Thursday, June 12, 2014
Yesterday, the writer who first coined the term ‘metrosexual’, Mark Simpson, explained the rise of the ‘spornosexual’ - a social media- and selfie-obsessed male who takes cues on his appearance from sport and porn.
While metrosexuals fretted over their wardrobes and their complexions, the spornosexual’s primary concern is his body. Still not sure where you fit in all this? Take Telegraph Men’s spornosexual quiz to find out…
1. You’re logging into Facebook to…
A) ...post a picture of you having dinner with friends. You look amazing in it but that’s by-the-by.
B) ...keep up to date with news from friends and family. Your cousin’s just had a baby - maybe a picture will be up?
C) …check how many ‘likes’ your gym selfie has got. Your guns are looking huge in this one, but so far only 149 people have left positive comments. Is it your hair that’s the problem?
2. You’re switching on the TV to watch…
A) ...the football. Footballers always seem to be one step ahead of the latest grooming trends.
B) …the football. You’d never miss one of your team’s games.
C) ...Geordie Shore. When you’re not looking at you, you want to be looking at people like you.
3. If you were a comic book character you would be...
A) Batman. You may or may not be in a gay relationship with your sidekick but that’s not really the point. You also have a basement stuffed with sweet gadgets.
B) Superman. Save the day, get the girl.
C) The Incredible Hulk. Because bigger is always better.
4. It’s a big night out. What’s your poison?
A) Red wine. There was a period when it would have been cocaine too, but the ethical implications worried you - not to mention what it did to your skin.
B) Real ale.
C) Double vodka Red Bull. You’re always getting offered MDMA in clubs but you’re not sure how it will react with the steroids you’re taking.
5. Time for party small talk with another man. Your first question is…
A) This is Prada, right? I’ve been trying to track one down in cobalt blue for ages.
B) Did you catch the game last night?
C) Bro, do you lift?
6. Time to approach a woman at a party. Your opener is...
A) A woman in an A-line dress should never be standing by herself.
B) Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got "fine" written all over you.
C) My mate’s up for a threesome. You in?
7. It’s the morning after the night before. What do you eat?
A) Ottolenghi’s Middle Eastern take on Full English - a simple twist on a classic.
B) Full English, what else?
C) Full English with 18 eggs, 20 rashers of bacon and no bread. This machine runs on protein.
8. How would you describe your relationship with porn?
A) You watch it a couple of times a week but understand it doesn’t have much bearing on reality.
B) Strained now that Nuts has folded.
C) You’ve uploaded a couple of videos of you and the girlfriend to amateur sites but should really try professional soon.
9. Let’s talk t-shirts. V-neck or crew neck?
A) If your face is long, you'll try to offset this with a plain crew neck - and vice-versa if your face is round.
B) You don’t talk t-shirts.
C) V-neck - the deeper the better.
10. Which of these best describes your approach to life?
A) Always look out for number one.
B) Hope for the best, expect the worst.
C) Sun’s out - guns out.
Mostly As - You are a metrosexual. While your appearance and interest in grooming products may have attracted comment in the early noughties, you’ve now been surpassed by the spornosexual. Try upping your weights at the gym or, if that fails, taking steroids.
Mostly Bs - You are a 20th century male. You don’t read men’s lifestyle magazines so you probably have no idea how outdated you really are but, if this quiz has raised any concerns, try borrowing some moisturiser from a metrosexual friend/colleague before attempting to go full sporno.
Mostly Cs - You are a spornosexual. Congratulations - you are an outstanding specimen of masculinity, though opinions may differ in what sense you are outstanding.
Posted by Hollywood at 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The biblical epic could clear $45 million or more in its debut; elsewhere, Arnold Schwarzenegger suffering another bomb with "Sabotage."
Darren Aronofsky's controversial biblical epic Noah is winning over faith-based moviegoers at the Friday box office, ending weeks of speculation as to whether the filmmaker's darker take on the story of Noah and his Ark would be a turnoff, according to early returns.
The Paramount and New Regency movie is also doing pleasing business among mainstream audiences. And now that Christian consumers are turning out in force, Noah should gross north of $41 million in it domestic launch, if not $45 million or more. The big question is how it holds up on Saturday after a $15.5 million Friday.
According to those with access to grosses, half of the theaters doing the most business on Friday are in cities traditionally considered faith-based markets, including Salt Lake City, Reno, Tulsa, Mobile, Ala., Houston, San Antonio, and Orlando. Hispanics, many of whom are Catholic, are helping to fuel the film. (Hispanics are the most avid moviegoers in the U.S.)
The top-grossing theater was AMC Lowes Lincoln Square. (A New York City theater will typically dominate.)
Noah, starring Russell Crowe in the title role, is designed to play both as an all-audience tentpole and as a faith-based offering. So far, Noah's is skewing older. Paramount and New Regency co-financed the $125 million-plus movie, which has received generally strong reviews.
The epic, rated PG-13, began rolling out Thursday night, grossing a decent $1.6 million and coming in ahead of the $1.1 million grossed by Christian film Son of God on its opening Thursday night. That film, exclusively targeting faith-based consumers, grossed $25.6 million in its first weekend in late February.
Noah isn't taking the steam totally out of another Christian film in the marketplace, God's Not Dead, which debuted last weekend to $9.2 million. God's Not Dead could clear as much as $8 million this weekend.
Overseas, Noah generated huge numbers in Russia on Thursday, grossing $2.6 million to nab the fourth-biggest opening day of all time for a nonholiday title. Overall, the movie has already grossed $22 million in its first week from Mexico, South Korea, Australia and Russia. By Friday, it will be playing in a total of 22 markets.
In the U.S., Paramount has gone to great lengths to appease concerns among religious leader and church organizations about the tone of the film. The studio agreed to tweak its marketing campaign in recent weeks to say that Noah -- which has a strong environmental component -- is inspired by the story of Noah and the Ark, versus being a literal retelling.
In pre-release surveys, older moviegoers expressed the most interest in seeing Noah. If that prediction holds, Paramount believes the movie will have strong legs, since adults tend not to rush out on opening weekend.
Noah also stars Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone,Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth.
Elsewhere at the box office, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is suffering another dud with his new action film, Sabotage. The action title may only take in $5 million for the weekend.
Posted by Hollywood at 10:37 AM
Friday, March 28, 2014
A top of advisor to President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles to try to get Obamacare written into scripts of TV shows and movies. Valerie Jarrett explained in an appearance on Top That! on PopSugar.com:
"That's the cool thing," a host said to the presidential advisor. "You've been reaching out to people that are, you know, outside of the norm of what the president might work with. Who else are you working with? Like celebrities, personalities, things like that?"
"You name it," said Jarrett. "That's part of why I'm in L.A. I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts." When Jarrett says "it into the scripts," she's referring to getting references to Obamacare, the president's signature legislation, into the scripts of TV shows and movies.
She continued: "We're talking to celebrities. We're talking to athletes, because obviously they get injured a lot and many of them are the same age as the market we're going after. And what they can say is, 'Look, you never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. You're walking down the street, you're a little clumsy, you trip, you fall -- where do you end up? Emergency room. A couple grand just to walk in the door."
"Right," said the host.
"Who can afford that?" asked Jarrett.
"Nobody," said a host."
Jarrett would explain that mothers are really good at nagging -- which is why mothers have been promoting the health care bill. "What do moms do?" asked Jarrett. "We try to take care of our children. Even when they're grown. And what we want to do here is like nag. We're really good at nagging. I'm a mom so I know. I'm a really good nag. And I can come at the same issue like 20 different ways until my daughter goes, 'Ok, I'm cool, I'll just do it.'"
Posted by Hollywood at 1:35 PM