Eccentric pop star Bjork has pulled out of plans to perform at the premiere of her new concert film at the London Film Festival on Thursday night (09Oct14). The It's Oh So Quiet hitmaker had been expected to attend the screening of Biophilia Live at the Odeon West End and treat fans and guests to a short set, but she has decided to skip the event in favour of working on new music.
A statement posted on Bjork's Facebook.com page reads: "We are so sorry, but since Bjork is already working on her next album (out in 2015!) she cannot come to the 'Biophilia Live' premiere at the London Film Festival this week. Many sorries, and be well (sic)."
The film, directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, was shot at London's Alexandra Palace in September, 2013, on the final night of the singer's U.K. tour, which featured a series of multi-media designs and installations inspired by award-winning naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
British pop star Alexandra Burke has warned fans she will not be performing at a tribute concert for late South African President Nelson Mandela in London on Friday (18Jul14), blaming promoters for lying about her involvement. The Bad Boys hitmaker was billed to appear alongside artists including former M People singer Heather Small, gospel musician Sandra Godley and Rwandan pop star Kitoko at the Nelson Mandela Day Concert in Chalk Farm, but she insists she was never booked for the charity gig.
Taking to her Facebook.com page on Thursday (17Jul14), she writes, "Despite being a worthy cause, I'm afraid I am not performing at the Mandela Day Concert this Friday.
"My performance has been advertised under false pretences. My fans know that I am currently performing in (stageshow) The Bodyguard. Sorry to disappoint anybody who has brought (sic) tickets thinking I was performing. No agreement exists".
Burke is currently starring in the West End musical adaptation of hit film The Bodyguard in the role made famous by Whitney Houston.
Mandela died in December (13). The memorial concert is being held to mark what would have been his 96th birthday on Friday.
Glamorous stars including supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Rita Ora descended on London on Tuesday night (01Apr14) to celebrate Italian fashion. The style crowd was out in force at London's Victoria & Albert Museum for the launch of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition, curated in honour of the country's iconic style.
Campbell attended the glitzy dinner alongside pop star Ora, model/actress Elizabeth Hurley, catwalk queen Eva Herzigova and socialite Poppy Delevingne. Italian fashion mogul Valentino also walked the red carpet with British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
The exhibition runs from 5 April (14) to 27 June (14).
Rising rapper George Watsky has apologised for his "stupid" behaviour at a concert in London after jumping off a lighting rig and landing himself and two fans in hospital. The 27 year old climbed up a 35-foot (10.7-metre) high rig during a show at Alexandra Palance on Sunday (17Nov13) and leaped off without warning - only to come crashing down on the audience, breaking one woman's arm and injuring a man.
The gig, part of the touring Warped Tour event, had to be halted by organisers as Watsky and his victims were attended to by paramedics, who transported them to a nearby hospital.
Watsky, from San Francisco, California, subsequently took to his Facebook.com page on Sunday night to express his remorse over the incident, writing, "It was stupid and wildly irresponsible, plain and simple... I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mindset is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment. No, I was not drunk or on drugs...
"I feel f**king terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it's extremely lucky it wasn't worse... I am deeply sorry and I promise to learn from this mistake."
Watsky was discharged from hospital hours later and escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre were on hand to honour brave Brits at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night (07Oct13). James Corden, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Harding, Katherine Jenkins and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the ceremony, but were overshadowed on the night as the spotlight was shone on the country's most inspirational citizens.
Among those honoured included lollipop lady Karin Williams, who dived in front of an out-of-control car to push a group of children to safety, as well as eight-year-old Harley Lane, who raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a sponsored run, despite having his arms and legs amputated as a toddler.
After presenting him with his award, Scherzinger told reporters, "I'm humbled to be here. Last year was my first year and I cried rivers. I just want to embrace everyone here."
Also feted was teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who hit headlines around the world last October (12) when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after campaigning for the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Late stage and screen star Simon Ward was remembered at a memorial service in London on Tuesday (09Jul13), almost a year after his death. The Zulu Dawn and The Three Musketeers star passed away at the age of 70 on 20 July last year (12) and his family gathered to honour his memory this week.
The event was held at London's St Paul's Church, also known as the Actors' Church, and was attended by his widow Alexandra, actress daughter Sophie, and his other daughter Kitty, who arrived with her comedian husband Michael McIntyre.
All three women were said to have been by Ward's bedside when he died last year (12).
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is to lead a group of musicians on a charity bike ride to Britain's Download Festival. More than 40 riders will cycle 165 miles (266 kilometres) from Alexandra Palace in north London to the festival site in Donnington, England to raise money for good causes, and Dickinson will lead the pack on the 25-mile (40-kilometre) final stretch.
The singer's bike ride will take place a day before his band headlines the music event on 15 June (13), but Dickinson regrets he is unable to take part in the whole challenge due to his schedule with Iron Maiden.
He says, "Maybe it's the first time the headliner has shown up on a bike, but I do use my bike to get around... These are great causes, I am only sorry that due to our tour schedule l can't do more of the ride, and hope our fans will support our efforts. I look forward to a day off after the ride seeing some great bands before we go into full Maiden action on the Saturday."
Other riders include members of Trivium, Pendulum and Paradise Lost, as well as record label executives, music journalists and managers
The ride begins on 12 June (13) and will raise funds for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline, and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
"My heart goes out to the family of the Soldier that died today in london.. Such a sad day...still in utter shock reading about this." British pop star Alexandra Burke is devastated by the horrific attack on a soldier, who was beheaded in the streets of Woolwich, London, by two knife-wielding fanatics on Wednesday (22May13).
British pop star Alexandra Burke has postponed her upcoming residency at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall due to "overwhelming demand". The Bad Boys hitmaker was planning to perform the soundtrack from 1972 Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings The Blues, in which Diana Ross played the singer, at the gigs next month (Jun13).
However, the six shows at the venue's Elgar Room are now being re-arranged so additional venues can be booked.
A statement from the star's publicist reads, "Due to an overwhelming demand for tickets, Alexandra Burke has decided to postpone her June 'Lady Sings The Blues' concerts and reschedule the performances for later this year, at additional venues.
"Tickets for the six dates at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room sold out within hours, with many fans disappointed, so these new dates, to be announced soon, will allow more fans to see and enjoy the shows."
Kim Cattrall only agreed to star in new play Sweet Bird Of Youth after Kevin Spacey honoured her request to sign up her favourite theatre director. The Sex and the City star will tread the boards at the Old Vic in London this summer (13) but revealed she only agreed to take on the role of fading Hollywood legend Alexandra Del Lago if Spacey, who is the theatre's artistic director, hired acclaimed War Horse director Marianne Elliott.
Kim said, "I was doing Private Lives (play) in the West End about two years ago and Kevin Spacey came to see it and he took me for lunch a few days later and said 'I have an idea'... he said 'Sweet Bird Of Youth'. And I said, Alright, if you can get Marianne Elliott to direct it I'll do it - and he did!"
Sweet Bird Of Youth opens at the Old Vic on 1 June (13).