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Actress Brittany Murphy, Dead at 32

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Various news sites have picked up a report from the tabloid site TMZ that actress Brittany Murphy died early Sunday morning after going into full cardiac arrest and being declared dead on arrival after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The former child actress who first gained attention at the age of 18 with a key role in the comedy Clueless was only 32 years old.

Years after her breakthrough in Clueless, Murphy got attention for her role in the 2001 thriller Don’t Say a Word , leading to key roles in Eminem’s 8 Mile and starring roles in the comedies Just Married with then-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, Uptown Girlswith Dakota Fanning and Little Black Book. In a tragic bit of irony, Murphy received the most critical praise for her role in the 2006 indie drama The Dead Girlreleased the same year as her voice could be heard as the penguin Gloria in George Miller’s Oscar-winning animated film Happy Feet. She also appeared in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City in 2005.

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Sean on Empires 100 Sexiest Movie Star list

#20 Sean Bean

It may well be grim oop North, but while the result is hunks of manhood as well-hewn as the man whose name looks like it should rhyme, no one is going to have much sympathy. From reminding us just how much we love a man in uniform with Sharpe to giving everyone the horn of Gondor in Lord of the Rings, he’s a stone-cold fox.

Most alluring as… While on the big screen it’s probably Troy’s Odysseus or Rings’ Boromir, in reality TV’s Sharpe shows him at his hottest, all smouldering passion and conflicted duty.

Interests include… Supporting Sheffield United, raising a family and going for a pint.

source: Empire’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars

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The 'Games' afoot: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' gears up

HBO says the official start date of production on the pilot of “Game of Thrones,” one of the network’s most hotly anticipated projects, is Oct. 24.

Principal photography begins in earnest the following week in Northern Ireland. Other filming locations reportedly include Scotland and Morocco (HBO has not confirmed those locations, but George R.R. Martin, the author of the book series on which “Thrones” is based, has said he plans to go to Morocco for the filming of part of the pilot).

The network also confirmed that Isaac Hempstead-Wright has been cast in the key role of Bran Stark, the son of Eddard Stark, a powerful lord. Bran is a child as the epic “Thrones” book series begins, but his role becomes increasingly important to the story as it progresses.

HBO’s “Thrones” pilot, which has not yet been picked up as a series, is based on the first book of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels.

I reported in September that Lena Headey has been cast as Cersei Lannister, a member of a powerful family in the “Thrones” saga. Other cast members include Peter Dinklage as Cersei’s brother Tyrion, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Cersei’s twin, Jaime, Sean Bean as the aristocrat Ned Stark, Jennifer Ehle as his wife Catelyn Stark and Mark Addy as King Robert.

An HBO representative said that the role of Khal Drogo, another key role in the book series, has not yet been cast.

The Twitter page of actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“Twilight New Moon,” AMC’s “The Prisoner”) says that he’s headed to Belfast, and fan speculation has him cast as “Thrones’” Waymar Royce, but that has not yet been officially confirmed by HBO (if I get confirmation, I’ll update this post).

source: Chicago Tribune


L1010773[...]  The Woodland Trust organised a stunning evening with Clive Anderson wittily keeping the whole thing alive, whilst Robert Bathurst created fun by asking us to thump the table in time to Shakespeare’s “Under the Greenwood Tree”. And lets not forget the brooding glamour of Sean Bean, voted the third sexiest man in England two years ago. How fortunate we all were, and let’s pray that The Woodland Trust’s aims are achieved. [...]

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Sean Bean regular at trendy Newcastle store

sean-bean-735142872 ACTOR Sean Bean is becoming a regular at a North store.

The Sharpe star headed to Newcastle’s upmarket Edo menswear shop to bag himself some new shirts and a jacket.

It is the second time he has visited the boutique in Jesmond, and owner Ian Fairley says he has now been asked to make him a shooting jacket.

The screen legend from Sheffield was snapped by another customer as he left the store.

Mr Fairley only found out about the celebrity visit when he was e-mailed the photo.

He was not working that day, and the part-time assistant who helped Mr Bean with his purchases did not recognise him because of his new look beard and floppy hair.

“I was a bit disappointed I wasn’t there when he came in,” said Mr Fairley. “Apparently he has had the beard for a few months because all the parts he has been playing have been horse-back, sword-fighting scenes.”

The Lord of the Rings pin-up spent around £800 on clothes.

He first discovered the store last year via the internet, when he ordered a suit.

“He comes up here quite often because he is such a big football fan, he will go to anything football related,” said Mr Fairley. “It doesn’t have to be about Sheffield United, he just loves football.

“He is a good fun, straight-forward kind of guy.”

And Mr Fairley is looking forward to meeting the London-based star again soon.

“He is going to have a shooting jacket done shortly,” he said. “Not that he goes shooting, but I have done quite a few for people to wear with jeans. I am probably going to go down to London to see him for that.”

Mr Bean is not the first celebrity to be dressed by Edo.

Footballers Alan Thompson, Lee Clark and Alan West are among the store’s customers.

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics has also shopped there.

source: Sunday Sun