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Sylvester Stallone Versus Bruce Willis

  • Najib Benouar

Stallone Willis

If you hadn’t heard, two of the greatest action heroes of our time are beefing.

It all started with a seemingly innocuous tweet by Sylvester Stallone regarding a staffing change on Expendables 3: Bruce Willis is out, Harrison Ford is in. Generally harmless—except that old Sly followed that up with another tweet regarding someone being greedy and lazy (obviously a Willis-directed subtweet). Yesterday it was revealed by an insider that Willis had demanded a pay raise that equated to $1 million for each day of work (four) which miffed the rough-and-tumble crew of aging badasses to the point of collectively agreeing to not negotiate with salary-terrorists and fire him. (Turns out, he was indeed expendable.)

In Hollywood, this is what beef is. And there’s only one way to settle this: cold, hard facts.

So we pored over their storied careers, questionable red-carpet looks and enduring catchphrase legacies to see who the real winner is.»

Style Icons with Sweet Rides

Steve McQueen

Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.

Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.

Thus we present to you: Style Icons with Sweet Rides. To check out the high-speed handsomeness, follow us after the jump...»

Your Summer Movie Playbook

Drive In

Have we mentioned recently that it’s hot out? Because it is. Hot. And is there really any better way to sidestep that sweat than going to see a movie in a perfectly 74-degree cinema?

The plot and popcorn are pretty sweet perks, too.

We want to make sure you get the most out of the viewing experience, so we took a moment to cut through the noise on your behalf. Filtered out the truly cringe-worthy reels (we thought so much better of you, Elba). Handpicked the coolest theaters. Secured your accoutrements. And put it all together in this handy guide, covering all the bases of this summer’s film-ing.

You’re welcome. Now behold, your Summer Movie Playbook, after the jump...»

The Seniors Behind the Juniors

Seniors

Every so often, a son will have the opportunity to take an inherited family name further than his father could ever have imagined.

Like, for example, using it to become president. Or Iron Man.

But while it might have been Jr. who brought the name distinction, we mustn’t forget that Dad had given it a reputation in his own time. It was his name first, after all. And besides, without his fatherly wisdom, moral guidance and, well, probably his ability to change a diaper, the kid probably wouldn’t have even had the chance to become a star at all.

So today, we’d like to take a moment to honor these nominal trailblazers. Without any further ado, we present: The Seniors Behind the Juniors, after the jump...»

Icon: Peter O’Toole

Peter O'Toole

Peter O’Toole deserves that drink.

He’s ridden camels. Tilted at windmills. Been king. Tutored an unruly child-emperor. Played an elderly Casanova. The list goes on and on.

All while maintaining a haphazardly dapper visage.

The star of Lawrence of Arabia (and about 70 other movies in the exactly 50 years since), O’Toole’s has had a career that most actors would kill for. And he’s won some awards along the way. But infuriatingly, despite his best efforts, never an Oscar.

So, both as a consolation and because it’s well overdue, we’re bestowing upon him our highest honor: Kempt Icon. Here’s why...»

Style Icons Throwing Out the First Pitch

  • Najib Benouar

First Pitch

Baseball is finally back.

As you might recall, we spent last week counting down to MLB’s opening day with a how-to on catching a foul ball, an homage to Satchel Paige, considering the meaning of baseball caps and reminiscing over The Sandlot...

And now we’d like to celebrate our favorite baseball tradition of them all: throwing out the first pitch. Naturally, over the years, more than a few style icons—from JFK to Eddie Vedder—have taken the mound for the inaugural heave, and we’ve rounded up some of the most stylish non-belly-itchers of all time. So, without further ado:

Style icons throwing out the first pitch.»

If Kempt Ran the Oscars...

  • Najib Benouar

Aaron Taylor Johnson

We couldn’t help ourselves. With the Oscars only days away and awards season coming to a head, we felt honor-bound to weigh in on the subject of style, cinema and the intersection of the two.

So we collected our memories of the past year’s worth of handsomeness on film and tried to nail down exactly what made each film stylish—much like the actual Oscars, we’re breaking down the movie by individual garment performance, not just handing out awards willy-nilly.

So without further ado, the Oscar for Best Cardigan in a Supporting Role goes to...»

Style Icons on Dates

  • Najib Benouar

Steve McQueen

Valentine’s Day isn’t till tomorrow, but you can already feel it in the air: the unmistakable tingling of a bone-chilling winter frost.

But also: romance.

And since you’re more than likely on the hook for dinner, or at least a starry-eyed stroll, we thought you could use some inspiration for tomorrow’s festivities—with some style cues from history’s most fashionable gents on dates. Just don’t forget the flowers (or in the case of Mick Jagger: cotton candy).

Without further ado: 10 ridiculously good-looking dates and the style icons who love them.»

See You Next Year, Internet

  • Kempt Staff

2012 has been one helluva ride here on Kempt. And we’d like to take a moment to thank you all for taking that ride with us. (We hope some of that handsomeness rubbed off.)

Now, we’re off to find the nearest bow tie, pair of lips and bottle of champagne, and get started on the year-end revelry. We suggest you do the same, but since we’d never leave you empty-handed, here’s a little bubbly-swashing inspiration. We’ll see you next year, folks.

The icons’ guide to drinking champagne with style.»

The Impossible Cool Goes Color

  • Najib Benouar

You’re probably familiar with the Impossible Cool—a site dedicated to black-and-white photos starring everyone from Alain Delon to Kurt Vonnegut looking, well, impossibly cool. And you might even be familiar with the ongoing collaboration with Sonic Editions—who are in the business of archival-quality prints of iconic photos of mostly rock stars.

For their latest limited-run batch, they’ve come up with a new twist: color. It’s a revolutionary idea, we know. Almost blasphemous if you’re a longtime Impossible Cool fan, but something you’ll quickly get over once you see how ravishing Marilyn Monroe’s bright red dress looks or the way David Bowie’s strawberry blond coif adds intrigue to the mostly gray palette of a 1976 photo. It’s a whole new world of impossibilities in coolness.

We’ve got the rest of the Impossible Cool x Sonic Editions collection, in the full color spectrum, after the jump.»

Welcome to the Thunderdome, Abbey Lee Kershaw

  • Najib Benouar

Madder Than Mel: The Mad Max franchise reboot is finally back on track with Tom Hardy as Max and at least one supermodel in a cage. [IndieWire]

In Theater: Add this to our ongoing praise of the aesthetic glory of the bookshelf. A spectacular historic theater that’s been converted into a book shop in Argentina. [Design Taxi]

Professional Hippies: The definitive roundup of the free-spirit celebs who descended upon Coachella. [The Cut]

You Read It for the Bikes: Here’s a slideshow of really attractive road bikes... being ridden by an even more attractive model. [Sharp]

Toni Garrn Can See Her House From Up Here

  • Najib Benouar

Ghostface for the Block: The NY Times reports that a Hollywood Squares remake is in the works—trading over-the-hill celebrities for aging rappers. This is going to be amazing. [The NY Times]

Statesman of Style: Winston Churchill was rocking embroidered slippers since before you were born, young man. [The Paris Review]

A Call from Cooperstown: The Baseball Hall of Fame offers 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer an internship. Hilarity ensues. [MLB.com]

Come, Come, Mr. Bond: The Telegraph rounds up the most iconic hotels that 007 has stayed in. Start packing your bags. [The Telegraph]

Name That Eyebrow

The eyebrow. A curious body part.

Its primary evolutionary purpose is threefold: 1) To prevent moisture from entering the eye. 2) To strengthen expressions of emotion, particularly with regard to confusion and disdain. 3) To assist in the process of facial recognition.

Expounding on #3, a recent MIT study revealed that 50% of participants were unable to identify celebrities whose eyebrows had been digitally removed. As we’re prone to do here at Kempt, we’ve turned MIT’s study on its ass and, below, have provided you with only celebrities’ eyebrows.

While we’re offering neither a prize nor penalty nor compelling reason to participate in our study, we hope you will...»