Brits top Empire sexiest stars of 2013

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British actors seem to be considered among the sexiest and “hottest” in the world. At least that’s according to Empire magazine’s online audience.

In a recent online poll of readers of the magazine to decide the 100 sexiest male and female actresses, British actors topped both lists voted on by readers. The readers selected the top 50 male and top 50 female actors

Harry Potter” star Emma Watson, who has since graduated to more adult roles in films such as “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”, is considered the sexiest female actress beating out even American favourite Scarlet Johansson.

Watson was the only British actress in the top ten with the others being American including Jennifer LawrenceKristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway,Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, and Zoe Saldanarounding out the top 10.

The male list was definitely dominated by British actors however. Leading the bunch was Benedict Cumberbatch.

He was followed by Tom Hiddleston and another Brit ”Man of Steel” star Henry Cavil.

In fourth was the Canadian Ryan Gosling followed by Robert Downey Junior, and Australian Chris Hemsworth.

“Twilight” series star England’s Robert Pattinson was sixth on the list followed by Michael Fassbender, Australian Hugh Jackman, and American Bradley cooper rounded out the top 10.

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Zac Efron reunites with British girlfriend

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American cinema star Zac Efron has reunited with his British girlfriend Lily Collins after the actor went into rehab.

It appears that Collins has been offering Efron support through his struggles and the flame was reignited. Efron, who starred in the High School Musical film and their sequels, has been struggling with a cocaine addiction. He stayed in a rehab facility several times and Collins was one of the persons who reached out to him in his hour of need.

The pair had split up prior to his troubles and so they never quite ended their romance. The two dated for three months in 2012 and then they ended their relationship in June. It was assumed that their relationship ended because they weren’t serious about each other.

However, now that Efron is in trouble maybe the two will find common ground once again. The two have been sighed together out in public, at the movies. It appears that Collins has competition though. Efron was also seen out with another actress, American Brittany Snow.

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Guardian’s top 10 sci-fi flicks

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There are some movies that no matter how much time passes, have stuck in the mind and never go away.

These are the movies that legends are made of, the standard by which all other films are judged and they have endure throughout time.

The UK Guardian has named its list of the top 10 science fiction films of all time. Some were directed by one o the greatest film directors of all time – the American Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET: The Extra Terrestrial) and there are others by the British film director Stanley Kubrick(2001: A Space Odyssey) that earned a reputation for breaking down barriers in film corners.

Many of these films were made before the year 2000 which in itself perhaps speaks to the quality of contemporary film making.

The top ten in reverse order are: 10. The Matrix; 9. The Terminator/The Terminator 2:Judgment Day; 8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind; 7. Star Wars; 6. ET: The Extra Terrestrial; 5. Solaris; 4. Alien; 3. Blade Runner; 2.Metropolis; 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Lisbon Artists doing what they love

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It isn’t always often that people get to do exactly what they want in lie but for Lisbon born DJ Marlon Silva, life has worked out and provided him the opportunity to do just that.

Silva, who goes by the moniker Marfox, grew up in the Portuguese capital wanting to be a DJ watching his father and cousin playing at parties and knowing that someday he would too.

The 25-year old Silva has earned kudos and respect in the neighbourhood since his emergence. His music is a mixture of just about everything from American to African to European but relies heavily on the African sounds of his heritage.

Marfox and his protégé DJ NIgga Fox are among of group of young electronic music DJ’s who work in the area including Jose Moura and Marcio Matos of Principe Discos.

Principe Discos releases Silva’s and Nigga Fox’s records… the debut 12’ was in 2012. The group which came together in 2005 has also spread their tunes abroad playing at the Unsound Music Festival in Krakow, Poland.

Other Lisbon artists that work with Marfox and Nigga Fox include The Maquinas Brothers, Pausas, and Fofuxo.

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King’s Speech top UK real life film

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King George VI was one of the UK’s favourite kings and now the movie about his life is the top British real life film.

The King’s Speech, which won British actor Colin Firth the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2011, has been named the top UK real life film in a poll conducted by American Express.

The film, directed by Tom Hooper, won 28 per cent of the votes.

The 2008 movie The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas which was directed by Mark Herman was the runner up while Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln which tells the story of the American president was third.

Mark Zuckerberg’s story The Social Network which told about the emergence of Facebook was also in the running with 127 Hours, the story of a man trapped while mountain climbing was also in the running in fifth.

The poll was conducted at the end of last week’s London Film Festival which had several real life movies making their premiere.

The top ten in that order are 1. The King’s Speech, 2. The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas, 3. Lincoln, 4. The Social Netwrok, 5. 127 Hours, 6. Argo, 7. The Impossible, 8. The Blind Side, 9. Valkyrie, 10. Zero Dark Thirty.

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Guardian’s Top 10 crime movies

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These days it seems that most movies are being recycled and oftentimes the remake isn’t half as good as the original. The UK Guardian has counted down its top 10 crime films in history. Some of them are American made but their appeal crosses borders and oceans.

The films include three from the 1980s and 1990s and one Japanese (“Rashomon”) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and one French (“Hidden”) and three which were made before 1970 ( Vertigo, Touch of Evil, and Double Indemnity).

Interestingly, the list does not include any of The Godfather films and it includes only one film directed by Martin Scorsese. It does include a classic by the great British suspense/thriller director Alfred Hitchcock.

The top 10 in that order are 1. “Chinatown”, 2. “Touch of Evil”, 3. “Vertigo”, 4. “Badlands”, 5. “Rashomon”, 6. “Double Indemnity”, 7. “Get Carter”, 8. “Pulp Fiction”, 9. “Hidden”, and 10. “Goodfellas”.

There are a lot more great films in the genre that couldn’t make the list.

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Soundman Ray Dolby dies

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American inventor and audio pioneer Ray Dolby (read here other news about Ray Dolby) known for Dolby surround sound and Dolby Digital stereo has died at the age of 80 at his home in San Francisco.

Dolby, who founded Dolby Laboratories, was diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier this year. He founded the Dolby company in 1965 and it became a leader in audio technology. Dolby was instrumental in such things as noise reduction and surround sound technology and also created a number of technologies which are very often still used in music, movies, and the entertainment industries.

The work Dolby did helped to reduce the hissing sound in cassette recordings and he also did work on “Star Wars”.

The inventor had 50 U.S. patents and he also claimed a number of awards for his work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.

Dolby was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton and he was also inducted into the US’s National Inventors Hall of Fame and the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineers.

Last year the theatre which stages the annual Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby Theatre. The Ray Dolby Ballroom was also named in his honor.

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