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04/19/2007


Five Favorite Men of TV's Period Pieces

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Tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern the CW premieres Reign, a period drama focusing on a young Mary, Queen of Scots. Since this is the CW, there will be lots of scandalous teenage sexuality. This series is also boasting a buzzy soundtrack featuring current artists like Mumford & Sons and Santigold. They're hoping the juxtaposition of cool, contemporary tracks against bodice-ripping melodrama will be enough to add a little spice to the historical soap.

Reign isn't the first television period piece and, with shows like The Gilded Age in development, it certainly won't be the last. Sure, the secret to success is in the storytelling, but, come on, a handsome leading man to get your petticoats all tied in knots certainly doesn't hurt.

Travel through time with five favorite men of TV's period pieces, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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News: Joe Biden, Twiglet, Global Warming, Ed Speleers

road.jpg 20 to 40 percent of the 4,000 homeless youth on the streets of San Francisco are gay.

Bidenroad.jpg Senator Joe Biden unloads race commentary on Obama: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy...I mean, that’s a storybook, man."

road.jpg The Daily Intelligencer talks to Top Design host Todd Oldham on art, brunch, and who he wants for President: "Anyone that tells the truth and isn’t hateful would be welcome at this point."

Speleersroad.jpg From slaying dragons to chiselling walls. Eragon's Ed Speleers hasn't found his Hollywood ending.

road.jpg A new report shows nearly half of government scientists have been pressured by the Bush administration to downplay global warming: "46 percent of government scientists 'personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ or other similar terms from a variety of communications.' 46 percent 'perceived or personally experienced new or unusual administrative requirements that impair climate-related work.' 38 percent 'perceived or personally experienced the disappearance or unusual delay of websites, reports, or other science-based materials relating to climate.' 25 percent 'perceived or personally experienced situations in which scientists have actively objected to, resigned from, or removed themselves from a project because of pressure to change scientific findings.'" In addition, the Bush administration has reportedly forbidden Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte from using the words "global" and "warming" together at the hearings on the political manipulation of climate change science.

Twigletroad.jpg On her diet of Prozac, bullied Twiglet is one happy cat.

road.jpg David Beckham wants no fashion faux-pas on the field.

road.jpg Cleveland, Ohio wants some gay visitors.

road.jpg DNA on cigarette may clear man who has spent the last 17 years in prison for a gay killing he has always claimed he didn't commit: "Kennedy, who has been behind bars since 8 October 1990, is at Garth prison in Preston, where he is on suicide watch. His lawyer claims that his case hinges on new DNA evidence, two disputed cell confessions, and fingerprint evidence that points towards a murder suspect. He said the conviction and failure to clear his name may also be as a result of homophobia and a climate of fear among the gay community in the South-west during the early 1990s."


Eragon's Ed Speleers Over Hollywood

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You may have heard of the new film coming out today by the name of Eragon. I realized I hadn't heard much from our frequent correspondent Lewis Payton recently so I phoned him to ask what he'd been up to. He sent over these shots of 18-year-old Brit Ed Speleers, the freshly-minted young star of that film, which I thought I'd share.

Lewis told me: "This was Ed's first major photo shoot - not that you could tell. We shot at one of the famous "Case Study" houses in the Hollywood Hills. Since this is Ed's breakout role, I thought it was fitting that we captured him with his future laid out before him. Shooting swimwear or nudes is actually really challenging, as you have to keep you eye on every single part of the body to make sure every thing looks right, whereas this shoot afforded me the opportunity to focus more on character and expression. It was so much fun getting the opportunity to apply my aesthetic to a more fashion based story. I'd started to forget what a photographic subject looks like with clothes on!"

If you're into dragons (or fresh-faced young talent from across the pond) you may want to check the film out. Click to enlarge the photos, and one more after the jump...

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