from Royal Wedding Diary:

Press faces royal wedding day dilemmas

April 8, 2011

Royals9.jpgMedia companies, particularly from Britain and North America, are pouring a lot of resources into covering the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in London. The amount of money they are spending, and the temptation to decide what their millions of viewers want to see, could cloud editorial judgment on the day should things not go according to plan.

from Fan Fare:

May one moan about the royal wedding?

February 17, 2011

Royals1.jpgI may be in Berlin covering the film festival, but I'm keeping half an eye on the press coverage of the royal wedding. Needless to say there is an awful lot of it, and some of the stories appear to be as much fiction as fact, if not more so. The tone is almost entirely positive, with commentators glowing about the young royal couple, her style, his grace, how good it all is for the country, economy, morale, soul -- oh you get the gist.

from Fan Fare:

Laden in Red – Chris de Burgh sells fine wines

February 2, 2011

Chris de Burgh"The Lady in Red" singer Chris de Burgh has decided to cash in on surging prices for fine wines, offering 320 bottles and 84 magnums of mainly red varieties at Christie's in March which are expected to fetch in the region of 200,000 pounds ($320,000).

from Fan Fare:

“X Factor” hits wrong note

October 4, 2010

Cheryl1Britain's "The X Factor" has struck a bum chord, even before the main knock-out phase of the hugely popular TV show begins. Judge Cheryl Cole has incensed thousands of viewers with her selection of three finalists from a shortlist of eight contestants. Hopeful Gamu Nhengu, 18, was rejected by Cole, despite impressing with her audition and being among the early favourites to win the show.

from Fan Fare:

Who is greatest stage actor of all?

September 23, 2010

McKellenSo who is the greatest stage actor of them all?

Britain's "The Stage" theatrical publication is holding a poll to ask visitors to its website to choose who is the best stage actor of all time. Six of the 10 shortlisted artists are still alive, and include legends not only of the stage, but also the screen, including Judi Dench and Ian McKellen (pictured at right). The Stage will keep the voting lines open for the next 10 weeks and publish the winner in a special Christmas edition.

from Fan Fare:

UK’s X Factor gets off to rocky start

August 25, 2010

cowell3The X Factor, one of Britain's most-watched television programmes, has got off to a rocky start this year with its integrity called into question after it came to light that some contestants' performances had been enhanced using computer software. A spokesman for the show, a pillar of ITV1's annual scheduling, admitted that post-production work was sometimes necessary due to the number of microphones used during filming. But he also told British media that judges make their decisions during the audition stages based on what they hear live, and that later shows are all genuinely live.

from Fan Fare:

With Jedward gone, has X Factor lost its X factor?

November 23, 2009

BRITAIN/So, the “terrible twins” from Ireland, John and Edward Grimes, have been booted off the X Factor, ending their skin-of-the-teeth, tip-of-the-fingernail existence on the show.

from Fan Fare:

Robbie wins over doubters with comeback gig

October 21, 2009

robbie1Robbie Williams did himself few favours when he sang his new single on the X Factor TV show, with the former Take That star clearly nervous, some would say positively wired.

Madonna has one, so does Bruno; will Elton also get one?

September 14, 2009

OUKTP-UK-UKRAINE-ELTONJOHN-ADOPTIONMadonna has one, so does Bruno; will Elton also get one?

British pop singer Elton John may join the growing list of celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Madonna who adopt babies from developing countries around the world. John who was visiting Ukraine with his Aids Charity foundation said on Saturday he wanted to adopt a 14-month-old boy called Lev.

from Fan Fare:

Big Brother – will you miss it?

August 26, 2009

So farewell, Big Brother. You have been on British screens every year for the last decade, but 2010 will be your last, unless someone else can be persuaded to pay production company Endemol for a show that has seen ijadets ratings slump.