It’s been a couple of weeks since I pitted Charlie Hunnam against Alex Pettyfer. Thought I’d have a little fun with my latest Who’d You Rather match-up. If don’t understand the post title, clearly you’ve never heard of the awesomeness that is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Seattle duo’s breakout hit, “Thrift Shop” has sold over 2.2 million copies and viewed more than 275 million times on YouTube. Their latest clip, “Can’t Hold Us” is even more epic.
Not many guys can pull of seemingly random put-together pieces from vintage stores and make it look hot. But for some reason, these two hipster poster boys pull it off and do it with massive sex appeal. I have to say, Macklemore isn’t typically my type, but there’s just something about him. Both guys not only have that white boy hip hop swagger going for them, but both are huge LGBT allies which makes them even more attractive. Their “Same Love” music video is a must-see.
If you don’t know who’s who? Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, is the 29-year-old redhead, while Ryan Lewis is the 25-year-old brunette. Check out photos of them below and cast your vote.
Last year Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes said he wanted to “open up the show ethnically” and that the introduction of a black or Indian character would lead to storylines about race relations in the 1920s. Looks like he’s made good on his word. The popular British period drama has cast its very first recurring black character. Described as “a charming and charismatic young man”, the character Jack Ross is a jazz musician at an exclusive club. The actor required would be “a very attractive man with a certain wow factor,” who would “ideally be able to sing brilliantly.”
“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. “His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in series four.”
Chosen to play Ross is London-born actor Gary Carr. His previous television credits include Bluestone 42 and Death in Paradise. Carr joins previously announced new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joanna David, Dame Harriet Walter and Tom Cullen. Downton Abbey returns for its fourth series in the UK in September and in North America in January 2014. Check out Carr below.
This post may seem a little random, but since I babysit my niece on Wednesdays, I thought it was appropriate to publish today. Plus, I have a close friend who loves to deliver quotes from the animated film in Merida’s voice. Yes, he’s a little odd ;)
Watch out Snow White, there’s a new
Real Housewife princess in town. Disney announced the heroine from Brave will become the 11th Disney princess. Merida is the first character to receive the honor from a Disney/Pixar production and the second from a CGI-animated film. Her addition to the princess line-up will become official in a coronation ceremony at Cinderella’s Castle in the Orlando theme park on May 11. Who knew the whole ordeal was so regal?
Even though Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hit theaters eons ago, the official Disney princess initiative didn’t begin until the early 2000s. Then-chairman Andy Mooney saw the lucrative potential of packaging the animated ladies as a brand. He certainly was correct. My niece is obsessed with all things Disney princess-y.
Before Merida joins Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel, she has to undergo a mild make-under. She’ll be un-3D-ified To fall in line with the rest of the ladies. Check out her new look below, along with the coronation of Rapunzel who was the most recent addition.
PONY’s Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign is so adorable, it almost makes me yearn for those all-nighters during my university days. Almost being the operative word. The American brand taps top models Francisco Lachowski and Lenz Von Johnston to show off their latest collection. Photographer Stephen Rose does a great job of capturing the collegiate vibe so perfectly put together by stylist Antonio Branco.
While the intended demographic are guys in their early 20s, some of the pieces, notably the jackets, can be worn by others beyond the demo without looking age inappropriate. There’s nothing worse than being THAT guy of a certain age and still rocking that Abercrombie & Fitch logo proudly. Gross ;) Check out the ad campaign and fashion film below.
Attention pop stars! If you’re going to go all out, follow Empire of the Sun’s lead. The Australian synth-pop duo certainly didn’t hold back with the music video for “Alive.” The track is the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album, Ice on the Dune. Perhaps, the album title provided Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore inspiration for the clip’s concept. It’s so out there, I’m sorta obsessed with it.
The video is a campy sci-fi visual feast that harkens back to the day of those classic B movies but on a Hollywood blockbuster scale. The dramatic rock formations coupled with the majestic lush forest are beyond stunning. Whether you understand the concept and it’s underlying deeper meaning, it’s a marvel to look at. If fashion is more your thing, you’ll appreciate the outlandish and borderline absurd outfits. Check it out below.
Jason Collins’ historic coming out not only put the spotlight on the NBA, but on other sports as well. Up until then, there had never been an openly-gay active player in any of the major sports leagues – NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Though outside the big four, tennis has also never had an active “out” professional men’s tennis player. Inspired by Collins’ public outing, two former tennis pros have taken a stand against homophobia in sports.
Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish become the first male tennis players to join Athlete Ally. The organization is a nonprofit sports resource encouraging all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same. Sexy wrestling stud Hudson Taylor founded the nonprofit back in 2011. Check out Roddick and Fish’s statements on why they joined below, along with a video posted by Athlete Ally thanking Collins’ for his courage.
Beyonce and Andre 3000′s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” incited strong feelings on both ends. Definitely the most polarizing contribution on the Great Gatsby movie soundtrack. I’m certain that Emeli Sande taking on Bey’s “Crazy In Love” and giving it a jazzy spin won’t evoke the same reaction. How could anyone hate the black Scottish Adele? I simply adore her.
Before checking out Sande’s cover, I wanted to give the 26-year-old chanteuse major props. Earlier this week, she beat a long-standing record held by The Beatles. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, has spent 63 weeks in the UK’s top 10 chart. It beats the Fab Four’s record of most consecutive weeks for a debut album at the top end of the UK’s Official Album Chart. A record The Beatles’ Please Please Me held for almost 50 years. Congrats Emeli. Check out her “Crazy In Love” cover below featuring the Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
At long last, Disney finally found someone to wear those iconic glass slippers. At one point Amanda Seyfried and most recently Emma Watson were rumored to take on the titular role in the live-action version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. The studio revealed their final pick earlier today. Find out who below.