Sexiest Man Alive 2008 Articles

<p>Every year, People Magazine names its Sexiest Man Alive. Every year, 2 to 3 weeks prior to the announcement, I handicap the odds and predict the winning dude. Every other year I get it right, starting with Johnny Depp, then missing on Jude Law, correct with Matthew McConaughey, not with George Clooney, and on target finally with Matt Damon in 2007 who, in my defence, I&rsquo;d been calling for when George selfishly won for the 2nd time the year before.<br /> This year, People might very well go with President-Elect Barack Obama. But choosing a politician could be controversial. And People doesn&rsquo;t like to get the MiniVan all in a snit. Much safer then to stay with the stars, keep it frivolous, leave the important people lists to Time and the other serious publications.<br /> So what follows is an analysis of the pros and cons of the contenders. Have I forgotten anyone? Agree or disagree? Wanna fight? As always, would love to hear your comments even if I&rsquo;m unable to reply. But please remember &ndash; it&rsquo;s not who you WANT to be the SMA but who you THINK will be the SMA. And even though, like, Jon Hamm is totally on your Freebie 5, Jon Hamm is also a tv actor on an AMC show that not a lot of people watch. And if Patrick Dempsey couldn&rsquo;t make it, and won&rsquo;t make it again this year, Jon Hamm certainly isn&rsquo;t at all close. When you make your suggestion then, remember, the Sexiest Man Alive is almost always a big, big name, recognisable everywhere. <br /> Here we go.</p>

His farewell lap

November 17, 2009 15:30:23 Posted at November 17, 2009 15:30:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey

You have been a good and just King. A deserving Sexiest Man Alive. A kind, compassionate, generous, and gracious Monarch. Your reign has been peaceful, full of humour and humility, wit and Wolverine. Today you are running but tonight you will sleep with your crown one last time. Your successor will be less than you. Full Story

The Sexiest Men

November 19, 2008 07:21:10 Posted at November 19, 2008 07:21:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Who else aside from Hugh? Daniel Craig seemed to come in close second. Perhaps the difference was that Bond would not have actively campaigned for it, nor would he have been thrilled about it either. Hugh seems to handle the fame a lot more easily than Craig. Jon Hamm’s inclusion puts him on track to take over from Clooney one day, if only more people would watch Mad Men. Full Story

Leonardo DiCaprio

November 10, 2008 15:11:20 Posted at November 10, 2008 15:11:20
Lainey Posted by Lainey

By popular demand, an addition to the list of candidates for this year’s People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive – if you’ve yet to read the feature handicapping the contenders, click here. Otherwise, this article means nothing. Full Story

Johnny Depp

November 7, 2008 07:36:26 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:36:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Look at him Major box office player, just signed massive deal with Disney Certainly deserves to stand alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney as 2 time holders of the SMA distinction Family man, devoted to Vanessa Paradis, wild youth tamed by maturity, no recent scandals Universally admired by gay straight, man, woman, and MiniVanArguments against: He doesn’t give a sh-t Is currently super low profile: SMA winners are usually in the thick of, coming out of, or moving into heavy promotion for a project. Full Story

George Clooney

November 7, 2008 07:33:16 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:33:16
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: He’s George Clooney…he’s always in the running He’s single. No more Sarah Larson. Who? Exactly The MiniVan Majority dream: there’s a woman, the right woman, an everyday regular woman who can change George Clooney. The illusory fire keeps burningArguments against: It has not been a vintage year. Full Story

Robert Downey Jr

November 7, 2008 07:30:08 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:30:08
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Everyone loves a comeback Iron Man was a smash hit, the sequel is due in 18 months Landed coveted role of Sherlock Holmes Try to mask your shock here but in some circles there is actually talk that they just might campaign for him in the Best Supporting actor category… for Tropic Thunder. Full Story

Christian Bale

November 7, 2008 07:26:58 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:26:58
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: The total package: so much talent, so beautiful, not a cheesedick Devotion to his wife and daughter make him so MiniVan sexy The Dark Knight was a critical and commercial success, the biggest movie of the year so far with, some say, an outside shot at a Best Picture nomination Next up in the highly, highly anticipated Terminator Salvation in May which could see him go two for two in blockbustersArguments against: He’d hate it. Full Story

Michael Phelps

November 7, 2008 07:19:00 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:19:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Don’t laugh. He owned Beijing and unless you’ve forgotten the 2008 Games were the most watched in history, propelled by the flippers of Dolphin Boy and then carried away on a Lightning Bolt But Bolt is not American. And America is the land of endorsements. Phelps’s success made him a marketing machine. Full Story

Justin Timberlake

November 7, 2008 07:16:20 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:16:20
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Pippy is trying to be a man. His team would most definitely push for the title. And hard. They’d probably even “exchange” several “exclusives” as part of the deal. People Magazine would definitely consider the arrangement Wooing a new readerbase. It’s no accident that Us Weekly has a twat from The Hills on its cover every other week. Full Story

David Beckham

November 7, 2008 07:13:03 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:13:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Ummm…look at him You know his wife is lobbying hard for it Has ingratiated himself in American culture, permanent fixture at Laker games etc. High profile celebrity friendships Underwear ads with his man junk on display everywhereArguments against Too desperate His wife doesn’t eat, makes the MiniVan feel fat Is not American An imminent temporary move to Italy Still can’t shake the cheater image I don’t like his hair anymoreODDS: 13 to 1  Full Story

Hugh Jackman

November 7, 2008 07:09:59 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:09:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: He’s making a big push for Australia and he’s a loin rubbing beast in the movie Wolverine is due out next year, a major vehicle for his hotness and likely a massive box office performer Great personality, no scandal, no drama, committed family manArguments against: Epics are tricky. Full Story

Daniel Craig

November 7, 2008 07:07:36 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:07:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Bond, James Bond. And everything that comes with The film will be released November 14, perfectly timed for the SMA announcement He rejuvenated the franchise, has retained an irresistible air of mystery, and looks f-cking ridiculous sick in a suitArguments against: In an election year, will People name a non-American as the Sexiest Man Alive? And especially one playing a character so through and through British? Again, like Bale and RDJ, it’s not his thing. Full Story

Brad Pitt

November 7, 2008 07:04:19 Posted at November 7, 2008 07:04:19
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: He’s Brad Pitt. He’s always in contention He is a two time holder of the SMA title. No man has ever been awarded 3 times. If there’s to be a first, he would be it The year of the Holy Twins and People scored the official photos. There could also be a deal in the works, especially since Team Pitt will be pushing for an Oscar run Benjamin Button has the early Oscar lead Has been active socially with Make It Right and his stance against Prop 8 The intoxicating appeal of the current iteration of Brad Pitt as a doting father and family man Oprah asked him backArguments against: Has enough time passed? Angelina Jolie is a polarising figure. Full Story

Prediction: Will Smith

November 7, 2008 06:59:52 Posted at November 7, 2008 06:59:52
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Arguments for: Will Smith has box office super powers He is the total package: gorgeous, no scandals, picture perfect family, solid marriage Seven Pounds is his Oscar push. He wants it badly. He’ll do anything to get there Denzel Washington is the only African American who has secured this title. Full Story