August 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration was notified in advance that the British government planned to detain the partner of the journalist working with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to release classified information about U.S. intelligence programs, a White House spokesman said. But the U.S. government didn't request and wasn't involved in the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
August 19, 2013 |
Maybe it's the bald head, or perhaps it's the haunted-looking eyes, but British actor Mark Strong has a track record for playing baddies, from murderous aristocrat Lord Blackwood in "Sherlock Holmes" to the scheming antagonist Godfrey in "Robin Hood. " Now he's portraying a rather more complicated (though still imperfect) character, the anguished Detroit cop Frank Agnew, in AMC's new series "Low Winter Sun. " It's a role the British actor knows well: He also played Frank Agnew in the 2006 British miniseries upon which the drama is based.
August 13, 2013 |
Jon Brookes, drummer with the British band the Charlatans, died Tuesday morning, according to a statement on the group's website, which said Brookes had been receiving treatment for a brain tumor since 2010. He was 44. "Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of the Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band," the statement reads. "Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many.
August 8, 2013
Are the boys of One Direction secret classic-rock fans? That's the question raised by the beginning of the British boy band's new single, "Best Song Ever," which appeared on YouTube recently. The lead track from One Direction's upcoming album — its third in three years — "Best Song Ever" starts out more or less exactly like the Who's "Baba O'Riley," with pounding piano and drums revving to life over an arpeggiated synth figure. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
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August 6, 2013 |
Mick Farren, the British rocker, science-fiction writer, social critic and provocateur who embodied the rebellious spirit of the counterculture throughout a career that ranged from Britain's underground music clubs to Los Angeles' alternative journalism scene, died July 27 in London. He was 69. Farren was performing with his band, the Deviants, when he collapsed from a heart attack, said longtime friend Wayne Kramer, former guitarist of the Detroit band the MC5. "He couldn't have written it better," said Kramer.
August 5, 2013 |
Inbee Park, you've failed to make history again, falling short of a fourth-consecutive major in women's golf, so where do you go from here? Not Disneyland, that's for sure. How about back to South Korea, to blow off some steam by driving around in your Ferrari? “Yeah,” Park said. “Sounds nice.” The top-ranked golfer plans to take a few days off after a disappointing performance at the Women's British Open this weekend, where she finished more than a dozen strokes behind winner Stacy Lewis.
August 3, 2013 |
Inbee Park's now longshot hopes to win a record fourth consecutive Grand Slam event in the same year is on hold after high winds forced play to be suspended for the day at the Ricoh Women's British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland. Park was preparing to putt on the fourth green during the third round on Saturday when 40 mph gusts at the Old Course moved her ball. The third round was suspended a short time later. Officials waited nearly six hours before deciding to resume the third round at 6:15 a.m. local time Sunday.
July 25, 2013 |
The frustrating thing about the British heist flick "Wasteland" is how it creates two admirably entertaining storytelling strands - one a friendship saga, the other a robbery caper - yet can't merge the two successfully. We first meet Harvey (Luke Treadaway) in a bloodied, post-arrest state being attentively questioned by a detective (Timothy Spall), upon which we get the movie's story in flashback. Harvey is a young ex-con who upon getting out of prison quickly reconnected with his best buddies and a former flame.
July 25, 2013 |
Famed British author Jane Austen is replacing scientist Charles Darwin as the face of the country's £10 note. The Bank of England picked the writer of classics such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Mansfield Park" to grace the soon-to-be redesigned note, soothing critics who have noted the paucity of women on British currency. An uproar erupted earlier this year after the bank said it planned to put former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, displacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry. Who works the longest?