A woman has baked an “almost life-sized” Johnny Depp cake for a competition.
Lara Clarke, an amateur baker from Brownhills, West Midlands, made the Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired creation for the Cake International competition in Birmingham.
“He’s basically made of Rice Crispies, marshmallows and icing. His head is made from a block of solid white chocolate, which I’ve carved,” she said.
She added that it had taken her about 90 hours to design and make the cake which is 5ft 5in (165 cms) high. Read more>>
Bosses at the British Broadcasting Company have apologized about a “factual inaccuracy” in a joke on a popular U.K. panel show about Prince Harry taking drugs.
Comedienne Jo Brand was hosting Have I Got News For You last week when she mentioned Prince George’s recent christening.
She said, “George’s godparents include Hugh van Cutsem. I presume that’s a nickname as in ‘Hugh van cuts ’em and Harry then snorts ’em’.”
However, the remark attracted a backlash from viewers and now BBC bosses have said they are sorry for getting the name of one of George’s four godfathers wrong. Van Cutsem’s brother William was actually handed the role.
A statement from the broadcaster reads, “We apologize for the factual inaccuracy in Friday’s program and have edited iPlayer and future repeats accordingly.”
However, the channel has refused to apologize for poking fun at Prince Harry, adding, “It’s a satirical news quiz. This was clearly a tongue in cheek comment.”
(CBS News) Prince William took on some of his grandmother’s duties Thursday as he hosted his first investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The prince handed out awards to recognize the achievements of people in the United Kingdom.
William presented Wimbledon champion Andy Murray with a medal from the Order of the British Empire (OBE). However, the tennis star almost missed his big moment. He tweeted to his followers that he thought he was running behind.
The BBC reports that Prince William also presented “Vicar of Dibley” producer Jon Plowman with an OBE.
William concluded his military career earlier this year and is transitioning into his role as a full-time royal. The ceremony is the highest-profile royal duty the Duke of Cambridge has conducted to date.
The BBC have released six new promotional images from The Day Of The Doctor, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The 75 minute episode which will be simulcast worldwide by TV broadcasters on Saturday 23rd November stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.
View more from the BBC Day of The Doctor photo gallery here!
Nearly twenty years since the release of The Beatles’ chart-topping compilation album ‘Live At The BBC’ featuring radio performances from 1963 to 1965, producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley have now compiled ‘On Air Live At The BBC – Volume 2’ featuring never-before-heard performances, banter and cover tracks.
The compilation includes 63 tracks which weren’t featured on the previous volume; 37 of which are newly released radio performances and 23 which feature unheard banter and chatting amongst the band and the radio hosts. There are 10 tracks which were never recorded for EMI and some which haven’t been released at all; among them are covers of Chuck Berry’s ‘I’m Talking About You’, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ and different versions of previously heard covers including Ray Charles’ ‘I Got A Woman’.
Howlett and Heatley were truly spoilt for choice when it came to compiling this new collection, given that the world’s most-loved band performed an incredible 275 shows on the radio throughout their musical journey in the 60s, appearing on 39 different shows in the year of their debut album release. The new compilation, re-mastered by Guy Massey and Alex Wharton, includes a detailed booklet and is set for release on November 11th 2013.
Cher admits she had no “valid reasons” for finding it difficult to accept her transgender son.
The 67-year-old singer has son Chaz with her ex-husband Sonny Bono, who died in 1998. Chaz was born a girl and underwent gender transition to become a man, something his mother had a difficult time understanding at first.
“You wouldn’t think it, but I think I knew Chaz was gay way before anybody else, when she was young. I think of Chaz in the past as a she. Chaz is now definitely a he,” she told BBC News.
“I didn’t take it well and I don’t know why exactly, there were many reasons, but none of them were valid.”
The pair are now on better terms and Cher is also reigniting her music career with a new album called Closer to the Truth and an accompanying tour.
Her previous series of shows was called Living Proof: The Farewell tour and began in 2002. She didn’t expect to be hitting the road again, but feels ready to tentatively dip her toe in that pond again now.
“When you have something new to say or new to sing, then it makes the idea of going on tour more reasonable,” she explained.
“I did a tour for three-and-a-half years and it almost killed me. There’s a finite amount of energy that I have. It’s pretty boundless, but it’s still not endless.
“I know if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it. I’m not going to do that many dates to begin with to see if I am still up for this.”
Livid BBC bosses are demanding that Virgin axes an advert featuring David Tennant.
The Beeb thinks the TV ad breaks its rules by cashing in on Doctor Who, which David, 40, starred in.
The advert for Virgin’s TiVo on-demand TV service makes references to the BBC sci-fi show.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, 61, is also shown going back in time in a contraption similar to the Doctor’s TARDIS. Read more>>
The BBC One sci-fi show will celebrate its 50th birthday in November 2013 and Matt Smith claims that he hopes to be a part of it, coming up with the idea of potentially shooting a one-off special in 3D.
He told Bang: ‘I love making Doctor Who and I get to be part of that 50th year which they’ll do something mental for. You know it will be brilliant.
‘I’m interested in all the 3-D stuff. If it could be filmed for 3-D TV that would be fun, especially with ‘Doctor Who’, but it’s very expensive. I don’t know how they’d do it.’
Much confusion has surrounded the next Doctor Who series, which may be screened in two parts over 2012 and 2013.
Matt Smith is confident that he will be a part of the show whatever happens however, saying: ‘For me, it’s just that I know that I’m going to shoot 14 episodes, of which I’ll be in all of them. How they’ll actually schedule it, I don’t know. But all I know is that we start in February.’