The 10 Sexiest Men on TV

This one’s for anyone who loves a sweet, chewy piece of man candy. Leave a comment and submit your vote for hottest man on TV, whether or not I listed it.

10. Sexy Hugh Laurie (House) – Dr. House can examine me anytime.

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9. Romany Malco (Weeds) – This picture couldn’t get any hotter, unless he was also baking a Totino’s Party Pizza.

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8. Justin Kirk (Weeds) – Even if he’s missing toes, Andy is still one hot pothead.

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7. Kal Penn (House) – Now and forever, Kal Penn is a sexy piece.

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6. Taye Diggs (Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy) – Taye Diggs is totally hot, and he does the singing and dancing thing, which is always a bonus. But the fact that he was in “Rent” will forever give him Liz and Laura cred, so that seals it.


5. Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) – He’s my constant, in that every time I get tired of “Lost,” a Penny-and-Desmond episode gets me interested again. Go Des and Pen!

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4. Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) – Oh that devilish Chuck Bass! He’s definitely the sexiest part of Gossip Girl. Some prefer Chace Crawford, but I’m not into that whole perfect-Zac-Efron-looks thing so much. It’s all about the brooding bad boy–he’s like Shane in the L Word, if she were a dude.


3. Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) – Even if he’s dating a dead chick, which is kind of creepy, this guy is pretty hot. He looked even sexier in “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” (see photo below).

Lee Pace

2. Josh Holloway (Lost) – Being stranded on a desert island wouldn’t be so bad with Sawyer and/or James LeFleur around. Especially if he wore his glasses.


1. Michael C. Hall (Dexter) – I never thought I’d see a sexier serial killer than Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho.” Then Dexter Morgan came along to redefine the antihero. The perfect villain with a heart of gold (well, that or no heart at all).

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This would have been a good scene in “Slumdog Millionaire”

I would have liked it if, in Slumdog Millionaire, our hero reads one of the questions on the tense Millionaire game show, and then flashes back in his typical Lost style to an incident in his past that relates somehow to the question, but this time it’s just him watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire or Jeopardy and learning that fact. Like, a few days before he went on the show.  That seems more realistic. But I guess this is one of those Magical Realism type thingies and the coincidence is the whole point.

Everyone looks scary when you replace their face with Tom Petty’s

Back in the day (2005), Liz and I worked at a deli in New York’s East Village. We had a grand old time making sandwiches and bowl after bowl of chicken salad, flirting with cute patrons, and engaging in rap battles with coworkers. One of these coworkers snapped a photo of me one day, and although it wasn’t the most flattering of portraits, I posted it on our deli counter wall. The next day I walked in and looked at the photo and, to my horror, was greeted not with my own face but that of Tom Petty! Some rascally coworker had transplanted said crooner’s haggard visage into my beautiful image, with terrifying results. See for yourself.

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So naturally I had to see what Liz would look like with Tom Petty’s frightening features pasted over her face. The results were truly disturbing.

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I think it’s safe to say that switching somebody’s face with Tom Petty’s is a surefire way to freak them out.

The 10 Best and Worst Movies of 2008

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It took me a while to catch up on Netflixing some of these, but the time has come at last to reveal my picks for the 10 best and worst films of 2008. Dig it.

Best: The Cream of the Crop

1. Happy-Go-Lucky – This was probably my favorite film of the year. The story is interesting and multi-layered, the actors (who did a lot of dialogue improvising) do a fantastic job of conveying the story’s themes through their behavior, and the pacing of the plot makes for a perfect framework for the aforementioned improvising. Impressive all around.

2. In Bruges – I loved In Bruges for its story (spare but character motivated in an authentic way) and pervading mood of doom (hey, that’s almost a palindrome). And you’ve got to love a movie that doubles as a travel guide.

3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Sexy Javier Bardem, adorable Penelope Cruz, and beautiful Barcelona as the backdrop for a sultry three-way romance….what more could you ask for? The all around great acting makes this one of the better Woody Allen movies of the last 15 years. Oh, and ScarJo’s in it too. I thought Rebecca Hall was allright too (she played Vicki…or Cristina…whichever one isn’t ScarJo), but her character reminded me a little too much of Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun. Shudder.

4. Into the Wild – This film reminded me of how much I used to love books about wilderness survival (Island of the Blue Dolphins, Hatchet, The Boxcar Children, etc.), not to mention rebellious novels like On the Road and Catcher in the Rye. Into the Wild combines facets of both genres, with a healthy dash of Grizzly Man added to the mix. Sweeeet.

5. Milk – A very well-acted and powerful film, and I think it’s important that everybody see it. Now if we could only see a mainstream movie about happy, well-adjusted LGBT people (sorry Philadelphia, Boys Don’t Cry, and Brokeback Mountain).

6. Frost-Nixon – I enjoy things related to Watergate as much as the next girl, especially since Liz and I studied it together back in high school, and part of our curriculum involved watching sexy Robert Redford in “All the President’s Men.” Oh, young Robert Redford, how you set my heart a’flutter.

7. Let the Right One In – The coolest vampire movie I’ve seen since Interview with the Vampire. It’s moody, romantic, and creepy without being terrifying–everything the Twilight series is trying to be.

8. Slumdog Millionaire – Over-hyped, sure, but still a sweet movie. And I like that Danny Boyle is finally getting some much-deserved recognition.

9. Wall-E – Pixar movies are always good, but this one seemed particularly relevant and timely. Bravo!

10. Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood will always be a badass. The story’s kinda lame, but Clint saves it, more or less.

Honorable Mention:

Space Puppies – I haven’t had a chance to see this amazing-looking cinematic achievement yet, but I’m sure it would make the top of the list if I had.

Worst: The Cream of the Crap

1. Mamma Mia – Love ABBA, loathed Mamma Mia.

2. The Hottie and the Nottie – So bad it’s almost good. But then comes the Paris Hilton farting scene.

3. Role Models – Couldn’t finish it.

4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Finished it, don’t know why.

5. Nights in Rodanthe – Couldn’t finish it.

6. Sex and the City – So disappointing.

7. Tropic Thunder – Couldn’t finish it.

8. College – Not awful, just bad.

9. The House Bunny – Just a bad ripoff of Legally Blonde.

10. Confessions of a Shopaholic – Three ‘P’ words to describe it: plodding, plotless, painful.

Ask Liz and Laura: Do thin walls make bad neighbors?

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Dear Liz and Laura,

How does one politely address to their neighbors that one can hear every little noise, private and public, coming through their walls? After repeated exposure, such a revelation would require some delicacy, if indeed it should be revealed at all (as surely the walls won’t become more dense). What does one do?


Unintentional Eavesdropper

Dear Unintentional Eavesdropper,

This is indeed a delicate matter, one that should be handled with tact, respect, and understanding. However, that’s not the way Liz and Laura roll. What we’d do is give these inconsiderate rubes a taste of their own medicine. You can start by blasting grating music at all times (think the Boredoms, Cannibal Corpse, or the Jonas Brothers), alternating that with cranked-up pornography, reruns of The View, and a looping tape of those Optimum Triple Play commercials. After a while they’ll get the message. Failing that, you could just get some earplugs and/or turn up your favorite tunes and deal with it. If that doesn’t work, and if asking them politely doesn’t work (either via slipping an anonymous note under their door or manning up and talking to them face to face)….move! There are lots of apartments out there, many of them surprisingly noiseproof (we blast bad movies until 5 in the morning regularly, and our neighbors deny hearing a thing). Don’t give up hope, young renter!


Liz and Laura

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New site updates! Stuff and nonsense

Just wanted to let you all know that there are some exciting new improvements to the site. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked in (for shame!), you might notice that our header is now clickable and that our external links are now displayed on the lower left of every page. In addition, we updated our About Liz and Laura page and F.A.Q., and you can now navigate to my art gallery via the front page (check out the quick links under the headlines). Baby steps!

I also wanted to remind you to stop by our Liz and Laura Forum (which is for posting whatever you want, not just about Liz and Laura) and check out the new merchandise at our Zazzle shop, including our new 2009 calendar! Okay, it’s a little late for a 2009 calendar, that’s our bad.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment!


Update: We’ve now completed further changes, hoorah! If you’re wondering where the Reviews, Writing, and Journal went, they’re all combined under one new category, Features.  And what used to be called Writing is now The Liz and Laura Chronicles. In addition, you may have noticed that our Art, Books, Food, and Theater categories are now one culturally-rich category, The Finer Things. Hopefully these changes will make navigating the site a little easier!