July 2, 2016 |
Beware the hand that reaches through the window, holds fast, and steals you away into the darkest night. That's what happens to Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), a bespectacled little girl, wrapped in her quilt and snatched from a London orphanage at the beginning of Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, The BFG . Those letters stand for Big Friendly Giant, a character and book concocted by the devilish storyteller Roald Dahl. In Spielberg's grasp - mixing live-action and green screen, CG and motion-capture effects - the 1982 children's story becomes a large-scale tableau of impossibly wonderful images: the giant (played by Mark Rylance, with Dumbo ears and a sweet, befuddled frown)
July 24, 2013 |
LONDON - Champagne bottles popped and shouts of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" erupted at Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne. Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace as officials announced that the future king was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, at central London's St. Mary's Hospital - the same place where William and his brother Harry were born three decades ago. The imminent arrival of the royal baby was the subject of endless speculation on social media and was covered for days on live television around the world, but in the end the royal family managed to keep it a remarkably private affair.
July 11, 2013 |
LONDON - Outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the global media hordes on Royal Baby Watch have marked their turf with duct tape and stepladders. But starved for material in a world where Mother Nature and Buckingham Palace are the last two holdouts from the 24-hour news cycle, loitering reporters trying to set a tone of breathless anticipation have resorted to interviewing each other. Perhaps nothing could be more appropriate. As Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, prepare to carve out a new life for their budding family in the glare of the spotlight, the press is poised to be a major part of the story.
December 5, 2012 |
THE MOST widely anticipated pregnancy since one of those MTV teen moms got knocked up is official: Prince William 's wife, the duchess of Cambridge (a/k/a Kate Middleton ), is pregnant. St. James's Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that Kate has hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, and was in a London hospital. William was at his wife's side. News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag "royalbaby" trending globally on Twitter.
September 10, 2012
PHOENIX - Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the '50s and '60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died. She was 84. Williamson died Friday at her son's home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, daughter-in-law Karen Williamson said. She had Parkinson's disease and age-related dementia. The McGuire Sisters earned six gold records for hits including 1954's "Sincerely" and 1957's "Sugartime. " The sisters were known for their sweet harmonies and identical outfits and hairdos.
July 31, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Except for, say, Buckingham Palace, where Olympic cyclists had finished a race the day before, could there be a better finish line Sunday for a one-day bicycle ride than the Irish Pub in this oceanfront city? Then again, could there be a better starting point than, well, the Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia? When was the last time Buckingham Palace opened its doors for an after-party of 1,600 riders, all more than ready after 65 miles and a fair amount of headwinds for a draft of a different kind?
June 7, 2012 |
LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II visited her husband, Prince Philip, at the hospital Wednesday after officials said he would likely remain there for a few days to treat a bladder infection, an ailment that has already forced him to miss much of the celebration of his wife's 60 years on the throne. Elizabeth arrived at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London hours after Buckingham Palace said that Philip's condition had "improved considerably. " The palace added that the prince, who turns 91 on Sunday, was being treated with antibiotics and "is in good spirits.
June 3, 2012 |
LONDON - It was a royal day at the races, as Queen Elizabeth II watched a horse with the courtly name of Camelot win the Epsom Derby on Saturday - the kickoff to a four-day celebration of the British monarch's 60 years on the throne. Later in the weekend the queen will make a trip down the River Thames, and then take in a concert - all accompanied by tens of thousands of her subjects, coming out to fete a monarch whose longevity has given her the status of the nation's favorite grandmother.
April 8, 2012 |
Long after Queen Elizabeth finishes her last jubilee hand wave and gone back to garden-variety days at Buckingham Palace, and after the last flame from this summer's Olympic torch lights up the final event in London, Britain will reap extended benefits. The queen's 60th anniversary on the throne - she ascended upon the death of her father, George VI - and the Summer Olympics are making for a high-impact focus on the United Kingdom. Millions will travel to Britain for events, and the Olympics alone will bring about 30,000 athletes, friends, and sports officials to the country, 20,000 accredited workers from the media, and 4.5 billion television viewers from around the world.
January 10, 2012 |
WHEN RICH people save, they put off buying a third car. When poor people save, they put off buying lunch. And royalty? According to the Associated Press, Belgium's King Albert II said yesterday that he'll use part of his "salary" to help pay for the upkeep on his properties, making him the latest European royal whose largesse is being minimized by Europe's economic woes. In a rare public statement on his finances, King Albert said he wanted to freeze his $13.8 million salary, using his automatic 2012 salary inflation adjustment (approx.