Sometimes judging a reality show can be risky. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how Pharrell was skeezing me out. Others though, like Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani (so far) come off as likable and gain fans. Some though, come off as egotistical assholes... Lets put Adam Levine in the latter category. I don't remember Levine being quite so annoying previous seasons but this season is ridiculous. Between his constant (and I mean CONSTANT) shushing of the audience so that he can be heard and his over the top anointing of the singers he coaches, he is approaching being almost impossible to take. The Voice is pretty much the only singing show I still 'sort of' watch, but Levine has made the frequent fast forwarding almost not worth the effort.
I played hockey for three years before deciding those 5am Saturday practices were for shit! Had Cole Monahan, and his smile, been on my team, I might have sucked it up for a few more years! The Elite Model is part of the Winter issue of JÓN magazine, appropriately entitled Ice, in a great set of images shot by the talented Scott Teitler. Get your own copy HERE:
Both Wendie Malick and Cynthia Stephenson are known for their scene stealing performance, both having played over the top characters on both TV movies and series. In the case of the 2008 Lifetime flick Will You Merry Me, Stephenson is hosting Christmas for her son Henry (Tommy Lioutas) and his new fiancé Rebecca. Henry's family is Christian, Christmas Christian, and Rebecca's parents (Malick and David Eisner) are Jewish, repelled by the extreme decorating and holiday hoopla at their soon to be in-laws.
Even with the not so subtle performances from the leading ladies, Tommy Lioutas shines as the son, sweet and earnest, trying his best to balance his love for his fiancé and the Christmas traditions from his family. Tommy's performance provides the films anchor and a nice balance to the film.
Canadian actor Tommy Lioutas has been acting the last ten years with movie and tv roles including as a regular on The Best Years and Whistler. The actor has recently moved to producing and as producer, his film Good Boy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and was an Official Selection at the Atlantic Film Festival the same year. He has gone on to produce three other films, Issues, Heels and this years The Truth About Rainbows.
It must be odd for actors, especially actors like Tommy's whose focus is now on producing to have their Christmas films resurrected each December. Every year you can count on writers and bloggers discovering your work for the first time. There is sadly very little (or maybe for him, not so sadly) about Tommy on the net, no site, few photos, and little in the way of skin. No matter, he is a worthy addition to the 12 Days list. His performance, and adorable smile were the reason I continued from proposal through the holidays with Will You Merry Me?
Whenever I spend time with the work of Atlanta photographer Bob Burkhardt I am always amazed at the strength within his work. The strength is not visual, it is not the kind you see when viewing images of a model who has spent many hours working on muscle definition at the gym. I am talking about a strength that you feel. With Bob's work it exudes from the beauty and clarify from both model and image.
Memphis model Thee_Supaman is obviously a physically fit and strong man. But within these images, posed beautifully on the floor naked or standing in white briefs as the sunlight shines over his body, as the sheer white curtains that drape beside and behind him, there is a strength.
'When we met I was immediately impressed by his striking looks and when we started shooting I was further impressed with how skilled he was a modeling and his knowledge of the industry. Friendly, handsome and professional, a photographer's dream. After our shoot he's remained helpful and supportive in my work.'
Bob initially connected with Thee_Supaman via Facebook and the model drove down from Memphis for their shoot. Thee_Supaman had modeled when he was younger for Sears, then three years ago, won a contest to shoot with a really great photographer. The images from that shoot catapulted him onto the world of internet 'fame.' In addition to modeling, Thee_Supaman is a Show Host, actor as well as currently being on active duty for the US Army. Being the Army I would guess would not provide many opportunities to explore one's creative urges. With modeling, Thee-Supaman says, 'I like the art aspect. I like being able to create something that people admire and want to share.'
To Thee or not to Thee...
'I've been known as Supaman for a long time, I added the "thee" to on=line forums so I would be distinguished from others who jokingly use the same moniker. There is only one Supaman.'
Favorite Thing About his work:
'Traveling! Traveling is my life's passion so when modeling affords me the opportunity to go somewhere and meet wonderful people I live for it. Being the Face of Dominican Republic has been one of my best experiences thus far.'
Oddest thing about his work:
'Plenty! Which one do I want to share with social media though......well there was a photographer in Chicago who had a hands-free orgasm during a shoot...that was unexpected to say the least :)'
Take it off! Take it off?
'I began with the boundary that I would never do anything overtly sexual (i.e full frontal, pornographic, etc). I think everything I attempt is Art and I hope that it is received as such. Today's society is captivated by sex, so implied nudes was definitely something I wanted to do to prove to myself that I had what it takes. I grew up being the "fat kid" (200 lbs), so to be the object of certain peoples sexual desire is kind of liberating.'
Modeling & The Army:
'They definitely both require dedication and discipline. They intersect often, but my career as a Patriot to these great United States is more important. Modeling and my position in social media are definitely a passion, but I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Plenty of fellow servicemen have seen my pics before, it's funny when they recognize me from on-line forums and try to figure out a way to approach asking me about it.'
The Bob Burkhardt Experience:
'Bob was an amazing photographer that I think every model should want to work with at any point in their career. Very warm, very direct, and extremely talented. His eye for an exquisite shot is unparalleled. He asked me to try some S&M things that I wasn't particularly sure would work, but they translated quite well in print. My favorite images from the shoot are definitely the ones in the natural light of his balcony above his studio. Those brought out an essence of my art that I hadn't seen before. They are some of the most re-blogged pics as well.
Creating That Perfect Pose & Capture:
'I think about sex when I'm attempting those type of shots. I pretend I'm at the height of an orgasm. I pretend the photographer is someone I've been wanting to fuck forever and finally have him in my sights. It's all a bit of acting to me, in my natural state I'm kind of boring lol.'
Body Part that gets the most attention?
'Lol, I'm still a bit self-conscious about my body. I think my dick gets the most attention in social media...for obvious reasons.'