Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Athlete Of The Day: Stefan Read

I love watching most sports on tv, especially hockey and basketball. I am already counting down the days til the Olympics. I can watch almost any Olympic sport (except for maybe Ice Dancing and curling...). Since the games are in Canada this year, lets start my profile of Olympians with Calgary's Stefan Read.

22 year old ski jumper Stefan Read first took a crack at the Olympic Games in 2006. Since then, Read has moved int competition on the World Cup circuit, and has become a leader on the team. Skilled and adorable! Let the games begin!

Stefan Read:

Date of Birth: May 07, 1987
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Ht: / Wt: 5'9" / 132 lbs
Club: Altius Nordic Ski Club
Coach: Tadeusz Bafia
Language Spoken: English, French
Began Competing: 2001
Specialty: LH Individual, NH Individual, LH Team
Pronunciation: STEHF-in REED

New Model Of The Day: Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia is a relative newcomer to the fashion industry but he has already had photographs published in several magazines, catalogues and calendars and he has also taken part in some important runway shows in Spain. He is a keen sportsman and loves everything related to sport. He has worked with photographers Mark Leigthon, Andres Ramirez, Alberto Peregrino, Mark Montovio, Gonzalo Bernard, David Ruiz, Jose Cuenca and Manuel Barca to name but a few. He recently returned from taking part in an international contest where he took the award of Best Physique and 1st Runner Up and he is now in Bulgaria taking part in the final of Best Model of the World which will take place on 11th December.

23 year old Antonio describes himself as energetic with a passion for his work. You can see the passion in Antonio's face in each and every one of his photos. Antonio has it all, a great face, lips and an incredibly sexy nose. A great body, due in part to his love of everything related to sports. Hailing from Spain, Antonio is represented by Mount Productions in Gibraltar. You can check out Antonio's full profile at Mount Productions HERE:

Antonio Garcia:

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 169 lbs
Shoe size: 9
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Short
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: White
Experience: Experienced

Next two shots by David Ruiz.

Next three stunning shots of Antonio by Gonzalo Benard.

Next two shots by Mark Leighton. Mark is a favorite of mine whose work I have featured many times before on the blog.

Below: The last five images of Antonio are some of my favorites. They are by photographer Mark Montovio from Mount Photography.

Favorite Pic of the Day for December 2nd

Love Love this shot of Tommy by Nicolas Smith. More of the work of Nicolas below.


Sigourney Weaver

Why the hell is Sigourney Weaver not in movie after movie any more??? John Travolta is, and most of his movies the past decade quite frankly suck! In the 70's, 80's and 90's, Weaver was in some of Hollywood's greatest movies, Alien and it's sequels, Gorilla's In The Mist, Working Girl, The Ice Storm (and the not so great, but I still love Copycat) just to name a few.

Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, The Natural, Reversal Of Fortune, The World According to Garp.

Even Demi Moore, until her mid thirties, had hit after hit with G.I Jane, Disclosure, Ghost, Indecent Proposal and A Few Good Men. Then...pretty much nothing.

Kyra Sedgwick

Glenn Close, smartly joined Mary Louise Parker, Kyra Sedgwick and Holly Hunter on cable tv, starring in wonderful, character driven shows with writers who know how to write for strong women.

Demi and Sigourney sort of dropped off the face of the earth, with only small parts, small movies and tv guest shots the last decade or so. Sigourney looks to be launching a comeback with her role in Avatar, but really this woman should be working more!

Holly Hunter

This past year, the top 10 grossing movies were:

1 Transformers 2
2 Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince
3 Up
4 The Hangover
5 Star Trek
6 Twilight: New Moon
7 Monsters vs. Aliens
8 Ice Age 3
9 Wolverine
10 Night at the Museum 2

Although The Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock flick 'The Proposal' was 11, not one (except maybe...Twilight) of the top 10 movies features a woman in a lead. Kevin James, Paul Blart: Mall Cop even made more money than Meryl Streep's Julie and Julia.

What exactly does all this mean? Not really sure, it certainly is not about peoples entertainment preferences, women still dominate many of the best roles on television. There are many reasons, from international distribution to the fact that with the exception of The Hangover, 9 of the top 10 flicks listed above are 'special effects' driven flicks that appeal as much to teenagers as to adults.

Meryl Streep, Bullock and Jodie Foster seem to be a few of the female US stars able to continue to be cast in leading roles. I keep coming back to the wonderful Sigourney Weaver. No real point to this post except to once again say, Weaver, and all of the actress's mentioned in this post can act the pants off Travolta, Tom Cruise and Will Smith. It is just shameful they are not gracing our movie screens more often.

So glad Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis were born when they were or they would be playing Shia LeBeof's mother in some summer blockbuster...

So kudos to televison. From; That Girl, Julia, Sue Ellen Ewing, Cagney and Lacy, Dr. Kerry Weaver, Carrie Bradshaw,Olivia Bensen, Wilhelmina Slater,Nora Walker and many others, tv continues to give us wonderful female characters who viewers love and invest in. Sad that the motion picture business cannot seem to do the same.

Glenn Close.