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Happy birthday to the hotness that is Takeshi Kaneshiro, who turned 36 earlier this week!
Kaneshiro (Chungking Express, House of Flying Daggers), who is of Japanese Okinawan and Taiwanese descent, can next be seen in the U.S. release of John Woo’s long-awaited Chinese war epic, Red Cliff, due in theaters November 20.
Red Cliff tells the story of a decisive battle between powerful warlords that took place at the end of the Han dynasty. It was originally released in two parts in Asia, totaling over 4 hours, but the U.S. version has been condensed to a 2 1/2 hour running time. If you, like us, can’t wait to see the film–and Kaneshiro reunited with his Confession of Pain co-star, Tony Leung–you don’t have to–we’ll be promoting free screenings in LA and SF in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.
Adam Yamaguchi, host of Current TV’s Vanguard, is too freakin’ good-lookin’ to be a journalist. And hey, we love ourselves a news man, but they’re usually subtly sexy–like a simmering spice, a bit of merquén in a sauce that you can’t quite pick up on the first bite. But Yamaguchi (Hello: velvet voice, serious brow, intense eyes, protruding pecs, angled jaw) is knock-you-over-the-head habanero hot. Like, stupid hot. And by stupid hot, we mean you’re kinda stupid if you don’t think he’s hot.
If ever there was a reason to watch that gosh darn “smart” television, he would be it.
(OMG, Adam is going to kill me when he reads this!)
Ehren Watada is a beautiful, beautiful (Did we mention beautiful?) Hawaii native who graduated magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University in 2003, and was subsequently commissioned by the Army’s Officer Candidate School–ultimately rising to the high military rank of First Lieutenant. His motivation to serve arose from a reaction to the September 11 attacks and his resulting “desire to protect our country.“
What happened in between? When Watada learned that his unit would be deploying to Iraq, he did some real homework on the conflict. Ultimately convinced that the war he was being asked to lead troops into was illegal, he attempted to resign his commission–this was refused. He offered to instead serve in the “unambigious war linked to the September 11 attacks” in Afghanistan. The Army–and then-President of the United States–did not budge.
And so a different war began as a result of Watada’s stand, with the Army proffering multiple charges against him under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including that of “Conduct Unbecoming of Officer and Gentleman” (for denouncing President Bush and the war) and “Missing Movement” (for not deploying). For these charges he faced a court martial, as well as potential (dishonorable) Dismissal and years of prison time. But Watada did not back down.
On September 26, under the Obama administration, the Army agreed to allow his resignation.
So why is Watada such a babe? Well, look at him, for crying out loud. And then take into account that he’s a man willing to think rather than blindly follow, to stand up for what he feels is right even when the scariest and strongest machine is out to silence him.
Asked by TruthOut in ’06 how he felt facing the serious consequences for his controversial stand, Watada said plainly:
“When you are looking your children in the eye in the future, or when you are at the end of your life, you want to look back on your life and know that at a very important moment, when I had the opportunity to make the right decisions, I did so, even knowing there were negative consequences.“
He may no longer be an officer, but if you ask us, his conduct certainly is one of a gentleman. And, for that matter, a total babe.
Happy birthday to Dustin Nguyen (the only actor Diana has ever lied about being related to), who turns 47 today! His sultry smirk has made us swoon since the first time the opening credits of 21 Jump Street rolled on our staticky family TV screens–and, quite frankly, that smile might actually be more powerful now.
No better time than Nguyen’s birthday to get active with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which he and wife Angela have been ambassadors for since 2005. It’s the birthday gift that keeps on giving, so give it!
My boyfriend Jen’s boyfriend *Sigh* Our boyfriend, the delicious Rick Yune turns 38 this week.
How on earth should we celebrate? Here’s what I’m thinking.
Is it wrong that I kinda don’t mind if Kal Penn ever returns to acting?
Cuz he looks DAMN GOOD in that suit, baby. DAMN GOOD.
Hails from: Canada
Occupation: Miami City Ballet Principal Soloist and Would-Be So You Think You Can Dance Contestant
Why He’s a Babe: Last week, the top 20 SYTYCD finalists were announced, and Alex, who was considered one of the top contestants, would have been among them, but the Miami City Ballet refused to let him out of his contract–boo!–which made Alex cry, because, to paraphrase Don Henley, all he wants to is dance. And that kind of commitment to his craft is beautiful.
More importantly…look at those abs. Lick at those abs. What’s really a crying shame is that America doesn’t get to see more of that.
Click here to watch Alex’s dance solo during Vegas Week that made Debbie “You Want Fame? Well Fame Costs. And Right Here Is Where You Start Paying…in Suh-weat-tuh” Allen say, “Shut. Up.”
Click here for the SYTYCD top 20.
OMGOMGOMGOMG. Daniel Henney is coming over to MY house!!! No, seriously, ferreal. OMG. What should I do? More importantly, what should I wear? Something kinda casual, maybe, but paired with some strappy, devastating fuck-me shoes? Don’t want to appear desperate. BUT I AM DESPERATE DANIEL HENNEY LET ME LICK YOUR FACE. Okay, breathe. Do you think Daniel Henney likes risotto? I’ve been making a mean risotto lately. But, wait, what am I saying? He’s an actor. Actors don’t do carbs. Hmm. Maybe we skip dinner altogether then and go straight to making out? Yes, please! Hopefully he’s not one of those pretty boy actors who wants to be taken seriously and appreciated for his mind. No, really, that won’t do. I’M NOT HERE TO TALK PROUST DANIEL HENNEY I’M HERE TO WATCH YOU TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS GOT IT? (Oh please, Lord, let him be shallow and sex-starved, please, I don’t even care if he’s an awful lover like most ridiculously hot guys, I just want to see him naked.) Now, uh, where was I? Oh, right…DANIEL HENNEY IS COMING TO MY HOUSE. I better go and get ready. Trim my bangs, buy a magnum of decent red Burgundy and some Votivo red currant candles, dig up my nice underwear, maybe get a bikini wax, and definitely pop a Xanax. Yes, I think I can handle this. I can handle DANIEL FUCKING HENNEY coming over to my house, and I can play it cool. Or cool-ish. In the vicinity of cool, maybe, like the center of a medium-rare steak. We’ll see, no guarantees. Wish me luck!
L.A. beatmaster Nosaj Thing (real name: Jason Chung) was profiled last week by Flavorwire‘s Tomas Palermo, who celebrated the young Angeleno as chief among Southern California’s hot bunch of experimental beatmakers (or, more lovingly, “MIDI warriors”).
In this dense Q&A (prepare to take an ego hit if you hear about 35 artist names dropped that you don’t know), Chung emerges as a charming, ambitious electronic producer–a self-confessed web geek whose inspiration comes equally from Chopin and Daedelus, that composed much of his latest and greatest on a laptop while in air transit (an approach we’re happily familiar with).
We’ve tasted his newest tracks, and trust us, they’re delicious–lulling yet alive, dangerously smooth and complex. Now we’re dying to buy his new release, Drift, which drops digitally next week (a week earlier than the CD/LP)–so might we suggest buying the mp3 version if you’re a web geek, too?
Brian, who is a NY-based stand-up comedian and blogger for 8 Asians, shared the panelist’s table with me last weekend at the 3rd Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference blogosphere panel. I remember a lot of what he said, but not all of it–his deep, velvety voice kept lulling me into a distracted, happy, crush-coma.
Shortly after the panel, my brilliant girlfriend Maegan walked up to me to, I assumed, to lavish me with praise and a run-down of all the brilliant, cogent, incisive things I’d said over the previous 70 minutes. Instead she said, “I really liked that Brian guy. He was really smart, funny.”
“I liked what he had to say.”
“Alright yeah, he’s fucking hot. HOT.”
Move over, Bobby Jindal. There’s new voice to hump in town.
Guys, I’m moving to Hawaii. I’m leaving to go eat tiny, delicious hamburger sliders at The Counter. That is, The Counter in Honolulu, Hawaii. If anyone wants my place here in LA, It’s got a ridiculous simultaneous view of Downtown and the Hollywood sign, two avocado trees, two orange trees, an expansive yard, and (sadly) a very annoying neighbor.
Why move, you ask? I just like burgers.
Either that, or I just like first-time restaurateurs:
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Geki the Great is the guitarist for UK actress-turned-dance-punk artist Ebony Bones, whose debut album drops sometime this spring. Our pal Adriel caught Ebony & Co. at SXSW and dubbed the headdress-wearing Japanese guitarist the “Coolest Asian Ever,” although we may have to jack that title up to “Coolest Human Ever” and call it a day.
The whole band oozes cool in a posterior way that’s become the calling card of other British artists like M.I.A. and The Go! Team–they’re at once post-punk, post-funk, post-modern, and even a little post-gender and post-racial. And you can dance to it!
So hitch your horse to Ebony Bones’s “post” here.