Award season is officially underway! Even Grindr is getting in on the action. They recently released their best of 2013 year end list. From gay icon of the year (Neil Patrick Harris) to best comeback of the year (Netflix), users of the ubiquitous hookup app made their voice heard on a multitude of categories.
2013 was a banner year of celebrities coming out. Not surprisingly with all the headlines he generated, Wentworth Miller earned Grindr’s best coming out story. Solid choice. I was lucky enough to witness Miller’s first appearance after coming out at the HRC Gala Dinner in Seattle.
Along with revealing the best of the best in the past year, Grindr also weighed in on what they expect will be big and make headlines in 2014. Find out below who they think the next celebrity to come out is and what will become obsolete.
Donatella Versace is going all out for their Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. Just last week, we saw the first stunning photos featuring Mother Monster as their new spokesperson. Today, we feast our eyes on the lucky guy fronting their mens line.
Capturing the brand’s rebellious and youthful spirit is none other than Awkward and Glee star Nolan Gerard Funk. The 27-year-old actor looks dashingly handsome in their stylish suits and extremely ripped in their tight briefs. Check out more pics of Funk’s campaign below snapped by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
“I love our new Versace menswear campaign starring Nolan Funk,” said Donatella Versace. “He brings these iconic Versace pieces to life with his energy and spirit. The campaign is full of the essence of Versace, now and forever.”
Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
First and foremost, Happy Belated Birthday to Ian Somerhalder. The Vampire Diaries actor turned 35 on Sunday, December 8. His fans know him best for playing Damon Salvatore. For me, however, he’ll always be Boone from Lost or that guy who hit on James van der Beek in Rules of Attraction. I’m sure if he had the guns he has now (see picture above), Dawson might not have turned him down.
Somerhalder shows off his biceps on the cover of Annex Man’s latest issue. Snapped by photographer Bradford Rogne, Ian models an array of wardrobe including pieces by Ami, Neil Barrett, Mugler, Alexis Mabille and more. Check out some pics from his editorial featured in the publication’s Winter 2013/2014 issue, available now.
For a hot second there, it looked like Miley Cyrus was going to be TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year.” At least at the midway point on the publication’s online poll that is.
Despite major pimping from Cyrus herself, she faltered in the second half of the voting period and Egyptians came out in droves and propelled General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the win. If it’s any consolation prize for Miley, she made TIME’s official Top 10 list for Person of the Year and not al-Sisi.
Though she made the short list, TIME editors gave the “Person of the Year” title to Pope Francis. “The fact that he’s given so many people so much hope and inspiration in the last nine months, no one else has done that this year,” says Time contributor Howard Chua-Eoan.
Controversial N.S.A. Leaker Edward Snowden was the publication’s runner-up. Still, Top 10 isn’t too shabby for the notorious 21-year-old twerker. Check out the rest who made the cut below.
Harry Cook is not that well-known here in North America, but has several acting credits in his native Australia. The 22-year-old Aussie actor is probably best known for playing Geena Davis’ son in Accidents Happen. On Sunday, Cook uploaded a video on YouTube discussing his sexuality.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but I know it’s the right thing to do. I hope I can have your support. :)” – YouTube Description
In the short clip, he talks about his worries that coming out will affect his career due to filmmakers’ narrow-minded views on gay actors. As everyone knows, gays can’t play straight roles ;) He makes a valid point saying he knows how to play straight because he did it all throughout high school. Touché.
Cook can next be seen in the indie Drown. The film explores unrequited lust and homophobia among a group of young surfers that culminate in a tragic booze-fueled episode of near-fatal bullying. Check out the teaser trailer below, along with Cook’s coming out clip.
With just weeks before her heralded Las Vegas residency begins, Britney Spears made her official arrival at Planet Hollywood earlier this week. It wasn’t as extravagant as Shania Twain arriving on a horse, but there was plenty of fan fare. Lights, cameras, paparazzi, fans, you name it, it was there.
Naturally, the 32-year-old singer is in promotional overdrive to move ticket sales and also copies of her just-released album Britney Jean. She even hinted that she might retire after her two-year residency. Yeah, right. I smell that marketing ploy a mile away ;)
In other Brit-related news, she appears on InStyle magazine’s January cover looking quite lovely wearing a Dior couture gown. Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista snaps the singer for her most “candid interview ever.” Knowing how verbose Brit is, I wonder what classifies as “candid” for the publication. Right?
Spears also released a teaser for her latest single “Perfume.” It uses the official lyric video as the background with footage of the video itself incorporated in. Check it out below.
Despite all the touching tributes, including those from his former co-stars, and breaking news regarding Paul Walker’s death, I’ve remained relatively silent. I’m still in shock that he’s gone. Not only was I a huge fan, but he was one of the first male actors I crushed on as I started my journey to coming out. He definitely holds a special place in my heart.
Whether or not you watched all of his movies or none of them, you’re probably aware that he appeared in The Fast and The Furious films. In honor of the late actor, the franchise created a two-minute tribute compilation highlighting Walker’s finest moments. It spans his first meeting with Vin Diesel’s Dominic to his wedding with Jordana Brewster’s Mia in the most recent film. Watch the moving tribute set to Skyler Grey’s “I’m Coming Home” below. It fittingly features a toast from Vin Diesel.