to say, Leo looks great in this movie!!! So youthful and handsome! And it has all the fabulousness of a typical Baz Luhrman movie: fireworks and flappers and general sensory overload. I can’t wait! And it feature a few of my girl crushes: Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher. I feel like all that might be missing is Ryan Gosling

Hottie Madness Finals! Ryan Gosling vs. Leonardo DiCaprio.

So I’ve been accidentally calling this round the semifinals, but what I really meant was the finals. The Final 4 was technically the semifinals. Oopsie. Well, whatever, what’s important is that we’ve reached the FINALS! The championship of hotness!

We’ve narrowed down four weeks of hotties to two leading men: Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m not surprised to see Ryan in the top. He’s been all over the place this year (including our blog) and I feel like we’re making up for the fact that he wasn’t voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive. However, I am surprised to see Leo in the final! You know I have undying love for Leo, but I didn’t think he’d make it this far. Maybe all the Titanic promos gave him a boost! Either way, I present your final two hotties. May the hotness be ever in your favor. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

We also wanted to give a HUGE THANKS to all who have been voting! We truly appreciate it and have already started collecting hotties for next years bracket!

Voting ends Sunday April 1st. Winner will be announced Monday April 2nd! 

{8} Ryan Gosling vs {3} Leonardo DiCaprio

Ryan Gosling Crazy, Stupid, Love absLeonardo DiCaprio GQ October 2011

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Hottie Madness Final 4! John Stamos vs. Leonardo DiCaprio.

We’re nearing the end ladies. And now that Syracuse is out of the tourney, I’m hoping to have more success with this bracket. Not that I’ll win anything. (Perhaps we should consider a prize next year.) I’ve gotten some complaints about John Stamos beating out RD, Jr, but 62% of you thought he was the hotter choice. It was a close race between Leonardo DiCaprio and James Marsden, but Leo took the win with 56%. Reminder, there is still time to vote for the other Final 4 race. (Where Ryan Gosling currently has a major lead over Taye Diggs.) Voting for this bracket ends Wednesday March 28th. And go!

{1} John Stamos vs {3} Leonardo DiCaprio

John Stamos OikosLeonardo DiCaprio GQ October 2011

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