Promise You Won’t Tell?

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Promise You Won't Tell?Promise You Won’t Tell? by John Locke

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Hot Guys in Sweaters: Joe Manganiello

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Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon and attended Mount Lebanon high school. During school, he was good at sports and was captain of the football, basketball and volleyball teams. He went on to play varsity level in all three. It was during school that he enjoyed making films with his friends and, as a result, became interested in acting. He went on to study acting at Carnegie Mellon, after which he moved to Los Angeles. He landed a great first job as ‘Flash Thompson’ in Spider-Man (2002).

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone’s films for over 30 years, making “Sly” one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever box office draws.

Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, in New York’s gritty Hell’s Kitchen, to Jackie Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, and Frank Stallone, a beautician and hairdresser. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother’s heritage is half Russian Jewish and half French (from Brittany). The young Stallone attended the American College of Switzerland and the University of Miami, eventually obtaining a B.A. degree. Initially, he struggled in small parts in films such as the soft-core The Party at Kitty and Stud’s(1970), the thriller Klute (1971) and the comedy Bananas (1971). He got a crucial career break alongside fellow young actor Henry Winkler, sharing lead billing in the effectively written teen gang film The Lord’s of Flatbush (1974). Further film and television roles followed, most of them in uninspiring productions except for the opportunity to play a megalomaniac, bloodthirsty race driver named “Machine Gun Joe Viterbo” in the Roger Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (1975). However, Stallone was also keen to be recognized as a screenwriter, not just an actor, and, inspired by the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight in Cleveland, Stallone wrote a film script about a nobody fighter given the “million to one opportunity” to challenge for the heavyweight title. Rocky(1976) became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! Whilst full credit is wholly deserved by Stallone, he was duly supported by tremendous acting from fellow cast members Talia Shire,Burgess Meredith and Burt Young, and director John G. Avildsen gave the film an emotive, earthy appeal from start to finish. Stallone had truly arrived on his terms, and offers poured in from various studios eager to secure Hollywood’s hottest new star.

Stallone followed Rocky (1976) with F.I.S.T (1978), loosely based on the life of Teamsters boss “Jimmy Hoffa”, and Paradise Alley (1978) before pulling on the boxing gloves again to resurrect Rocky Balboa in the sequel Rocky II (1979). The second outing for the “Italian Stallion” wasn’t as powerful or successful as the first “Rocky”; however, it still produced strong box office. Subsequent films Nighthawks (1981) and Victory (1981) failed to ignite with audiences, so Stallone was once again lured back to familiar territory with Rocky III (1982) and a fearsome opponent in “Clubber Lang” played by muscular ex-bodyguard Mr. T. The third “Rocky” installment far outperformed the first sequel in box office takings, but Stallone retired his prizefighter for a couple of years as another mega-franchise was about to commence for the busy actor.

The character of Green Beret “John Rambo” was the creation of Canadian-born writerDavid Morrell, and his novel was adapted to the screen with Stallone in the lead role inFirst Blood (1982), also starring Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy. The movie was a surprise hit that polarized audiences because of its commentary about the Vietnam war, which was still relatively fresh in the American public’s psyche. Political viewpoints aside, the film was a worldwide smash, and a sequel soon followed with Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), which drew even stronger criticism from several quarters owing to the film’s plotline about American MIAs allegedly being held in Vietnam. But they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, and “John Rambo’s” second adventure was a major money spinner for Stallone and cemented him as one of the top male stars of the 1980s. Riding a wave of amazing popularity, Stallone called on old sparring partner Rocky Balboa to climb back into the ring to defend American pride against a Soviet threat in the form of a towering Russian boxer named “Ivan Drago” played by curt Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV(1985). The fourth outing was somewhat controversial with “Rocky” fans, as violence levels seemed excessive compared to previous “Rocky” films, especially with the savage beating suffered by Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, at the hands of the unstoppable “Siberian Express”.

Stallone continued forward with a slew of macho character-themed films that met with a mixed reception from his fans. Cobra (1986) was a clumsy mess, Over the Top (1987) was equally mediocre, Rambo III (1988) saw Rambo take on the Russians in Afghanistan, and cop buddy film Tango & Cash (1989) just did not quite hit the mark, although it did feature a top-notch cast and there was chemistry between Stallone and co-star Kurt Russell.

Philadelphia’s favorite mythical boxer moved out of the shadows for his fifth screen outing in Rocky V (1990) tackling Tommy “Machine” Gunn played by real-life heavyweight fighter Tommy Morrison, the great-nephew of screen legend John Wayne. Sly quickly followed with the lukewarm comedy Oscar (1991), the painfully unfunny Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), the futuristic action film Demolition Man (1993), and the comic book-inspired Judge Dredd (1995). Interestingly, Stallone then took a departure from the gung-ho steely characters he had been portraying to stack on a few extra pounds and tackle a more dramatically challenging role in the intriguing Cop Land (1997), also starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. It isn’t a classic of the genre, but Cop Land(1997) certainly surprised many critics with Stallone’s understated performance. Stallone then lent his vocal talents to the animated adventure story Antz (1998), reprised the role made famous by Michael Caine in a terrible remake of Get Carter (2000), climbed back into a race car for Driven (2001), and guest-starred as the “Toymaker” in the third chapter of the immensely popular “Spy Kids” film series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). Showing that age had not wearied his two most popular franchises, Stallone has most recently brought back never-say-die boxer Rocky Balboa to star in, well, what else butRocky Balboa (2006), and Vietnam veteran Rambo (2008) will reappear after a 20-year hiatus to once again right wrongs in the jungles of Thailand.

Love him or loathe him, Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood; plus, he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Sean Connery

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Sean Connery

Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. His mother, Euphamia McBain (Maclean), was a cleaning lady, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and truck driver. He also has a brother named Neil Connery, who works as a plasterer in Edinburgh. He is of Irish and Scottish descent. Before going into acting, Sean had many different jobs, such as a Milkman, lorry driver, a laborer, artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art, coffin polisher and bodybuilder. He also joined the Royal Navy, but was later discharged because of medical problems. At the age of 23, he had a choice between becoming a professional footballer or an actor, and even though he showed much promise in the sport, he chose acting and said it was one of his more intelligent moves.

No Road Back (1957) was Sean’s first major movie role, and it followed by several Tv-movies such as Anna Christie (1957), Macbeth (1961) and Anna Karenina (1961) and guest appearances on TV-series, and also films such as Hell Drivers (1957), Another Time, Another Place (1958), Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), The Frightened City (1961). In 1962 he appeared in The Longest Day (1962) with a host of other stars,

His big breakthrough came in 1962 when he starred as secret agent James Bond in Dr. No (1962). He played James Bond in six more films: From Russia with Love (1963),Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

After and during the success of the Bond-films he has maintained a successful career as an actor and has appeared in films, including Alfred Hitchcock‘s masterpiece Marnie(1964), The Hill (1965), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Wind and the Lion (1975), Time Bandits (1981), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987) (which earned him an Oscar for best actor in a supporting role), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Rising Sun (1993), The Rock (1996), Finding Forrester (2000), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

Sean married actress Diane Cilento in 1962 and they had a son, Jason Connery, born on January 11, 1963, he followed in his father’s footsteps and also became an actor. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973. In 1975 he married Micheline Roquebrune and they have stayed married, they have no children together. He is also a grandfather. His son, Jason and his ex-wife, actress Mia Sara had a son, Dashiell Quinn Connery, in 1997.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: A.G.

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish, Irish, English, German, and Swedish descent. Matthew grew up in Longview, Texas, where he graduated from the local High School (1988). Showing little interest in his father’s oil business, which his two brothers later joined, Matthew was longing for a change of scenery, and spent a year in Australia, washing dishes and shoveling chicken manure. Back to the States, he attended the University of Texas in Austin, originally wishing to be a lawyer. But, when he discovered an inspirational Og Mandino book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” before one of his final exams, he suddenly knew he had to change his major from law to film. He began his acting career in 1991, appearing in student films and commercials in Texas and directed short films asChicano Chariots (1992). Once, in his hotel bar in Austin, he met the casting director and producer Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Richard Linklater for his next project. At first, Linklater thought Matthew was too handsome to play the role of a guy chasing high school girls in his coming-of-age drama Dazed and Confused (1993), but cast him after Matthew grew out his hair and mustache. His character was initially in three scenes but the role grew to more than 300 lines as Linklater encouraged him to do some improvisations. In 1995, he starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), playing a mad bloodthirsty sadistic killer, opposite Renée Zellweger. Shortly thereafter moving to L.A., Matthew became a sensation with his performances in two high-profile 1996 films Lone Star (1996), where he portrayed killing suspected sheriff and in the film adaptation of John Grisham‘s novel A Time to Kill (1996), where he played an idealistic young lawyer opposite Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey. The actor was soon being hailed as one of the industry’s hottest young leading man inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman. His following performances were Robert ZemeckisContact (1997) with Jodie Foster (the film was finished just before the death of the great astronomer and popularizer of space science Carl Sagan) and Steven Spielberg‘sAmistad (1997), a fact-based 1839 story about the rebellious African slaves. In 1998, he teamed again with Richard Linklater as one of the bank-robbing brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), set in Matthew’s birthplace, Uvalde, Texas. During this time, he also wrote, directed and starred in the 20-minute short The Rebel (1998). Later, in Jonathan Mostow‘s U-571 (2000), McConaughey portrayed the officer Lt. Tyler in a WW II story of a daring mission of American submariners, trying to capture the Enigma cipher machine. Matthew also took a part in comedies such as The Wedding Planner (2001), oppositeJennifer Lopez and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) in which he co-starred withKate Hudson. He played a role as Denton Van Zan, an American warrior and dragons hunter in the futuristic thriller Reign of Fire (2002), where he co-starred with another young actor, Christian Bale. Later in 2006 he starred as head coach Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall (2006) along with Matthew Fox, and in 2008 played treasure hunter Benjamin “Finn” Finnegan in Fool’s Gold (2008) with Kate Hudson. After playing Connor Mead in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) co-starring with Jennifer Garner, McConaughey took a 2 year hiatus to open different kinds of opportunities in his career. And for many, that change came in 2011 in his first movie after that pause, when he portrayed criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), that operates mostly from the back seat of his Lincoln car. After this performance that was considered one of his best until then, Matthew played other iconic characters as district attorney Danny Buck Davidson in Bernie (2011), the wild private detective “Killer” Joe Cooper in Killer Joe(2011), Mud in Mud (2012), male stripper club owner Dallas in Magic Mike (2012) starringChanning Tatum. McConaughey’s career certainly reached it’s prime, when he played HIV carrier Ron Woodroof in the biographical drama _Dallas Buyers Club (2013)_, that was shot in less than a month. Matthew won the Best Actor in the 86th Academy Awards for his portrayal of Ron. Meanwhile, he starred in HBO’s _True Detective (2014)_, as detective Rustin Cohle, whose job is to investigate with his partner Martin Hart, played by Woody Harrelson, a gruesome murder that happened in his little town in Louisiana. The series was highly acclaimed by critics winning 4 of the 7 categories it was nominated at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Later in 2014, Matthew starred in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar (2014), playing Cooper, a former NASA pilot.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Tzvetislav Samardjiev, tzvetislav@abv.bg and Marcelo Gaia

 

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Stephen Amell

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was born on May 8, 1981 in Toronto Canada.

He decided to pursue a career in acting when he was in his teens. His first role was that of “spinning instructor” in Queer as Folk (2000).

He also had minor roles in Degrassi: The Next Generation(2001), 1-800-Missing (2003) and Tilt (2005). Pilot

 

He had recurring roles in Beautiful People(2005) and Rent-a-Goalie (2006). His first on-scree role was that of a Detective in The Tracey Fragments (2007) which was followed by a small role in Closing the Ring (2007).amell2

 

 

His first major role in a TV show was that of a werewolf in the CW Hit series, The Vampire Diaries (2009).This led to him getting recurring roles in Hung (2009), Private Practice (2007) and Heartland (2007). He was then called in to audition for another CW series, but this time in a lead role. He was then cast as the titular superhero, Green Arrow in the new hit series, Arrow (2012). amell3In 2012, on Christmas day, he married his girlfriend ‘Cassandra Jean’ in a private ceremony in the Caribbean and on May 25, 2013, he renewed his vows when he married her for the second time in New Orleans.amell4

amell5– IMDb Mini Biography By: vhavnalamell6

 

 

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

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was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe.

He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Rob Lowe, sweater Lowe’s family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke into acting in his teens. He spent the 1980s as a member of the “Brat Pack”, a group of young, powerful and reckless actors and actresses that included Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Judd Nelson, among others.Rob Lowe, sweater

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In 1988 Lowe was involved in a scandal centering around a sexually explicit videotape which involved a minor, for which he did 20 hours of community service in Dayton.He subsequently sought help for his problems with drugs and alcohol and has re-emerged in the 1990s as a clean and sober husband and father.lowe5

– IMDb Mini Biography By: ritay@embarqmail.com

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Hot Guys in Sweaters: Tom Hiddleston

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tom2(born 9 February 1981) is an English actor. He is known for playing the character of Loki in the Marvel Studios films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and Thor: The Dark World (2013). He has also appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s First World War film War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011),Woody Allen‘s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV, Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). In theatre, he has been in the productions of Cymbeline (2007) and Ivanov (2008). In December 2013 he starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production ofCoriolanus which played until February 2014.

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tom4He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline while also being nominated for the same award the same year for his role ofCassio in Othello. tom5In 2011 he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer and nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award for his role in Thor. He won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight and Best Villain in 2013 for his role in The Avengers. For his role in the 2013 play Coriolanus, he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor. Wikipedia tom6

 

 

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

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was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father’s ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he lived out most of his teenage years. Following high school, Mark moved with his family to San Diego and soon migrated north, eventually settling in Los Angeles. He took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and subsequently co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company, an Equity-Waiver establishment, where he worked in nearly every capacity. ruff1From acting, writing, directing and producing to running the lights and building sets while building his resume. Bartending for nearly nine years to make ends meet and ready to give it all up, a chance meeting and resulting collaboration with playwright/screenwriter Kenneth Lonerganchanged everything.

ruff2Ruffalo won NY success in Lonergan’s play “This Is Our Youth”, which led to the male lead in Lonergan’s film You Can Count on Me (2000), playing the ne’er-do-well brother ofLaura Linney. The performance drew rave reviews and invited comparisons to an earlyMarlon Brando. Notable roles in The Last Castle (2001), XX/XY (2002), and Windtalkers(2002) followed, although in 2002 Ruffalo was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor. Though the tumor was benign, the resulting surgery led to a period of partial facial paralysis, from which he fully recovered. In 2003, Ruffalo scored leading roles alongside two popular female stars, playing a police detective opposite Meg Ryan inIn the Cut (2003) and the love interest of Gwyneth Paltrow in the comedy View from the Top (2003). Though both films were high-profile box office disappointments, Ruffalo went on to four notable (if highly disparate) films in 2004 – We Don’t Live Here Anymore(2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2004), andCollateral (2004) – which solidified his ability to be both a popular leading man and an acclaimed ensemble player in either comedy or drama.

ruff3After 2004, Ruffalo was consistently at work, with leads in popular Hollywood films and independent productions that continued to solidify him as one of film’s most consistently strong actors: Just Like Heaven (2005), All the King’s Men (2006), Zodiac (2007),Reservation Road (2007), and The Brothers Bloom (2008). In 2010 Ruffalo achieved something of a breakthrough, by directing the indie film Sympathy for Delicious (2010), which won him the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and co-starring as the sperm-donor father to lesbian couple Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right (2010). His role in the idiosyncratic domestic comedy/drama earned him Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

ruff4High-profile roles in Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island (2010) and ‘Kenneth Longeran”s long-delayed Margaret (2011) followed before Ruffalo’s appearance as Dr. Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, in Joss Whedon‘s blockbuster The Avengers (2012). Garnering highly positive reviews for a role in which actors Eric Bana and Edward Norton could not find success in previous films made Ruffalo a box office star in addition to a critically-acclaimed actor. He is expected to reprise the role in the upcoming 2015 sequel, and reunited with former co-star Gywneth Paltrow in the sex-addiction comedy-dramaThanks for Sharing (2012); Ruffalo also will take the lead in Ryan Murphy‘s adaptation ofLarry Kramer‘s AIDS-drama play The Normal Heart (2014).

Ruffalo has been married to actress Sunrise Coigney since 2000; the couple have three children, a son and two daughters.ruff5

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Hot Guys With Guns: Expendables 3

Expendables-3-MovieThey’re BACK!

And they brought a girl with them?  What?!

Yes, that’s right, Stallone knows a winner when he sees it and Ronda Rousey is an Expendable in the third kick-ass movie in this amazing franchise.  (If you ask me, the third was even better than the first two!)

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schwarzenegger-and-harrison-ford The tough guys don’t stop with the original crew either.  Sly brought on some big box office muscle on this one.  The Expendables 3 crew is looking bigger and better than any other assembled group of hardbodies ever to hit the hollywood screen.

gibsonThis assemblage of badassery is truly inspiring.

So get your tissues ready.  This bunch is bound to make you either cry or drool – perhaps both.grammer  BRAY_20130903_EXP3_7621.dng

Expendables 3: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

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And now for the happy ending:

THERE WILL BE AN EXPENDABLES 4! 

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

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costner1was born in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His father’s job required him to move regularly, which caused Kevin to feel like an Army kid, always the new kid at school, which led to him being a daydreamer.

costner2As a teen, he sang in the Baptist church choir, wrote poetry, and took writing classes. At 18, he built his own canoe and paddled his way down the rivers that Lewis & Clark followed to the Pacific. Despite his present height, he was only 5’2″ when he graduated high school. Nonetheless, he still managed to be a basketball, football and baseball star.

costner3In 1973, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, where he majored in business. During that period, Kevin decided to take acting lessons five nights a week. He graduated with a business degree in 1978 and married his college sweetheart, Cindy Costner.

costner4He initially took a marketing job in Orange County. Everything changed when he accidentally met Richard Burton on a flight from Mexico. Burton advised him to go completely after acting if that is what he wanted. He quit his job and moved to Hollywood soon after.

costner5He drove a truck, worked on a deep sea fishing boat, and gave bus tours to stars’ homes before finally making his own way into the films. After making one soft core sex film, he vowed to not work again if that was the only work he could do. He didn’t work for nearly six years, while he waited for a proper break. That break came with The Big Chill (1983), even though his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor — he was remembered by director Lawrence Kasdan when he decided to make Silverado (1985). Costner’s career took off after that.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>costner6

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Hot Guys in Sweaters: Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

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has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

downey1Born in Manhattan, New York, on April 4, 1965, Robert Downey Jr. is the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford). Downey Jr.’s paternal grandfather, originally surnamed “Elias”, was from a Lithuanian Jewish family, while Robert’s other ancestry is Irish, Hungarian, Scottish, English, German, and Swiss-German. He and his sister Allyson were immersed in film and the performing arts from a very young age, leading Downey Jr. to study at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York, before moving to California with his father following his parents’ 1978 divorce. In 1982, he dropped out of Santa Monica High School to pursue acting full time. Downey Sr., himself a drug addict, exposed his son to drugs at a very early age, and Downey Jr. would go on to struggle with abuse for decades.

downey2Downey Jr. made his debut as an actor at the age of five in the film Pound (1970), written and directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr.. He built his film repertoire throughout the 1980s and 1990s with roles in Tuff Turf (1985), Weird Science (1985),True Believer (1989), and Wonder Boys (2000) among many others. In 1992, Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin (1992).

downey3In Robert Altman‘s Short Cuts (1993), he appeared as an aspiring film make-up artist whose best friend commits murder. In Oliver Stone‘s Natural Born Killers (1994), withWoody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, Downey starred as a tabloid TV journalist who exploits a murderous couple’s killing spree to boost his ratings. For the comedy Heart and Souls (1993), Downey starred as a young man with a special relationship with four ghosts. In 1995, Downey starred in Restoration (1995), with Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan andIan McKellen, directed by Michael Hoffman. Also that year, he starred in Richard III(1995), in which he appears opposite his Restoration (1995) co-star McKellen.

downey4In 1997, Downey was seen in Robert Altman‘s The Gingerbread Man (1998), alongsideKenneth Branagh, Daryl Hannah and Embeth Davidtz; in One Night Stand (1997), directed by Mike Figgis and starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski; and in Hugo Pool (1997), directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr. and starring Sean Penn andPatrick Dempsey. In September of 1999, Downey appeared in Black & White (1999), written and directed by James Toback, along with Ben Stiller, Elijah Wood, Gaby Hoffmann, Brooke Shields and Claudia Schiffer. In January of 1999, he starred withAnnette Bening and Aidan Quinn in In Dreams (1999), directed by Neil Jordan.

downey5In 2000, Downey co-starred with Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire in Wonder Boys(2000), directed by Curtis Hanson. In this dramatic comedy, Downey played the role of a bisexual literary agent. In 2001, Downey made his prime-time television debut when he joined the cast of the Fox-TV series Ally McBeal (1997) as attorney “Larry Paul”. For this role, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Comedy Series. In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

downey6The actor’s drug-related problems escalated from 1996 to 2001, leading to arrests, rehab visits and incarcerations, and he was eventually fired from Ally McBeal (1997). Emerging clean and sober in 2003, Downey Jr. began to rebuild his career.

He marked his debut into music with his debut album, titled “The Futurist”, on the Sony Classics Label on November 23rd, 2004. The album’s eight original songs, that Downey wrote, and his two musical numbers debuting as cover songs revealed his sultry singing voice and his musical talents. RASPUTINDowney displayed his versatility in two different films in October 2003: the musical/drama The Singing Detective (2003), a remake of the BBC hit of the same name, and the thriller Gothika (2003) starring Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz. Downey starred in powerful yet humbling roles inspired by real-life accounts of some of history’s most precious kept secrets, including Richard Linklater‘s A Scanner Darkly(2006) in 2006 co-starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson, and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) co-starring Nicole Kidman, a film inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, the revered photographer whose images captured attention in the early 1960s. downey8These roles exhibited Downey’s momentum from the previous year of 2005, in which he starred in the Academy Award®-nominated feature film Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), directed by George Clooney and in Shane Black‘s action comedyKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) co-starring Val Kilmer. In 2007, he co-starred in David Fincher‘s suspenseful _Zodiac (2007/I)_ alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo, about the notorious serial killer who haunted San Francisco during the 1970s.

downey9In May 2008, Downey achieved critical acclaim and worldwide box office success for his starring role in Iron Man (2008), Jon Favreau‘s big-screen rendering of the Marvel comic book superhero. The film co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard. In August of 2008, Downey starred with Ben Stiller and Jack Black in the comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), and went on to receive an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his, Kirk Lazarus.

downey10In December 2009, Downey starred in the action-adventure Sherlock Holmes (2009). The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, co-starred Jude Law and Rachel McAdams and earned Downey a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical in January of 2010. In early Summer 2010, Downey re-teamed with directorJon Favreau and reprised his role as “Tony Stark/Iron Man” in the hugely successful sequel to the original film, Iron Man 2 (2010), starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke.

Iron Man movie image Robert Downey JrDowney next starred in Due Date (2010), a comedy directed by Todd Phillips, in which he plays the role of an expectant father on a road trip racing to get back in time for the birth of his first child. Due Date (2010), starring The Hangover (2009)’s Zach Galifianakis, was released in November 2010.

Downey was honored by Time Magazine’s “Time 100″ in 2008, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His laurels include two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe wins, numerous other award nominations and wins, and tremendous popular and commercial success, particularly in his roles as Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark (the latter of which he has so far played in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010),The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015).

downey12In 2005, Downey Jr. married Susan Downey, who gave birth to their son, Exton Elias Downey, on February 7, 2012. Downey also has another son, Indio Falconer Downey, born September 7, 1993, from his first marriage to Deborah Falconer, from whom he was officially divorced in 2004.

Robert has jump-started the Team Downey Production Company with wife Susan Downey.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous and Rogers & Cowan

Hot Guys in Sweaters Review

If you’ve been following my Hot Guys in Sweaters blogs, you know there have been quite a few.  Don’t worry, I haven’t finished yet!  I do think it is time for a little review though.  Click on any of the links below for more on each one:


Hot Guys in Sweaters, hemsworthMisha Collins

Chris Hemsworth

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Adam Levine & Ryan Reynolds

Gregory Hines

Jeremy Renner

Liam Neeson

Hot Guys in Sweaters, ryan reynoldsJustin Timberlake

Vin Diesel

Mark Wahlberg

Usher

Ben Affleck

Jensen Ackles

Hot Guys in Sweaters, jeremy rennerJared Padalecki

Taye Diggs

Tom Cruise

Ian Somerhalder

David Beckham

Hot Guys in Sweaters, jensen ackles, winchesterDaniel Craig

Bradley Cooper

Colin Farrell

Colton Haynes

Channing Tatum

Gerard Butler

Chris Evans

skarsgardHugh Jackman

Brad Pitt

Alexander Skarsgard

Casper Van Dien

Have I forgotten anyone?

Is there someone you’d like to see more of?  Let me know in the comments below!

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Misha Collins

Misha Collins

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is an American actor best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the TV series Supernatural (2005). He has had recurring roles on ER and 24, and has guest-starred on NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI, CSI:NY, Monk and Charmed. On the big screen, Misha is most known for his role in a film called “Karla” about a real life serial killer named Paul Bernardo, a film he has openly said he regrets making due to the nature of the real life events the film is based upon.

misha2 Misha was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a BA in Social Theory from The University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors. Before turning to acting, he worked as a carpenter and woodworker in New England’s Berkshire Mountains. Misha also interned at the White House during the Clinton Administration and worked at National Public Radio headquarters in DC.

misha4Misha is a published poet with works in “The Columbia Poetry Review,” “The California Quarterly” and other literary journals. A film Misha helped produce, “Loot,” won “Best Documentary Feature” at the LA Film Festival in 2008 and aired on HBO.

misha5Misha founded the 501c3 Random Acts, which has built schools, orphanages, and mobilized people all over the world to participate in good works. Misha has run several marathons and ultra-marathons. He produces a cooking show with his son, “cooking fast and fresh with west” and he runs the world’s largest scavenger hunt, GISHWHES the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, which has helped him break 5 Guinness World Records.

misha6Misha has spent several months in seclusion in monasteries in Yosemite, Tibet and elsewhere. Misha is a certified lifeguard, EMT and motorcyclist who resides in Los Angeles.

misha1Misha has and famously quirky sense of humor and an incredible talent for relating to his fans, which have earned him a dedicated twitter following. He jokingly refers to his Twitter followers as his “minions” and “flunkies,” and to himself by several titles including “The Supreme Overlord,” “The Babysitter,” and “The Great Confuser.”

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

 

Announcing the #WildDivaPJParty at Wild Wicked Weekend

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10pm is just when the party gets fun so why stop?  Join us for the after-party!

Whether you go to The Lair or the Dance Party at the Menger on Thursday night, the Wild Wicked Weekend scheduled events end at 10pm.

That’s when the After-Party gets started!

Jeanie Valenzuela and I are hosting a pajama party complete with JLP Golden Lime Margaritas, Diva Tequila, and my handmade chocolate truffles.

If you’re attending the Wild Wicked Weekend this year, we’d love to have you join us from 10pm until whenever!

It’s a #WildDivaPJParty!

We’ve got free drinks, chocolates and book swag for as long as they last!

We’ll have plenty of ready-to-drink JLP Tequila margaritas, margaritas made with Diva Tequila and Zilch (0 calorie) Margarita Mix as well as some Diva for sipping.  We’ll also have some of my handmade chocolate truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries.

wolf moon, #WildDivaPJPartyWe’re throwing this little pajama party as a way to congratulate a few of our friends on their new boxed sets. Heather Long, Saranna DeWylde, and Virginia Nelson just released a boxed set with Cara Carnes and Rebecca Royce, entitled Under a Wolf Moon, so we’ll have several copies to raffle off as well as swag from a few authors.  Be sure to join us at 10pm if you’d like to meet some of the authors!

Wear your jammies, nightie, teddy, babydoll, onesie, or whatever you hang out and read in on a rainy day!

elite metal, #WildDivaPJPartyWe’ll be in our room at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio so follow the hashtag #WildDivaPJParty for our room assignment.

truffles, #WildDivaPJPartyWe’ll break open the bottles at 7pm so you can join us to pre-game before the The Lair & dance party but pajamas & nightcaps later are the order of the evening.  We were planning to hang out, drink good tequila, and eat chocolate anyway – so why not join us?  We also have some great friends who have recently released boxed sets so we’ve stocked up on copies to give away to a few lucky party attendees!

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jlpThis event is not hosted by the Belle Femme Authors (BRENNA ZINNCERISE DELANDDALTON DIAZDESIREE HOLTREGINA CARLYSLE, and SAMANTHA CAYTO), nor are we sponsors of the Wild Wicked Weekend – but it has been approved by the powers that be.  The folks at Diva Tequila & JLP Tequila have supplied us with samples to enjoy, so we plan on doing just that!

So save the date: PJ after-party at 10pm on Thursday February 19th, in our room at the Menger Hotel.  Follow us on Twitter at @LisaPietsch and @CodeNamePandora and look for the hashtag #WildDivaPJParty  

Follow the fun as it happens at www.twubs.com/wilddivapjparty.  We’ll be live tweeting and posting pictures all night!

You may also want to check out these fine authors:

Heather Long, Saranna DeWylde, Virginia NelsonCara Carnes & Rebecca Royce

The Wild Wicked Weekend is and annual event hosted by authors Brenna Zinn, Cerise DeLand, Dalton Diaz, Desiree Holt, Regina Carlysle and Samantha Cayto.  We are neither sponsors nor owners of the brand or event, simply a couple of broads with booze hoping to hang out with other bookish wild divas. 

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

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was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie, a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social services counselor. Chris saw quite a bit of the country in his youth when his family moved first to the Northern Territory before finally settling on Phillip Island to the south of Melbourne. He is brother to actors Liam Hemsworth andLuke Hemsworth.

In 2004, he unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Robbie Hunter in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (1988) but was recalled for the role of Kim Hyde which he played until 2007. ch1In 2006, he entered the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars (2004) and his popularity in the soap enabled him to hang on until show 7 (Dancing with the Stars: Episode #5.7 (2006) when he became the fifth contestant to be eliminated.

His first Hollywood appearance was in Star Trek (2009), but it was his titular role in Thor(2011) which propelled him to prominence worldwide. He reprised the character in the science fiction blockbuster The Avengers (2012).

ch2 His American representative, the management company ROAR, also manages Elsa Patakyand it was through them that the couple met, marrying in 2010. The couple have a daughter together, India Rose Hemsworth, who was born on May 11, 2012.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: IMDb Editors

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Hot Guys in Sweaters: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC’s smash hit series, Grey’s Anatomy (2005). His dramatic arc as heart patient “Denny Duquette”, who wins the heart of intern “Izzie Stevens” (Katherine Heigl) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros. Television’s drama series, Supernatural (2005), and on Showtime and Lions Gate Television’s award-winning comedy series, Weeds (2005).

Morgan starred in Warner Bros.’ Watchmen (2009), director Zack Snyder‘s (300 (2006)) adaptation of the iconic graphic novel. jeffrey dean morgan, hot guys, sweaterHe played the pivotal role of “The Comedian”, a Vietnam vet who is a member of a group of heroes called “the Minutemen”. He next appeared in producer Joel Silver‘s The Losers (2010), for Warner Bros. It is an adaptation of DC-Vertigo’s acclaimed comic book series about a band of black ops commandos who are set up to be killed by their own government. The team barely survives and sets out to get even. James Vanderbilt adapted the screenplay, and Sylvain White directed. He appeared in Focus Features’ Taking Woodstock (2009), directed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. He also starred opposite Uma Thurman in Yari Film Group’s romantic comedy, The Accidental Husband (2008). jdm2Additional feature credits include a cameo role opposite Rachel Weisz in Warner Bros.’ comedy, Fred Claus (2007), and the independent office comedy, Kabluey (2007), in which he played a charismatic yet smarmy co-worker to Lisa Kudrow‘s character.

Jeffrey Dean MorganIn 2011, the in-demand actor starred in the independent murder mystery, Texas Killing Fields (2011). In the film, based on a true story, Morgan plays a detective transplanted from New York who teams with a local investigator (Sam Worthington) to work on a series of unsolved murders in industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries, where as many as 70 bodies turned up over the past two decades. Together, they wage a war against the unknown assailants. Michael Mann produced the film, while his daughter, Ami Canaan Mann, directed. The actor traveled to Thailand, where he filmed the Weinstein Company’s period drama, Shanghai (2010), under the direction of Mikael Håfström (1408 (2007)).jdm4 John Cusack stars as an American who returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months prior to Pearl Harbor and learns that his friend “Connor” (Morgan) has been killed. While trying to solve the murder, he discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding. In addition, Morgan has a role in Michael London‘s Groundswell Productions’ All Good Things (2010), starring Kirsten Dunst andRyan Gosling, also for The Weinstein Co.

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Cute. Sweater. Hot.

He also stars opposite two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank in the suspense thriller, The Resident (2011), for Hammer Films. It is the story of a young doctor (Swank) who moves into a Brooklyn loft and becomes suspicious that she is not alone. Morgan plays “Max”, her charming new landlord who she discovers has developed a dangerous obsession with her. Morgan previously co-starred with Swank in Warner Bros.’ P.S. I Love You (2007).

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If you don’t love this, you have no soul.

Morgan also appeared in the MGM/UA reboot of the 1984 action movie, Red Dawn(2012). The plot focuses on a group of teenagers who form an insurgency, called “the Wolverines”, when their town is invaded by Cuban and Russian soldiers. Morgan plays the role of “Lieutenant Andrew Tanner”, leader of the U.S. Special Forces who finds the Wolverines.

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I like a man who appreciates a good cigar.

Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, to Sandy Thomas and Richard Dean Morgan. In his spare time, Morgan enjoys barbecuing on the grill, reading, watching movies and listening to his favorite band, The Eagles. He also loves to root for his home team, the Seattle Seahawks. He resides in Los Angeles with his dogs, Bisou and Bandit Mogan, a puppy he rescued in Puerto Rico while filming The Losers (2010).

– IMDb Mini Biography By: NIPR

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A man who wears reading glasses reads. That’s sexy.

 

Hot Guys With Guns: Keanu Reeves as John Wick

wick1I love John Wick so I guess Keanu can come along for the ride

Let me start by saying I’ve never been a big fan of Keanu Reeves.

John Wick changed that.  Why?  Because there was very little dialogue to deliver but a whole lot of brooding and choreographed action.  That’s where Reeves shines!

Here’s the blurb on John Wick:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

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This beagle pup was awesome and deserves a mention.

I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but I will say it included Russian Mafia (Vor y Zakone), muscle cars, tons of firepower, and action that gave Luc Besson a run for his money.  (If you don’t know who Luc Besson is then just slap yourself.)

This movie was so kick-ass that it earned Keanu Reeves a very special place in my heart – and in my Hot Guys with Guns Gallery of Awesomeness.

wick4Keanu Reeves, whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1964, the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu’s father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry. wick5After their marriage dissolved, Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister, Kim Reeves, to New York City, then Toronto. Stepfather #1 was Paul Aaron, a stage and film director – he and Patricia divorced within a year, after which she went on to marry (and divorce) rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond. wick6Reeves never reconnected with his biological father. In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname “The Wall”) and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career.

After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood (1986), which was filmed in Canada. wick7Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics’ radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama,River’s Edge (1986), and landed a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with director Stephen Frears.

matrix1His first popular success was the role of totally rad dude “Ted Logan” in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves’s real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart. He then joined the casts of Ron Howard‘s comedy, Parenthood (1989), and Lawrence Kasdan‘s I Love You to Death (1990).

matrix2Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix‘s narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991), an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire’s lair in Dracula (1992), and Shakespearean party-pooper Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

"Man Of Tai Chi" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film FestivalIn 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release ofSpeed (1994). Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between small films, like Feeling Minnesota (1996) and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), and big films like A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and Devil’s Advocate(1997). (There were a couple misfires, too: Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction(1996).) After all this, Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski siblings’ cyberadventure, The Matrix (1999).reeves3

Now a bonafide box-office star, Keanu would appear in a string of smaller films — among them The Replacements (2000), The Watcher (2000), The Gift (2000), Sweet November(2001), and Hard Ball (2001) – before The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were both released in 2003.

Since the end of The Matrix trilogy, Keanu has divided his time between mainstream and indie fare, landing hits with Something’s Gotta Give (2003), The Lake House (2006), andStreet Kings (2008). reeves2He’s kept Matrix fans satiated with films such as Constantine(2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). And he’s waded back into art-house territory with Ellie Parker (2005), Thumbsucker (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Henry’s Crime (2010).

Most recently, as post-production on the samurai epic 47 Ronin (2013) waged on, Keanu appeared in front of the camera in Side by Side (2012), a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking, which he also produced. He’s also directing another Asian-influenced project, Man of Tai Chi (2013).

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

The cars in John Wick were total American muscle:

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And these guys deserve a mention for their short, but important parts in the movie, John Wick:

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“Where’d you get that car?” John Leguizamo delivered few lines, but his acting was superb.

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Willem Dafoe. Need I say more?

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Ian McShane: always great.

 

 

The happy ending to this whole John Wick story (besides my now liking Keanu Reeves much more) is the fact that Lionsgate considers John Wick as a multiple-title action franchise!  They’re planning a sequel.

Hot Guys in Sweaters: Adam Levine & Ryan Reynolds

Adam Levine & Ryan Reynolds

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Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor.[3] He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock bandMaroon 5.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the alternative rock band Kara’s Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. levine1The band split up after their only album, The Fourth World (released in 1997), which did not gain popularity. In 2001, the group was reformed – with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up – and began a new, musical chapter, changing their name to Maroon 5. In 2002, the band released their first album,Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released four more albums, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010),Overexposed (2012) and V (2014). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award.

levine2Since 2011, Levine has served as a coach on NBC‘s reality talent show The Voice. The winners of the first and fifth seasons, Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin, were on his team. In 2012, he made his acting debut as a recurring character in the horror television show American Horror Story: Asylum for the series’ second season. He also starred in the film Begin Again.

As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with Kmart and ShopYourWay.com to develop his menswear collection. levine3He also owns a record label, 222 Records. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that “sources familiar with his many business dealings” estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year.[4]

ryan1Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian actor. Reynolds is known for playing Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998–2001), Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside (1991-1993), as well as Marvel Comics characters Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004) and Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).ryan3He has starred in films such as Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,Finder’s Fee, Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal, The Amityville Horror, The Change-Up, Smokin’ Aces, Adventureland, Buried, and Safe House.

He also portrayed the DC Comics superhero Hal Jordan / Green Lantern in Green Lantern (2011) and made cameos in two well known films: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Ted. In 2013, he starred in the lead voice role as the title character in Turbo.ryan2