Sunday, January 11, 2015

Favorite Pic of the Day for January 11th

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The Golden Globes : Dropping the pretence, and the clothing...

Tradition dictates that on the day of The Golden Globes, FH salutes the nominee's, and this year is no different. Today, I have done a double posting with two pages, the second page being a salute to the nominee's, and some of their best scenes without the assistance of a wardrobe stylist. Click the link below, or head to the second page of the blog for all the nominee's, sans their wardrobe.

I have just started The Affair, but one episode in I am already hooked, and again in lust with the talented Golden Globe nominee Dominic West. Can't wait to see more!

Messing With Momentum

Although American Horror Story remains one of my favorite hours of television, I hate when Ryan Murphy and the writers mess with momentum. This season has been moving along at a brisker pace than previous seasons, but again this week, Murphy showed that despite a solid concept, he usually wings the last half of each season. I know I am one of the few people on the planet who is not a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, but like last season's Stevie Nicks fiasco, why does Murphy put his show on hold in order to showcase guest stars who only bog down, and take us away from the characters and plots we care about. Last season Nick's, and her music, were weaved in as a brilliant part of Lily Rabe's character. But.. when they actually brought on Nick's, the episode was a mess.

Ryan Murphy similarly brought Harris in last week in an episode written primarily to showcase Harris and his love of magic. Clearly not originally intended to be part of the season, the guest appearance was played out on twitter and was more of a stroke to the actor's ego, than planned part of the season. The problem I have is at what cost? Would the twins have lost their virginity to Jimmy? Would Dandy found another way back to the freak show? Stories written around Murphy's guest star whims always feel out of place and always has me wishing I would have stopped watching a little earlier.

Spencer Neville: Room Service

Watched a few episodes of Days Of Our Lives over my holiday break and I may just have to put it back on the DVR. The Will & Sonny storyline, once a show draw, had gotten so bogged down by bad writing and an annoying re-cast, they became almost unbearable to watch. Chandler Massey may have gotten lazy prior to his leaving, but the power and emotion displayed during the coming out portion of Will's journey makes what the character has become even harder to swallow.

I have no idea why the show continues with the Will re-cast with an actor with such distracting facial expressions and shockingly poor acting skills, but they have. Freddie Smith was wonderful supporting Massey's Will, but as the focus of the couple's storyline, he doesn't have the depth, nor the ability to gather the energy required to sustain the story.

Thankfully they have at least now added some worthy filler, and some hottness, to the storyline with Christopher Sean and Spencer Neville. Former Silver model Neville has only been seen with his bell hop suit on thus far, but hopefully soon his character Derrick will bring something other than food to one of the rooms he services. Neville is so darned appealing, and Sean acts circles around the main couple that his character supports. These two new additions are not so much making the main more tolerable but instead making them even less significant than they were before. Keep these two as a couple and then send Sonny, and especially Will, off into the sunset until new actors can be found!

3 images of Spencer above from Rick Day

Attention Held: JHoup by Covet Image

'He comes across as very humble, I don't think he truly understands just how hot he is...'

Sometimes it can be the 'not knowing' that produces the hottest images... We have all experienced walking into a room and seeing the hottest guys, well the ones who know they are the hottest, front and center, dominating conversation and attention. It isn't really their fault, people often gravitate towards them, expecting them to maintain their attention with there appearance and personality. After a short while though, usually your attention, and most certainly your eyes ventures beyond them, looking for someone, something with a bit more... maybe sustenance.

I was incredibly excited to discover the work of Chicago photographer Ray (covetimage) this past fall. Every that return to Ray's portfolio, there are always models that initially grab my attention There was one  model however, who from the beginning, always drew both my visual attention, and my interest.

23 year old JHoup (Jake) has great look.  Not flashy or one that aggressively demands your attention, but a look that draws you in quietly, yet strongly, and most importantly keeps you there. A great body and a beautiful face, both unassuming yet full of expression. Jake's beautiful brown eyes are magic, sharing vulnerability and both a pensive seriousness in some shots, and sexy twinkle of fun in others. Jake's lips, surrounded by his magnificent lush beard,  are incredibly  sexy whether pursed together seriously, or charming you with his great smile.

New to the modeling world, Jake says he is excited to see where exactly all of this might take him. Money is important of course, but for Jake, so is having fun and living each day of his life as positively as he possibly can. Modeling allows him to meet new people, try new things and most importantly, add a dash of excitement into his daily routine. Ray met Jake through a local Meet Up group for male models in Chicago. 'He's a free-spirited young man with a wonderful sense of humor. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a solo shoot with him.'

'I'm a huge fan of beards, and Jake sports a wonderful one. He also has an unbelievably thick, full head of hair. As a member of the "follically challenged," I take great interest in men with wonderful hair (you could say it's one of the many things I covet). Jake is willing to try new things, and takes an active interest in the creative process. In fact, many of the images pictured here were a collaborative effort between myself and Jake.'

The jeans sliding off Jake's waist were a pair a friend of Ray's convinced him to purchase. The far too-expensive Japanese denim fit a little too snug on Ray (the idea was that the denim would stretch) ended up sitting in drawer unworn. Ray decided to dust them off to use in his work with Jake. They created some of Ray's favorite images from the shoot and looked so good on Jake, Ray decided they should remain with him, instead of returning to that drawer.

Rays shares that one of the things he enjoyed most about shooting Jake was his total lack of ego. Jake's never asked his eyes were open or close or showed any concern for how he looked. His goal was to ensure that he was giving what Ray needed to capture the shot he had envisioned. A joy to work with, Jake also peaked Ray's curiosity and says he looks forward to following Ray's modeling career and seeing the work and choices of other artists who work with Jake. Ray loved the results of his work with Jake and was elated that Jake contacted him feeling the same way. Jake shared he has received a lot of positive feedback from their work together and are both are already discussing their next collaboration. I am already looking forward to the results!

And The Winners Are.....

Golden Globe nominee Jake Gyllenhaal
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Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

David Oyelowo (Selma)

Benedict Cumberbatch  (The Imitation Game)

Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Bill Murray (St. Vincent)

Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)

Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)