Tattle: Britain's got talent: Awards honor U.K. acts

Posted: February 21, 2013

THE BRIT AWARDS on Wednesday celebrated a resurgent British music industry whose acts are topping charts around the globe.

Muse opened the show at London's O2 Arena with a robust performance of their song "Supremacy" - all thundering music, dazzling light show and 60-piece orchestra. Other performers ranged from tween-pleasing One Direction (thanks a lot, Britain) to American artists Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake, dapper in a tuxedo as he performed "Mirrors," was described by host James Corden, in a nod to Europe's horsemeat scandal, as "95 percent beefcake with just a little touch of horse."

One Direction performed a mashup of post-punk classics "One Way or Another" and "Teenage Kicks," their single for Britain's Comic Relief charity.

One Direction also won an award in the new global-success category.

Americans Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.

Surfing English folk singer Ben Howard and chanteuse Emeli Sande each won two awards.

Sande was named best British female artist and won the album-of- the-year prize for her debut, "Our Version of Events."

Howard was named British breakthrough act and British male artist of the year.

Banjo-strumming Mumford & Sons was named best British group.

Coldplay was named best British live act, beating nominees including the Rolling Stones, so that's just silly.

Adele won the best British single prize for her James Bond theme, "Skyfall." She sent a message from L.A., where she is rehearsing for Sunday's Academy Awards.

The Black Keys were named best international group, while Del Rey took the trophy for international female solo artist.

Oscars news

Immigration officials briefly detained Emad Burnat, the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," on his way into L.A. for Sunday's Academy Awards.

Burnat says that when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Turkey with his wife and 8-year-old son late Tuesday, he was told he didn't have the proper proof that he was a nominee. After about an hour of questioning, they were allowed to enter the country.

He convinced immigration he was Ben Affleck.

* In a related story, Tribeca Film announced Wednesday that 16-year-old Rachel Mwanza, star of the best foreign-language film nominee "War Witch," has been granted a visa to travel from the Congo for the big show.

Tattle on Broadway

Jane Lynch ("Glee") will be making her Broadway debut as the evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the current revival of "Annie."

She'll be replacing Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran.

"I'm so thrilled, I can't see straight," said Lynch, who hasn't seen straight for years. "It's a preposterous fantasy come true."

Lynch, a veteran of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will play Miss Hannigan for eight weeks, from May 16 through July 14. Finneran will depart to film a new sitcom with Michael J. Fox.

Shia LaBeouf, meanwhile, is pulling the plug on his Broadway debut.

The "Transformers" star - well, the robots are the real stars - had been slated to star opposite Alec Baldwin in "Orphans," but producers said Wednesday that LaBeouf would not be continuing "due to creative differences."

TATTBITS

* Embattled WCBS-TV NY

anchor Rob Morrison has resigned, three days after he was the lead story on the other New York news shows - charged with choking and threatening his wife, "CBS Moneywatch"anchor Ashley Morrison at their Connecticut home.

In the statement, Morrison said that his family is his "first and only priority" and that he needs to put all his energy into doing what's best for his wife and son.

Like not choking them.

* The White House Correspon-

dents' Association has chosen Conan O'Brien as the featured act for its annual dinner on April 27.

He appears prepared. On Monday he tweeted: "In honor of President's Day, I won't be getting along with Congress."

Robin Roberts made her

return to ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, five months to the day after receiving a bone-marrow transplant and a year since she started feeling symptoms of the ailment that has sidelined her since August.

Roberts looked thin and didn't bother to cover her hair loss with a wig. She wore a wide smile in taking her seat next to co-host George Stephanopoulos on TV's top-rated morning show.

"I have been waiting 174 days to say this," Roberts said. "Good morning, America."

* According to E! the list goes: 1. Kristen Stewart, 2. Sarah Jessica Parker, 3. Lindsay Lohan, 4. Denise Richards, 5. Kirsten Dunst, 6. Mischa Barton, 7. Hilary Swank, 8. Lucy Liu, 9. Tilda Swinton and 10. Uma Thurman.

And what do these women have in common? Per a poll conducted by the British gadget website MenKind.co.uk., they're the top-ten Least Sexy Actresses in Hollywood.

Sounds like a limp poll.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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