| May 16, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Cesar Ritz was a Victorian era hotelier who did much more than open luxury hotels, many of which bore his name. His modern ideas about accommodations, including an insistence on the finest cuisine, so captured the world's imagination that the word "ritzy"...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Bob Hoskins, a British actor whose powerful screen presence earned him a reputation as "the Cockney Cagney" and who, at 5 feet 6 and with a face he likened to a squashed cabbage, gave the short, bald men of the world a reason to swagger, has died. He...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:01 PM
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her...
| May 8, 2014
| 8:57 PM
Colin Pillinger, a colorful British space scientist who sported thick mutton-chop whiskers and became a symbol of national pluck in masterminding a failed search for life on Mars, died Thursday in a Cambridge hospital. He was 70.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:23 AM
England's Cotswolds villages -- while just a couple of hours' drive away from London -- feel like a world apart. This tidy little region of characteristic old towns and gentle green hills is perfect for travelers looking to balance urban Britain with some...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Concertgoers look to the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra to bring them unusual repertory, also thoughtful combinations of familiar and unfamiliar music, they cannot find in downtown Chicago. Music director Alan Heatherington has some of the area's finest...
| May 9, 2014
| 3:56 PM
The signs that greet you as you emerge from the little airport in Srinagar, Kashmir's main city, give you a sense of how unexpected the place is going to be. The first one I saw advised, "Do not get your daughter married before the age of 18. (It is a...
| May 20, 2014
| 4:36 PM
A new study based on real-world data from England lends support to the idea that electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit using regular cigarettes.
Among a sample of 5,963 adults who tried to kick the habit without prescription medications or...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Jeremy Piven is about to pull off a job transition that would give any other actor whiplash.
He's currently filming the "Entourage" movie, in which he reprises his Emmy-winning role as Hollywood agent Ari Gold. As soon as that wraps, he'll re-grow a...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
August: Osage County
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Available on VOD beginning April 8
Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Sink your teeth into a rich chocolate truffle at a tiny shop in Piccadilly and you begin to understand why the royal coat of arms appears on each box. These chocolates are of such high quality that Queen Elizabeth II herself indulges in them, perhaps...