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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How Theo Hutchcraft adores Jeremy Irons

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Hurts band member Theo Hutchcraft is a big fan of British star Jeremy Irons. According to Hutchcraft, who was doing a piece for Electronic Beats website, he was once told that the films a person likes and the star a child idolises are the people and things you emulate as an adult. For Hutchcraft, that person is Irons who for him is the consumate actor.

“I found this really great, stark black and white picture of him the other day wearing a monocle and a polo neck by the photographer Michel Comte in an Interview Magazine from 1990“, says Hutchcraft.

“There’s another photograph that I really like where he’s wearing a suit matched with a pair of Nike trainers. It’s something about his demeanor that suggests a romantic back story that I want to rifle through“.

Irons has of course won Academy Awards for his role in such films as “Reversal of Fortune“. He has also played in “The Man in the Iron Mask“.

Said Hutchcraft: “He’s this established Hollywood star so he probably has a beautiful house and a nice car; but it’s about more than the usual trappings.

He looks like he could live in some sort of house in Paris or somewhere in rural France with a vineyard. Or else he looks like you might see him on a yacht or a small canal boat tending to the flowers on the roof”.

And Hutchcraft thinks that while Hurts isn’t a lot like Irons they have managed to fool people into thinking that. “If I’m like Jeremy Irons when I’m old, I’ll be a very, very happy man”.

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British star Naomie Harris to play Winnie Mandela

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British actress Naomie Harris is to play Winnie Mandela the former wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela in an upcoming film and according to Harris has gotten the blessing of Mandela.

Harris has had smaller roles in movies but got a key role as Miss Moneypenny in last year’s James Bond film “Skyfall”.

The actress, who is of Jamaican parentage, but has lived in England, said she visited Mandela who was Nelson’s second wife and revealed that the black heroine who remained married to Mandela while her was in prison on Robben’s Island for 27 years was ok with her role in the upcoming flick “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.

According to Harris the meeting was a fantastic experience in which she asked Mandela who she wished to be presented and what was the take away she wanted people to have from the movie.

Harris told Empire magazine that Mandela’s response was “’I just want the story to be told truthfully. You’ve done your research, you’ve read enough about me just make it your own.”

British actor, Idris Elba, will play Nelson Mandela in the movie which is set to be released in cinemas January 2014.

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Chicken pot pie, one pot delight

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pot pie is baked savoury dish encased in a flaky pastry and baked in a pie tin to ensure it maintains its shape. There are several varieties including an Australian meat pie and various British regional types. In America, the pot pie can be filled with various types of meat including beefchicken, or turkey as well as vegetables such as carrotspotatoes, and green peas.

The chicken pot pie may be the most popular and is simple to make. The ingredients are 1 poundskinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed, 1 cupsliced carrots, 1 cupgreen peas,1/2 cupsliced celery,1/3 cupbutter,1/3 cuponion chopped, 1/3 cupall-purpose flour,1/2 teaspoonsalt,1/4 teaspoonblack pepper,1 3/4 cupschicken broth, and 2/3 cupmilk.

First preheat an oven to 425 degrees F. Then in a saucepan combine the carrots, chicken, peas, and celery, add water and cook for 15 minute then drain.

In a separate pan over a medium flame cook onions and butter add flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the broth and milk and cook until thick. Put the mixture in a pie crust then cover with the liquid, add the top pie crust and make a few slits in the top. Bake for between 30 and 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

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Robert Pattinson disses Twilight fans

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It seems Robert Pattinson thinks that Twilight fans should have moved on by now from the series which made him famous.

The British actor who starred in five Twilight saga films told a German magazine that he couldn’t understand why persons were so fascinated with the movies and asked what these people do with their days.

The 27-year-old Pattinson told “Interview” magazine: “The real odd thing about this Twilight target group is that they aren’t really teenagers. Most of them are older”.

This isn’t the first time that Pattinson, who also starred in the Harry Potter franchise, has insulted his fans.

He once said that the book by Stephanie Meyer was one that wasn’t supposed to be published.

The English actor, who broke up with fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart and had dated her friend and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, wants to break away from his association with the vampire character that made him famous – Edward Cullen.

The actor hopes to break into the music industry. He is currently in Los Angeles filming the thriller “Map To The Stars”, a movie being directed by David Cronenberg.

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The Wanted goes on tour

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British group The Wanted will be going on tour this summer. They will tourNorth America with “Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

The group will do a series of concerts in Las Vegas; Stanmere in the UK; MadridSpain; San DiegoArizonaDallasWindsorConnecticut, and New York.

Signs of their popularity in the US are already evident as they sold out Central Park in a concert on the morning current affairs show Good Morning Americaon August 23.

The group’s new album “Word of Mouth” is due to be released on September 16. The first single off the album “We Own the Night” was released worldwide on August 11.

The boy band, which was formed in 2009 released their first album The Wanted in October 2010 and peaked at number four on the UK charts.

The group first met with success in the USA and Canada in early 2012 hitting the top five in both countries with their single “Glad You Came”.

The group has its own reality series on E! Television entitled The Wanted Life. The series follows the group as they record their third album and prepare for this month’s tour.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to be shown in the UK

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Marvel Comics’ new television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is to be shown on the UK’s Channel 4 this autumn, not long after its premiere on USA networkABC.

S.H.I.E.L.D means “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division”. The show will be the first live-action TV series made by Marvel which is known for such comic superheroes as The Avengers.

The series has been described as “big, bold and absolutely exhilarating” by Channel 4′s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt. The show was created for ABC by Joss Whedon who created other hits such as” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly”. Whedon directed 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers.

The series centres on agent Phil Coulson and his team of small and highly select fellow agents. The crew is chosen to investigate several new strange and unknown happenings around the world trying to protect them from the extraordinary occurrences.

The team’s members are highly trained in combat and martial arts, bio-chemistry, and espionage. Among the stars are British actress Elizabeth Henstridge of “Hollyoaks” fame as Agent Jemma Simmons. The rest of the cast will be mostly American actors.

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