Empire’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

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A taster of Empire magazine exclusive, star-studded shoots paying tribute to some of the most iconic moments in movies of the last 20 years.

Mel Gibson
Braveheart (1995)

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson & Rupert Grint The Harry Potter series (from 2001)

Christian Bale
American Psycho (2000)

Tom Cruise
Minority Report (2002)

Matt Damon
The Bourne Series (from 2002)

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Putin – Russian Marlboro Man

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When Vladimir Putin rode a horse bare-chested through a rustic region of Siberia, it produced astonishing images casting him as a rugged Russian outdoorsman.

In the official photographs and video, shown on state television, Putin cultivates the macho image that Russians appear to love as they look to him to keep the country stable and strong more than a year after he stepped down as president.

Putin was shown fishing and swimming the butterfly stroke in an icy river in the Tuva region of southern Siberia. He posed while sitting in a tree, wearing khaki pants and T-shirt with a canvas bush hat.

But the most astounding image was of 56-year-old Putin riding a horse through the mountains, his bare chest on full display.

While Americans may think of the Marlboro man, for Russians the more powerful association is the warrior heroes of Russian fairy tales who rode horseback and defended Russia from foreign invaders.

The shot of Putin posing in the tree drew comparisons to Nightingale the Robber, a character from a popular Russian folk epic who lives in a nest and has mystical powers. It was this picture that the Kremlin-friendly newspaper Izvestia put on its front page Wednesday, with more inside.

In visiting Tuva earlier this week, Putin was returning to the area where he and Prince Albert II of Monaco vacationed two years ago and where Putin first caused a sensation by fishing in a mountain river stripped to the waist.

Putin, who is married with two grown daughters, has long cultivated a macho image. He has often been shown on television skiing down mountains and practicing judo, in which he has a black belt.

He has copiloted a fighter jet, sailed on a nuclear-powered submarine and just last weekend descended 4,600 feet to the bottom of Lake Baikal in a mini-submarine on a four-hour mission to inspect crystals containing natural gas.

All of his exploits have been widely publicized, thanks to the government’s control of the major TV stations.

Putin’s summer holidays spent getting back to nature and fishing resonate with many Russians. They also provide a stark contrast to the yachting and globe-trotting lifestyles of many of Russia’s super rich.

Energetic, strong and sharp-witted, Putin has long been compared to his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, who was weakened by heart disease and embarrassed Russians with his drunken antics.

But in recent months, it is the contrast to Medvedev that has been more striking. The president shares nearly equal time with Putin on national television, but the bookish 43-year-old Medvedev is most often seen in coat and tie, presiding at meetings, engaged in diplomatic formalities or handing out awards at Kremlin ceremonies.

Putin has not ruled out returning to the presidency when Medvedev’s term ends in 2012.

Caricature of Celebs

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Halle Berry Nude Breast

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Jessica Alba Campari Calendar 09

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Jessica Alba showed off her fantastic body for a new calender.

She posed with glass and bottles of Campari alongside male models for the Italian aperitif’s limited-edition calendar.

Jessica explained: ‘All the clothes were very cool. They’re young, sexy and fresh.

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“I’m usually walking around in comfy clothes with a baby on my arm and it’s nice to dress things up and feel sophisticated, sexy and surrounded by so much beauty. Also being surrounded by Brazilian models made it even easier. It was all very chic, but still young and cool, my favourite combination.”

Mila Kunis is Complex

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Actress Mila Kunis poses for the new issue of Complex Magazine…

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Group Cherish – Do It to It

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Do It to It” is a debut single from the album Unappreciated by R&B Group Cherish. “Do It To It” features rap/hip-hop artist Sean Paul from YoungBloodZ (not to be confused with Sean Paul, the reggae/dancehall artist). The song has so far peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching number 12 only 15 weeks after its release. It reached position 15 on the US Top Digital Songs Chart. It had strong videoplay on BET and reached number 2 on 106 & Park. The song played for the limit of 65 days on the countdown and was eventually retired, it was the only video to be retired that year that did not reach number 1. Other songs such as “Torn” by Letoya, “Love” by Keyshia Cole and “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige were also retired in 2006. “Do It To It” made it to #8 on The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.

Song information

A remix to the song (Rap Remix) exists featuring artists Yung Joc, Jody Breeze, Chingy & Fabo. This version also references some songs by the guest artists like Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down’” and Fabo from D4L’s “Laffy Taffy”. That Boy.

Cherish Unappreciated album is the debut studio album by American R&B/Hip-Hop girl group Cherish. The album was co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and has generated the top-twenty U.S. single “Do It to It”. The album charted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number four in its first week, selling 91,000 copies. The album has sold 500,537 copies, and is certified Gold by RIAA. It debuted at #80 in the UK, selling 30,000 copies.

John Mayer – Heavier Things album and Room for Squares album

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Heavier Things album

Heavier Things is the second major label studio album by singer-songwriter/ guitarist John Mayer, released in 2003. Since his successful debut album, 2001’s Room for Squares, Mayer had gained popularity as a creative and thoughtful songwriter, and this characteristic shines through on Heavier Things download. The title of the album itself is a subtle response to certain criticism of Mayer’s music.

Room for Squares album

The album’s title is an inside joke/reference to Hank Mobley’s No Room for Squares album. All songs from the album were written by Mayer; however, three of the songs, “No Such Thing“, “Neon“, and “Love Song For No One“, were all co-written with Clay Cook, with whom Mayer had a duo group known as “The LoFi Masters.”

Through constant shows, including in the Atlantic-area Eddie’s Attic, Mayer’s reputation began to build, and a March 2000 appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival brought him to the attention of “launch” label, Aware Records. After including him in the Aware Festival concerts and having his songs included on Aware compilations, in early 2001, Aware released Room for Squares as an internet-only album. During that time, Aware inked a deal with Columbia Records that gave Columbia first pick in signing Aware artists, and so in September of the same year, Columbia remixed and re-released Room for Squares. As part of the major label “debut”, the album’s artwork was updated, and the track “3×5″ was added, which didn’t appear on the original as the recording wasn’t yet complete at the time. The re-release also included reworked studio versions of the first four songs from his indie album, Inside Wants Out. The cover art for the most recent release of Room for Squares features a periodic table design beginning from the back cover which continues to the front cover, ending at the right side.

The album was relatively unknown at its time of release, but it became more well-known through word of mouth and John’s touring. By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including “No Such Thing”, “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, and ultimately, “Why Georgia” (a radio-only single).

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