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[Halle Berry Is The Sexiest Woman Alive]


According to Esquire, Halle Berry is the sexiest woman currently on Earth.

As the culmination of our anniversary celebration, Halle Berry -- who just had a baby, like, six months ago -- presents the final re-creations of classic Esquire covers. Here, she delivers her acceptance speech.

"Does being the sexiest woman alive imply that I know a thing or two about what's sexy and, possibly, about sex itself? I'm not sure, but here's what I do know: I know damned well I'm sexier now than I used to be. Let me make an argument here -- not so much for me, or even for my age being sexy, but for what I've learned. I've picked up a little over the years. Sexy is not about wearing sexy clothes or shaking your booty until you damn near get hip dysplasia; it's about knowing that sexiness is a state of mind -- a comfortable state of being. It's about loving yourself even in your most unlovable moments. I know a little bit about that.

Sexiness is also about knowing what's sexy to you. To me, spaghetti is sexy, especially when it's served off the tips of a man's fingers. I like that. And I think wine is sexy, just before sex. It relaxes me. But if I want to get a serious groove on -- if I want an out-of-body experience -- I'm all about the sloe-gin fizz. I think lingerie is sexy, and I'll wear it, sure. But truth is, I'm good-to-go in a tank top and bare feet -- although every woman should own at least one good pair of pumps. That's really the only wardrobe you need for sex: a tank top and pumps."

                 
             

No arguments from me on the choice, or pretty much anything she just said. However, what caught my eye (in more ways than one) was the cover. It has a sorta quasi-political connection. As alluded to in the text above, this year is Esquire's 75th Anniversary. They've been reproducing some of their most iconic covers. This particular one is a redo of an Esquire cover with President Clinton 8 years ago.

                       

.....We turned to one of our most iconic covers, the valedictory December 2000 image of President Bill Clinton taken by the photographer Platon. We wanted to recapture the confidence, charm, and power of that image, but with an even handsomer subject: 2008's Sexiest Woman Alive, Halle Berry.... "When I first looked at the image, I thought, Are we really gonna do this with Halle? But after I talked to her about it, it just seemed right. She's a powerful woman; he's a powerful man. It's basically the female equivalent of the Clinton cover. There's a sensitivity and a sexuality there, but also the strength."




[Movie & Television News]


Empire Magazine’s 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time: About a week ago, Empire published their list of the 500 best movies ever made. According to Slashfilm, unlike some other lists, this one was put together "by readers, a panel of Hollywood insiders (including Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, Mike Leigh, Guillermo Del Toro, Pedro Almodovar and Cameron Crowe)", and 50 "key film critics."

You can see the entire list of 500 by clicking here, but here are the Top 50.....

  1. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
  1. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner,1980)
  1. Shawsank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  1. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  1. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  1. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  1. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)
  1. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  1. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  1. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  1. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
  1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
  1. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  1. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2007)
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  1. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  1. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
  1. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  1. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
  1. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)
  1. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
  1. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1967)
  1. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
  1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  1. Die Hard (John McTiernan 1988)
  1. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
  1. Gone with The Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, 1939)
  1. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
  1. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)
  1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991)
  1. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)
  1. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  1. Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
  1. The Matrix (The Wachowski Brothers, 1999)
  1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  1. The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)
  1. Kind Hearts And Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
  1. The Big Lebowski (The Coen Brothers, 1998)
  1. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  1. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
  1. On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan 1954)
  1. E.T. (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
  1. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
  1. Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987)
  1. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)



Movie Trailers: If you have problems with the embedded players below, or want to see other recently released teasers & trailers, click here.

  • Twilight

                 


  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

                 


  • Revolutionary Road

                 


  • Transporter 3

                 


  • Defiance

                 


  • The Unborn

                 


  • The Spirit

                 


  • Let The Right One In

                 


  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

                 



Other stories making the rounds.....




Movies Of The Week: I haven't done this in a while (either the diary or this segment), but I though I would offer up some movie suggestions as a reason to go down memory lane. Unlike the films in the "greatest" list above, these are more of an acquired taste that have a certain "je ne sais quoi" that makes them watchable.

So tonight I'm doing '80s romantic comedies.

First up is 'Mannequin'. During the 1980s there seemed to have been a fascination about magic women coming to save lonely from their lonely horrible lives. Whether it was Daryl Hannah's Mermaid coming to Tom Hanks in 'Splash' or a magic mannequin coming to life to help a down on his luck artist. Future resident cougar on "Sex and the City", Kim Cattrall, is an Egyptian Princess who's stuck in a Mannequin until she can find true love in the form of Andrew McCarthy. Throw in some Starship, and you got a movie.....


                 


Next up is 'Electric Dreams'.

The main character Miles is your stereotypical nerd architect living in San Fransisco, struggling to manage his time. So what's his solution? Buy a computer. However, things take a turn for the worse, and Miles' life becomes even more complicated. Apparently, spilling champagne on a computer will endow it with artificial intelligence (who knew?). Smart computers are great until they fall in love with the same girl you like, in this case a cellist named Madeline (Virginia Madsen).

Then they become all HAL 9000.....


                 




[Music News]

Charts: Through the magic of , you can click on any of the song titles below & hear that particular track.


                 


The top 10 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 are.....

  1. T.I. Featuring Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
  1. T.I. - "Whatever You Like"
  1. Pink - "So What"
  1. Rihanna - "Disturbia"
  1. Kevin Rudolf Featuring Lil Wayne - "Let It Rock"
  1. Katy Perry - "Hot 'N Cold"
  1. Christina Aguilera - "Keeps Gettin' Better"
  1. T-Pain Featuring Lil Wayne - "Can't Believe It"
  1. M.I.A. - "Paper Planes"
  1. Nickelback - "Gotta Be Somebody"


                 


The Top 10 Songs in the United States at the iTunes Store are.....

  1. Britney Spears - "Womanizer"
  1. T.I. Featuring Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
  1. Pink - "So What"
  1. Kevin Rudolf Featuring Lil Wayne - "Let It Rock"
  1. Katy Perry - "Hot 'N Cold"
  1. T.I. - "Whatever You Like"
  1. Kanye West - "Love Lockdown"
  1. Christina Aguilera - "Keeps Gettin' Better"
  1. Nickelback - "Gotta Be Somebody"
  1. Taylor Swift - "Love Story"


The Top 10 songs on Billboard's Hot 100, thirty-two years ago this week, in 1976.....

  1. Rick Dees - "Disco Duck"
  1. Walter Murphy - "A Fifth Of Beethoven"
  1. Boz Scaggs - "Lowdown"
  1. Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
  1. Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
  1. Orleans - "Still The One"
  1. Cliff Richard - "Devil Woman"
  1. KC & The Sunshine Band - (Shake, Shake, Shake) "Shake Your Booty"
  1. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "She's Gone"
  1. England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight"



This is the section where I go over other music related stories circulating the series of tubes. I've sorta skimped on this section to "make deadline", but in addition to what's below, other recent music news can be found at Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Daily Blog and Billboard's Daily Music News.





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