It was time for the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2013 in London on Tuesday night (November 5, 2013) at the famous Claridge’s hotel. The likes of Rita Ora, Victoria Beckham and Mick Jagger turned out for the ceremony, but it was Jourdan Dunn, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba who were the big winners.
Rita Ora and Jourdan Dunn pose for the photographers outside Claridges at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. Rita Ora came away with the prize for Musician of the Year, while Joudan clinched the Model of the Year prize 2013. Well done girls!
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The Rolling Stones are all over the place and up in your face again: first the storming Glastonbury come-back, then Jagger's hair sells for £4K, dinner with deputy PM Nick Clegg and that rather swanky yurt.
The Rolling Stones have introduced themselves to a whole new generation in this past year, after the initial unavoidable buzz of the announcement that they were going to headline June's Glastonbury Festival. The excitement snowballed as the instantly sold-out festival drew nearer and boy, the Stones didn't disappoint. For a start they played a monster set lasting well over two hours but the collossal crowd were entertained by a choir, fireworks, the crazy shapes thrown by the gurning, dancing lead singer and a giant, fiery, scrap metal phoenix.
Mick Jagger: Rock Grandfather & Icon.
Stones' frontman Mick Jagger has been particularly enjoying his fresh time in the spotlight, having been snapped out to dinner with his partner, L'Wren Scott, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, and TV presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup and her husband Jason McCue, as reported byThe Daily Mail. Additionally, a lock of the 69 year-old's hair has been sold at auction, fetching £4,000. According to the BBC, the lock of Jagger's hair came with a note that said "Mick Jagger's hair after being washed and trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm" and was sold by his former girlfriend, Chrissie Shrimpton.
Continue reading: Mick Jagger: Back In The Spotlight And Going Stronger Than Ever
Danny Boyle's inspiring drama Slumdog Millionaire is the frontrunner at the London Critics' Circle film awards, it has been announced.
The story of a boy from the slums of Mumbai who finds himself one question away from winning 20 million rupees is up for six awards, including British film of the year.
Boyle is named in the best director and best British director categories while lead actor Dev Patel is up for best British actor.
Hunger, Steve McQueen's drama about the 1981 IRA hunger strikes, has five nominations, as do Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon.
In keeping with the Golden Globe nominations, Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are all nominated for the best film prize while the best British film award will be contested between Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger, In Bruges, Man on Wire and Happy-Go-Lucky.
Jason Solomons, chairman of the London Film Critics' Circle, said he was "thrilled" by "exciting set of nominations which acknowledge the best in film-making from around the world."
"I am particularly delighted that the Critics' Circle have been able to introduce a new award the NSPCC Award for Young British Performer of the Year and that we have been able to choose from such a dazzling pool of young stars, emphasising the strength and depth of young talent in Britain," he added.
The awards will be hosted by Mariella Frostrup and Paul Gambaccini and held in aid of the NSPCC on February 4th.
The nominees for the 29th London Critics' Circle film awards are:FILM OF THE YEAR
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Man on Wire
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
I've Loved You So Long
Waltz With Bashir
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky - The Wrestler
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Clint Eastwood - Changeling
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gus Van Sant - Milk
BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Terence Davies - Of Time and the City
Mike Leigh - Happy-Go-Lucky
Steve McQueen - Hunger
Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Josh Brolin - W
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Sean Penn - Milk
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader and Revolutionary Road
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Fassbender - Hunger
Ralph Fiennes - The Duchess
Ben Kingsley - Elegy
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Michael Sheen - Frost/Nixon
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Tilda Swinton - Julia
Kate Winslet - The Reader and Revolutionary Road
BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Liam Cunningham - Hunger
Toby Jones - Frost/Nixon and W
Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky
Peter O'Toole - Dean Spanley
Mark Strong - Body of Lies
BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Hayley Atwell - The Duchess
Kristin Scott Thomas - Easy Virtue
Tilda Swinton - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Emma Thompson - Brideshead Revisited
Alexis Zegerman - Happy-Go-Lucky
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare - The Reader
Martin McDonagh - In Bruges
Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Asa Butterfield - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Georgia Groome - Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Bill Milner - Son of Rambow
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Will Poulter - Son of Rambow
Thomas Turgoose - Somers Town and Eden Lake
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Joanna Hogg - writer-director: Unrelated
Martin McDonagh - writer-director: In Bruges
Steve McQueen - writer-director: Hunger
James Watkins - writer-director: Eden Lake
Rupert Wyatt - director: The Escapist
DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Dame Judi Dench
Continue reading: Slumdog Millionaire Wins Over London Film Critics
Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has claimed the BBC is "fawning" in its coverage of the Royal Family.
The outspoken news anchor and University Challenge host suggested the BBC is confused over its tone in reporting royal matters.
Speaking on The Palace and the Beeb, a Radio 4 programme set to be aired later this week, Paxman said the corporation seems uncertain over whether it should "celebrate" or report newsworthy royal stories.
"While the BBC does report royal matters pretty straightforwardly, as it should, there is still a fawning taste, a fawning sense to the tone of voice it adopts when dealing with the heir to throne and his family," he said.
"They do not treat them in the way they would treat other members of the public, to which it might equally reply that they are not other members of the public."
He also said the BBC's coverage of the Queen Mother's death in 2002 exemplified its confused attitude towards the monarchy.
"It was unclear whether the BBC was announcing this as a piece of news or in its capacity as mourner-in-chief, really, and it got into a terrible muddle," he commented.
In response to Paxman's remarks, a BBC spokeswoman said he was "one of many voices" featured on The Palace and the Beeb.
The journalist and broadcaster is renowned for his headline-making views, having dismissed the TV licence fee as an anachronism, labelled Scottish poet Robert Burns' work as "sentimental doggerel" and argued middle-class white men should "give up all hope" of finding work on British television.
Writer Mariella Frostrup said that personalities such as Jonathan Ross and Paxman himself proved the latter was inaccurate.
Continue reading: Paxman Slams 'Fawning' Bbc Coverage Of Royals
White middle-aged man Jeremy Paxman has caused uproar in Edinburgh by claiming people from his background are unfairly discriminated against in the television industry.
Paxman, who presents BBC2's Newsnight programme, made the comments in an interview with broadcaster Mariella Frostrup shown at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
"Do I think it's a man's world in television? That is the most ridiculous question I have been asked all week," he said.
"The worst thing you can be in this industry is a middle class white male. If any middle class white male I come across says he wants to enter television, I say 'give up all hope' - they've no chance."
Frostrup responded by rejecting his claim that Paxman forms part of a "beleaguered species on television".
"Well, excuse me, but Jonathan Ross, Jeremy on Newsnight," she said.
"Look at the Today programme, Have I Got News For You, Newsnight. They are very much judged to be the people imbued with a sort of gravitas that women are still struggling to achieve."
Paxman's comments follow unkind remarks about the "sort of Scottish Raj" he believes is running the UK. It is not clear whether this explains why he chose to appear at the festival by video rather than appearing in person.
Continue reading: Paxman Hits Out At 'Discriminating' Tv Industry
Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children has been named as the best novel to have won the Booker Prize.
The book, which claimed the prestigious award in 1981, was selected by some 36 per cent of voters in a public poll to crown the 'best of the Booker'.
A shortlist of six Booker Prize winners - including JM Coetzee's Disgrace, Pat Barker's The Ghost Road and JG Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur - was selected by a judging panel comprised of biographer, novelist and critic Victoria Glendinning (Chair), writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, and John Mullan, Professor of English at University College, London.
And after some 7,800 literature lovers voted - 37 per cent of whom were from the UK, with more than one in four voters from the US - Midnight's Children headed the field.
"The readers have spoken - in their thousands. And we do believe that they have made the right choice," said Glendinning after the announcement.
The accolade comes 15 years after the novel was chosen as the Booker of Bookers in 1993, a celebratory award created to mark the 25th anniversary of the Booker Prize.
Rushdie was unable to attend the awards ceremony at London's Southbank Centre, as he is currently touring the US to promote his latest novel The Enchantress of Florence.
However, his sons, Zafar and Milan, were in attendance and passed on a message of thanks from their father.
"Marvellous news!" the author commented.
"I'm absolutely delighted and would like to thank all those readers around the world who voted for Midnight's Children."
Continue reading: Salman Rushdie Novel Voted Best Of The Booker
Mariella Frostrup, Dame Judi Dench and Honor Blackman make up the perfect female voice, according to researchers.
The most appealing male voices are Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon, the research also found.
Linguistics professor Andrew Linn from Sheffield University, and sound engineer Shannon Harris, keyboard player for Rod Stewart and Lily Allen, carried out the research for Post Office Telecoms and developed a formula to find the most pleasing voice.
The formula involves measuring speed, tone, frequency and pauses between sentences to rate people's voices.
Professor Andrew Linn said: "As humans we instinctively know which voices send shivers down our spine, and which make us shudder with disgust.
"Most men find Mariella Frostrup's voice mesmerising because it's deep, slow and confident.
"Jeremy Irons speaks at 200 words per minute and pauses for 1.2 seconds between sentences meaning that he comes very close to the model and explains why his deep, gravelly tones inspire trust in his audience.
"This formula gives us an exciting glimpse into the way voices work and what makes them appealing or repelling."
The ideal voice should utter no more than 164 words per minute (wpm) and pause for 0.48 seconds between sentences that fall in intonation, the researchers found.
Mariella Frostrup speaks an average of 180wpm and pauses for 0.5 seconds between sentences, Dame Judi Dench talks at 160wpm breaking off for just 0.5 seconds and Honor Blackman articulates herself at a more considered pace of 120wpm.
Continue reading: Formula For 'Perfect Voice' Found
George Clooney's father NICK has warned the OCEANS' ELEVEN star not to rush into another relationship while he is so involved in his career - because it will lead to more heartbreak.
The father's actor is convinced his son is both marriage and parent material, but insists he must fulfil all his ambitions before a relationship could ever work.
He says, "Some great woman is going to knock him off his feet. He will be a wonderful husband and father. Though I hope he waits until he is at a point in his career where he can devote himself to a relationship.
Continue reading: Clooney Too Busy For Love
The TENDER singer - who is also the driving force behind dance outfit GORILLAZ - will join British artist Tracey Emin, actor Stephen Fry, TV presenter Mariella Frostrup and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, the wife of gallery owner CHARLES SAATCHI, on the panel.
The competition - which is open to all schools which have visited the gallery on London's South Bank - offers the winners prize money of $12,750 (GBP7,500) for its art department and the top student will be presented with a state-of-the-art computer.
Continue reading: Albarn Joins Art Prize Jury