I’m Kind of Obsessed with Years & Years Now

Well, clearly, I’ve been living under a rock or something, because I’ve only just discovered these guys. And to anyone who already knew about them but lacked the requisite respect for me to inform me, there’s a special spot reserved in musical Hell for you.

Years & Years is a British – well, not exactly boy band – but male musical trio, with lead vocals by Olly Alexander, whose voice has now become a weird form of catharsis for me. Granted, he’s no Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran or Alejandro Manzano, but he’s got a certain je ne sais quoi that I’m definitely digging.

If you thought this post wasn’t going to expose my usual psychopathic tendencies, get ready to be rudely corrected. I first found out about Years & Years at a club I went to last Friday, and I was so enthralled by this mystery band that I literally stood right there on the dancefloor and googled the lyrics to King until I found out who they were. So, just in the event you needed a little anecdote to make you feel less like a weirdo… you’re welcome.

Alexander Skarsgard Is A Sexy-As-All-Hell Tarzan

Alexander Skarsgard Tarzan 1

Ah, Askars, we meet again! Not content to let his sexiness burn out in that god-awful True Blood finale, Alexander Skarsgard has found himself an excuse to bare even more skin for our delight. Well, maybe not more skin (NSFW), but skin sufficient.

The Legend of Tarzan, slated for a July 2016 release, has just released the first official stills and poster of the film, and it (naturally) features the delicious Askars in all his shirtless yumminess. Looking at the trailer, there’s potential for this movie to be amazing, but I can just as easily see it being a complete crapfest. When it comes to remakes, Hollywood seems to be on a hit or miss streak… leaning heavily towards miss, I’m afraid. Here’s hoping that this one doesn’t join that list.

Now, forgive me for nitpicking, but isn’t Tarzan most famous for only wearing a barely-there loin cloth? What the hell is this khaki pants bullshit about? I demand an immediate reshoot! Who’s with me?

Donald Trump’s Supporters Represent the Worst Kind of Human Hypocrisy

Donald Trump has found a way to out-Trumpify himself when he declared that the only way to prevent the threat of terrorism was with “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Donald Trump is an intelligent man. Say what you want about him, you don’t get to amass the wealth and business savvy that he has being a complete dumbass. He knows what’s going to get him attention, and he knows what his supporters want to hear, so of course, he’s going to keep making these polarizing statements. At this point, I’m not sure that he really believes half the things that he says… he may just be saying them for the effect that he knows they will have. But this post isn’t so much about Donald Trump. It’s about those who sincerely believe the crap that he’s spewing.

You would think that with every new Trumpism that the Donald comes up with, he’d lose a larger and larger fraction of his supporters, but nope, just the opposite seems to be happening. That is, more and more people seem to fall in love with him. Or, at the very least, those who do support him seem to feel an increase in the amount of adoration that they feel for him. Take a look at this video and tell me I’m wrong. They like him, they really like him!

Considering the enormity of the threat that IS(IS) poses on an international level, I think that it is completely understandable that people would be afraid. However, fear – no matter how justified – does not excuse the level of racism and anti-Muslim discrimination that so many people have now (publicly) subscribed to. Honestly, people, you can’t be that stupid to think that every single Muslim not only believes the same as the IS extremists but is somehow connected to them to the effect that the most random Muslim entering the US would be strapped with a suicide vest. I’m actually wondering if these people are that moronic, or are they just pretending to be in order to publicly espouse the hatred that they’ve felt all this time.

Now, I can’t be totally sure, but taking into account who Trump’s key demographic is, I’d be willing to bet good money that these people who are unashamed to go on national television and eviscerate an entire religion are the same people who are quick to cry that Christians are being persecuted whenever their religious belief is brought into question. So, you’re the ones being attacked when you’re asked to keep your religion out of Governmental policies, but when you’re calling for the exile and ban of all Muslims, you’re merely endorsing the good ole American way? Hmm, that smells an awful lot like irony and hypocrisy…

Furthermore, it’s amazing that these people seem blithely unaware of the fact that by giving all Muslims the face of IS, they’re effectively doing the same thing to all Christians. That is, they’re painting all regular peace-loving Muslims as terrorists and murderers while representing all Christians as vile, hate-mongering ignoramuses. It would be quite funny, actually, if it weren’t so sinfully disgusting.

The Spotlight’s on Michael B Jordan

Michael B Jordan Men's Fitness Cover

Kudos to Michael B Jordan and whatever personal psychic he’s got on his side advising him on which roles to take, because he is absolutely killing it right now. Creed, his latest endeavor, and the latest of the Rocky franchise, is undeniably a commercial and critical success, and he isn’t getting half as much buzz as he did in Fruitvale Station. That’s an amazing achievement for a twenty something year old black actor who admittedly came from nothing.

I currently have two magazines on which Jordan is the cover star: Men’s Fitness US and GQ South Africa. Both articles are quite good, with the Men’s Fitness one surprising me with the depth of its topics. As expected, the usual workout routine talk was forefront, but there was an astoundingly insightful edge on race relations and racial stereotyping. The GQ piece was arguably more personal and showed that this dude has quite the mouth of a sailor on him.

Either way, it’s great to see the spotlight on Michael, who isn’t only incredibly easy on the eyes, but also displays a calm authenticity that’s both professional and endearing.

More pics  after the jump

Helloooo, John Stamos!

John Stamos Nude

If you haven’t yet sent up a silent prayer of thanks for the existence of the internet, I would suggest that you do it now. DILF-type extraordinaire, John Stamos, did the world a collective solid when he dropped trou for Paper Magazine. Let’s remember that these are the same people who came up with this “Break the Internet” shit with Kim Kardashian, for which I’ve expressed my consternation multiple times, so the fact that they’ve given us John Stamos in all his naked glory now makes them forgiven.

Before I speak about the interview, can I just say DAMN! Who knew Uncle Jesse was hiding all that in them jeans? All our Anacondas definitely DO!

Back to the actual interview… it’s little more than a puff piece really. Praises him for being gorgeous with a strong fan base, without delving into any real issues, but that’s ok. It’s a fun and funny piece, and John Stamos comes off as charmingly as ever, if perhaps a tad grating with all his blatant humility.

“I’m a crappy singer”, my ass! He’s released his own album and is an award-winning Broadway actor! Regardless, he can spout all the rubbish modesty he’d like if it means he’s gonna accompany it with pics like that one.

Take a walk down memory lane with Daniel Radcliffe

This has been pretty much everywhere the past few days, so most of you should have seen it. For those of you who may not have, I am beyond pleased to be the one to bring it to your attention. It has been almost 15 years since Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone first came out, and yet it remains the gift that keeps on giving!

A video of a young, pre sex-inducing Daniel Radcliffe doing a screen test as Harry has been making the rounds, and it is all kinds of adorable and nostalgic. While, from The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, Daniel did a kickass job of making that role his bitch, I’d always thought he was just barely tolerable in the first two movies, in part due to his age. Surprisingly, though, he kills it in that screen test, even doing an incredible reading from The Prisoner of Azkaban, which didn’t come out until three years after.

Radcliffe, we all know, has done an amazing job of nurturing an impressive acting career, even when considering films which don’t do fantastically at the box office (including Victor Frankenstein, which I haven’t seen yet, but am dying to), but seeing him prepare for the role which made it all possible is – please forgive the corniness – absolutely magical!

Dirty Paws is the Werewolf Story I Never Knew I Needed

I totally credit The Gaily Grind for introducing me to this. Karina Farek who, amazingly does a lot of gay-themed artwork, wrote, directed and animated Dirty Paws, and it is the most adorable thing! Dirty Paws follows a couple – half of whom is a werewolf – on the night of a full moon, and, obviously, the trials that this presents. I know that it’s only an animated short, but I can’t believe just how endearing it is. It’s hard to describe just what about it is so incredible, and it might be different things to different people but, for me, I love that it follows less the werewolf (as so many of these stories tend to) and more the human partner. I think this stands out so much to me because, despite the supernatural and fantastical nature of the story, the fact that we see it mostly from the perspective of the human makes it a bit more relatable to us… unless you happen to be a werewolf yourself, in which case I sincerely apologise and… holla at me! I also love the relative normalcy of the situation, and the underlying, unspoken message that love really can weather anything if you let it. Seriously, someone needs to work on this becoming an actual HBO series, and I’ve got tons of casting suggestions. Ok, enough of my yapping! Enjoy the video!

… because random is awesome!