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‘GQ’ Names Prince Harry The Coolest Of The Cool

Robert Pattinson comes in second

GQ magazine has compiled a list of the 50 Coolest Men under the age of 38 and have decided that Prince Harry of Wales is the coolest of the bunch. To be honest, I’m not all that impressed with the Top 10 picks selected for this list but anything list that puts Harry on top is a list that I wholeheartedly agree with:

Prince Harry has been crowned king of cool in a list compiled by GQ magazine. The sandy-haired royal beat the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Horrors singer Faris Badwan and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson to take the title. The magazine took 37 and a half to be the cut-off age in considering the coolest men. It took into account an ‘enviable sense of savoir faire, a talent for transforming the mundane into the extraordinary, or just a really edgy haircut’ to qualify, it said. Harry, 25, who is described as ‘soldier, ambassador, polo player, playboy’, turned his image around after a few youthful gaffes with his stint in Afghanistan, according to GQ. His big brother, Prince William, failed to make the rundown of young movers and shakers. Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders makes the top 10. ‘Wry, self-deprecating and often soul-searchingly existential, the drummer is indie music’s online answer to Jerry Seinfeld,’ the magazine said. Despite his personal troubles and fall from grace last year, golf pro Tiger Woods was also placed in the top 40. Youngest on the list is Albert Cocker – son of former Pulp star Jarvis – who is just seven. The magazine predicts he is ‘heading for big things with the in-crowd’. The list appears in the July issue of GQ, on sale from Thursday.

LOL! Despite the silliness of trying to compile an accurate list of who is “cool” (especially considering the ridiculous parameters that went into the decision-making process) I think the magazine is right to put Prince Harry on top. That being said, the fact that Tiger Woods is listed as one of the “coolest” men is complete bullshizz. Even if you give him “cool” cred for the rampant cheating he did on his wife with those countless bimbos (which I absolutely DO NOT GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR), he surely should lose all of his “cool” points for the mere fact that the idiot got caught. Total fail. Here is the GQ list of the Top 10 Coolest Men Under 38:

01. Prince Harry
02. Robert Pattinson
03. Reggie Love
04. Dizzee Rascal
05. Jason Schwartzman
06. Usain Bolt
07. Ryan McGinley
08. Dustin Lance Black
09. Matt Helders
10. Wells Tower
11. Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse)
12. Jack White
13. Jon Favreau
14. Roger Federer
15. Andre Saraiva

Interesting list, no? What do you think? Did GQ get this list right? Is there anyone who you think deserves to be listed in this Top 10?

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M.I.A. Does ‘Nylon’ Magazine

"I thought being different was a bad thing."

On Monday we got to see M.I.A. on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine … today, we get to see her gracing the cover and pages of the June/July issue of Nylon magazine. Here is M.I.A.‘s Nylon coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:

On her mistrust of Google:
“Anybody who is called the government is right. And anybody who isn’t called the government is not right… And you know, all governments are connected to Google, and all governments can shift their search engines so only what they want you to see comes up… I want kids to be aware of this digital circumstance… Everyone on the Internet is like, “Oh my God, come and join Facebook!” They’re all so optimistic… and really, everyone is fucking you up behind the screens. And I don’t like that. It makes it difficult for me to interact with my fans knowing that. Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you’re on there, you have to know that.”

On her film school interview:
“I said, ‘If you don’t accept me, you’re going to change my life completely, because I’m going to go outside and get on the bus and I’ll be a crackhead prostitute and go to jail. And three years from now, I’ll come out of jail and make the best film.”

On her teenage years in Los Angeles:
I was always going out to LA because my cousin lived there, and she knew all the Bloods and Crips. So I was hanging out with her, having crazy times, and then I’d come back and be like, ‘I hung out with Tupac last week!’ and nobody knew who he was!”

On her unique sound:
“I thought being different was a bad thing, but then I realized it was just different because it hadn’t been done before.”

On doing commercials:
“Coca Cola wanted me to be their face, so of course I said no, and then Pepsi came to me and I said no again. But eventually, one day, I’m going to lose the battle and just be like, ‘Fuck it,’ and say yes… But I want to be able to be like, ‘Yeah, I made a sacrifice, but at least I have about 10 other people behind me who are worth it and who are going to benefit from all that money.”

On Paper Planes:
“Everyone was like, ‘You need to edit [the gunshots] out. They said, ‘You need something that’s going to get on the radio.’”

M.I.A.‘s full interview can only be read in the print edition of Nylon but these excerpts give you a pretty good feel for what’s on M.I.A.‘s mind these days. After the jump, check out a few photos from M.I.A.‘s Nylon photospread — they are not to be missed … More »

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Meet Bryn Casey Frankel-Hoppy

Bethenny & baby

Earlier this month we learned that Real Housewife of NYC Bethenny Frankel gave birth to a baby girl she named Bryn Casey (just in time for Mother’s Day) and today, courtesy of People magazine, we get to meet the little darling. Here is our first look at Bryn Casey with proud/happy momma Bethany Frankel:

Even though her daughter is only 2½ weeks old, Bethenny Frankel can already see one similarity between her newborn and herself. “She has my E.T. toes,” says Frankel, pointing to Bryn Casey Hoppy‘s little pink feet. “They are so long!” Frankel, the star of Real Life Housewives of New York City, always tells it like it is — even when discussing her baby’s early delivery on Saturday, May 8. Waking Jason Hoppy up around 6 a.m. some five weeks before their first child was due to tell him her water broke, Frankel immediately called the doctor and told her husband to pack their bags. In his excitement, Hoppy instead started ringing up a few friends. “Her water broke — we’re having a baby!” he announced. A laboring Frankel countered: “We don’t have a baby. We have a puddle.” Looking back, she laughs, “I told him to get a pen and paper and get organized!” The couple rushed to the hospital. “All I wanted was a bagel and the doctor [told me] I couldn’t eat,” she recalls. “And for two days, I couldn’t.” After some 30 hours of labor, doctors recommended a c-section to deliver baby Bryn. “She came out like a little doll,” Frankel, 39, says of seeing her daughter for the first time. “It was amazing.”

This People article, which goes on HERE, reveals that Bryn‘s name was chosen in honor of daddy Jason Hoppy‘s late brother Bryan who was tragically killed in a car accident 19 years ago. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to honor the memory of a loved one. Bryn is such a beautiful little baby … Bethenny looks OVER the moon!! Congrats and love goes out to the Frankel-Hoppy family once more on the happy birth of their beautiful daughter. Ain’t she just the most precious little thing?

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M.I.A. Does ‘Complex’ Magazine

"The first place I came to was L.A., and I just loved it."

M.I.A., who is planning to release her third album /\/\/\Y/\ in July, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine. In her coverstory interview, M.I.A. (née Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam) talks about her young son Ikhyd, the end of the world, her preference of LA over NYC and more! Here is M.I.A.‘s beautiful Complex magazine coverphoto and some excerpts from her interview:

As a mom, do you hope for struggles for your son in his lifetime?
M.I.A.: I don’t hope for them, but he’s probably going to have them. I think their generation is probably going to have the craziest, you know?

In what respect?
M.I.A.: Any kid being born in these times is gonna have to be resilient to a million and one things. We thought we’d seen it all, and our parents thought that they’d seen it, but every generation it gets more and more intense.

Did you see much violence growing up?
M.I.A.: Yeah, all the time. My kid’s gonna see it, but he’s gonna see it in computer games. I don’t know which is worse. The fact that I saw it in my life has maybe given me lots of issues, but there’s a whole generation of American kids seeing violence on their computer screens and then getting shipped off to Afghanistan.

What was your impression of America when you were little?
M.I.A.: The first place I came to was L.A., and I just loved it. From the airplane looking out the window, the landscape just shines—all the lights are twinkling, all the cars are reflecting the sun. It was very Tinseltown. If you’re coming from Sri Lanka and you want to experience the West, that was the extreme end of Western civilization to me—the vastness of L.A. was truly different. I wasn’t impressed with New York, ’cause it’s a bigger version of London. But L.A. was kinda cool.

Has your idea of America changed as you’ve grown up?
M.I.A.: When I first came in the mid-’90s, I was listening to loads of hip-hop, and the gangsta-rap era completely engulfed me. There’s where I spent my time. Those were the clubs I went to, and those were the people I was hanging out with, so I had a weird understanding of it. But now I get to see a bigger picture of America. It’s different.

What’s changed?
M.I.A.: The thing that I enjoyed about it when I came to L.A. was that it was just people doing whatever they liked. It was your life and you could do things and you were in charge. There were barbecues all the time in every park, house parties. Just so much more joy. And now it doesn’t seem like that. And it’s because it’s so expensive there. By the time you’ve got to doing your house, insurance, your car, and paid a bill for your baby, it’s just too hard for you to have any fun, you know?

Do you have a process, or do you create when you feel like it?
M.I.A.: I’m really into some sort of digital ruckus and that’s kind of what it is in the sound and imagery. I don’t wanna say it’s chaotic, but if we’re being given certain tools, it’s rediscovering and reassembling, I suppose. The bottom line is: Sometimes my work is really uncomfortable and doesn’t sit well, but that’s the point. It’s OK to push it out this far—someone’s gonna be like, “But I like it over here.” But at least the door’s open and you’ve pushed it that far, so the possibility of a range can exist.

Are you conscious of trying to make art to live up to your reputation, or do you start clean every time?
M.I.A.: It really depends on what you’re going through at the time. The last album I was making was really chaotic. I was traveling all the time and was just mad, angry, pissed off. I threw the hard drive out the window with “Paper Planes” on it and was like, “Fuck this song.” Luckily, it didn’t smash. But the world has changed since I worked on the last album. I started with writing an intro for it, the intro was, “Connected to the Google/connected to the government.” That was like 10 months ago, and every day I felt more and more like I was tuned into whatever was going on.

What was it that was going on?
M.I.A.: Google is the most powerful corporation in the world, and why do you think that is? It’s ’cause they log the most data and they collect the most information and that’s the thing that everyone’s gonna want and that’s the thing that no one’s gonna have. That’s what it’s about and it’s important to tell people in the street or poor people to arm themselves with knowledge ’cause that shit’s a commodity.

I just love her. She speaks her mind openly and honestly and whether or not you agree with her opinions, you’ve got to give her credit for so openly sticking to her guns. She’s a genius, both musically and otherwise. I can’t wait to hear her entire new album. After the jump, check out a few photos from M.I.A.‘s Complex magazine photospread — the photos are really striking … More »

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‘Glee’s Mark Salling Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

"Homo-explosion" ahead

Mark Salling, who plays bad boy crooner Puck on Fox‘s hit series Glee, is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine wherein he models some of the hottest Summer looks for the coming season. Here are some of the photos from Mark‘s GQ photospread and the accompanying blurby article:

On Glee, Mark Salling plays a high school badass who refers to the glee club as “homo explosion” (and then can’t help but join in on the geeked-out fun). This wasn’t exactly the kind of music Salling expected to make when he moved from Dallas to Hollywood eight years ago with his acoustic guitar strapped to his back, searching for a record deal. When asked if he’ll get to perform any of his original tunes when the Glee kids go on tour this summer—they’re playing sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, among other venues—he says, laughing, “I think Fox would probably shit a brick over that.”

Click HERE to read the rest of this article and see the full set of photos from the GQ spread. Mark Salling is deffo one of the main reasons I’m a Glee fan, his broodiness is a real draw. I’m really excited to see Salling and the rest of the Glee cast on stage tonight in concert. I doubt he’ll be this loosely dressed but … I’ll take what I can get.

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Jake Shears Does ‘Têtu’ Magazine

Black & White and hawt all over!

Jake Shears, frontman of Scissor Sisters, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the French gay magazine Têtu. As you may recall, Scissor Sisters are about to release their new album Night Work and just this week we got our first look at the new music video for their single Fire with Fire. This appearance in Têtu (which is French for stubborn) is to promote the new Sisters album by pandering to the gays by exploiting Jake‘s hawtness which he always seems happy to flaunt:


The online version of this Têtu coverstory on Jake is in French and my French is tres rusty … thankfully, the photos in the accompanying photospread are in a language that anyone can understand. Check ‘em out, after the jump … More »

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Blake Lively Does ‘Vogue’ Magazine . . . Again

"[M]y New York guise is gone. Ostrich flats don't really work on the beach!"

Blake Lively, star of the CW‘s Gossip Girl and the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of Green Lantern, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vogue magazine … for the second time in just over a year (as you may recall, she was featured on the cover of the February 2009 issue as well). Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour, explains the reason why Blake scored her second Vogue cover in the Editor’s Letter … which you can read below:

“Lively has been in VOGUE before–when Gossip Girl made its initial dent in the popular psyche in March 2008; for her first cover with Mario Testino and Tonne Goodman, in February 2009; and as the style icon du jour for New York socials in March 2010. She’s a terrific role model for young women: sporty, healthy, family-minded, and effortlessly lovely.”

It is interesting that Blake Lively managed to score another Vogue cover, especially since she doesn’t have any new projects to promote right now (Green Lantern won’t be out until next year). Still, Wintour is right … I would also describe Blake Lively as “sporty, healthy and effortlessly lovely”. After the jump, check out some photos from Blake‘s latest Vogue magazine photospread … More »

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Christina Aguilera Does ‘Out’ Magazine

"On 'Bionic', I wanted to go completely futuristic."

Christina Aguilera is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Out magazine. In this coverstory interview, Xtina talks to Out about the inspiration behind her new album Bionic … and Out talks to some of Xtina‘s music collaborators (including the amazing Sia) as part of the coverstory as well. Here is Xtina‘s Out magazine coverphoto and some excerpts from the coverstory article:

Christina Aguilera, now 29, lives in Ozzy Osbourne’s old house right off the Sunset Strip with her 2-year-old kid, Max Liron, her husband Jordan “Jordy” Bratman, and a platoon of Latinos who dust, Swiffer, sweep, and generally keep the manor. The house has been thoroughly Aguilerized with zebra- and leopard-print carpets and Shepard Fairey prints that scream Obey from the walls. The doorknobs, at least, are holdovers from the Osbourne era, heavy iron affairs with Gothic crosses on them. The other holdover is the recording studio, a converted pool house past a courtyard full of teak gazebos, lightly melted Buddha-head candles, and a sad Kermit doll lying face down in the pool like Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. The pool house is where Aguilera recorded most of her new album and where the singer is now curled up, Betty Page style, on a sofa, with those famous red lips wrapped around a Ricola … the cover of her new album, Bionic, features a D*Face portrait of Aguilera, one half of her face notably Marilyn Monrovian, the other a robotic consortium of gramophones and Edison bulbs. Her bright red Rocky Horror lips are the bridge that connects the two halves. Bionic does not logically follow from her last album or the one before that. From pop tart to Angry Young Woman (Stripped) to Marilyn Monroe (Back to Basics), the sequence of Aguilera’s sound is as wild as the wind. Her voice is a mercenary, one of the perks — and pitfalls — of being a versatile medium. “Every album has been a 180 from the past,” she admits. “On Bionic, I wanted to go completely futuristic. As a new mother, I was thinking about the future generation, so I was inspired a lot by electronic music.” When she began the album, Aguilera put out a call to artists whose work she found simpatico, an unexpected cavalcade including underground faves Le Tigre, Goldfrapp, and Ladytron. “It’s a gamble,” Aguilera says of the cattle call. “You never really know who’s going to get it and who’s not.” Sia Furler, professionally known as Sia and as the best Australian queer blue-eyed soul singer, got it. Her contribution to the album—four songs written with her bassist, Sam Dixon—is what Aguilera calls, “the heart of the album.” One song in particular, a raw, shuffling, vocally demanding Etta James–type ballad called “You Lost Me,” is not only the heart of the album but a defining apex of Aguilera’s career. Those four minutes alone are enough to ensure Aguilera’s place alongside Nina Simone and Whitney Houston in the soul pantheon. In its simple progression, Aguilera finds a song strong enough to withstand the blistering power of her voice. Sia’s words, stricken with the grief of abandonment and betrayal, release Aguilera’s voice, ranging from a deep, defiant growl to a lonely, high, vaporlike whisper. “The things she can do with her voice are insane,” says Sia, “but I really like it when she’s doing less of the squiggly diddlying. There were times when I’d just say ‘I think you should just sing it straight.’ I feel most able to identify with her and her vulnerability when she just sings simply with that amazing tone of hers.” As in “Beautiful,” written for her by former 4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, the grain of Aguilera’s voice is audible in “You Lost Me.” It crackles like an old phonograph at times, gathers itself up and takes to the keep in others. It breathes and sighs and writhes. It’s too big to fail but not too proud to falter. “It was hard for me. I really am a perfectionist,” says Aguilera. “I like to perfect a vocal and really make sure of every note. Even if it’s good I’ll go in to see if I get a better one. But when I get in studio with people like Linda or Sia, I’m able just to find inspiration inside the music in a different way. I can find the beauty in the imperfections.”

Of all the interviews that Xtina has done thus far to promote Bionic, this is the best of them. She really talks about the hows and whys of the album’s creation and gives us, in words, a really good understanding of what we can expect from the disc. Judging by the collaborators she worked with alone, I’m already a fan of Bionic. After the jump, check out some of the photos from Xtina‘s Out photospread — some of which may delight or disturb you … More »

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Cate Blanchett Does ‘W’ Magazine

"I’m not focused on what other people think of me."

Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of W magazine. Without question, Cate is my fave actress right now. She consistently turns in stellar performances in all her films and truly appears to be one of the most thankful, most humble women in Hollywood. Here is Cate‘s W mag coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:

On her inaccurate public perception: “I’m so misunderstood! I’m not focused on what other people think of me. Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are—I think that way lies madness.”

On her husband’s influence: “My husband keeps me really honest. I remember him saying to me after I made Elizabeth, ‘Sweetheart, you’ve probably got about about five years.’ He was preparing me for the time when the work dries up, as it invariably does.”

Blanchett’s husband, playwright Andrew Upton, on his wife as a coworker: “She challenges, but she’s not aggressive. I can tend to be a bit scattergun. She’s quite practical in the end, so I often just fire off, and she’ll sort of pick up the pieces or choose the best bits. She would be the first and pretty much only person I would seriously seek counsel from. We’re fairly brutal with each other.”

On working with her husband: “We’re really open. I have friends—she’s an actor/writer married to a director—and she was horrified when we said we were going to work together. She said they don’t talk about work because they don’t want to venture into the territory of being criticized by you partner. But I know what to do with the criticism.”

Cate Blanchett is truly an amazing artist. She has to be the most accomplished woman in show business right now. It’s absolutely uncanny how naturally she morphs from one character to the next … it’s really amazing. You can bet that Cate is in a film, I will be seeing that film … she always delivers, every single time. Oh and can we talk about how beautiful she is? After the jump, check out a few photos from Cate‘s W magazine photospread … More »

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Christina Aguilera Does ‘Billboard’ Magazine

"I’m in it for the long haul, and a decade later ... I have nothing to prove."

Christina Aguilera is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Billboard magazine (wearing the sexy pair of Christian Louboutin boots that she wears on the cover of the latest issue of German GQ magazine) and in her coverstory interview she dismisses the haters and explains that after 10 years in the music biz, she ain’t got a damn thing to prove to anyone:

Amidst comparisons to Lady Gaga, the 29-year-old singer states, “I’m in it for the long haul, and a decade later in my career, I have nothing to prove. To anyone who wants to be negative, it’s like, ‘I’m obviously relevant enough to you for you to care and to talk and to evoke negative feelings inside of you.’ At this point in my career, I’m over any and all weird comparisons or negativity.” Christina claims making hit songs is not what inspires her: “There was actually a song that the label really wanted me to record, and I just said ‘no,’ because it didn’t fit on the album – it wasn’t creatively inspiring to me. They said, ‘It’s a hit, it’s a hit!’ And absolutely it’s a hit for someone. But it’s not for me, because when it jeopardizes my integrity too much I can’t do it. The hit thing… (sigh) ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ was a f–king hit, you know what I mean?” Aussie singer, Sia, who is working with Christina is also quoted in the article saying, “Christina could shit in a bottle and her fans would still love it.”

LOL! Okay, I love Sia more than anything (she is among THE most exciting, talented and inventive artists in music right now) but the only thing “in a bottle” I want from Xtina is a Genie … NOTHING ELSE :) But getting back to Xtina‘s interview … I LOVE that she made it clear that she isn’t out to prove anything to anyone. She is so right … she’s been in the game way too long for ridiculous critics to maintain she’s “copying” anyone else. Love her or hate her, Xtina has always remained true to who she is. If you would like to read the full text of Xtina‘s interview with Billboard (as well as see a few videos from her chat) you can do so HERE. Stand your ground, girl … and do your thang. Haters gonna hate but you are so above it all.

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