September 23, 2013 |
It is the West End play that will not be ignored . A stage version of the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction" will open on London's West End next year. The play, directed by the award-winning Trevor Nunn, is set to open March 25 at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket. James Dearden, who wrote the screenplay, as well as the short film on which the movie is based, is authoring the new play. No casting for the roles made famous by Glenn Close and Michael Douglas has been announced yet. The planned theater production shouldn't be confused with "Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy," a stage spoof of the movie that opened in New York in 2005. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat One question liable to be on theater-goers' minds is which ending producers will use for the play.
September 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - JPMorgan Chase & Co. has made a rare declaration for Wall Street: The nation's biggest bank admitted it broke the law. The financial giant acknowledged Thursday that it violated securities laws and agreed to pay fines of $920 million as part of settlements over the "London Whale" trading debacle. The Securities and Exchange Commission and other government authorities alleged the bank suffered widespread breakdowns in controls and management. Regulatory settlements are commonplace for big financial firms.
September 17, 2013 |
The world's first guns made by a 3-D printer will join the ranks of some of the world's finest art. London's Victoria & Albert museum announced it's buying a pair of pistols, known as Liberators, for an undisclosed price to add to its Design Festival on display through Sept. 22. The museum, which has displayed priceless pearls from the Roman Empire and treasures from Russia's royal courts, purchased the pistols and some related parts from Defense Distributed, a nonprofit digital publisher that created the weapons.
September 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. could pay $800 million or more in penalties to settle investigations into its "London Whale" trading debacle, according to a person familiar with the bank's negotiations with regulators. The talks with four agencies were fluid and the total amount in penalties could change, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. It was unclear which regulators might announce their settlements as soon as this week. The regulators in question were the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the British Financial Conduct Authority.
September 4, 2013 |
The acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" from the Menier Chocolate Factory will be broadcast to cinemas in the U.S. next month. The musical production will be screened starting Oct. 23 in cinemas across the country. "Merrily We Roll Along," by Sondheim and George Furth, opened at the Menier last fall and later transferred to the West End, where it ran through July. The production received enthusiastic reviews. There has been no announcement regarding a possible Broadway transfer.
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August 30, 2013 |
Leon Whiteson, a Zimbabwe-born architect-turned-critic and novelist who wrote about architecture for publications such as Architectural Digest, the Toronto Star and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died of cancer Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 82. His death was confirmed by his wife, Aviva Layton. Whiteson was architecture critic at the Toronto Star from 1980 to 1983 and the Herald Examiner from 1984 to 1988. He later wrote freelance articles on architecture and design for the Los Angeles Times and in 1989 was honored by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects with its distinguished achievement award in the media.
August 28, 2013 |
The Rubens at the Palace hotel recently unveiled one of the largest "living walls" in London, a 3,770-square-foot vertical garden on the side of its building that features buttercups, strawberries, lavender and even geraniums. The idea is to create a little ecosystem with flowers blooming year-round and one designed to draw bees, butterflies and birds to the urban spot sure to become a landmark. The vertical garden is packed with 16 tons of soil and 10,000 ferns and plants. The wall takes up part of the Palace at 39 Buckingham Palace Road and sister property 41 , both in the Victoria area right near Buckingham Palace.
August 15, 2013 |
It was the talk of London before and after the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig -- you may know him as James Bond -- collaborated on a videotaped skit that ended with a pair of stuntmen parachuting live into Olympic Stadium, one dressed as Craig, the other wearing the queen's pink dress. On Thursday, it was reported that the man doubling for Craig, former military officer Mark Sutton, was killed while wingsuit diving in Switzerland.
August 14, 2013 |
British actress Vivien Leigh is best known for her Oscar-winning roles as the headstrong Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" and as Tennessee Williams' frail, emotionally troubled Blanche DuBois in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire. " London's Victoria and Albert Museum announced Wednesday it has acquired Leigh's archive in the centenary of her birth. The V&A is home to the United Kingdom's national collection of theater and performing arts and has recently been acquiring costumes designed for film.