When The Adjustment Bureau hits theaters this weekend, I'm sure we'll all be looking forward to some of that Matt Damon charm, but he's not the only draw for us ladies. The film also stars John Slattery and since he's one of our favorite silver foxes, we thought now would be an appropriate time to share our top ten gray-haired heart-breakers of all time. So what makes for a fantastic silver fox? Well, it's not just a salt and pepper or gray set of locks. There's a certain je ne sais quoi about these men. Many are funny, dapper, or distinguished. Many are well-dressed, have an alluring quality in their voices, or are just so damn good at their job that it's sexy. So without further ado, here are our favorite silver foxes, in no particular order.
Even before he got into movies, or started wooing ladies as Mad Men's Roger Sterling, or selling Lincolns as a super sexy car to anyone with a pulse, Slattery was still breaking hearts -- just on a smaller scale. He not only sweet-talked Eva Longoria's character into marriage on Desperate Housewives, he also did the same thing to Sex and The City's Carrie Bradshaw; and he played a very important and powerful politician each time. It's hard to pinpoint why, but Slattery is undeniably sexy. There's a reason no one questions the hold Roger Sterling has on Christina Hendricks' Joanie.
Are you really going to argue with Dirty Harry? Really? That's not possible. Then you have all the spaghetti westerns he starred in like The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Those roles alone should give anyone enough reason to swoon, but let's add to it his multiple Oscars as a director and his turns as a composer and even as the mayor of Carmel, California. He's also served as a member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission and taken many other efforts to protect and preserve California's natural beauty. So wait, he's a great actor, great director and he cares about the environment? Awww.That's what we call a jackpot, ladies.
Words are failing me, because if I need to explain why Clooney is a total babe you're probably deaf and blind and aren't reading this anyway. The voice, the smirk, the talent, the muscles, the brains, the sense of humor -- it all works together to create a man who's irresistible to pretty much any woman ever. Why do you think he's dated so many women who look like they were created in a Victoria's Secret laboratory? Because he's unrealistically sexy. Let's add to this that he cares about the world SO MUCH. He recently contracted malaria because he was in the Sudan helping Google and the UN stop a civil war from breaking out. Read that again, because I've seen it 10 times and I'm still in disbelief. I'm going to have to stop because I'm about to faint just thinking about him.
Smart, sexy, svelt; what more can you ask for? Cooper probably gains most of his points for being a well-spoken journalist who recently risked his life to broadcast the crisis in Egypt, but even before his death defying reporting last month, he was still a total broadcast babe. So maybe you've never watched Anderson Cooper 360 -- which I'll admit was getting a little fluffy on the news side for a while there -- or you were annoyed with his Kathy Griffin-assisted New Year's hosting gig, but just look at him in that suit and tell me he's not attractive. Go ahead and try because I guarantee I won't comprehend a word of it. He's a silver fox; case closed.
The original James Bond may be 80 years old now, but he's a classic silver fox and to be fair, he's probably one of the best looking men to ever reach that age bracket. Connery's iconic Scottish brogue is a symbol of classic Hollywood and classic badassery, even in his old age, I think most people would be unwise to cross him. He's always been one of the best wooers of women and I think his legacy will always reflect that. Heck, I've shamefully seen First Knight TWICE just because he plays King Arthur in it. If you need more proof, check with People. They named him the "Sexiest Man of the Century" in 1999. Can't really argue with that, can you?
Here we have a man who I know every movie fan misses immensely. He was not only the picture of Hollywood glamor. He didn't only have a 1000 watt smile. He didn't only have the most piercingly beautiful blue eyes to ever sell salad dressing. He was a talented and beloved actor and director and race car driver and humanitarian. He's like the original Clooney except he also drove race cars and I'm pretty sure Clooney has no plans to put his face on boxes of delicious popcorn.
Here we have another political hottie. Stewart is hilarious; spewing his pointed and biting political commentary four nights a week and holding many crooked pundits and politicians more accountable than any governing body. Someone who's the smart and funny and strikes fear in the hearts of Bill O'Reilly and politicians alike and wears those incredibly well tailored suits is worthy of our attention.
Yeah, he's getting a little past his stage where he could be considered terribly foxy, but let me remind you that Martin has fulfilled the silver part of the silver fox title for as long as we've known him as a comedian. From the time he sang "King Tut" on SNL, to the time he named his dog "Shithead" in The Jerk, to playing The Father of the Bride, Martin's got the funnyman appeal with a little touch of that undefinable quality we mentioned up top. Add to all of this that he's a pretty talented banjo player and damn good author and you've got the total package.
Oh hello, Dr. McSteamy. You don't have to actually watch Grey's Anatomy to understand why this guy made our list. Just look at that jawline and those alluring eyes; they're like the Death Star's tractor beam and we're as helpless as the Millenium Falcon. (Sometimes I can only explain things in Star Wars terms. It's a disease; they're still researching the cure. In simple terms, that whole Death Star thing means he's sexy.)
Danson's a silver fox that we love because of his old television persona, Sam from Cheers. The reason he's still foxy now that the show has been over for so many years is because he's taken that Sam Malone charm and aged it like a fine wine, combining it with his famous snark and parlaying it into roles like George Christopher on Bored to Death. Or maybe it's the way he somehow pulls off the aging Clark Kent look, but does it really matter? He's a bona fide silver fox, end of story.
Remember the Amy Adams/Matthew Goode rom-com Leap Year? No? You know, the one where the girl proposes to the guy in some kind of Irish tradition? I don't blame you for forgetting that absolutely atrocious movie; it was easily one of the worst of 2010. Not necessarily because of its stars; I think the blame falls on its lifeless writers Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, who've penned past gems like Surviving Christmas. Ouch.
You'd think that Hollywood would wise up and keep scribes with track records consisting of dull films out of the spotlight, but these two dingleberries just got themselves another gig. Deadline reports that they'll tackle the bestselling novel "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" for Summit Entertainment, a company that has already made a fortune on dumb romance films. The 1992 John Gray novel highlights the vast differences between the sexes and attempts to bridge the gap (as if that was possible). Harry and Deb will attempt to turn the book into a generic romantic comedy; it shouldn't be too hard for them.
Oh yeah, they're directors too and though there's no word yet on whether they'll helm the feature, their experience making films like Josie and the Pussycats and Can't Hardly Wait may entice Summit execs to tap them for behind-the-camera duties as well. I shudder to think what this is going to turn out to be...
Thieves broke into the Belle Gray store in Sherman Oaks, California early on Monday (22Nov10). It is not known what was stolen.
The couple learned the boutique had first been burgled in October (10) while they were promoting new books and a reality TV show in New York.
Belle Gray was hit again a week later.
The actress' Belle Gray store, which she runs with husband Harry Hamlin, has been targeted twice in as many weeks - burglars broke into the shop on 5 October (10) and made off with $100,000 (£66,600) worth of clothing and accessories.
And on Monday (11Oct10), purses and jewellery were stolen in another raid.
Rinna has handed over surveillance footage to the authorities and is desperate to catch the culprits - because she's determined not to let another break-in ruin her Sherman Oaks shop.
She tells TMZ.com, "I wish I knew, I really wish I knew (why the store was targeted twice). I hope to God they do (catch the burglars). I hope that we can find them because this needs to stop. It's happened twice in a week. I hope it doesn't (happen again) but we have a lot of work to do to fix whatever the problem is."
Police investigating the two burglaries believe they may be connected.
The pair's Belle Gray store was hit by thieves early on Monday morning (11Oct10), while Rinna and Hamlin were taping interviews to promote their new reality TV show just three miles away.
Burglars who broke into the shop last week (beg04Oct10) made off with $100,000 (£66,600)-worth of clothing and accessories.
A surveillance tape of Monday's break-in has already been seized by cops investigating the robberies.
Website TMZ.com has obtained the footage, which shows an intruder pulling up outside the store in a white pick-up truck. He used a crowbar to open the back door.
Hamlin, who insists neither of the break-ins are publicity stunts, reveals purses and jewellery were taken in Monday morning's raid.
Police believe the two burglaries may be connected.
The U.S. TV stars were promoting their new show Harry Loves Lisa and their books on a New York breakfast show when they first received word their store Belle Gray had been burgled in the early hours of Monday (04Oct10).
Hamlin actually took the call from an assistant while he was on air on TV news show Today, and revealed $100,000 (GBP66,600) of goods had been stolen.
The media was immediately cautious to report the tale because many outlets thought it was just a publicity stunt to get Hamlin, Rinna and their projects into the news.
But angry Hamlin insists that's not the case: "If I was going to do a publicity stunt... I would get a big balloon and I'd put the whole family in it and then I'd get lost somewhere over the Pacific (Ocean).
"I'm not gonna rob a few things from my store. I think a little bit bigger than that."
Their Belle Gray store was the victim of burglars, who made off with more than $100,000 (£66,600)-worth of clothes and accessories, on Monday morning (04Oct10), and Hamlin and Rinna can't believe their bad luck.
Belle Gray has been hit many times and the couple is so worried about becoming victims of gun-wielding robbers, they've fitted bulletproof glass - and they're now considering gating off the Ventura Boulevard store after shopping hours.
U.S. TV star Hamlin tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "Most stores get burgled eventually, particularly on Ventura Boulevard. We were burgled when we first opened, three times right away. We had windows then that were shatterable and we now have bullet proof glass in the entire store.
"They were able to break down the front door (on Monday). You couldn't get through the glass but you could break the door down."
Rinna adds, "A lot of people on Ventura Boulevard have those gates that come down. We never really wanted to go there because they're ugly and we probably were just stupid about that.
"Most people on the street have those gates so that tells you something right there. It was just an unfortunate situation. They snatch and grabbed. They grabbed the first two racks and grabbed what was off the table and got it. They probably did it in three minutes tops. It happens. It's small business so you deal with it."
And the couple is asking questions of its security company - because the alarm didn't appear to trigger.
Angry Hamlin says, "We have a security company with an alarm that goes off but we don't think it went off because it wasn't going when our manager got to the store. There were no police there because the alarm company called the wrong police department!
"I was on hold for so long with this company and when a human being finally answered the phone I said, 'OK, everybody's dead! It took me this long to get through to you guys.' It's like calling 911 and being on hold for 10 minutes."
The stars were promoting their books and reality series Harry Loves Lisa on The Today Show, which tapes in New York, when they learned their Sherman Oaks clothing store Belle Gray had been burgled at approximately 7.15am Pacific Standard Time.
The Clash of the Titans actor told the anchors he was informed about the incident during a commercial break.
Clutching his phone he explained, "I have to tell you I have to keep my cell phone on, because our clothing store is being robbed as we speak."
Seconds later, Hamlin's cell phone rang and he could be heard asking the caller, "The store is being robbed? They take much? They took piles from the first two racks, yes?"
After ending the call, Hamlin told The Today Show presenters, "No one was hurt, and the police are coming."
The couple opened Belle Grey in 2003. They launched a second store in nearby Calabasas, but closed that location down last year (09).
The stars are urging fans to wear a special Ralph Lauren t-shirt branded with the Pink Pony logo to promote the organisation's 10th anniversary.
Navratilova, who won her battle against the disease earlier this year (10), is calling for women to have more check-ups so doctors can detect cancer early.
She tells Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "The treatment was the hardest part. Now, I want to use my experience to raise awareness and emphasise the importance of having routine scans and regular check-ups."
Harry Potter star McCrory is pictured wearing the t-shirt on the set of Martin Scorsese's new film Hugo Cabret. She says, "We have to take the same advice we would give a friend. If something feels wrong get it checked out."
Salt the propulsive new thriller from Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger Patriot Games) has been dubbed “Bourne with boobs ” but that label isn’t entirely accurate. In the role of Evelyn Salt a CIA staffer hunted by her own agency after a Russian defector fingers her in a plot to murder Russia’s president Angelina Jolie keeps her two most potent weapons holstered hidden under pantsuits and trenchcoats and the various other components of a super-spy wardrobe that proudly emphasizes function over flash.
But flash is one thing Salt never lacks for. Its breathless cat-and-mouse game hits full-throttle almost from the outset when a former KGB officer named Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) stumbles into a CIA interrogation room and begins spilling details of a vast conspiracy. Back in the ‘70s hardline elements of the Soviet regime launched an ambitious new front in the Cold War flooding the western world with orphans trained to infiltrate the security complexes of their adopted homelands and wait patiently — decades if necessary — for the order to initiate a series of assassinations intended to trigger a devastating nuclear clash between the superpowers from which the treacherous Reds would emerge triumphant.
The Soviet Union may have long ago collapsed (or did it? Hmmm...) but its army of brainwashed killer orphan spies remains in place and if this crazy Orlov fellow is to be believed they stand poised to reignite the Cold War. It’s a preposterous — even idiotic — scheme but no more so than any of our government’s various harebrained proposals to kill Castro back in the ‘60s. As such the CIA treats it with grave seriousness even the part that that pegs Salt who just happens to be a Russian-born orphan herself as a key player in the conspiracy.
Salt bristles at the accusation but suspecting a set-up she opts to flee rather than face interrogation from her bosses Winter (Liev Schreiber) and Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor). A former field agent she’s been confined to a desk job since a clandestine operation in North Korea went south leaving her with a nasty shiner and a rather unremarkable German boyfriend (now her unremarkable German husband). She’s clearly kept up her training during while cubicle-bound however and in a blaze of resourceful thinking and devastating Parkour Fu she fends off a dozen or so agents of questionable competence and takes to the streets where she sets about to clear her name and unravel the Commie orphan conspiracy before the authorities can catch up with her. That is if she isn’t a part of the conspiracy.
The premise which aims to resurrect Cold War tensions and graft them onto a modern-day spy thriller is absurdly clever — and cleverly absurd. But Kurt Wimmer’s screenplay isn’t satisfied with the merely clever and absurd — it must be mind-blowing. Salt is one of those thrillers that ladles out its backstory slowly and in tiny portions every once in a while dropping a revelatory bombshell that effectively blows the lid off everything that happened beforehand. No one is who they seem and every action every gesture no matter how seemingly trivial is imbued with some kind of grand significance. The effect of piling on one insane twist after another has the effect of gradually diluting the narrative. When anything is possible nothing really matters.
But spy thrillers by definition trade in the preposterous and the principal function of the summer blockbuster is to entertain. In that regard Salt more than fulfills its charge. Noyce wisely keeps the story moving at pace that allows little time for asking uncomfortable questions or poking holes in the film’s frail plot. And he has an able partner in the infinitely versatile Jolie who having already exhibited formidable action-hero chops in Wanted and the Tomb Raider films proves remarkably adept at the spy game as well.
It’s well-known that Jolie wasn’t the first choice to star in Salt joining the project only after Tom Cruise dropped out citing the story’s growing similarities to the Mission: Impossible films. But she’s more than just a capable replacement; she’s a welcome upgrade over Cruise not least because she’s over a decade younger (and a few inches taller) than her predecessor. Should Brad Bird require a pinch-hitter for Ethan Hunt he knows where to look.