London's Battersea Power Station, which featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, is to be turned into a residential/industrial complex that will house stores, offices and luxury housing. The Malaysian developers funding the demolition of the fabled building on the banks of the Thames are planning to rebuild the power station's iconic smokestack towers, even painting them the same colour as the originals.
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
Police chiefs in the U.K. have denied allegations they tipped off the press ahead of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home. Cops descended on the veteran star's property in Berkshire, England on Thursday (14Aug14) as part of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse on a boy under the age of 16 dating back to the 1980s.
The star subsequently spoke out to deny the claims, and he took a swipe at the police, alleging the raid took place "without notice except, it would appear, to the press."
Police officials have now spoken out to insist they did not leak the news, which was first reported by the BBC.
A statement from the Thames Valley police force, which conducted the raid alongside South Yorkshire police, reads, "Thames Valley police did not speak to any media outlets prior to the warrant being executed in Sunningdale, Berkshire, yesterday."
The allegation against Richard is believed to stem from an event held by American evangelist preacher Billy Graham in Sheffield, England in 1985. The singer, who performed at the rally, has called the claim "completely false".
The fiance of British pop singer Kerry Katona was detained under the Mental Health Act by police officers on Wednesday (30Jul14) after having a meltdown in a street. The Atomic Kitten singer cried as her husband-to-be George Kay was restrained by cops for screaming out in distress in a road outside the couple's home in Oxfordshire, England.
Onlookers tell British newspaper The Sun that Kay was locked out of the property and began yelling, "Kerry, Kerry, they're going to kill me. They are hitting me with the hammer. Why are you letting them do this?"
Katona watched in tears at the door of her home as police officers, who had been called by witnesses, handcuffed Kay. He was taken to the nearby John Radcliffe Hospital, where he was examined and discharged later that night.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police says Kay was not tested for substance abuse and no further action will be taken.
Katona and Kay have been engaged since last year (13) and they welcomed their first child together in April (14).
A huge sculpture depicting Monty Python's iconic dead parrot has been erected in central London. The comedy quartet's famous sketch, in which John Cleese attempts to return a deceased bird to a pet store, has inspired an artwork which was unveiled on the banks of the Thames River close to Tower Bridge on Monday (14Jul14).
The 50-foot (15-metre) long dead parrot, which is made from fibreglass, was suspended from a crane before it was laid to rest on its back at Potters Fields.
The parrot was created as a tribute to the comedy troupe and to celebrate the current reunion run at London's O2 Arena, which will be broadcast on TV in the U.K. on Sunday (20Jul14).
Downton Abbey stars Jim Carter, Lesley Nicol, Rob James-Collier, and Phyllis Logan helped raise thousands of dollars for a cancer-detection charity at a special auction on Thursday (12Jun14). The actors are supporters of U.K. charity Medical Detection Dogs, which provides training for pooches to spot signs of cancer and alert diabetics to dangerous changes in their sugar levels.
The stars took part in a fundraising drive for the organisation in London on Thursday, joining a cruise along the Thames River before helping out with an auction.
Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in the period drama, even took on the role of auctioneer and helped to raise huge cash bids including $17,600 (£11,000) for a vacation on a yacht and $6,400 (£4,000) to visit the Downton Abbey crew during a day's filming.
Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, says, "Medical Detection Dogs has become a passion for me. They are relatively young, and the work they do is absolutely awe-inspiring and I want everyone to know exactly who they are and what they do.
"As far as I am aware there is something like a three-year waiting list for assistance dogs - and that is before what they do has really become widely known! Can you imagine what will happen when it has?
"So obviously it's vital to give them the means to expand their work as soon as possible. These dogs are literally transforming and saving lives, on a daily basis. And if you are poorly, and there is this opportunity out there, three years to wait, is a very long time!"
A member of Britain's famous Fiennes family has been stabbed to death in London. James Fiennes, 49, a cousin of acting brothers Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, and celebrated adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, was attacked during a night out at a bar/restaurant in the London suburb of Mortlake in Richmond upon Thames on Tuesday evening (22Apr14).
He allegedly became involved in an argument with another patron and was stabbed with a pair of scissors. He died from his injuries after he was transported to a local hospital.
Nicholas Hunter, 36, from Clapham, has been charged with murder and making threats to kill. His next court date has been booked for 28 April (14) at Kingston Crown Court.
Legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is calling on European citizens to back a proposed new law which would make environmental destruction a crime. The style guru, a longtime environmentalist, is lending her voice to the End Ecocide in Europe initiative, which aims to make big business bosses liable for putting profits before nature.
Under European Union (E.U.) law, one million citizens must vote for a certain proposal before it is considered by leaders, and Westwood wants to gather as many signatures as possible before the 21 January (14) deadline.
She says, "Our financial rulers and the politicians who help them are playing a giant game of Monopoly with the world's finite resources - completely abstract from reality - even though they accept the facts of Climate Change. And yet, you can't play Monopoly when everybody's dead. They imagine they'll be the last people. They don't care so long as they win."
Westwood will hold a press conference aboard the ship HMS President on London's River Thames on Wednesday (15Jan14) to raise awareness of the campaign, and will present a film about the issue alongside End Ecocide in Europe director Prisca Merz.
Westwood took to the streets last August (13) as part of a protest against a proposed fracking drilling site in West Sussex, England.
Veteran British entertainer Paul Daniels used inflatable paddling pools to protect his valuables when his luxury home flooded in a storm on Friday (10Jan14). The beloved magician lives close to the River Thames in Berkshire, England and had to swing into action when he fell victim to the relentless rain battering parts of the U.K. this week (beg06Jan14).
Floodwaters deluged his home when the river burst its banks on Friday, but the TV star was prepared for the bad weather and advised others affected to follow his lead and use inflatables to save their belongings.
In a message on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Get inflatable paddling pools downstairs and dump everything you can into them. You will save so much stuff."
Daniels later thanked fans for their support, stating, "Thank you to all those who asked about our flooding but don't worry. We are nowhere near as bad as some we are seeing on the news."
It is not the first time Daniels has suffered in a storm - his home was deluged when the Thames burst its bank in stormy weather in 2012.
Pop stars One Direction took their latest music video to new heights by filming the promo on top of London's iconic Tower Bridge. The singers were photographed standing on the edge of the bridge wearing safety harnesses while shooting the video for a new single on Saturday (21Dec13).
They braced the cold, wet weather for the shoot 200-feet (61-metres) above the River Thames, and Liam Payne was spotted swinging from a beam, while Harry Styles was seen capturing the moment by taking pictures on his cell phone.