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Model Behavior: Ryan Cooper

In: Donovan, Fashion, Totally GAY!

Since I’m currently visiting New Zealand and Australia, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Model Behavior to a sexy beast from this neck of the woods. Meet Ryan Cooper. According to some reports, he’s Aussie and on other sites he’s Kiwi. Regardless of where he’s from, I thought he’d be the perfect choice to kick off my time here in Oceania. Plus he looks like the love child of Ryan Philippe and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time). Who wouldn’t love that concoction.

Born in 1987, Cooper rose to fame in 2008 when he was featured in a DKNY Jeans campaign. Since then he’s appeared in numerous ads for popular brands including adidas, Armani Exchange and Overland Footwear. In his spare time, Cooper loves snowboarding, playing basketball, writing, enjoying nice restaurants and working out (and it shows). Check out this delicious man candy in plenty of shirtless pics below. Til next week.

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Kelly Rowland & Robin Thicke Cover Whitney Classics

In: Donovan, Music

It doesn’t get any better than this. Two of my favorite current R&B singers taking on my favorite R&B singer of all-time. Since Whitney Houston’s untimely death, I’ve heard a few covers ranging from Chris Cornell’s cover of “I’ll Always Love You” to Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute at the Grammys. All of them have been great, but I have to say Robin Thicke’s is pretty darn amazing.

It seems Thicke’s recent run-in with the law for marijuana possession hasn’t stopped him from heading to the recording studio. The soulful crooner uses his sensual vocals on Whitney’s classic “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)“. His version transforms Whit’s classic into a sexy track worthy for some down and dirty fun in the bedroom. Love the stripped down arrangement showcasing Robin’s fantastic voice.

While note as vocally perfect as Robin, but still noteworthy is Kelly Rowland’s Houston cover. Over the weekend, the “Motivation” singer performed “The Greatest Love of All” in Las Vegas for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. For some this might sound strange, but the song, originally recorded by George Benson, was actually part of the soundtrack for a 1977 Ali biopic “The Greatest“. It wasn’t til Whitney’s version that made “The Greatest Love Of All” into a major pop hit. Stevie Wonder who attended and performed at Whitney’s funeral managed to fly to Vegas to accompany Kelly on her tribute. Check out both covers below.

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Sexy Liquid Plumr Commercial

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Totally GAY!

Sex sells and that’s what Liquid Plumr is counting on with their brand new commercial. Who knew unclogging drains could be so sexy? The company is promoting it’s new double action Liquid-Plumr Double Impact Snake + Gel System. Speaking of double action…

In the ad, a housewife fantasizes about two hot plumbers knocking on her door to assist her with her clogged “pipes”. You know were this is going, right? Side note, why is it in real life, plumbers never look like this. Admit it, you also secretly wish the repairman you just called turns out to be a hot tottie. Alas, they never are. Instead you get a lot of crack and not the good kind.

Starring in the clip is model Aaron O’Connell. I previously wrote about this stud when he was rumored to be AnnaLynne McCord’s new boyfriend, replacing Kellan Lutz. He’s definitely as cute as I remembered, if not cuter. He along with this scruffy hot bear titillate in this sexual innuendo-filled ad spot. Be sure to watch the entire clip and see O’Connell feeling up melons. Sexy.

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As if Roseanne Barr’s return to network television wasn’t awesome enough, now comes word that she’s teaming up with a former co-star for her comeback. The anticipation meter is now through the roof, IMHO. During the better part of the 90s, “Roseanne” ruled the airwaves due to the comedian’s ability to relate to the average American struggling with financial hardship. With a similar economic landscape affecting the country today, Roseanne is hoping lightning will strike twice. No one does blue collar like Barr does. Remember when the Connors became millionaire lottery winners? So not fetch. Stick to what you do best is what I say.

Titled “Downwardly Mobile“, the sitcom is set in a trailer park where Barr plays the owner of the establishment. Her character acts as the surrogate mother to her residents. I expect a very colorful array of characters to round out the cast. With Roseanne reuniting with a former colleague, the chances of the pilot being picked up by NBC for the 2012-13 television season seems very likely. Curious to know who that might be?

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Wondered what Chris Colfer did during “Glee’s” hiatus last summer? Now, you can see exactly what Chris did in this newly-released movie trailer. “Struck By Lightning” not only marks his feature film debut but also his first stab at writing a script. While he plays another high school student, his character Carson Phillips is vastly different than Kurt. Dare I say it, but he almost acts butch in the flick, almost being the operative word. Given that he plays Kurt Hummel so perfectly on “Glee” you’d think he’d be a one-trick pony. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There is obviously more than meets the eye with this talented young actor.

Struck By Lightning” is told in flashback from the perspective of Carson Phillips after he is struck and killed by lightning in the opening scene of the film. Carson is a highly-driven student with aspirations of one day becoming the editor of The New Yorker. With a very limited pool of writers at his school, the driven Carson thinks outside the box to recruit a staff of new reporters. He digs up dirt on the popular kids at his school and blackmails them to do his bidding. Co-starring with Colfer are Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding). Watch the movie trailer below.

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I first came across this interesting piece of information about a month ago, but seeing that Brian and I are heading off to Australia and New Zealand today for our three week adventure, I thought it was appropriate to share with you today. Over the past couple of years, I’ve become quite a seasoned traveler and learned to pack more efficiently and deal with airport security effectively. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with a good number of travelers.

One of my biggest pet peeves at the airport are people who seem ill-prepared when going through security checkpoints. Whether it’s bringing liquids, not having documentation or waiting til the last possible second to put their belongings in those lovely conveyor buckets to be scanned, some people seem so clueless. When I learned of how much money is left at TSA checkpoints by people, images of several travelers I’ve previously encountered instantly flashed in my mind. You’d be shocked to know how much money people leave behind.

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Simon Cowell’s Interesting Proposal

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Gotta hand it to Simon Cowell for his latest attempt to drum up attention for “The X Factor“. The British personality taunted his former boss SLASH frenemy Nigel Lythgoe to participate in an epic showdown for the ages. Cowell suggested the winner of this year’s “American Idol“, “The Voice” and “The X Factor” compete in a battle royale at next year’s Super Bowl. Personally, I think the idea is brillballs. Unfortunately, Lythgoe doesn’t share the same sentiment. In true Nigel fashion, he took to Twitter to address Cowell’s idea and kibosh’d the idea. Check out the exchange between the two below.

“Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.” - Simon Cowell

“@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” – Nigel Lythgoe

Even though the first and only World Idol competition years ago where Kelly Clarkson lost to Norway’s Idol winner Kurt Nilsen bombed big time, this proposed battle IMHO would work. The fact only Americans can vote would make it an even playing field for all three. Plus the fact “American Idol” is no longer the juggernaut it once was, doesn’t give that winner an unfair advantage.

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XELLE Are “Invincible” In New Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

Releasing your own song after appearing on a reality show seems like a rite of passage these days. While most are God awful, there are a few gems that come to mind. Kim Zolciak’s “Tardy For The Party” is definitely one of them. Surprisingly, another one that I loved and grew on me came via RuPaul Drag Race alum Mimi Imfurst. The Season 3 contestant along with Rony G and JC Cassis formed a girl group XELLE (pronouned XL) and released the extremely catchy “Party Girl“. XELLE is the first girl group that consists of two girls and a drag queen. The trio are back with a brand new song and telling the world they are “Invincible“.

The empowering new single is from their upcoming album “Queens“. In collaboration with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), “Invincible” is an uplifting party anthem with a positive message of loving oneself. “When I was in high school, it was bullying by my peers and being assaulted by a school personnel that lead to me being outed to my family,” says XELLE member, Mimi Imfurst, “I then found myself homeless after being kicked out of my house for being gay. GLSEN was one of the organizations that supported me during that time. As a member of XELLE, it’s important that we give back so no young person has to experience what I did.” Check out “Invincible” below.

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Who Is Donovan?

"The Meticulous One" : Formerly the VP of a Top 20 kids/teen online magazine property, Donovan brings his online expertise for this project. Donovan and Brian have been together for almost a decade! Who knew relationships could last this long. He's the one taking the pictures, with a library consisting of thousands of photos - he's got dirt on all of us. Check out his Q&A questionnaire. Follow him on Twitter!

Current Song Obsessions

One of my current obsessions right now is Wynter Gordon. She's featured in the Freemason's clip above. Check it out!
Can you tell that I love my R&B divas? Keri Hilson certainly fits that bill. I like "Pretty Girl Rock" more, but there's no video yet, so enjoy Breaking Bad above.