Never before has a magazine focused exclusively on this
unique rich entertainment niche. Anglophiles
are always suckers for a British accent, as evidenced by ‘Downton
Abbey’s’ massive success on PBS this past winter, while expatriates
living in the US often miss the distinctive UK brand of quality
entertainment back at home. Sometimes
Hollywood just doesn’t do it for us, know what I mean?
Planned as a quarterly print publication, ‘UK:Cue’ will also
soon introduce an interactive app for tablets; a UK rollout is slated
for later this year.
Hollywood stars are often
eager to try out their British accents, as epitomized by Meryl Streep’s
Oscar-winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’. In addition, Kevin Spacey, who has spent much
of the past decade leading London's Old Vic theatre company this late
winter has starred in ‘Richard
III’ at Brooklyn’s BAM, and directed by Sam Mendes, a Brit
who has also found success on both sides of the pond.
In January ‘Billy Elliot’
concluded a successful Broadway run, ‘War Horse’ has become a
sleeper hit, and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is anticipated to repeat its
National Theatre success on Broadway.
New York’s Broadway and
London’s West End have a symbiotic relationship. But besides the big
production shows, smaller productions find are constantly mounted with
the annual ‘Brits Off Broadway’ festival and Anglo-American
productions from Mind the Gap Theatre, among other continuing drama
Actors going back and forth between countries is
nothing new. In fact, Richard Burton met British playwright John Osborne
at a Hollywood party, and according to the biography ‘Richard Burton: A Life’, the actor was such a fan of the writer’s
stage play ‘Look Back in
Anger’ (revived this winter for a successful run by Off Broadway’s
Roundabout Company) that he immediately accepted Osborne’s
offer to cast him as Jimmy in the 1959 film version. The film’s
credits tell the transatlantic co-production story: “The Samuel
Goldwyn Company (American) presents A Woodfall Film (British).”
‘UK:Cue’ is the brainchild of Larry Jaffee, a media
professional with more than a quarter century of journalism experience.
Jaffee regularly contributed articles to The New York Times at the age
of 23, was published in Rolling Stone at 24 and edited the prestigious resort newspaper Fire Island News
at 25. Since then, Jaffee has run various magazines, conferences and
websites in the entertainment and media industry. For the past 20 years
he has published with permission from the BBC the ‘Walford Gazette’, the world’s only newspaper dedicated to ‘EastEnders’.
He is the co-author and editor of two books, ‘Albert Square & Me:
The Actors of EastEnders’ and ‘Walford State of Mind’. Jaffee also
currently blogs about entertainment and music for Huffington
Post UK and Rock’s
In the fall of 2009, Larry Jaffee was cited as an
entrepreneur by British Airways in its inaugural “Face
of Opportunity” competition.
UK:Cue was kickstarted by a
campaign engineered by Jaffee that concluded in late January