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Olympic Studs of the Day: Heather Stanning and Helen Glover save the Queen

FINALLY! Bloody hell!

These two late-blooming rowers ended the gold medal drought for Team Great Britain Wednesday, winning the 2000m Women’s Pairs. It’s the first-ever Olympic gold won by a British women’s crew.

Bob Costas told me Glover, 26, a former PE teacher from Cornwall, answered a British sporting agency’s recruiting ad just four years ago. She was all, “What’s rowing?” back then, and look at her now. ROWING. She and Stanning, 27, a captain in the Royal Artillery, have been together three years. READ FULL STORY

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical sets London premiere

Nearly four years after it was first announced, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical helmed by Sam Mendes (pictured) has set a date for its London debut. EW has confirmed that the show will premiere at the London Palladium in June 2013. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony-winning partners who wrote the music and lyrics for Hairspray and Smash, will create new songs for the stage production.

Scottish playwright David Greig will take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novella to write the book. One Man, Two Guvnors‘ Tony-nominated designer Mark Thompson will create costumes and sets, and Peter Darling (Billy Elliott, Matilda) will choreograph.

Tickets go on sale in October.

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'Chariots of Fire' beach scene recreated for 2012 Olympics torch relay

The synth-heavy theme music for 1981 British film Chariots of Fire shall forever be associated with cheesy majestic slo-mo running, so it’s no surprise the tune is getting some mileage in advance of the 2012 Olympics. It’s been used in Olympics-themed ads from The Sun, to accompany the first runners in the new Olympic Park and earlier this year at London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

Now the iconic scene has been recreated as part of the Olympic torch relay. On Wednesday, the torch was in Scotland, held aloft by 13-year-old Joseph Forrester, who led 20 other schoolchildren along the shores of West Sands Beach. Check out a photo of the movie re-enactment moment below: READ FULL STORY

Sheep, cricket, and a mosh pit: Danny Boyle teases 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

We already learned that Paul McCartney will be at the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, and we continue to hope that somehow James Bond and the Queen will kick butt in tandem while jumping out of a helicopter, but not a lot of details have otherwise been doled out about the July 27 event. Until now… READ FULL STORY

'America's Next Top Model': And the British Invasion winner is ...

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched the finale of America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion, don’t click in to see who won!


Harry Potter to play young Don Draper in your new favorite miniseries

Mad Men and the Harry Potter films are worlds apart: One is about a handsome magician who is good with his wand; the others are about Harry Potter. Now the lead actors from each are coming together in a miniseries that might just blow your mind.

British company Sky Arts has confirmed that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe will both appear in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a four-part dramedy based on semi-autobiographical short stories by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Both actors will play the titular doctor at different ages, and the two will share the screen when Hamm’s character “has a series of bleakly comic exchanges” with the persona played by Radcliffe.


Prince Charles reads the weather report

Remember that one episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm when Larry David decided to be a car salesman for a day? So replace “car salesman” with “weatherman” and “Larry David” with “heir to the throne of Great Britain,” and you’ve got an actual event that occurred today. Yes, Prince Charles swung by the BBC’s Scotland office to deliver the weather report, his sherry-cask voice making phrases like “cold, wet, and windy” sound like national emergencies. Watch the video: READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand testifies before Parliament -- VIDEO

Testifying before the U.K. Parliament today, Russell Brand talked about his 12 arrests and quoted holographic rapper Tupac Shakur. According to The Guardian, Brand’s main objective today was to advocate for treating drug addiction as a health and social welfare issue rather than as a criminal one. Despite cracking jokes, the funnyman got serious for a few moments, saying, “It is more important that we regard people suffering from addiction with compassion and there is a pragmatic rather than a symbolic approach to treating it.” Watch excerpts of Brand’s testimony below. READ FULL STORY

'Matilda' musical wins big at British theater's Olivier Awards

Bad news for Miss Trunchbull and her ilk: A musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda swept Britain’s Olivier Awards Sunday, winning more prizes than any other show in the awards’ 36-year history. The musical took home seven bronze busts of Laurence Olivier — including prizes for Best New Musical, Best Actor (a cross-dressing Bertie Carvel as Matilda’s treacherous headmistress), and Best Director (Matthew Warchus).

The show’s four young leads — each of whom plays Matilda Wormwood in two shows each week — also won a joint Best Actress prize. The quartet are all 12 years old or younger; one, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, is just 10, making her the youngest Olivier winner ever.

Though big names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, and Tim Rice — who received a special achievement award — also walked away winners, Matilda’s dominance is the night’s big story. READ FULL STORY

'Titanic with Len Goodman': Yes, that's the 'Dancing With the Stars' head judge messin' about on PBS!

Since his one-hour PBS special debuted April 10, Dancing With the Stars head judge Len Goodman has become roving shipbuilding documentarian Len Goodman! If you were flipping channels this week and thought you heard our beloved crankypants DANCMSTR exclaiming wildly about topics other than which ballroom couple had been “messin’ about” too much during a cha cha cha, you’re not crazy! Well, you might be — I don’t know your life — but you’re not wrong.

In Titanic With Len Goodman, Len explains his connection to the doomed 1912 ship: He’d worked as a welder at Harland and Wolff  – the company that built Titanic at its Belfast headquarters — 50 years later in London. “I used to weld all day, get home, scrub me-self up, and dance all night,” Len explained with his abundant zest for life. “Great times.”

I had NO IDEA Len Goodman was the original inspiration for Flashdance!

To help mark the centenary of the tragedy, Len visited modern day descendants of the shipbuilders, passengers, and crew in Southampton and Belfast, stood bellowing in the actual slipway on which the Titanic had been built, pounded some rivets in the factory, and even wore a life vest! (Screengrabs after the jump.)  READ FULL STORY

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