Heather Mills has received a “down-payment” on her settlement from Paul McCartney.(The Sun)
Billie Piper said she was “so terrified I had to go to the pub and down some shots” before last night’s performance of her West End play, Treats. (Daily Mail)
Fans will get free tickets to another performance of Treats if Billie Piper ever fails to appear, The Times reports.
Russell Brand, busty Bond babe Caterina Murino, Colin Firth, Jodie Whittaker, and Rupert Everett will star in a remake of Belles of St. Trinian’s, according to Daily Mail. The BFI has info on the original movie.
A surprisingly well-done Daily Mail tribute to John Inman.
Alexis Petridis of The Guardian reviews Joss Stone‘s latest. “The novelty value of a tiny West Country girl who sings like a careworn black American has worn off. For all her undoubted talent – and only the unreasonably churlish would deny she can sing up a storm – she now seems trapped awkwardly between two diametrically opposing cultures.”
Pete Paphides of The Times writes an uncharacteristically mean-spirited and meandering review of Joss’ album. Not that I’m a big Joss fan, by any means. But mostly, he hates her for being a white British woman trying to sound black. Welcome to pop music, Pete!
Michael Deacon reviews her live show in The Daily Telegraph: “Her lyrics are vague twitterings about LARV, and feeling things deep INSARD and yearning to be SADDISFARD.” True, she’s not a lyricsmith like Amy Winehouse or Lily Allen, but I’m starting to believe all of this going-on about her pronunciation vaguely xenophobic and maybe even a touch racist. Yes, I said the “R” word.
Mark Ronson, mega-producer for folks like Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, and Xtina, is releasing an album of unusual cover versions of recent hits. He chats with The Times about it and his NY-LON upbringing.
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.