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Year of the foxes: Twelve hot men to watch for in 2008
Year of the foxes: Twelve hot men to watch for in 2008
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Some folks are keeping a close eye on this year's political scene. Others, like myself, are more interested in men. These attractive and talented men are likely to raise eyebrows and make headlines in 2008, not to mention move up the beefcake food chain in Gay circles. On a tennis court, through a TV screen, at the box office, or in a Speedo, these are 15 hunks that'll be huge this year.

Javier Bardem
Spanish actor Javier Bardem first wooed audiences with his Oscar-nominated performance as Gay poet Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls. That was 2000, and he lost. This year, the handsome thirtysomething is the clear frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actor for his villainous turn in No Country for Old Men.

John Cho
South Korea-born John Cho got minor recognition for three separate installments of the American Pie movie franchise and his co-starring effort in the pothead comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. This summer, he lands the role of Sulu in the new Star Trek feature film and revives his stoned-for-days character in the Harold and Kumar sequel.

Matt Costa
Singer-songwriter Matt Costa is one of the coolest and dreamiest pop-rockers in the music biz right now. The tall, lean, regularly unshaven hipster has yet to attract mainstream attention. But 2008 promises to be a breakthrough year for the SoCal-based artist with the release of his career-high album Unfamiliar Faces and a winter-spring tour, with a stop in Seattle on February 8.

Novak Djokovic
The sexiest thing on the tennis court these days is Serbian giant Novak Djokovic. The 6 foot 1 player will draw oodles of female and Gay male fans to the Australian, French and US Opens, and Wimbledon in 2008 in search of his first Grand Slam title. As charming as he is gorgeous, Djokovic is known for a karaoke version of "I Will Survive" and impersonating fellow tennis pals.

Zac Efron
Teen sensation Zac Efron graduates from the boob tube to silver screen when Disney's blockbuster hit High School Musical 3 arrives in theaters this summer. He'll also appear in the upcoming project Me and Orson Welles. Seen last year in Hairspray, the pearly-toothed actor became a refrigerator pinup item when he flexed his pecs on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Emile Hirsch
Cutiepie Emile Hirsch is a worthy actor with a resume of television guest appearances and roles in forgettable motion pictures. Things changed when he landed the title character in the Alaskan adventure film Into the Wild. This year, he'll portray openly Gay activist Harvey Milk in Gus Van Zandt's appropriately titled Milk.

Juanes
Columbian babe Juanes owns multiple Latin Grammy Awards and is sure to add to the collection with his latest album that includes the uppity rock single "Me Enamora." A monstrous worldwide tour will keep the acclaimed musician busy in the twelve months ahead. And if you didn't already know it, he's a huge Gay draw in South and Central America, and Mexico.

Shia LaBeouf
Young heartthrob Shia Labeouf went from hyper kid on TV's Even Stevens to starring roles in the feature films Disturbia and Transformers. 2008 will be a banner year for the California native, set to star in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the action thriller Eagle Eye. Not too shabby for a guy whose last name translates to "the beef."

Eli Manning
NFL hunk Eli Manning could lead the New York Giants to a Super Bowl victory this month. An off-the-field party animal, he's been fantasy material for Gay football fans since his college days at Ole Miss. The celebrated quarterback proposed to his longtime girlfriend last spring, dashing the hopes of non-hetero admirers who clung heavily to that you-never-know theory.

Michael Phelps
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will be a main attraction at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where he's expected to rack up more hardware in the swimming pool. A self-professed "klutz" and magazine cover boy, this 6 foot 4 water machine is proof that big things do come in big packages, after all.

J. Maarten Troost
Cannibalism is funny, right? In the words of travel author J. Maarten Troost, it definitely is. Married with two sons, he's the wittiest writer to emerge since David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell. His adventures to Palau and Fiji are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and this year sees the release of his journeys to the outskirts of China.

Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is a millionaire, and he hasn't even reached the 30-year mark. In fact, he's barely 23. The brainy Harvard alum's online enterprise is quickly gaining popularity over MySpace, and expansion plans in 2008 will soon make it the top friends-R-us website. Adorable and successful, Zuckerberg is the fresh face of American youth.
pictures - top: Michael Phelps; center: Novak Djokovic; bottom: Emile Hirsch

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