It has been eight long months since Lindsay Lohan starred in “Liz & Dick,” as of yet the world’s most glorious made-for-TV-movie about the tumultuous love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Note, I said “as of yet.” Not to be outdone by Lifetime, the BBC is airing its own Liz and Dick vehicle, “Burton and Taylor,” starring none other than Helena Bonham Carter as our beloved Liz. Judging by this trailer, here’s what HBC has going for her already: convincing acting ability, a voice that isn’t ravaged by cigarettes, and, um, not being Lindsay Lohan. That’s enough for me. [The Wrap]
This unidentified guy was interviewed on the BBC about the Boston bombing earlier this week. I’m sure he gave a great interview, but who cares? There’s a giant pink dildo behind his head. In reality, the pink penis may actually be a water bottle called a Dicky Chug (available in a variety of pleasing colors!), but we prefer to imagine that he keeps his dildos on top of the fridge. In any case, good on you, pink dildo guy. You provide a much needed moment of levity in this batshit crazy week. [Reddit]
Meet Chris Stark. Chris Stark is a BBC reporter who has never interviewed a celebrity before. The BBC asked Chris Stark to interview Mila Kunis about “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Chris Stark cannot play it cool in front of Mila Kunis to save his life. Mila Kunis is very nice about it. Very, very nice about it. [BBC Radio1]
The recently released promo pics from the upcoming BBC drama The White Queen, which tells the story of the War of the Roses from the perspective of the females involved, have really, really made me want to watch the show. Granted, it was announced a few months ago and I’m only hearing about it now, so my excitement comes less from a sense of “Hey, these are cool promo stills” than “OMG, a British history epic from a female perspective! Give it!” Read more…
If I were to choose an alternate life to my Choose Your Own Adventure story, I’d be a nature camera guy, like the dudes who go out into the wilderness and make documentaries for National Geographic and the BBC. Can you even imagine how breathtaking it must be to hang out with lions and elephants and polar bears all day? Epic. Apparently, meerkats are some of the most fun creatures to film, because they have absolutely no fear of humans, and tend to think of people as just another part of their natural environment, as you’ll see in the video above. [The Daily What]
Beware if you are planning to visit the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. There are a species of monkeys that will steal your fruity rum drink with the paper umbrella while you tan. BBC’s “Weird Nature” featured a segment about vervet monkeys, the alchies of the animal kingdom. And I’m kind of obsessed. But unlike us humans, the drunkest monkeys are the most well respected. I challenge you not to enjoy every moment of this video. Especially the part where the wasted monkeys roll around on the picnic table. You are welcome.
As both a panda lover and a feminist, I was torn asunder by the BBC’s WTF decision to include a panda named Tian Tian on a list of 12 women of the year, but not include three women who won the Nobel Peace Prize or any female CEOs. #Pandagate, as the scandal became known on Twitter, is a bear claw right through the heart for those of us who love celebrating (human) ladies’ accomplishments as much as we love those funny, bamboo-eating black and white bears. And of course you know the Taiwanese animation treatment of #Pandagate is awesome, if rather editorialized with an anti-panda bias. Ahem. [NMA.tv] Keep reading »
It’s almost 2012, but you wouldn’t know it from the BBC’s bafflingly retro new list of 12 women who it calls the “Faces of the Year.” Who made the cut? Christine LaGarde? Jill Abramson? Perhaps Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman, the trio of women who won the Nobel Peace Prize? None of the above. Instead, the news service chose a bizarre list that included two women in the news because they were sexually assaulted, one notable for being a bridesmaid, another for marrying a prince, and — seriously — a giant panda named Sweetie. Keep reading »
I could take or leave BBC America’s “The Hour,” about Brits who run a political news program in the 1950s. It’s a thinly-veiiled “Mad Men” knockoff with a bit of mystery swirled in. Yet, every time I see that actress Romola Garai is onscreen, I cannot look away. In addition to being naturally gorgeous and possessing a vintage ’50s wardrobe to die for, Garai plays producer Bel Rowley in the show’s leading female role. Think: Peggy and Joan rolled into one with a British accent.
I knew I recognized her from somewhere, but couldn’t place quite where until I read that she played older Briony in “Atonement” and the lead in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” Two, uh, very different roles. After the jump, a few more must-know details about Romola Garai: Keep reading »
The Frisky is pretty dedicated to its sloth coverage
, and so we’d be remiss in not informing you of the latest sloth develops. In this case, we’re talking about swimming sloths, like the one here, captured by the BBC. Look at his fearsome sloth claws expertly gliding through the water! [BuzzFeed
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