Since the age of 9, actor Andrew Francis has voiced over 50 characters, in over 20 animated series, including many anime series including; RoboCop: Alpha Commando, X-Men: Evolution, Johnny Test, Action Man, Dragon Booster, MegaMan NT Warrior, Monster Rancher, and Vision of Escaflowne. Thankfully, Andrew has been able to stop out from behind the mike, more and more as he has gotten older.
Some of the 28 year old actors live action roles include stints in Supernatural, The L Word, Psych, Life As We Know It, Flashpoint Agent Cody Banks and Final Destination 3. I discovered his beautiful smile, and face, a week or so ago in a repeat of Hallmark's Trading Christmas. I like to think my movie viewing habits rise above the paint by the number 'lifetime' type of movies but like you all, every once in awhile I sucked into watching one, and admittedly, usually end up enjoying it.
There is a reason these movies tug at viewers, they hit that part in all of us that although jaded, still remembers what we used to believe about Christmas and romance before life and heartache yanked it out of us. They also, usually have a great cast of hot men! It was through corny Christmas movies that I discovered actors Jefferson Brown (The 12 Men Of Christmas) and Ivan Sergei (Santa Baby).
Trading Christmas features Faith Ford, Gil Bellows and a slew of great Canadian actors including Tom Cavanagh, Gabrielle Miller and of course Vancouver's Andrew Francis. The movie's plot is simple, but that is exactly why it makes good escapism viewing. The real appeal of movies like this are the appealing actors who bring a level enjoyment to the material and in Trading Christmas, Francis, Cavanagh and especially Miller make the viewing worth your time. You can check out more of Andrew, including a full list of all the characters he has voiced at Behind The Voice Actors HERE:
Below: With Jared Padalecki in Supernatural
Below: With Emma Lahana in Trading Christmas (2011)
‘Beauty is beauty. The perspective may be different, but the perception is pretty much the same. My perspective happens to have a lot of color and spice… and some heat!’
Although I had been aware of the artistry of Ricardo Muñiz, it was not until getting to know his story that I gained a true appreciation for everything that makes up his incredible work. I got to know a bit of his story while working on a profile for the second issue of tMf magazine. In that feature what most impressed me was Ricardo's sense of community, but literally and artistically and how it figures so proximately within his imagery. Prior to exploring his artistic endeavours, Ricardo spent over 15 years serving his community as a social worker and teacher. Ricardo worked with young people with severe problems, emotional, social and psychological. When he made the decision to focus solely on his photography, puppetry and body art, community remained central. The creation of Coquíchulo Images stemmed from Ricardo’s passion to provide artistic support and foster creativity and success within communities of color and in particular the Latino community.
I have been looking to feature more of Ricardo's work since this time but when I recently saw his recent images of David, I got in touch with Ricardo about showcasing them on the blog. David, is a young Latino from the Miami-area whom Ricardo was asked to shoot for the website, Papithugz.com. Although Papithugz is a porn website, the owners hired Ricardo to bring an "artistic" and "softer" feel to the erotic photography portion of David's feature.
'The photo story seen here highlights some of the many erotic shots available on the site. My idea was to photograph David as a chulito, a pretty boy, who takes the viewer on an erotic stroll along the beach and to the pool. David slowly strips as he ambles along finally culminating in a full, erotic dip in the pool.'
To see the complete series, please visit Papi ThugzHERE: To see more of Ricardo's work, please visit Coquichulo ImagesHERE:
The Warwick Rowers calendar and video has become more than an anticipated yearly event, it has become a bit of a phenomenon. Through his imagery, photographer Angus Malcolm has created visuals that tap into something so much have been longing to see. I want to call it 'an innocence' but that would be to simplistic. The Warwick Rowers are not innocent, nor necessarily pure or virginal. I think it is more a question of being untouched, untouched by the industry, the media and vultures who profit from them. They are also very intelligent, most wise, with views on social issues. ahead of much of the world. They are young, but youth is not all they represent.
Angus has not made them to look like anything they are not. So many depictions of the male form in media have all the men look superhuman, muscular Gods whose bodies are not only unrealistic, but very unattainable. The Warwick Rowers are relatable, they are men worthy of admiration, not just because of their bodies but because of their forward thinking and willingness to share their thoughts, and yes their bodies to help others in need.
The new film, Bigger, Longer and Uncut is an incredible film, beautifully depicting what I have discussed above. Angus Malcolm's images and director and film maker Damien Rea's film will give all fans everything they are looking for. The reviews have been extremely positive with fans thrilled for what the artists and rowers have created! Make sure to get your copy at a low price of just £11.99. Pick it up and check out more of the many products available HERE:
There are a lot of great looking guys in the video but I was quite taken by Angus's images and shoot with Josh. Love his eyes and how beautiful the images in field and bails of corn look.
A Few Words From Angus:
'We really put a lot into making it our best yet. I wanted to do more than show skin - I wanted to enable people to make an emotional connection with the boys, to understand who they are and why they do this. They're the questions I get asked most often! Of course, I think we do a good job of showing some skin, too, and I think we do it in the best possible way. The boys show they have a healthy relationship with their bodies, with nudity, with being admired by whoever cares to look, and with being naked around each other. And they're also in control - these guys are not being exploited, not selling themselves short, and not being coerced into doing something they don't want to do.'
'There are a lot of messages in there for young LGBT people, and for young people generally who are growing up in a world where evidence suggests sexual enlightenment is too often coming from the twilight world of sadistic, exploitative pornography. I believe the Warwick Rowers are making a radical stance by offering themselves as an alternative to that perspective, by inviting the world to have a look, have fun, and not to feel like anybody did anything wrong in the process.'