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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“Diana” movie panned by critics

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The much-touted biopic of Britain’s Princess of Wales, “Diana”, starring Australian actress Naomi Watts has been panned by critics following its premiere in London.

The movie, which depicts the final two years of Diana’s life, was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Its trailers had suggested that it would not go down well with critics but the reviews are apparently worse than expected.

Most critics gave the film only one star.

The Times in Britain said that Watts was “doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script” but that the film was ‘still atrocious and intrusive”.

Hirschbiegel also directed the film about the life of NaziGerman leader Adolf Hitler entitled “Downfall”.

The Guardian newspaper also had nothing positive to say. Its critic Peter Bradshaw wrote: “I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash cinema’. But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death”.

The Daily Telegraph gave it two stars and said “It’s hardly fascinating. It doesn’t offer new facts about the Princess’s life. And it certainly doesn’t explain her complexity or contradictions”.

Watts walked out of an interview about the film before its premiere. “Diana” is out in cinemas on September 20.

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Naomi Watts on her Princess Di role

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Australian actress Naomi Watts, who is playing Britain’s Princess Diana in a new film, says she was so focussed on the interview the late princess did with Martin Bashir that she watched it as she worked out.

The biopic film entitled “Diana” will be released soon and Watts said she used the interview with Bashir on the BBC’s Panorama programme to help her fine-tune the Princess of Wales’ mannerisms.

The interview was first aired in 1995 and created much controversy at the time. During the now infamous interview Diana stated: “There were three people in this marriage” referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with now wife Camilla Parker Bowles.

Said Watts to Hello! Magazine: “I ran the Martin Bashir TV interview so often that it got to the point where I was watching it on my iPhone while I was out jogging. ”I had five minutes of her walk, five minutes of her wave, five minutes of her laugh that I’d watch again and again.”

The film will depict the final two years in the princess’s life just after her divorce from Prince Charles and just before she died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. Watts recently walked out of an interview on BBC radio after becoming uncomfortable with the questions she was being asked about Diana.

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British bands the biggest in the world

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The Beatles have long been confirmed as the biggest band in the world but now it seems the top bands in the world all hail from the UK.

The quartet of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon crossed the billion albums sold threshold joining only single artistes Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson in the top three.

The top 20 artists in music history are The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, AC/DC, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Queen, ABBA, The Eagles, U2, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.

Of that number the Brits include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and U2. Some of the biggest solo acts are also British including Elton John and Phil Collins

The list of biggest selling artists includes those that have sold over 75 million albums worldwide

Except for the The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson, only Madonna, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd have sold over 250 million albums worldwide.

The Australian group AC/DC and Swedish band ABBA join those that have sold between 100 and 200 million albums worldwide.

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British teens do better in franchise films

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Australian star Liam Hemsworth who is in this summer’s biggest bomb “Paranoia” crashed and burned on his first outing outside of last summer’s movie franchise hit “The Hunger Games”.

Several of the biggest franchise movie names including Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame and Robert Pattinson who made his name in the vampire series “Twilight” have also had starring roles outside of their better known series.

Radcliffe starred in eight Harry Potter films and has had some big splashes in the theatre since. He starred in the play Equus as well as “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. He also starred in the movie “The Woman in Black” which gained mixed reviews and earned $127 million world-wide.

Radcliffe will next star as Igor in the upcoming film FrankensteinAnother British star, Pattinson, drew the crowds as Edward Cullen in Twilight but his other roles have been not so well received including his turn in the movie “Water For Elephants” alongside Reese Witherspoon.

He also starred in “Bel Ami” and “Cosmopolis” but neither film did well at the box office. Radcliffe’s Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson has had the biggest success so far starring in the acclaimed “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “This Is the End”. 

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Paranoia bombs up the box office

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Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford‘s new film Paranoia has proven to be Ford’s biggest box office bomb ever. The action thriller starring the British Oldman and one of the biggestHollywood actors (Ford) going head to head with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth in the middle was estimated to make as little $6 million after taking in $3.5 million in its first three days in cinemas.

The film is one of the worst box office performers for all three actors and one of the biggest bombs of the summer. It’s also Ford’s worst-reviewed film to date. It has gotten mostly “rotten” reviews behind 1994′s “Jimmy Hollywood”. Paranoia cost an estimated $35 million to make and stars Oldman as Nicholas Wyatt and Ford as his corporate rival Jack Goddard with Hemsworth using entry-level staffer Adam Cassidy as a pawn.

Ford stars in the adaptation of the movie “Ender’s Game” in November. Harrison Ford has starred in some of the biggest movies in history including Raiders of the Lost Ark, the other films in the Indiana Jones franchise, and of course, the Star Wars franchise.

Oldman starred in the Harry Potter films while Hemsworth was in the hit The Hunger GamesDirector Robert Luketic has had other flops such as Monster-in-Law and The Ugly Truth.

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James Bond star confirms he is gay

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Ben Winshaw burst on the scene in the latest James Bond flick Skyfall as the incomparable Q and now the youthful-looking star has confirmed that not only is he gay, but he is also married.

Winshaw admitted that he has been married to his Australian lover Mark Bradshaw for the last year.

The actor’s representative issued a statement saying that Winshaw was gay and had never tried to conceal his sexuality but, as is the case with many other actors, chose not to speak about his personal life.

Winshaw and the Aussie composer met in 2009 when they both worked on the film Bright Star and got married in a secret civil ceremony in Sydney in 2012. They recently celebrated their first anniversary.

Thirty-two year old Winshaw has played television roles and starred in a few films including Brideshead Revisited and Cloud Atlas. He made his Bond debut in 2012’s Skyfall.

The English actor played a younger Q than previous actors such as John Cleese and Desmond Llewelyn.

Winshaw has won a 2013 BAFTA television Leading ActorAward for his role in Richard II and was also a favourite to play the iconic Doctor Who on the long-running BBCsci-fi series but took himself out of the running earlier this year.

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