September 16, 2006 |
Dustin Hoffman, Tim Burton and Forest Whitaker are among the celluloid celebs lined up to attend the 50th London Film Festival. The festival opens Oct. 18 with Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland," which stars Whitaker as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. It closes Nov. 2 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's multi-stranded saga "Babel," starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal.
July 29, 2006 |
Daniel Radcliffe will strip off his Harry Potter eyeglasses and robes for his London stage debut next year. The 17-year-old actor, who plays the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels, will star as a troubled stableboy in a revival of Peter Shaffer's "Equus." The play delves into the psyche of a boy named Alan Strang who blinds six horses with a metal spike.
July 18, 2006 |
Police officers who shot and killed a Brazilian man they mistook for a suicide bomber will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Monday in a decision a relative called "unbelievable." Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was killed by police on a London subway train July 22, 2005 -- two weeks after four bombers killed themselves and 52 commuters on three subway trains and a bus, and a day after a failed set of attacks.
July 7, 2006 |
As Britain prepared to mark the first anniversary today of the London terrorist attacks that killed 52 commuters, so did Al Qaeda's propaganda network. It issued a videotape that was aired Thursday evening on the satellite television channel Al Jazeera. On the tape, Shahzad Tanweer, 22, who detonated the bomb on a subway train near the Aldgate Underground station, killing himself and six others, said the attacks would continue "until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq."
June 14, 2006 |
A 23-year-old Muslim man who was shot during a massive police raid on his house, then released a week later without charge, said Tuesday that an officer fired at him without warning. In his first public statements, Mohammed Abdul Kahar described himself as a law-abiding man who loved London, his birthplace. His emotional words, delivered at a news conference here, added to the embarrassment the anti-terrorism raid has caused Scotland Yard.
June 6, 2006 |
Flawed emergency planning and communications breakdowns hampered rescuers' response to London's deadly transit bombings last year, an official inquiry has found. The report highlights the confusion after the July 7 bombings when cellular networks were overloaded and radio links from street level to rescuers in the subway failed. The attacks killed 52 people and the four bombers and injured about 700.
May 10, 2006 |
Kevin Spacey has opted for the safety of Shakespeare comedies and sure-fire hits in his attempt to revive the flagging fortunes of London's Old Vic theater. Critics have turned on Spacey for what they see as a poor record at the helm of the famous London venue, and one questioned whether the Oscar-winning American actor should resign as artistic director after Robert Altman's production of Arthur Miller's "Resurrection Blues" was panned.
May 6, 2006 |
Vladimir Jurowski, a fast-rising 34-year-old conductor, has been appointed principal conductor of the London Philharmonic beginning in the 2007-08 season, succeeding Kurt Masur. The Russian maestro will be the orchestra's 12th principal conductor since it was formed in 1932, the company said. Jurowski said he was "thrilled" to gain a position previously held by Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Masur, who became principal conductor in the fall of 2000.
April 24, 2006 |
Deena Kastor broke her American record to win the London Marathon on Sunday, and Felix Limo out-sprinted defending champion Martin Lel to take the men's race. Kastor timed 2 hours 19 minutes 35 seconds to beat Lyudmila Petrova of Russia and third-place Susan Chepkemei of Kenya in cool, drizzly conditions in the British capital. The former Agoura Hills resident established the American record when she ran 2:21:16 to finish third in her only other London Marathon in 2003.
April 14, 2006 |
Kevin Spacey told British Broadcasting Corp. radio Thursday that he was "more determined than ever" to serve out his 10-year contract as head of London's Old Vic but acknowledged that the theater's latest production had been a disappointment. Spacey, who took over as artistic director in 2004, said the production of Arthur Miller's "Resurrection Blues" directed by filmmaker Robert Altman had been "in trouble" before its opening night last month.