March 15, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- As the South by Southwest music festival nears its end, quiet begins to beckon. It's the natural result of having been assaulted by noise -- in clubs and concert halls, but also simply walking down many streets here -- for four long days in a row. Eventually, inevitably, the ear requires relief. I found some Friday night, on the next-to-last evening of full programming at SXSW, in performances by London Grammar and Mark Kozelek. The latter show offered another welcome element: somewhere to sit. A young British trio that's already achieved big success at home, where it was nominated last month for a prize at the U.K.'s Grammy-equivalent Brit Awards, London Grammar plays hushed, electronic-edged love songs that can suggest Dido fronting the xx. And it was working hard in Austin to bring some of that buzz to an American audience, with five gigs over the course of four days, including a slot opening for Coldplay.
March 14, 2014 |
LONDON - The top U.S. and Russian diplomats tried but failed Friday to avert escalation of the conflict over the Crimean peninsula, leaving Moscow and Washington badly divided over the legality and consequences of a Sunday referendum on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Western nations would not recognize the vote and that if the vote goes forward they would swiftly begin imposing sanctions on Moscow, whose proxies in Ukraine are driving the secession bid. He also warned that any move by the Russian government or lawmakers to ratify the outcome of the referendum, almost certain to endorse secession, would amount to an illegal "backdoor annexation" of Crimea.
February 26, 2014 |
LONDON - Two Muslim extremists who butchered a young British soldier on a busy London street in full view of stunned passersby were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms, including life without parole for the leader of the attack. A judge harshly denounced the men for planning and carrying out a frenzied public “bloodbath” for maximum effect, saying that Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale's “sickening and pitiful conduct” warranted severe punishment. Adebolajo, 29, is to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
February 25, 2014 |
The latest musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has posted a closing notice on London's West End just two months after opening. "Stephen Ward," based on the 1960s British political scandal surrounding John Profumo, opened in December at the Aldwych Theatre in London to tepid reviews and will close on March 29. The musical's closure marks a setback in Lloyd Webber's attempted comeback following the poor reception in London for "Love Never Dies," his...
February 24, 2014 |
The green ogre is moving out of his swamp and coming to London. DreamWorks Animation said it was teaming up with Merlin Entertainments, based in Poole, Britain, to create a Shrek-themed attraction on London's South Bank. The show will transport visitors through a "live interactive adventure" featuring Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and other characters from the popular DreamWorks franchise, the companies announced Monday morning. "It's not like anything else, if you can imagine a theater-like experience where you the audience are part of the story," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview.
February 18, 2014 |
Bradley Cooper is taking a kind of break from promoting his Oscar-nominated movie "American Hustle" by taking in London Fashion Week in support of his girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse. He was in London anyway for Sunday night's BAFTAs , and on Monday he stuck around to watch Waterhouse walk the Burberry runway. The couple also attended Tom Ford's show. [Daily Mail] Kellan Lutz is to wear the first tuxedo that's been made as part of the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge. The annual competition, founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, showcases eco-friendly fashion and encourages celebrities to set an example by wearing the garments on the red carpet.