The English countryside -- still green, still rolling, still packed with charming eccentrics -- is more appealing than ever these days, as overwhelmed urbanites are flooding the area in search of a rural idyll.
At the hilltop Halifax Citadel, a crowd is gathered to witness a ritual that has been enacted every day of the year, except Christmas, since 1857. A cannon is loaded with black powder, and a group of uniformed gunners points the muzzle of the twelve-pounder at the harbor.
On top of winning an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award this month, this icon is releasing The Al Pacino Collection, a DVD boxed set of three personal films. Al Pacino will now take your questions
Those who are fortunate enough to embed themselves for a time in the lively revelry of the British newspaper tradition -- as I did once at The Daily Mail of London under David English, the legendary Fleet Street editor -- are never again able to blindly accept the solemn tenor of its American counterpart. There is method to the madness of the British method --- though no one should underestimate the measure of madness. Even so, their way is often so much fun.
The world's greatest cricket contest -- the Ashes -- gets under way on Thursday as Australia host England in one of the world's oldest sporting series. If you're one of those who wouldn't know a beamer until it hit you in the box, then The Briefing Room is here to help.
(CNN) - The audience is used to shocks at Fantastic Fest, an expo of sci-fi and splatter flicks held this month in Texas, but they could be forgiven for leaping out their seats at one sight: Mel Gibson.