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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British Institute Fellowship for Christopher Lee

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British acting legend Sir Christopher Lee has received a fellowship from the British Film Institute. The fellowship is the highest honour the BFI presents.

Lee, who is 91, was presented with the honour at the 57th BFI London Film Festival recently. Other actors who have received fellowships from BFI includeHelena Bonham CarterTim BurtonDavid Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. He said it was a privilege to be included in the group of actors who have won awards from the BFI.

Sir Christopher is one of the legends of film, starring in old horror films alongside Peter Cushing among others. He has been in more than 200 films as well as television and starred in his first film – 1948’s “Corridor of Mirrors”. He made his name starring as Dracula in the 1960’s series of films.

The tall actor has also played Lord Summerisle in the 1973 movie “The Wicker Man” and with Sir Roger Moore in the James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun”.

In recent times Sir Christopher enticed a new generation playing Saruman the White in the “The Lord ofthe Rings” and “The Hobbit” series. He received a knighthood in 2009. The actor has many talents as he recorded a metal album back in 2012.

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Idris Elba hospitalised

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British actor Idris Elba was hospitalised in the UK Saturday after he had an asthma attack while on his way to the premiere of his new movie “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” in Johannesburg.

The star of the new film about the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela is recovering after suffering the attack on his way to the film’s premiere. The incident happened on a plane but he was taken off before the flight left the United Kingdom.

He was unable to attend a news conference surrounding the film in South Africa because of illness.

Elba stars in the movie alongside fellow British star Naomie Harris who will play Mandela’s former wife Winnie in the movie.

Harris has had roles in such movies as the James Bond flick “Skyfall” where she played Miss Moneypenny.

The film tells the story of Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island and his later release and election to the South African presidency. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Elba moved to South Africa for three months during the filming to help him better understand the society. The film is set to be released in January next year.

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The Warehouse plans fewer projects for 2014

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The Warehouse Project, that series of nightclubs in Greater Manchester that has been around for the last eight years has decided to cut back on some of its projects for the upcoming year 2014.

According to the organisers of the project, which has staged winter events regularly since 2005, 2014 will feature only a “handful of special events” but the line-up will go back to its full quota of events for the following year 2015.

The Warehouse Project will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015.

The project, which runs from September through New Year’s Eve annually, has had difficulty in 2013. In September, a partygoer died after taking some bad drugs at one of the parties which prompted organizers to undertake new drug-testing plans that were also revealed in October.

This year’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events includes performances by Andy C, Tiga, Sasha, James Zabiela, Tensnake, Jamie Jones, Carl Craig, and Maceo Plex.

The New Year’s Day event will also feature several back-to-back sets with Dixon against Âme and Ben UFO against Joy Orbison in the line-up.

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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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Bond parachutist dies

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Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the stadium dressed as James Bond during the 2012 Olympic Games in London has died in a freak accident in Switzerland.

The 42 year old Sutton died while wingsuit flying on Wednesday, August 14 in the town of Martigny in the Swiss Alps near the border with France. Police said it appeared that Sutton died after crashing into a ridge of rock.

The stuntman was one of the 20 top wingsuit pilots in the world who had been invited to participate in a non-competitive gathering of similar pilots who are filmed as they jump from helicopters. The accident happened on the first day after several successful jumps had already been made.

The stuntman jumped from the helicopter at an altitude over 10,000 feet.

Sutton and another jumper flew close to the mountainside in the Valais region and were supposed to land close to the village of Le Peuty.

Sutton stirred up the London Games Opening Ceremony as part of a stunt featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig as Bond. Craig reprised his role up to the point of the jump flying into the Stadium as Sutton as Bond parachuted in.

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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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