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This year has been a big one for J.K. Rowling, marking the release of her first non-Harry Potter novel, "The Casual Vacancy." The new book sold more than a million copies worldwide within three weeks of release and is now set to be adapted as a BBC miniseries. Like Rowling, the cast of the Harry [...] More »
You've seen "Skyfall," right? And you may have wondered a few times, "Where was that scene filmed?" Some of the movie's most memorable scenes were shot in locations around Britain, in sometimes surprising places. If you have seen the movie, beware: Plot points are discussed below. In "Skyfall," James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to MI6, [...] More »
Though reality TV may seem like a distinctly American beast, much of it bears strong connections to British counterparts — and some of the British versions came first. "American Idol," the longest-running reality talent competition in the U.S., was spawned from the British series "Pop Idol." Interestingly, although "American Idol" is set to debut its [...] More »
Author Helen Fielding is making progress on a third Bridget Jones book— even as a film production company is gearing up for a third movie. Fielding, who recently moved back to her native London after a few years in California, says her new book will delve into Bridget's (unsuccessful, of course) attempts to deal with [...] More »
These days, it seems there's a hot new thing on the movie scene every other week. But it takes a lot more than a few red carpets and magazine covers to develop a lasting career: It takes quality performances in quality projects. Just ask these British thespians who've enjoyed decades-long careers with dozens of fine [...] More »
Led Zeppelin has plenty of fans, even though they haven't had a chance to enjoy a live performance since the band last toured in 1980 — unless, that is, you were lucky enough to score a ticket to the reunion concert the band gave at London's O2 Arena in 2007. It's doubtful whether anything will [...] More »
While many of us dream about what it would be like to be royalty, few actually experience it. Still, a look at one's family tree may prove roots to those who reigned in generations past. Though they may be a few degrees removed, these celebs can indeed claim they're related to British royalty. Johnny Depp [...] More »