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London Premieres

For one magical day, London’s Leicester Square was transformed into a fairy tale scene from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to host the premiere of Tim Burton’s new film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The London landmark was garnished with giant lollipops and candy canes to celebrate the new film based on Roald Dahl’s book. The star of the film, Johnny Depp (Willy Wonka), greeted thousands of fans at the event and signed autographs.

Also in attendance were director Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Mrs. Bucket, and child star Freddie Highmore, the new Charlie, who finds Willy Wonka’s last golden ticket. As the famous story goes, five lucky children who find golden tickets concealed in Wonka’s chocolate bars get a chance to tour the whimsical candy-filled factory.

The premiere was a treat for both the screaming fans, along with cast and crew, for Leicester Square never looked more vivacious and dazzling.

Fantastic Four

Marvel’s longest running comic series transforms from pages to screen in the new stunning film, Fantastic Four. The movie opened in central London, UK, a day after Willy Wonka’s opening with a star-studded premiere. Fans flocked the scene as the stunning Jessica Alba, Mr. Fantastic Ioan Gruffudd, superheroes Michael Chicklis, and Chris Evans graced the red carpet.

Although weather was typically English (rainy), enthusiastic fans were nonetheless excited to line up in London's Leicester Square to collect autographs from the many celebrities who attended. Among the guests were Kelly Osbourne, supermodel Sophie Anderton, and Alice Evans.

Fantastic Four is the latest comic book adaptation to film, showing off marvelous special effects to make its four main superheroes out of this world. Classic comic book icons Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing, all with superhuman abilities, come together to battle the evil Dr.Doom in this entertaining, action-filled summer blockbuster.

London Polo

Also happening in Great Britain, Prince Harry spent a day of his summer vacation playing polo at Ciencester Park. Both Prince William and Harry are great enthusiasts of this classic sport and often put on electrifying games for fun and charity. Their father, Prince Charles, is frequently in attendance to show his support.

At the same time, the 2005 Veuve Clicquot Cup Finals took the spotlight as the best 18 polo teams in the UK battle over 40 matches to reach the this final competition. This year is the 11th anniversary of this esteemed event, and it welcomed over 20,000 polo fanatics, as well as celebrities and royalty on the lawn of Cowdray Park Polo Club. The Dutchess of York, exuberant Sarah Ferguson, graced the event with her two lovely daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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