Emergency services in London have treated 88 people for injuries following an horrific ceiling collapse at the West End's historic Apollo Theatre on Thursday (19Dec13). The packed venue, which opened in 1901, had to be evacuated after part of the roof appeared to cave in during a performance of the critically-acclaimed play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 8.15pm local time as audience members and theatre staff rushed towards the exits as debris fell from above.
A number of people were trapped inside the building by the falling concrete, but they have all since been freed thanks to a rescue mission organised by emergency personnel, who had had the area around the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre cordoned off to the public.
Seven people were hospitalised with serious injuries, while the other 81 have been described as "walking wounded". There have been no reported fatalities.
A representative for the London Fire Brigade has since confirmed that "heavy plaster" from a section of the ceiling collapsed, taking parts of the balconies with it as it crashed down to the ground.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Angela Lansbury is returning to London's West End for the first time in 39 years to revive her role in Noel Coward's comedy play Blithe Spirit. The 88 year old will play eccentric psychic Madame Arcati again, five years after wowing Broadway with her performance in 2009.
The Murder, She Wrote star, who last appeared on the London stage in 1975's Hamlet alongside Albert Finney, can't wait to get back to her hometown.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I wanted to come back in something that I felt totally comfortable in, and playing Arcati was a wonderful experience for me. I hope to God I can still fly (rush) around the at the same rate."
The production will run for a short 15-week stint at the Gielgud Theatre next March (14).
Welsh TV star Stan Stennett has died aged 88. Stennett passed away in the early hours of Tuesday (26Nov13) at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He had reportedly battled ill health since suffering a stroke three years ago, according to the BBC.
His son, Ceri Stennett, says, "My dad was a showman through and through. When the final curtain fell he would want people to remember him as someone who tried to spread as much happiness as he possibly could. He was one of those people who could spread happiness throughout the country - not just Wales but much further afield."
Stennett began his career in entertainment during World War Two, playing guitar in a jazz quintet. He then took on a career as a comedian/actor and appeared in several TV shows including hit U.K. dramas Coronation Street, Casualty and Crossroads.
He was a close friend of legendary U.K. funnyman Eric Morecambe and he hosted the star's final comedy show in 1982. Morecambe collapsed backstage at the gig after suffering a heart attack and died hours later.
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, The Wolf of Wall Street. We've seen drama over the release date, rumors about the rating, and the trailer has reignited hopes and campaigns to earn Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar. But while we don't know much about DiCaprio's upcoming performance, we do know that he will have a lot of screentime to prove how much he deserves it. According to new reports from Allocine (via The Playlist), The Wolf of Wall Street will have a running time of 2 hours and 59 minutes, making it Scorsese's longest feature film to date. That honor used to belong to Casino, which runs 2 hours and 58 minutes.
In celebration of Scorsese's longest-running film to date, we've decided to round up 10 other Scorsese superlatives, from his highest-grossing film to his most award-winning to his first ever collaboration with DiCaprio.
Shortest Film - Boxcar Bertha With a runtime of only 88 minutes, this 1972 film is Scorsese's shortest feature film. It's also his worst-reviewed film, and boasts a Rotten Tomatoes score of 45%.
Highest Grossing Film - Shutter IslandThe 2010 film made over $293 million worldwide, a feat which none of his following films has managed to top.
Biggest Opening Weekend - Shutter IslandThe film made over $40 million in its opening weekend, which is still the biggest opening weekend any of Scorsese's films have had. Until Inception was released later in 2010, this was also the biggest opening weekend for any of DiCaprio's films.
Most Expensive Film - HugoWith an estimated budget of $170 million, Hugo is the most expensive film in Scorsese's filmography. It's also the first of his films to be shot entirely in digital, and his first 3D film.
Most Cursing - Goodfellas The f-word is used 296 times, mostly by Joe Pesci's character, Tommy DeVito. The runner-up, The Departed, only uses the word 237 times, but holds the record as the Best Picture winner with the most appearances of the f-word.
Highest Body Count - The Departed With over twice as many dead characters as Goodfellas, The Departed is the most violent of Scorsese's films, boasting a body count of 22 characters. Despite the fact that many main characters are included in that total, a sequel is rumored to be in development.
Most Award Winning - The AviatorThe film has won a total 12 awards: five Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett and Best Editing for Scorsese's longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker; four BAFTAs, including Best Film; and three Golden Globes, including Best Actor for DiCaprio.
First Film With Leonardo DiCaprio - Gangs of New York The 2002 film kicked off a long-lasting partnership between the director and DiCaprio, who have made a total of five films together.
First Film With Robert De Niro - Mean Streets Scorsese cast DeNiro in this 1973 film after he and De Niro became friends in the early '70s. They have since made a total of eight films together, and DeNiro has been in more Scorsese films than any other actor.
First Emmy Award - 2011 for Boardwalk EmpireFive years after earning his first Oscar for directing The Departed, Scorsese earned an Emmy for his work on the series premiere of Boardwalk Empire, which cost $18 million to make.
British author Doris Lessing has died at the age of 94. The writer passed away at her London home on Sunday (17Nov13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lessing penned more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry including The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark.
She became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, when she won the award for her life's work, aged 88.
Lessing was born to British parents in Persia (now Iran) and she grew up Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she dropped out of school at 13 and left home at 15 to work as a nursemaid.
She sold two short stories to magazines in South Africa and moved to London, where he first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published.
Her most famous book, The Golden Notebook, hit bookshelves in 1962.
Paying tribute to the longtime HarperCollins writer, Charlie Redmayne, the publishing house's UK CEO says, "Doris Lessing was a one of the great writers of our age. She was a compelling storyteller with a fierce intellect and a warm heart who was not afraid to fight for what she believed in. It was an honour for HarperCollins to publish her."
Seth MacFarlane can do no wrong in the eyes of Fox. His juggernaut, Family Guy, leads the Sunday night lineup (sorry, The Simpsons has been watered down for quite some time) and American Dad is a strong supporting show. MacFarlane's Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show finished with 88 episodes and now Dads recently got the green light to return.
Dads hasn't been well received by some, citing racist and low-brow jokes. Had this been anybody else's show, it would be dead. Another casualty, maybe even a mid-season cancellation. But because MacFarlane is the mastermind behind Dads, Fox gives it life.
Perhaps Fox thinks it will catch on the same way Family Guy did. Look, the power of MacFarlane is undeniable. He turned water into wine with Ted, a movie about a lovable, foul-mouthed teddy bear. A talking bear was a unique idea and all of MacFarlane’s animated shows had that niche working in their favor.
Dads has no such element. Seth Green is the face of the show, but honestly, as a physical actor, Green hasn't had real success since playing Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has had guest appearances, but only for a few episodes (dude was a punk on Entourage). Green is a tremendous voice actor and has a ton of work to his credit. The microphone is his bread and butter; otherwise audiences end up with Greg the Bunny. Remember that show? Right, nobody does.
Fox must be hoping against hope that Dads emulates the Family Guy formula. Remember, Family Guy got axed then resurrected; not too many shows can make that claim. But it also had a strong following, something that Dads clearly does not.
Spanish actress Amparo Rivelles has died at the age of 88. The veteran star passed away in her native Madrid, Spain on Thursday (07Nov13).
The daughter of acting couple Rafael Rivelles and Maria Fernanda Ladron de Guevara, she began her screen career in the 1940s and appeared in films like 1944's romantic drama El Clavo (The Nail).
She went on to work with acclaimed actor/director Orson Welles, landing a role in 1955's Mr. Arkadin, aka Confidential Report, before moving to Mexico, where she spent 20 years living and working in Mexican films and telenovelas.
Further details about her death have yet to be made public.
Veteran actress Angela Lansbury is urging TV producers to reconsider revamping her classic crime series Murder, She Wrote because she feels recycling the show is a "mistake". The Oscar nominee portrayed mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the series from 1984 to 1996, landing the star 12 Emmy nominations and spawning four TV movies and a spin-off series, The Law & Harry McGraw.
Bosses at America's NBC network recently announced plans to rework the popular show with Octavia Spencer in the lead role - but Lansbury insists it won't be the same.
She tells the Associated Press, "I think it's a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove (show's fictional village) and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person...
"So I'm sorry that they (TV executives) have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it's their right."
However, Lansbury, 88, insists she hopes for nothing but the best for Spencer: "I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."
The longterm partner of late British broadcaster Kenneth Kendall committed suicide after struggling to overcome his grief, an inquest has heard. Kendall, the first newsreader to appear on BBC television in 1955 and a longrunning regular on the network, died aged 88 after suffering a stroke last November (12).
His civil partner Francis Fear was found dead at their home on the Isle of Wight in April (13).
An inquest into his death has heard Fear left a note to his loved ones explaining he couldn't continue without Kendall, who he had been with for 23 years.
Isle of Wight assistant coroner John Matthews recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging, adding that the 55 year old had "suffered a tremendous amount of grief".
British author Barbara Taylor Bradford is auctioning off millions of dollars worth of her jewellery to provide an income for two distant relatives. The A Woman Of Substance writer, who has no children, is selling a collection of 40 items, most of which were gifts from her husband Bob, and is expected to raise close to $2.3 million (£1.5 million).
Among the items is a 14-carat diamond ring valued at $750,000 (£500,000) and a pair of Harry Winston diamond and pearl earrings valued at $112,500 (£75,000).
Taylor Bradford considered giving the collection to her two relatives, but decided they would be better served with the income from the auction "as they don't lead the same lifestyle as me".
She adds, "Bob and I decided it might be nice to auction it and the money would be a little nest egg for them. Let somebody else enjoy those beautiful things. It's a wrench, but at the same time I've enjoyed those pieces."
The author, who has sold 88 million books worldwide, said much of the collection had been languishing unworn in a drawer in her New York home, but declined to reveal which family members would be sharing the proceeds of the auction.
The items will be sold off at Bonhams in London in December (13).