Coming to theaters May 4… The Avengers. Ruff, bow-wow and Whoot! We’ve certainly spilled ink previously about the hotties in this flick, including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo.
Out magazine’s cover man for May 2012 is the thunderously handsome Chris Hemsworth, who propelled to fame with last summer’s blockbuster superhero epic Thor.
This year, he headlines two summer blockbusters, reprising the thunder god in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson; and the dark goth fairytale retelling of Snow White and the Huntsman, with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. He’ll also soon wrap Ron Howard’s Rush, playing British Formula One racing ace James Hunt.
Three mega-action-packed adventure flicks are due to hit screens in the coming months: The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3), The Dark Knight Rises (July 20) and The Avengers (May 4). Our money is on the latter pre-Memorial Day screen adaptation of Marvel’s classic superhero squad Avengers, which stars yummy Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, rugged Robert Downey Jr., as Iron Man, delish Chris Hemsworth as Thor and handsome Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Uh, Samuel L. Jackson also gets star billing as Nick Fury.
Director Joss Whedon told MTV that he wants audiences “to feel exhausting and fulfilled. We really put the characters through it, and we want the audience to be with them every step of the way and come out going ‘That was an extraordinary experience, and now I want to pay to see it again.'”
Beauty obviously has branched bountifully from the Hemsworth family tree. Liam, little brother of Thor hottie Chris, is starring in the upcoming flick Hunger Games, which hits theaters in March. Liam covers the March 2012 issue of Details, looking an awful lot like his big bro, huh?
Chris, meanwhile, will co-star with Kristen Stewart & Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, followed by a reprise of his Thor role in May via The Avengers; along with roles in 2012’s Cabin in the Woods and Red Dawn.
The one caveat about handsome Liam: his obviously still developing taste in women. Inexplicably, his girlfriend is well-traveled hillbilly harlot Miley Cyrus. Yukko. *Above, Liam’s Details’ shoot. Below, big bro still wins in the bro-vs.-bro competition.
Come on, you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging for too long, did you? After announcing 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive as True Blood machismo-packed Joe Manganiello on December 30, let’s now pay homage to the other bountiful hotties on our list that make being gay an almighty pleasure.
Our nominee pool comprised model Jed Hill; 2010 runner up actor William Levy; return nom actor Kellan Lutz; model Michael Barre; an encore from 2010 victor Rodiney Santiago; country singer & model Josey Greenwell; Thor star Chris Hemsworth; and wet dream model Nick Ayler.
And the runners up are…
FIRST RUNNER UP: Rodiney Santiago. No doubt, I just can’t get enough of a guy I truly believe is as close to perfection as I’ve seen… and being that I’ve had the opportunity to meet the man, I know it’s not smoke & mirrors. The beautiful face, eyes and smile, the ideal frame with superb abs and arms, and a torso that’s eye catching in a pair of tight undies—in addition to an endearing demeanor as a truly sweet man—keep Rod close to our hearts and a bulls-eye in our purview.
SECOND RUNNER UP: William Levy. It’d be easy enough to say “ditto” to Levy from Santiago’s physical description above… Will Levy is a world-class idol in the Latin world, and for good reason. He’s simply immaculate.
THIRD RUNNER UP: Josey Greenwell. The pretty boy scores! Country singer and burgeoning model Josey posed with Rodiney this year, which about created a hormonal Nun overload. On his own, the green eyes, youthful frame and beautiful smile score a grade-A beef ranking.
FOURTH RUNNER UP: Nick Ayler. This gay fave model has no problem stripping down to his tightie whities and being jetted with water to reveal every curve and mound. Enough said. *
Welcome to the world-class nominee pool for The Smoking Nun’s 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. This year, we offer a field of nine macho candidates for your viewing pleasure. And the nominees are… Jed Hill, Joe Manganeillo, Michael Barre, Josey Greenwell, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Ayler and 2010 encores William Levy, Kellan Lutz and Rodiney Santiago.
And now, cool cats, it’s your turn to vote! See the poll to the right side and offer your input for 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive. The winner (uh, despite your input) will be announced in one week, December 28.
Jed Hill, 26 and a former Penn State football player, decided the world would be better served by his dedication to fitness and underwear modeling. We wholeheartedly agree.
Encore!!! 2010’s runner-up for Sexiest Man Alive William Levy (a hair behind Rodiney Santiago) fulfilled 2011 with a red-hot calendar and constant presence in Latino pop culture, as he wrapped his role in telenovela Triunfo del Amor, made a cultural event out of Jennifer Lopez’s music video for “I’m Into You” and for the fifth time, was named one of People en Español’s Most Beautiful. He made a horrid strategic error in turning down a role in Magic Mike, his potential foray into Hollywood, and shaved his head in 2011. But we still love the guy.
HBO’s True Blood co-lead Joe Manganeillo, whom I’m frothing all over in his role as Big Dick Richie in 2012’s Magic Mike, plain and simple, offers the full package: machismo, beautiful brown eyes, great sweeping hair, packed jeans and of course, those delish abs. So handsome. Ooh la la!
Kellan Lutz is another 2011 encore, following a number of fitness covers and delectable photo shoots. He’s on the verge of becoming toooo muscular, a la steroid king, but as long as he maintains those radiant blue eyes, Kellan is in the running.
Ruff!! Model Michael Barre is all a man oughta be—and, indeed, everything a gay enjoys ogling. Do we even have to list his attributes? A stunning face, a body worthy of naughty porn, a teasing smile and lord have mercy, he does appear to fill his britches, yes?
Welcome back, Rod! 2010’s Sexiest Man Alive definitely kept the fire burning in 2011, with a constant flow of new modeling gigs, including Rufskin, in addition to countless personal appearances, including several in NYC, where I was able to say howdy to this surprisingly sweet, sincere swath of perfection. Rodiney earned high marks on a monthly picturesque basis—not to mention being the most-visited presence on The Smoking Nun all year, alongside William Levy. Could Rodiney score a two-for-two Sexiest Man of the Year victory? Take a look at that face & bod and you tell me.
Out-and-proud country singer and model Josey Greenwell was raised in Kentucky, won the Colgate Country Showdown in 2006 and was signed to a record deal in Nashville at age 19. When the label discovered that Greenwell is gay, he was promptly dropped. Now the 23-year-old singer is finding his own way, thanks to a shitload of gay press and a promising modeling career. He covered DNA mag and the 2012 Sparticus Travel Guide this year with… our beloved Rodiney Santiago.
The star of 2011 hit flick Thor transformed what could have been a one-dimensional superhero role into a bemusing onscreen presence, while boasting undeniable beauty & machismo. Chris Hemsworth has a mighty promising career before him, with a “nice guy” rep in Hollywood & heaps of talent.NICK AYLER
Talk about winning the beautiful man lottery. Nick Ayler was born in Las Vegas, and moved 18 times by the time he graduated from high school. As a model, he has graced campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, TYORI menswear and Apple, as well as modeling for DNA, Mens Exercise and Bello. He’s appeared in flicks Holy Rollers & Fighting, and TV shows Army Wives & Mercy. He also happens to be one of the most delectable men I have ever seen in my long long life.
Damn, here we are in August and I’ve yet to see but one summer flick at the cinema: Thor, with delish Chris Hemsdale. My list is growing: never made it Bridesmaids; gotta gotta see Chris Evans in Captain America; Crazy, Stupid, Love sounds fantastic with Ryan Gosling (despite weary one-trick pony Steve Carrell)…
But more than any of those, what seems to be the dark horse must-see is Devil’s Double, with a breakout performance from Brit actor Dominic Cooper, whom we first discovered as the adorable shirtless boyfriend of Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia! and then in a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated An Education.
In Double, Cooper takes a wild ride playing double characters. As Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia, he becomes a de facto member of “the royal family” of Saddam Hussein in 19897 Baghdad, when he’s ordered to become the body double of Saddam’s son, the “Black Prince” Uday Hussein, “a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality.” Obviously, madness ensues. Already, there’s Oscar buzz for Cooper’s performance(s). We’ll see how the movie fares at the box office after this weekend’s opening.
Above: New York magazine’s Aug. 1, 2011 profile, in Mamma Mia! and An Education with Peter Sarsgaard.
Also launching this weekend, which looks potentially entertaining… Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco and John Lithgow, said to be neither a sequel nor a prequel. Of course, nobody will ever trump Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, but Franco brings intelligence and light to every role he plays… It’s certainly a better bet than far-fetched The Change Up, in which Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds reverse bodies and lives. Freaky Friday yet again?
Thor, the first among so many action adventure “summer” 2011 flicks, delivers just what the gods ordered: tons of “ahhhh”-inducing, screen-filling FX, lots of vivid explosions (an entire New Mexico town is decimated: fabulous!!), super-heroic exploits, an entertaining story about an other-worldly superhero transported to mundane Earth and, of course, the most beautiful special effect of all: breakout Aussie lead Chris Hemsworth’s stunning blue eyes. His abs and biceps don’t hurt one iota, either.
Based on the Marvel comic book, young Thor is the arrogant son of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), who is banished to Earth as a mere mortal. Enter a willowy Natalie Portman, who pals with Thor as he attempts to save the world, in fact, the entire solar system, sans his all-powerful hammer. The result, of course, is humility and a return to glory back in Asgard, his home galaxy.
Up next for Hemsworth is Snow White and the Huntsman, in which he, the huntsman, is on the run with Snow White (Kristen Stewart!?) after disobeying the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron), who demands that Hemsworth kill Ms. White. The movie sounds dreadful in theory, eh, though the notion of someone slaying Stewart is delicious. At least it will be nice to see Theron back in action. Hopefully, she has a poison apple to further tempt Stewart from grimacing through another Twilight movie. Amen.
Chris Hemsworth superhero vehicle Thor, in theaters Friday, kicks off a Summer 2011 season dominated by comic book heroes and action-packed fantasy. Translation: Lots of pumped-up dudes. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming blow torch action…
May 6: Thor has garnered across-the-board favorable reviews for its whimsy, Hemsworth‘s star-making performance and its engaging tale of an arrogant warrior banished to Earth and forced to live among humans, while falling in love with Natalie Portman, whom I adored until the pretentious Black Swan. Yes, please!
May 13: Priest, starring Brit Paul Bettany as a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young, part-vampire sheriff, played by the delicious Cam Gigandet to track down some vampires blah blah blah. Sounds dreadful, aside from one word: Cam.
May 20: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Keith Richards, Judi Dench. What a cast! Too bad they’re all starring in this movie. Pass, thanks.
June 3: X Men: First Class, starring Scottish actor James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, Rose Byrne, January Jones. The fifth in the series, this X Men prequel is set in the 1960s.Yeah, whatever.
June 17: The Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively. Protectors of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corps is a brotherhood of superpower-wielding warriors. They recruit human Hal Jordan to save the earth. Obviously, Reynolds’ abs possess their own superpowers, while it’s nice to see the talented actor continue to evolve from onscreen cut-up to true A-level presence.
July 1: Tranformers: Dark of the Moon, starring Shia LaBeouf. “When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into present day, it threatens to bring a war so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.” Never cared for this franchise and god knows, LaBeouf adds no hottie factor. Next…
July 15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, starring Daniel Radcliffe. What a reason to celebrate! That is, because this weary franchise is at last ending. Enough, already. God bless Radcliffe for maintaining his love for acting after playing this role for the past 75 years…
July 22: Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans. Now we’re talking, cool cats! Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a poor frail youth. After Super-Soldier Serum, he becomes a perfect male specimen and is assigned to fight evil as Captain America. Geez, does this sound like gay porn or what? Indeed, from all I’ve seen (above!), Evans has no trouble filling his codpiece.
July 29: The Devils Double, starring Dominic Cooper. Weirdo flick with cutie Cooper as Latif Yahia, body double to Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein and big brother to Qusay Hussein. Early reviews called the film a “rocket-powered thriller,” comparing it with Scarface. Cooper was a charmer in movie “Mamma Mia!”; I wish him luck in becoming a leading man.
Aug. 5: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, John Lithgow. Set in present-day San Francisco, war leads to global apocalypse and to Earth becoming the Planet of the Apes. Haven’t I seen this somewhere before… again and again? Sorry, as much as I adore and respect Franco, nobody will ever trump Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell.
Aug. 19: Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa. Conan fights to avenge the murder of his papa and the slaughter of his village. Wasn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger awful enough in the original? Sounds like a major dud to meese… Well, then. Except for Captain America, it appears I won’t be spending much time inside a movie theater this summer.