Sean Connery America’s favourite Brit

74415869BM009_Al_Pacino_RecHe is often considered the quintessential “James Bond” and now Sean Connery has proven that he also has staying power after being considered the greatest British actor of all time in a recent survey of Americans.

Connery, 83, starred in his last movie in 2003 in the film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” came out on top of the biannual survey, a pool which looks at the most popular screen actors.

The Scotland born actor came out ahead of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Irish actor Liam Neesonwhile David McCallum of the 1960s series ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E” was fourth, three time Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis, who won this year’s Academy Award for playing American president Lincoln, was fifth while Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was 20th.

Other Bond film stars who emerged on the poll were current star Daniel Craig in eighth andDame Judi Dench in sixth. Connery has topped the list in the past in 1998 and 2003 but “House” star Hugh Laurie won the accolade in 2008.

Dench is one of only four females on the list. The others are Maggie Smith, “Frasier” star Jane Leeves, and “Bad Teacher” actress Lucy Punch.

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Toronto Film Festival favourites

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The F Word”, “August: Osage County”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, and “Don Hemingway” are some of the movies that have made their debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (read here other news).

“August: Osage County” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are being considered hopefuls for next year’s annual Academy Awards.

“August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and is the story of the Westons who have been brought together by family tragedy to their home in Osage County.

Streep plays Violet Weston who is stricken with cancer and is addicted to painkillers for quite some time while Roberts plays her eldest daughter who is annoyed by her. The movie has gotten mixed reviews by critics.

“The F Word” stars Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and is a romantic comedy which has received positive reviews.

In Don Hemingway, Mark Wahlberg and Jude Law star in film about outlaws. Law stars as Hemingway and the film, which is directed by Richard Shepherd, has gotten fairly positive reviews. Shepherd also directed “The Matador”.

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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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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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Harry Potter takes on Frankenstein

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe continues to shake off the role he has been most associated with when he plays the doctor’s assistant Igor in the new Fox Frankenstein movie.

The English actor Radcliffe, who signed up for the project in February, will play alongside Scottish actor James McAvoy who was cast in the main role of Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. It is reported that in this new film, Igor’s secret past will be revealed.

Both Radcliffe and McAvoy are below average height for men with Radcliffe measuring in at 5’5’ and McAvoy coming in at 5’7’. Radcliffe originated the role which made him famous – that of boy wizard Harry Potter. He has aso starred in a number of other adult roles including The Woman in White and also starred in the stage play Equus in which he appeared naked.

McAvoy is perhaps best known for films such as Wanted, The Last King of Scotland, and X-Men: First Class. No date has yet been announced for start of production but the film is to be directed by Paul McGuigan. McGuigan’s film projects include Lucky Number Slevin and Push. He has also directed episodes of the British series Sherlock as well as the NBC series Smash.

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