When visiting Vancouver, there are a lot of sights and sounds to take in. You can walk along the seawall, check out the Olympic cauldron, shop on Granville Island or check out the Aquarium in Stanley Park. Another adventure I recommend for everyone whether summer or winter, is a trip up to Grouse Mountain. What’s great about Grouse is that it literally is in Vancouver’s backyard. Located just a few minutes north of the Lonsdale Quay, a trip up the mountain offers a range of views and activities no matter what your mood.

There are two ways to get up to the top. One popular way in the summer months is to tackle the intense hike of the Grouse Grind. The 2.9 kilometre (1.8 mile) hike up the face of the mountain is considered to some as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Over 100,000 people climb the grind each year seeking that over-the-top workout that not only tests your body’s endurance but your mental stamina as well. An average hike takes approximately one and half hours but novice hikers should prepare for a two hour trek.

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Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson Split

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Okay, seriously…there are a lot of breakups going on right now. Today’s big split is Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson. Reynolds, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and Johansson, GQ’s Babe of the Year will be getting divorced and that they’ve actually been separated for six months. They got married a little over two years ago on September 27, 2008, in Tofino, British Columbia. The two have released a statement through their rep, stating the following:

“After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

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68th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations

In: Movies, Patrick, TV Shows

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations have been announced, highlighting the year’s best in movies and television. Leading the nominations is The King’s Speech, with seven nominations. Am I the only one that doesn’t know what this movie is? Following in second are The Social Network and The Fighter each with six nominations.

Johnny Depp increases his chances of winning an award, with two nominations in the in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category, for The Tourist and Alice in Wonderland.

In television, it’s all the usual suspects, including Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Dexter, and more. The award ceremony takes place on Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 (PST)/8:00-11:00 (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Check out the list of nominees after the jump…

Days Of Our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos

In: Donovan, TV Shows

In the past few years, several long-running daytime soaps have been canceled and a few more look like they’re in danger. “Days of our Lives“, on the other hand, is still going strong after 45 years. To commemorate this milestone, the venerable soap opera released a new hardcover coffee table book. “Days of our Lives: A Celebration in Photos” is the ideal gift for the loyal hardcore DOOL fan on your Christmas list this year.

“Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives…”

“Days of Our Lives” executive producer, Greg Meng, and Eric Campbell, a famed art director, are the men behind this photographic journey. It traces the history of the show and its families from the series’ inception to present day storylines. With over 500 behind-the-scenes pictures, the book provides a rare glimpse behind the popular NBC daytime soap. It also features never-before-seen images of the cast, crew, sets and styling. One of my favorite features are the floor plans of the sets. I’m a geek that way.

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I’m all for another G’A-List television show to give me my weekly drama fix! Logo beat Bravo to the punch with The A-List: New York, which has definitely been one of my favorite shows this fall. Now, word is that Bravo is coming out with their own Gay Housewives of New York (which is currently untitled) and filming starts in early 2011!

It’s hasn’t been officially announced yet, but there is enough information (Sources: NewNowNext, Zap2it) and photos of the rumored cast of seven to give you a taste of what’s to come. Above are from left, interior designer Jordan Carlyle, book publicist Kenneth Gillett, and Carlyle’s boyfriend, model Christopher Fawcett.

The group of friends apparently call themselves The Plastics, which I totally approve of. Love Mean Girls. They like to take trips together to Montreal, as shown in some of the photos. Below you’ll meet six of seven rumored cast members.

Meet the cast after the jump…

Model Behavior: Brock Yurich

In: Donovan, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!

For a change of pace, I thought I’d pick a fitness model instead of a fashion model for this week’s Model Behavior feature. In other words, I was in the mood for a beefcake with lots of shirtless pics. Brock Yurich certainly fits that bill. The twenty-something stud is a multi-hyphenate. His Facebook FanPage describes him as a fitness model/ trainer / BFA musical theatre student. That’s right boys and girls, the boy has some serious pipes. And I’m not just talking about the ones I want to clean, but real vocal chops.

The 5’10” eye candy was born in Ohio. He competed in numerous bodybuilding contests and fitness competitions. His passion for his body and health has allowed him to take that passion and turn it into a career as a successful fitness model. But don’t pigeonhole him just as a pretty face with a slammin’ body. Currently, Yurich is a theatre student at UCF in Orlando, Florida. Brock has appeared in numerous school and local theater productions. At the end of the post, I’ve included a clip of him singing. Can’t you just picture yourself, snuggling up to him while he serenades you. Le sigh.

view lots of sexy pics of Brock Yurich after the jump

Last week, the groups took on the challenge of performing some of the biggest hits from artists over the last few years. Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town impressed with their take on an Amy Winehouse classic, while some tackled rap and R&B. Unfortunately, we lost Eleventh Hour and the beloved Whiffenpoofs. Tonight, the competitors not only have one challenge, but two. First, they must take on big rock classics without any guitars (of course). Then, they will perform their own guilty pleasure songs. Who’s going to rock out and who’s going to rock and roll out of here? Plus, who will perform YOUR favorite guilty pleasure?

The night starts off with the groups pulling together once again for another stunning group performance. They sing the musical version of Green Day’s 21 Guns. I can’t say enough about this performance. The arrangement and harmonies were fabulous and the lead vocals were stunning. The choreography was crisp and paid such a great tribute to the musical and song nicely. I wouldn’t say that I loved it as much as last week’s performance of Use Somebody but it was still great. What did you think? Which performance did you like better?

Watch the performances after the jump…

A Year of Google Searches: 2010 Edition

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

A lot happened this year in the world we live it. In the age of the Internet, it’s all tracked and making it easy to look back and review all of the big events, both good and bad. Google recently released their Zeitgeist report which reviews 2010, and released a video that summarized what people were searching for. As Google summarizes it:

From the World Cup to the Haiti earthquake, 2010 brought the world together. As we leave the year behind, we’re taking a look at the biggest events, news, and people who shaped the year. We analyzed the billions of queries that were typed into Google over the year to give you a glimpse of 2010 as seen through the lenses of Google searches.

The images and footage in the video, coupled with with Good Life by One Republic playing as the soundtrack, makes for very touching video produced by Whirled Creative. Definitely worth watching.

Check out the video after the jump…

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