Entries in London (11)


Incident at London Club Shortens Justin Bieber's 'Worst Birthday'

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber’s fame and fortune did not prevent him from having a bad 19th birthday.

On March 1, Bieber tweeted that he had a “big night ahead,” but hours later, the pop star admitted to his followers that it was his “worst birthday.”

The birthday boy’s festivities were held at London’s Cirque du Soir club. According to E! News, star guests included British singer Ella-Paige Roberts Clark and actor/rapper Jaden Smith.

A source told E! that all were asked to leave after an argument ensued between Bieber’s entourage and the club’s security. After the incident, Bieber went straight back to his hotel.

While the cause of the argument is not known, Bieber’s friend Ryan Butler tweeted, “This is unbelievable. Can’t even have fun on his birthday.”

#BeliebersHatePaparazzi was trending on Twitter following Bieber's tweet, with many fans blaming Bieber’s ever present paparazzi for his birthday woes.

In spite of Friday night’s drama, Bieber did thank his more than 35 million followers for their birthday wishes.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Rihanna Offered $8 Million to Turn On Christmas Lights

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Rihanna has a chance to earn $8 million by simply showing up at a London shopping center next month to turn on some Christmas lights and sing a few songs.  The Sun reports the singer has been asked to flick a switch to turn on Christmas lights at the Westfield shopping center, just across from the Olympic stadium.  In return for the big payday, Rih will also be obligated to perform a mini concert for more than 20,000 people who are expected to attend the annual event.

The singer turned on the Christmas lights in 2010, with Justin Bieber doing the honors last year.

A source tells The Sun that “Rihanna’s thrilled she has been asked again.”  The source says Rih “knows it’s a big deal and is totally up for it -- if it fits with her schedule.”

Myf Ryan, marketing manager of Westfield, confirms that Rihanna has been contacted about doing the event.  Ryan tells, “The Christmas light switch-on at Westfield Stratford City is one of the highlights of the festive calendar.  This year we want to thank our loyal shoppers by giving them something they’ll never forget."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lady Gaga Dresses as a Witch to Meet Wikileaks Founder

Alex Moss/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- File this under people you didn’t expect to break bread together: Lady Gaga visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London Monday and ate dinner with him there, according to the Telegraph.

Gaga promoted her new perfume Fame with a tea party at the nearby Harrods department store before going to the embassy. She wore a black dress and a pointed witch’s hat. According to the Telegraph, they spent five hours talking and Gaga left after midnight.

Assange, who is wanted in Sweden over alleged sex assaults on two women, has been at the Ecuadorian embassy since June and has claimed asylum.

Why did they meet? What did they talk about? It’s unclear. Representatives for the embassy and Gaga did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment. But maybe this Sunday evening tweet from singer M.I.A. to Gaga has something to with it: “If ur at harrods today, come visit Assange at the Ecuador embassy across the st. im there. Ill bring TEA and CAKE.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Spice Girls Dazzle at London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics brought a dash of traditional British pomp and culminated with a number of performances by English pop and rock super stars and a show-stopper by the Spice Girls.

In contrast to director Danny Boyle’s divisive opening ceremony, which featured performances from Paul McCartney, rapper Dizzee Rascal and rockers the Arctic Monkeys, the closing event had the vibe of Britain’s famed and diverse music festivals.  It featured performances by 1980s pop mainstays Madness and the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, modern rockers The Kaiser Chiefs, singer Annie Lennox and many more.

It was the reunited Spice Girls that made the biggest splash at Sunday night’s event, which was viewed by an estimated 300 million people around the world and 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium.

Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”), and Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) arrived via multicolored taxis into the center of the stadium, the floor of which was arranged to resemble the Union Jack.

The reunited pop stars surprised audiences by performing a medley of their megahits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” as they stood atop their taxis and circled the stadium, dazzling fans who helped make them one of the most popular worldwide acts of the late 1990s.

In addition to the aforementioned artists, London 2012′s closing ceremony also featured comic Eric Idle performing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which was originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.  The track is a popular sing-along in the United Kingdom.

Many more acts turned up to perform at the stunning closing event, including One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Russell Brand, Fatboy Slim, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye, Take That, Muse, Bryan May, The Kinks’ Ray Davies, and The Who, performing hits “Baba O’Riley”, “See Me, Feel Me”, and “My Generation.”

At the end of the ceremony, London Mayor Boris Johnson passed the Olympic Flag to Rio de Janero’s Mayor Eduardo Paes.  The Brazilian city will host the 2016 summer games.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Springsteen’s Guitarist Calls England ‘Police State’ After The Boss and McCartney Silenced

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(LONDON) — A Bruce Springsteen concert in London’s Hyde Park ended in controversy on Saturday night after The Boss’ microphone was cut off when the show ran over its allotted time.

Springsteen performed 29 songs, playing for more than three hours with several special guests as part of the Hard Rock Calling concert series. The set was already 30 minutes past its 10:30 p.m. curfew when Springsteen began the Beatles hit “Twist and Shout” with Paul McCartney. Before the song ended, the microphones had already been turned off.

Video shot by one of the 76,000 concertgoers, who braved rainy conditions, and posted on YouTube, showed the singers attempting to thank the crowd at the end of the show, but they could not be heard. Several in the crowd booed.

Steven Van Zandt, the lead guitarist for Springsteen’s E Street Band, vented on Twitter after the concert ended.

“One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?” he tweeted.

“Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” he added, suggesting that the police focus on fighting crime instead of cracking down on noise violations.

In a statement posted on the Hard Rock Calling website, a spokesman for concert promoter Live Nation apologized to fans.

“It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by authorities in the interest of the public’s health and safety,” the company said.

Meanwhile London Mayor Boris Johnson distanced himself from the decision to end the concert, saying the musicians should have been allowed to “jam in the name of the Lord.”

Ultimately Van Zandt lay blame with city officials and not the concert’s organizers.

“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!” he wrote.

Later on Sunday, Van Zandt backed off his criticism slightly, tweeting “Nobody’s blaming England!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Harry Potter" Star Sentenced for Role in London Riots

SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to London’s Wood Green Crown Court.

Waylett, who played Draco Malfoy’s evil sidekick Vincent Crabbe in six of the Potter films, was arrested for participating in violent riots that occurred across England last summer.

Prosecutors said Waylett, 22, was part of a small gang that participated in the riots in north London Aug. 8. Judge Simon Carr found Waylett guilty Tuesday of violent disorder for which he received two years. Waylett was cleared of another charge of intending to destroy or damage property with a fire bomb he was holding, a representative of the Wood Green Crown Court told ABC News.

Waylett had previously admitted to swigging from a bottle of stolen champagne from a supermarket during the riots. He was captured by security cameras with a hood over his head accepting a bottle of champagne from a rioter who had just looted it, according to the BBC.

The actor received a two-year sentence for violent disorder and one year for handling stolen goods, to run concurrently, so he will serve no more than two years.

“You were pictured on a number of occasions with a bottle full of petrol with a rag as a wick,” Judge Carr said in court, according to the BBC. “I accept entirely the jury’s verdict that you did not throw or have any intention of throwing it but merely being in possession of it would have been terrifying to anyone who saw you.”

Waylett’s lawyer, Emily Dummatt, said during mitigation that Waylett had become a “withered actor by the age of 22,” the BBC reported.

“Although he had the good fortune to be in the Harry Potter films, it turned out to be not so good fortune,” Dummatt said.

This isn’t the first time the actor has gotten into trouble. He was arrested in April 2009 for growing 10 marijuana plants in his mother’s northwest London home, the BBC reported. Waylett pleaded guilty and was ordered to 120 hours of community service. The arrest led him to be cut from the last two Potter films.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Angelina Jolie, Kids Staying Safe in London During Ongoing Riots

ABC News Radio(LONDON) -- With the current unrest occurring in central London, Angelina Jolie and her six children are playing it safe, staying in their rented home in London’s Richmond neighborhood.

A member of Jolie’s security team told Us magazine, "[Tuesday] morning, [Angelina] was really scared and worried about the safety of the kids.  But, as the day has gone by, we've been able to get a clear picture on what's going on.”

The staffer added, “She felt safe enough to take the children out.  Of course, we are not going anywhere near central London."

Jolie ended up bringing her kids to Pottery Café, where they decorated pottery.  Her partner, Brad Pitt, is currently five hours away in Falmouth filming World War Z, but an insider told the magazine that he calls Jolie regularly from the set to check up on her and the kids.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Final 'Harry Potter' Film Has Red Carpet Premiere in London

Warner Bros. Pictures(LONDON) -- A throng of die-hard Harry Potter fans from all over the globe gathered in London on Thursday to help celebrate the last Potter movie premiere ever with the cast they’ve grown to love. reports that the stars of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, spent three hours traveling down the red carpet that stretched from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square, where the film was being screened at a lavish theater.  Joining them were nearly 4,000 screaming, cheering, and crying fans.

Actress Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the film series, was moved to tears and thanked fans for their “loyalty and understanding.”

And even though Harry Potter is no more, Daniel Radcliffe reminded fans of what they will always have, saying, “Each and every person, not just in this square but around the world, will carry the films with them for the rest of their lives.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will hit U.S. theaters on July 15.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michael Jackson Statue Erected Outside London Soccer Club

PRNewsFoto(LONDON) -- English soccer club, Fulham, defeated fellow Premier League club Blackpool on Sunday, but Fulham found itself making headlines for another reason, one that has nothing to do with soccer, and everything to do with the "King of Pop."

On Sunday, Fulham’s chairman Mohammed Al-Fayed unveiled a statue of the late Michael Jackson outside the club’s Craven Cottage home stadium in London. Al-Fayed unveiled the statue of his close friend in a ceremony held before the game against Blackpool, to the delight of some fans, and to the disapproval of some others.

Al-Fayed had some strong words for those against the statue, saying those who didn’t appreciate it could “go to hell.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Kings of Leon's Tour Bus Catches Fire; London Show Postponed

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(LONDON) -- A Kings of Leon show that was set to take place at London's O2 Arena was postponed after one of the band's tour buses caught on fire.

The BBC reports the blaze was extinguished by firefighters and the venue's sprinkler system before it was able to spread.  No one was injured in the fire.

A spokesperson for the O2 said the fire didn't affect the seating area but the show had to be postponed and rescheduled due to "insufficient time to rig the arena" for the performance.

Tickets for the show sold out months ago.  A new date is expected to be announced soon.

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