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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Pete Tong announces his new album

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British born DJ Pete Tong is getting ready to release a new album. Tong, who works for BBC Radio 1 in the UK will be putting together a compiled sic of house music and classics in one disc, entitled The Pete Tong Collection.

The album will feature dance music from the last three decades with 60 of the leading tracks from that period being featured.

Tong, who hosts programmes such as Essential Mix and Essential Collection on the BBC, says that this is the right time to be releasing an album such as this.

“And remember where we were when we first heard these life-changing anthems. The music hasn’t gone away and its influences have only spread further, with the sound crossing over into almost any genre you’ll hear in 2013,” he told Resident Advisor.

Tong has his own record label FFRR Records and also performs in nightclubs and at music festivals across Europe.

The former resident of the Pacha Club in Ibiza is one of the most recognized DJ’s in Europe.

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Ibiza no longer the place to party

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Ibiza (read here other news) is known as the party place but these days the Spanish isle is becoming highly commercialised and over-developed. The thought is that what is happening there is untenable.

The island which sits in the Mediterranean off the coast of Valencia, Spain has seen a high influx of British tourists that has caused some damage to island’s image.

The fix to that problem was to make the island more expensive which hasn’t done much to address the real issues. High end after parties have been banned on the island but the bad behavior still permeates Ibiza.

While it’s marketed as a big spring break destination the crowds which flock there are not the “good” behaving types.

Tour packages, VIP’s, and the very rich make Ibiza their stomping ground. The new look Ibiza is not sitting well. It’s becoming a haven for the spoilt, the rich, the prostituting, and drug dealers.

Two girls have been the latest to be sent to jail for smuggling cocaine from Peru into the fair isle.

The pair call Ibiza home and claim that they were forced by an armed Spanish gang to do the dirty deed.

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English actor Hunnam lands lead in 50 Shades of Grey

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English actor Charlie Hunnam (read here more info about Charlie Hunnam) has landed the lead role of Christian Grey in the much-anticipated movie “50 Shades of Grey” based on the best-selling novels of the same name.

Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actress Melanie Griffiths and actor Don Johnson will play his leading lady Anastasia Steele.

Hunnam stars in the series “Sons of Anarchy” as Jax and was a regular playing a gay character in the British series “Queer as Folk”. The actor is also due to star in the film “Crimson Peak” alongside Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain.

Hunnam has said the sex scenes will not be a problem and that his girlfriend Morgana McNelis won’t have an issue with his role but that she won’t be watching.

Meanwhile, another British actor, Daniel Radcliffe, known for playing Harry Potter in the seven-film franchise has refuted rumours that he missed out on the role of Christian Grey and has denied that he ever wanted the role.

The movie, to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is to be released in cinemas next August.

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Angela Lansbury to get Oscar

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British actress Angela Lansbury will join Angelina JolieSteve Martin, and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi on the Oscar stage this year.

 

All four will receive honorary Academy Awards. Lansbury will receive an award for her career achievements, as will Steve and Piero while Angelina will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The awards honour individuals who have made indelible contributions to their fields.

 

The board of governors for the Academy voted on the recipients last week and the awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on November 16 at Hollywood & Highland Centre’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

 

Eighty-seven year old Lansbury has been nominated three times Best Supporting actressOscars. The actress has been acting for 65 years and her latest project was in 2011′s Mr Popper’s Penguins. Piero has earned five Oscar nominations the last being for 1982′s La Traviata.

 

The Hersholt Award is presented periodically to a film industry member for exemplary humanitarian work. Jolie won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1999′s Girl, Interrupted. She is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Lily Allen plans a return to music

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British singer Lily Allen is planning a return to music for the first time in four years and on the way she also returned to her maiden name.

Allen, who announced her return by tweeting “I’m coming back, bitches” has changed her Twitter handle from Cooper to Allen.

A year ago 28-year-old Allen changed her professional name to Lily Rose Cooper and now she says the new album will be released under her maiden name.

Allen made an appearance on Pink’s single True Love but her own last single was “Who’d Have Known” released in 2009.

Allen retired from music in September 2010 not long after he second studio album “It’s Not Me, It’s You” which won both praise and commercial success.

Her retirement was post a performance at Wembley Stadium.

She has ventured into a clothing store Lucy in Disguise and a Sony-backed label, In The Name Of as well as married Sam Cooper and gave birth to daughters Ethel Mary and Marnie Rose since retiring.

The new single may be released next March or April with the album to follow. Allen made a live performance in February at Paris Fashion Week during Etam’s Girls Only! Lingerie Show.

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Dame Judi Stars in lost and found

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British actress Dame Judi Dench is to star as a woman searching for her long lost son in the film “Philomena”. In the movie, Dench, who has also had starring roles in such films as “Mrs. Brown” in which she played Queen Victoria and as the title character’s boss M in the James Bond films, plays a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption by the Catholic Church.

Her search begins 50 years later. The film also stars British actor Steve Coogan who has had a recent successful turn in the film “Alpha Papa”. Coogan plays political journalist Martin Sixsmith who intended to write the story of the search but ended up helping Philomena instead.

The film is directed Stephen Frears who also directed such flicks as “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “The Queen”. “Philomena” will be released in British cinemas on November 1. Dench has won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” as well as a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for “Amy’s View”.

She has also won a slew of BAFTA Awards as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her most recent role was in 2012’s “Skyfall”.

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