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Man Crush: Scott Eastwood

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

Go ahead, make my day. I’m sure you can tell by his last name, who his famous dad is. It’s none other than Clint Eastwood. Don’t worry, Clint’s Hollywood clout had no bearing in selecting Scott Eastwood as my weekly Man Crush. Scotty made it all on his own merit because he’s so damn fine. Remember his name, you’ll be hearing a lot of it, in the coming months and years.

Born Scott Clinton Reeves, the 24-year-old hunk didn’t change his last name to Eastwood until he became an actor. Coincidentally enough, his first acting gig was courtesy of his famous dad in his film, “Flags of our Fathers”. Scott was born in Carmel, California in 1986, where his Clint began his first term as mayor (86-88).

Since he was the result of an affair between his flight attendant mother and Clint, his birth certificate didn’t list anyone as his father. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s when the National Enquirer broke the story of his paternity that it was public knowledge. Since then, Scott has grown close to his dad and often appear in his films, “Gran Torino“, “Invictus” and the aforementioned “Flags of our Fathers“. Prior to dabbling in acting, he did a bit of modeling and even appeared in an Abercrombie & Fitch ad.

Typically, I like to pick non super famous hotties for my weekly crushes, but that could all change this year. According to IMDB.com, Scott has five films completed and in post-production. 2011 could prove to be his breakout year. Next week, I promise to select a Man Crush that is more well known and popular, but in the meantime get ready to gawk at Scott’s hotness and you can proudly say to your friends you knew him when.

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Winslet Goes “Titanic” For Lancome Ad

In: Charge It, Tyrell, Videos

Kate Winslet went a little Titanic recently. No, I don’t mean that her career hit an iceberg and sunk like a ship. Remember when a younger Kate posed nude on a couch to be drawn by “Jack”? Well, Kate pulled out all her old tricks and posed nude in an ad for the new Lancôme lipstick collection, L’Absolu Nu.

Lying in a white and cream colored room, Kate lies on the floor, talking on the phone draped in a satin sheet. (And might I add, she looks INCREDIBLE). She seductively applies her lipstick and looks right at you with her piercing blue eyes. After a shot of the lipstick on the table, we cut to Kate, lying naked on the floor, looking absolutely flawless. This 35 year old has got it going on.

Check out the ad after the jump…

American Idol 10: Top 13 Performances

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I may sound like a broken record here, but I’m loving this season of “American Idol“. Everything is so on point this season. There were some amazing performances by a couple of the contestants, some expected and some a surprise. Meanwhile, a couple of frontrunners, kinda crashed and choked, opening the door to a potential shocking elimination. It was a great mix of the good, the bad, and the oooooh, that’s embarrassing.

After a week practice, the new judges worked out the jitters of critiquing in front of a live performance and gave some solid and memorable feedback. PS. Congrats to Jennifer Lopez for having the No. 1 single on iTunes. Her musical comeback is official.

Normally, the contestants’ packages bore me to death, but not last night. I’m loving the behind the scenes look of the singers with Jimmy Iovine’s producing heavy hitters. Seriously, all of them are hardcore and produced some of the biggest hits the past few years. These Idols are so lucky to work with them. This week’s theme of their “Personal Idol” was a bit loosey goosey, but it allowed the singers to stay within their respective comfort zones. See who nailed it and who put a nail in their coffin in my commentary below. Scroll down to bottom to see my rankings and who I predict will be in the bottom three.

view all the performances, plus my rankings after the jump

Stage Review: Quidam

In: Nic, The Arts

Cirque du Soleil came back to Vancouver tonight with their presentation of Quidam, and hit a home run for a packed house in GM Place. Don’t. Miss. This. Show.

In classic Cirque du Soleil form, the presence on stage was haunted with Old World atmosphere, and presented on a New World scale. Part of the beauty of their productions are that they suck you into a world, not quite existing in this decade. The story of a young girl named Zoe is at the center:

Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam — where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

As the story progresses, you see Zoe’s Mom and Dad, absent, unaware, and uninvolved with their daughter, observing the fantastical performances and their mind’s opening up to her imagination.

Right from the start, audience participation was key, a real plus when watching such an intricate and heightened production. A couple of actors came down to the audience to say hello, giving everyone enough time to find their seats, and helping bring us into the Quidam world. The beauty throughout the entire show was that we weren’t the only ones watching the performances on stage. This world, inside Zoe’s head, had many characters, some of which would sit on stage and watch the amazing acrobatics and skill and react to them with us.

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Is Facebook Ruining Relationships?

In: Patrick, Random Reads

As we become more connected to people through social networking, are we becoming more disconnected to the ones right next to us?

A new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that about two thirds of divorce lawyers cite Facebook as “the ‘primary source’ of evidence in divorce proceedings.” In addition, The Guardian calls Facebook “a leading cause of relationship trouble.” Thou shalt not poke thy neighbours wife (or husband)! The article in The Guardian explains that it’s becoming quite common. “We’re coming across it more and more. One spouse connects online with someone they knew from school. The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook,” said Dr Steven Kimmons, a clinical psychologist and marriage counsellor at Loyola University Medical Centre near Chicago.

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Britney Spears Graces “OUT” Cover

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Music, Tyrell

As the article rings out… “You think you know everything there is to know about the pop star? Think again.” Britney Spears has had quite the roller coaster of a career. From her introduction into pop super-stardom through huge tours and album success, to going crazy and shaving her head, to settling down and making it known that she hasn’t left her pop throne, Britney is ready to show everyone with Femme Fatale that the bitch is back and better than ever.

Covering OUT Magazine, Britney dishes on her career from the early beginnings to the process and result of Femme Fatale aimed for stores March 29th. She talks about Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker being two of her biggest inspirations and even where she was when she heard her first song on the radio.

But everyone wants to know how she feels about her new album. She says, “I think Femme Fatale is my most upbeat and mature album yet.” She talks about her collaboration with Will.I.Am and new artist Sabi who raps on the track (Drop Dead) Beautiful. Ultimately, I think this album is going to showcase some true growth for the artist and I know the world is watching.

Check out more from the interview and pictures after the jump…

ANTM Cycle 16 Episode 3: “Short Dutch Boy”

In: Rich, TV Shows

Previously on America’s Next Top Model, Tyrant put us through almost an entire hour of sob stories in the annual learn how to “emote” episode. All that crying got the best of Ondrei who, despite a gorgeous picture, quit at panel. Being away from her family was just too much for her. Ultimately, it was Hannah taking the top spot and Nicole getting the boot. I didn’t much care for so I’m glad she’s gone. Tonight is makeover night. Who will cry? Who will get the dreaded androgynous Tyrant chop-all-your-hair-off special? Eleven wannabes are left. Who will be eliminated tonight?

I just saw something on TV that says it’s Lent and that I should be giving something up to become a better person for Easter. I’ve put a lot of thought into it and decided that I’m not going to make fun of Tyrant… I mean Tyra… anymore. She’s a good person who does good things for good people in this good world. She deserves for respect for her work at being pretty and making up stupid terms. She deserves to be celebrated for what she has given this world. Peace. Glamour. Miss J. So how long is Lent anyways? 40 days! RYFKM?!?! Scrap that. Sorry Tyrant. You’re back on the shit list.

We start off this week not wasting any time with rehashing the previous panel. The girls get home and find a big string they’re supposed to pull. It unleashes a curtain with descriptions of the makeovers. It doesn’t say who is getting what, just adjectives like “Kinky, Red, and Wild with Matching Brows“. Let the fretting begin! But first, we have to listen to some serious screaming. The biggest concern seems to be “Short Dutch Boy“. What in God’s name is that? Tyrant should give up made-up nonsense for Lent!

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Wine 101: Local Pickins

In: Charge It, Nic

Well it’s Spring release which is exciting for our microcosmic wine industry in my own little province of British Columbia. Although gaining notoriety one year, one crush season, one Spring release at a time, the world is still generally unaware of how much wine we product here in BC let alone Canada.

With over 710 wineries and independent growers in BC, not to mention over 60 varietals of grapes grown, the BC wine industry is still continuing to grow with no sign of slowing down, and there’s something for everyone. Although made in a predominantly fruit forward New World style, quite a few wineries have paid homage to the Old World style and branched out their wine making, outsourcing wine makers from all around the world and covering all corners of the market.

One such winery, and one of the most famous of the cult classics in the BC wine industry is Joie Farm Wines.  Located in the Naramata Bench of the Okanagan Valley in our beautiful province, Joie has, in just a few short years, gained the monopoly on the grapes and wine styles of Alsace and Burgundy. Alsace, an area mashed on the border of France and Germany, produces white aromatic grapes, perfect for the weather and growing conditions in the area Joie Farm is located. Although they produce enough wine to last the year now, I remember a time just a couple of years ago when you would find out that Joie’s stock was dwindling, and fans like me would go out and buy the last couple of bottles they could just to make it through to the next release.

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