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BAFTA’s Britannia Awards Bring Out Brits, Babes And Ben Stiller

The British invaded L.A.’s Beverly Hilton last night for the 2011 Britannia Awards! The event was held by the BAFTA organization’s Los Angeles chapter, and featured familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren, and Felicity Jones. The Americans were well represented too, with the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller in attendance. Ben was honored with an award for Excellence In Comedy, which he accepted with (we hope!) a sense of humor. “It’s important to get and give awards and to strive to win awards,” he joked with ET. “I feel as long as people are giving awards or getting awards, for human interaction, it just helps people.”

The Britannia Awards are seen as the low-key anti-Oscars, focusing more on artistic staying power and less on box office receipts and buzz. “It’s all about people who have contributed things over their careers,” explained host Alan Cumming, “so it’s less faddy and markety and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they’ve done over their entire lives.” Helena Bonham Carter was also honored for her body of work, as was screen legend Warren Beatty and director John Lasseter. Check out more in the gallery below!

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Katy And Russell Officially Win Us Over At The Tempest Premiere

We can’t pinpoint what it is exactly that makes us love Katy Perry and Russell Brand as a couple, but it’s getting to be an irrational obsession of ours. They can’t get any more lovey and adorable than they were at last night’s premiere of The Tempest in L.A.—we l.o.v.e. when Katy goes more glam, less whipped-cream bra. She looks fantastic and we could honestly stare at this portrait of cuteness all day.

Brand stars in the film adaptation of the Shakespeare play with Helen Mirren, which is sort of appropriate since we imagine that Helen Mirren is just the older version of Katy Perry: sassy, sexy, and someone who would be really fun to get drunk with. However, Helen wins because she can be all those things and portray Queen Elizabeth II perfectly. Check out all our red carpet photos of the event, but seriously, we dare you not to swoon over these two newlyweds.

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Famous Loner, Rebel Pee-Wee Herman Debuts Broadway Show

We don’t usually cover the Broadway beat here at TheFABLife, but for Pee-Wee Herman, we will make an exception. In case you hadn’t heard, Pee Wee (played by Paul Reubens) is bringing his legendary Pee-Wee Herman Show stage show to the Great White Way for a few months so that those of us who grew up on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse can relive our childhood. Mecca lecca hi, mecca heiny ho indeed.

It’s safe to say Pee-Wee is one of the biggest influences in our young life and we can quote approximately 99% of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure verbatim. (By the way, you do know that actor Mark Holton, a.k.a. bike thief Francis Buxton went on to play John Wayne Gacy, right? Scariest poster ever? Yes, yes it is.) So, we personally can’t wait to see the Broadway show, but apparently neither could a lot of celebrities. Check out who was there on opening night, including some of our Playhouse faves like Miss Yvonne (the most beautiful woman in Puppetland!) and Cowboy Curtis (played here by Phil Lamarr, not Laurence Fishburne – he’s busy with other things these days.)

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Spidey Musical Loses Another Star—Will It Even Come Out?

Alan Cumming

Will the most expensive Broadway musical of all time even hit the stage? Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the $54 million Julie Taymor-Bono collaboration has suffered another set back, with Tony winner Alan Cumming dropping out to star on the TV drama The Good Wife instead (ouch!). “It’s like a lover who dumped you and wants you back,” the former Nightcrawler told MTV News about Spidey’s multiple delays. “You’re a little scared to go back in case they dump you again.” Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood, who left the cast last month, were first announced to play the Green Goblin and Mary-Jane Watson respectively in June 2009 with a February 2010 start date, one that’s obviously passed. Unknown Reeve Carney is reportedly still set to play the titular hero when the musical finally launches later this year.

Or rather, if it finally launches. The expensive project has struggled to keep financial backers since the project’s first reading in 2007, with Cumming himself once calling it “an iceberg of financial ruin.” Even if the doors do open, there’s still the matter of the peculiar plot, which finds Spidey tussling with Arachne, “a beautiful, boastful young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods” (oddly, Larry King‘s estranged wife Shawn was reportedly a finalist for the part). Hmm, a Spider-Man musical that has to survive for years to make a profit involves magical vixens and music by Bono. Is anyone still excited for this thing?

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Celebrities Send Their Condolences To Natasha Richardson’s Family

The world was shocked to hear of Natasha Richardson’s sudden and tragic death, and celebrities around the world have expressed their condolences to Liam Neeson and his family.

Mia Farrow: “Natasha is irreplaceable. I cannot think of anyone kinder, more generous, thoughtful, smarter or more fun. She is the godmother of two of my children. The Neesons and Vanessa (Redgrave) have always made me feel a part of their wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Kevin Spacey: “There are no words to express how tragic Natasha Richardson’s untimely passing is for the theatre community. Her passion, devotion and talent will forever be etched on those who saw her work on the stage. The bloodlines of greatness were always there and she committed herself to every role she tackled.All of us at the Old Vic Theatre Company mourn her loss and send our heartfelt wishes to Liam and her family. We hope that the warmth we all feel about her will bring some comfort to those closest to her, who shared her life, her wit, her style and know that she will never be forgotten.”

Alan Cumming: “The term ‘life force’ seems trite but that is what she was: a woman who powered through life and fascinated everyone she encountered. I have been thinking about the times I spent with her since I heard the news of her tragic accident, and the strongest memory I have is of her laughter, her unmistakable throaty laugh. I think that’s a great way to remember someone.”

Jodie Foster: “Natasha was brilliant, beautiful, funny, talented beyond measure, as emotionally raw as she was razor sharp. … May Liam, her beautiful boys and her loving family hold her close as they move through this tragic moment.”

Oprah Winfrey : “I just want to say how deeply saddened I am, we all are, by the sudden passing of actress Natasha Richardson yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Liam Neeson , their two sons, the rest of their family and friends. Yet another reminder of how fleeting life can be and how precious. We need to value every moment.”

Lindsay Lohan: “She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own. I didn’t see much of her over the years, but I will miss her. My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss.”

Padma Lakshmi:
“She was great. She was lovely. She was just like one of the gang. She was very, very articulate. She was very, very opinionated. She was very compassionate. She had a very sophisticated palate.”

Dame Judi Dench: “She had an incredibly luminous quality, that you seldom see, and a great sense of humor. I thought she was a really great actress.”

Kelly Ripa :“She was a lady. I can’t tell you enough what a good person she was, and fun and vivacious and the most full of life.”

Demi Moore Twittered:
“I am sending out prayers for Natasha Richardson and her family. A real reminder of how precious life is and how quickly it can be gone.”

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