October 19, 2013 |
There is something nicely unexpected about "Dancing on the Edge," writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's seductive drama of jazz and England in the early 1930s. The series, which begins Saturday on Starz (it has already aired on the BBC), forms a kind of "Upstairs/Backstage" story with a mystery attached and comes in five parts, plus an epilogue - appendix might be the better word - in the form of interviews. To be sure, jazz has often lurked at the background of British period pieces - Lord Peter Wimsey dragged to some Soho cellar, Bertie Wooster knocking out a chorus of "Minnie the Moocher.
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October 18, 2013 |
A former staffer to Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city, alleging that one of the lawmaker's top aides repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments to her. The staffer, identified as Jane Doe in the filing, claimed that sexual comments were "rampant" in Englander's office, which encouraged other staff members to "engage in similar inappropriate behavior. " In her lawsuit, the unnamed staffer accused Englander chief of staff John Lee of questioning her about her sex life and making crude remarks about her older boyfriend's sexual abilities.
October 15, 2013 |
In a week in which the football world will be fixated on Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis for the first time, another future Hall of Fame quarterback finds himself in a far more familiar situation. Fresh off his team's last-second victory over the New Orleans Saints, New England quarterback Tom Brady will play at the division-rival New York Jets. That's one Ryan brother down, one more to go. Rob Ryan is defensive coordinator of the Saints, and he looked sick to his stomach Sunday as Brady directed a 70-yard drive with no timeouts, throwing a touchdown pass with five seconds to play in a 30-27 victory for the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
October 7, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake may still be trying to take back the night, but he didn't take the top slot of the U.K. pop charts this week. That pleasure belongs to the L.A.-based sisters-and-a-mister quartet Haim . Their delightful genre-busting debut "Days Are Gone" pulled off a finish-line upset to win the week in England, announcing the band as a bona fide superstar act across the pond. By midweek, Timberlake's second installment of his "20/20 Experience" album led by just 28 copies, but a late surge by Haim eventually put it ahead by 2,100 copies.
October 3, 2013 |
Jack Bauer is resetting his clock for more "24," and this time he's going to have to set it to Greenwich Mean Time. The thriller series starring Kiefer Sutherland that ran on Fox for eight seasons is coming back for a 12-episode limited series next year, and instead of returning to Jack's old stomping grounds of Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., the new series will be filmed in the U.K. Known as "24: Live Another Day," the new series is the...
September 23, 2013 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in foreign territory, and not just because they're playing in London on Sunday. The Steelers are among the NFL's six winless teams, 0-3 for the first time since 2000, and desperately seeking answers. Never in the modern era of the league has Pittsburgh lost its first four games. "It's a situation we're not familiar with," defensive end Brett Keisel said after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to Chicago. "If we have the type of character we think we do, we can overcome this and find a way to fight back.
September 21, 2013 |
Alex Turner knows how it looks: A young British rock band, widely admired for its unflinching depictions of a pub-crawl demimonde, finds huge success at home, then packs up and moves to sunny Los Angeles just as it's on the verge of becoming a kind of national institution. But if longtime fans of England's Arctic Monkeys are worried that the group has abandoned its unsavory roots, Turner has words of reassurance. "We used to have a little space on this scuzzy street in Sheffield," the singer-guitarist said recently.
August 13, 2013 |
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back. Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition of the author's novel "Persuasion," set off a battle with her purchase at auction of Austen's gold and turquoise ring . The British government stepped in, declaring the object a national treasure and placing a temporary export ban on the item on Aug. 1, meaning it can't leave the country.
August 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Bank of England on Wednesday said it would maintain its stimulus program until the unemployment rate falls to 7%, following the same strategy as the U.S. Federal Reserve in providing an explicit target for when it would raise interest rates. The unemployment rate in Britain is 7.8% and is not forecast to drop to 7% for at least two years. The unemployment rate would need to fall to 7% before the bank's Monetary Policy Committee would consider raising its short-term interest rate from 0.5% and halting its bond-buying program, said Mark Carney, who took over as head of the British central bank last month.