(Clockwise from bottom) Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer star in Magic Mike -- which I will definitely be catching a showing of when it is released on June 29th. The foursome of hollywood hotties play strippers in the film (which is in part based on experiences from Channing's real life -- he was a stripper in his youth.)
The EW report shares a tidbit about the casting of Hunk du Jour favorite Joe Manganiello:
Manganiello, for one, had no problems with the movie's wardrobe--or lack thereof. "When I came in for a meeting with the casting director, she hadn't seen True Blood. So she said, "Are you going to be comfortable with partial nudity?" And I go, "Have you seen my show? I'm the poster child for that."
Please welcome Noah Schuffman to Hunk du Jour! He's one of the stars of eCupid -- a movie making the festival rounds. (Special Valentine's screening this weekend in the UK at Riverside Studios -- check it out!)
He was nice enough to answer our questions about himself and eCupid -- let's see what he had to say!
Christopher Michael, Hunk du Jour: How did you hear about eCupid and how did you end up getting involved in the project?
Noah Schuffman, eCupid: I saw that breakdown on actors access (a website for actors that lists auditions) and thought that it was an intriguing project.
HDJ: How would you describe your character in three sentences?
Noah: Gabe is a very focused and optimistic person. He tends to get tunnel vision when focused on something but always has good intentions. He is a dedicated man and a hopeless romantic at heart.
Joining us for a Q&A is the handsome Houston Rhines, star of eCupid which will be screened at Outfest in Los Angeles on July 11th at the Director's Guild of America. Showtime is @ 9:30pm, but get there early for good seats.
Check out what Houston has to say about life, love, and making a movie!
Hunk du Jour: How did you hear about eCupid and how did you end up getting involved in the project?
Houston Rhines: The director, JC Calciano tells the story about how he was so impressed with me at an audition for his earlier film "IS IT JUST ME?" that he kept my video on file for the future. If that's the case, I'm flattered. He called me and asked me to audition, he sent me the script and I loved the message within the film. So I agreed to be in it, plus he promised he would let me keep a sexy pair of teal underwear I have to wear in pool scene at the end of the movie.
Ryan Reynolds looking absolutely HUNKTASTIC in the new trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern movie!
OUT Magazine of the one-and-only Cheyenne Jackson, who continues to enjoy ongoing success. He will be appearing in this Thursday's LIVE episode of 30 Rock, which I am incredibly excited about. The cast will perform the episode twice, too -- so that the West Coast doesn't get the usual "live broadcast" shafting we usually do. (Watch the web on Friday for side-by-side comparison videos on YouTube, naturally.)
To quote Ms. Phoebe Buffay, "Why hello, mister bicep!" -- Check out this promotional photo for Thor, the Marvel movie to be released this time next year! And since we all love Chris we'll throw in some extra photos for good measure.
[ Chris Hemsworth Interview with SuperHeroHype ]
No hunk in the history of Hollywood had more promise or more problems than Montgomery Clift. Blessed from an early age with an amazing beauty, he proved he was also a natural actor and his mother had him on the stage almost immediately. By the time he was in his late teens, he'd acted on Broadway with Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontaine and Tallulah Bankhead. He was a Broadway star and had a legion of fans, both men and women. His homosexuality started relatively early and it was something he always felt guilty about and yet angry that he had to keep it hidden.
The movies have always benefitted from the "British Invasion" and this was particularly true of the hunks that immigrated to Hollywood during the Golden Age. Ray Milland and David Niven, two of the most successful of these actors, gave up their theatrical careers in London and headed west, eventually wooing the most gorgeous leading ladies on the screen and each landing an Oscar to boot. Milland and Niven were typed by the studios early on as "ladies men", cornering the market on playing sophisticated cads and gentlemanly lovers. Always polite, eager to please and not averse to playing low comedy if the stakes were high enough, both men and women were attracted to their smooth and confident authority as well as their devilish sense of humor. They were the type of men I always related to. They may not have been the obvious, American, masculine, stereotypical heroes of the period, but they had all the great lines and all the smarts. They were the brunt of cruel jokes by their more masculine counterparts, but more often than not, they ended up with the girl. They weren't exactly effeminate, but obviously were in touch with and not intimidated by that side of their nature. Although not possessed of the manic, comedic genius of Cary Grant, they paved the way for such later "suave hotties" as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and more recently, Colin Firth. I loved 'em!
Robert Wagner only had two things going for him. He was talented and he was gorgeous. With those two handicaps, what else could he do but become a star? The term "Dreamboat" best describes Wagner in his early days in Hollywood. He was the fresh- faced kid who resembled your best friend's big brother you always had a crush on. He was also lucky. Early on he was noticed and eventually mentored by gay actor Clifton Webb. Webb made sure that he was seen by the most important people in the business and helped him secure parts in several widely seen and popular films at 20th Century Fox, among them: With A Song In My Heart (1952) with Susan Hayward, where his shell shocked soldier made him an instant sensation and two with Webb, Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) and Titanic (1953), the latter also starring Barbara Stanwyck, with whom he allegedly had an on-going "May/December" affair prior to his marriage to fledgling starlet Nathalie Wood.
Above: Rock Hudson
JOAN CRAWFORD: 1905-1977
Joan Crawford loved men and she liked sex. She surrounded herself with gorgeous hunks, both straight and gay. Her escorts were expected to be handsome, suave, polite, good conversationalists, but to know their place, expert dancers, eventual seducers and to be completely attentive to her every need. Wait, I say that like it's a bad thing! I love Joan. I always have. I find her compulsively watchable. Particularly when she carries a gun. I particularly love the ten year period of her career where she embraced Film Noir, from Mildred Pierce (1945) to Queen Bee (1955). Here she played the supreme Bitch Goddess, who would just as soon shoot her man as sleep with him. Yes, there's the eyebrows, the huge, padded shoulders that resemble a Green Bay Packer's and the mouth with it's slash of lip stick that got broader and broader as the years went by. There's the face in general, that seemed to turn to granite with each decade, like the fifth face on Mt. Rushmore. But, not unlike John Wayne, she could "carry a picture." Regardless of what's been said about her since the "Mommie Dearest" debacle, and I don't doubt that a lot of it was true, Joan Crawford was undeniably a star.
Above: Joan Crawford & Anne Blyth in Mildred Pierce
DIRK BOGARDE: 1921-1999
So, here's "the dish" on Dirk. Dirk Bogarde, with his huge sad eyes and dark brooding good looks, was the leading matinee idol of the 1950's in England and had been for ten years by the time he made Victim in 1961. Basically considered the Robert Pattinson of his day, he was chased through the streets and haunted and hunted by paparazzi wherever he went for his romantic roles in British romances and his appearances in the hugely popular Carry On series.
Are your weekend plans up in the air? Perhaps you should go see George Clooney's latest flick, Up in the Air! Bad puns aside, I'm excited for the film... and am convinced George Clooney is only looking better each year.
Have a great weekend, hunk-lovers!
[ Up in the Air - Official Site ]
New Moon fever is setting in, with it's impending premiere date looming closer. There's been a lot of talk around Robert Pattinson, of course... but let's take a moment to consider one of the other Cullens... Emmett!
Kellan Lutz is definitely worth the attention, as these shots from Singapore magazine August Man show us.
Did you catch Gerard Butler on SNL this weekend? Check out these four photos of the sexy Scot, and tell us what you thought about his appearance.
Our friend, photographer Sonny Tong sent over these photos of actors Michael Walker and Chris Salvatore, who appear in the movie Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat which is making the film festival rounds this month.
We're planning on attending the screening at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on October 17th, perhaps we'll get a chance to say hello to these boys in person!
VGL Men, one of our favorite blogs out there, brings us some shots from UK fashion magazine AnOther Man featuring the brooding Robert Pattinson. The Twilight leading man dons a leather jacket and channels his inner Brando for photographer Hedi Slimane in the cover story, Nightwalking.
Check out VGL Men for a few more photos from the story.
Milo Ventimiglia wraps up our excellent Heroes week! Check out the three photos after the jump that I haven't seen floating around out there that much. For full coverage of the Heroes men from over the years, check out our Heroes index!
Also a big reminder to check out the full-size versions of these with those "enlarge" links on the site... these ones in particular are pretty high resolution!
P.S. We're looking for hunkologist interns at the moment... want to help us make the site better? Drop us a note and tell us why you'd be perfect for the gig!
Antonio Elias is an actor who appeared in the film Star Trek... get to know him a little better!
Name: Antonio Elias
Hometown: Lvingston, New Jersey
Relationship Status: Single
Hunk du Jour: What do you like to do in your free time?
Antonio Elias: Hang out with my friends. Go to the beach when I can. Watch a good movie. I'm a pretty laid back guy.
Hunk du Jour: What do you love about acting?
Antonio Elias: I have so much fun doing it. It takes hard work and it's challenging but I have a lot of fun doing it. The chance to create something and breathe life into a character is an exciting and rewarding thing.
Hunk du Jour: What might someone not know about you at first glance? What might your friends not know about you?
Antonio Elias: I'm a pretty open person so I think my friends know most everything about me. I can't really think of anything off hand that one might not know about me.
Hunk du Jour: How did you get started in your industry? How long has it been now?
Antonio Elias: I started acting at age eight when my mother enrolled me in an acting summer camp. I caught the acting bug then and haven't stopped. I started with local community and professional theatre in S outh Florida. When I was ten I started doing commercials and print modeling. I got my SAG card when I was 11. When I was 21 I moved out to LA and have been here since. So it has been a while but there has never been a moment when I asked myself if I was making the right choice. I don't have anything to fall back on and I don't want to have anything to fall back on. This is my passion and my life.
Hunk du Jour: What accomplishment are you most proud of? What did the experience mean to you?
Antonio Elias: I am truly grateful for everything I've been able to accomplish thus far but I'm really proud of just being able to take the step of moving out here in the first place. Moving away from your family, friends, and all you know is not an easy thing. I was scared out of my mind. If I hadn't taken that first step when I did none of this would have happened.
Hunk du Jour: Are you currently promoting a project?
Antonio Elias: In the spring of 2008 I filmed my first lead in a feature film entitled Spoken Word. It stars Ruben Blades, Kuno Becker, Monique Curnen, Miguel Sandoval and myself. It's the story of San Francisco spoken word artist(Kuno Becker) that returns to New Mexico to be with his dying father (Ruben Blades), only to find he loses his "voice" as he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he left behind.
Antonio Elias: I play Kuno's brother Ramon. Its a nice little movie. It was directed by Victor Nunez. It finished post-production this past February and is being submitted to various film festivals and the production company is actively seeking distribution.
Antonio Elias: In addition, me, some of my friends and our manager are currently developing a comedy pilot. It's already written and polished. We're just working on the budget and financing now. It's hilarious and everyone that reads it can't help but laugh out loud so hopefully we can get that off the ground soon.
Antonio Elias: Other than that I'm still auditioning, studying, and trying to make my dreams a reality.
Hunk du Jour: Is there something that you're secretly hoping we ask you about? Come on... just whisper it in our ear... :o)
Antonio Elias: Haha. I think you covered it all!
James Kyson Lee has been with Heroes since the beginning, and his character has come a long way from the powerless sidekick of Hiro. Ando now has powers of his own!
James also has a bunch of other projects lined up, including the premiere of the SciFi movie Star Runners this Saturday night.
We're back from New York and ready for another hot Seattle week... and an even hotter week at Hunk du Jour as we bring you a few choice men from the world of Heroes.
Kicking off the fun is everyone's favorite villain... Sylar! Zachary Quinto keeps the character just a degree or two above pure evil, with an intensity that has me checking my forehead for a trickle of blood sometimes!
While I didn't go up and say hello, ("Hi!!! My-name-is-Chris-I-write-Hunk-du-Jour-and-I-kind-of-like-you-a-lot-will-you-be-my-friend?") we did sit a few rows behind Zach when we saw a show in New York. (We saw Next to Normal, which won a few Tony awards this weekend -- and it was great!)
We'll continue featuring some of the Heroes men this week... Tweet us at @hunkdujour and let us know your favorite Heroes and villains!