Articles Tagged 'Simon Cowell'

Benedict Cumberbatch backstage at Red Nose Day (Pic: NBC)

British Stars Turn Out for First U.S. Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day arrived at NBC yesterday, and among the fun and hoopla, an avalanche of British stars turning out to perform skits and songs and generally lark about. They’re doing so in order to raise money for Comic Relief, a charity set up by Richard Curtis and British comedian Lenny Henry to tackle famine […]

Billie Piper, Pierce Brosnan and Emilia Fox

9 Surprising Family Ties of British Celebrities (and an Urban Myth)

We already know about Benedict Cumberbatch being distantly related to most of the genuine people he plays (Alan Turing and Richard III in particular), and anyone that hasn’t spotted a distinct family resemblance between Joan Collins the actress and Jackie Collins the writer (clue: they both have their father’s surname) isn’t really paying attention. But here are […]

James Corden

So How Did James Corden Do on ‘The Late Late Show’?

Not too shabbily, as it happens. Having been the subject of more than a few snarky editorials and the prominent side-eye of David Letterman, James Corden’s first appearance on The Late Late Show went very well indeed. A hit with critics and viewers alike. Here’s how he got started, with an emotional monologue that entirely threw […]


Top Gear Thursday: Our Heroes Attempt to Build Their Own Bridge on the River Kwai

If you’re at all familiar with the travel antics of Top Gear, you probably know that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May aren’t exactly David Lean-style heroes. (Clarkson of Arabia?) But that isn’t stopping the three plucky hosts from trying to emulate the characters in Lean’s World War II epic The Bridge on the […]

Simon Cowell

Is That It For The Great British Scold?

Today, the British press is a-flurry with the news that Simon Cowell is returning to the UK version of The X Factor. This is because it was in Britain that he made his name, the British show is his baby, and he just wanted to come back and ensure the health and vitality of that […]


Brits with Birthdays: Dan Stevens’ Baby Blues Turn 31

Dan Stevens, the blue-eyed British heartthrob whose departure from Downton Abbey at the end of last season left many fans feeling bereft, turns 31 this Thursday, Oct. 10. The actor, who played likable Matthew Crawley on the popular period drama, quit the show after the third season when his contract ended. He has since moved to the […]

James Corden in ‘One Chance’

LOOK: James Corden Is Paul Potts In ‘One Chance’

British cinema loves to make movies in which people from humble or working-class origins turn out to be gifted or artistic in some way. There’s the one about the miner’s boy who becomes a ballet dancer (Billy Elliot), the one about the miners who worry about their brass band while their industry collapses around them […]

Liam Payne

Brits with Birthdays: One Direction’s Liam Payne Nearing Adulthood, and More

Liam Payne, one of the five cuties making up One Direction, the phenomenally popular Anglo-Irish boy band, celebrates his 20th birthday this Thurs., Aug. 29. The timing couldn’t be better. One Direction: This Is Us, a 3-D documentary that follows Payne and his bandmates on tour, tells how the 5-man musical group was formed (thank you, Simon Cowell!) […]

Doctor Who

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Who’s ‘Who’? Who Isn’t!

The stretch of time between the announcement of a retiring Doctor Who actor and that of their replacement is a fevered one indeed. Every possible human entertainer with a face is examined by fans as a potential new Time Lord, then given the imaginary walkaround and twirlabout in a fanciful frock coat, and set to virtually run […]

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