Sean Bean Ain’t So Tough

  • Sean Bean says he’s no Mr. Tough Guy in his Independent 5-minute interview. The biggest misconception about him, he says, is “that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I’m pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It’s the parts that you play I guess. I don’t mind it. I’m not a tough guy. I’d like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point.”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal is now rumored to be taking on the Katie Holmes role in the new Batman. Emily Blunt has been previously tossed around as a replacement.
  • A new Scared Straight-type reality series will send British troublemakers to rough American prisons.
  • Will Madonna‘s former nanny pen a tell-all?
  • Kate Winslet has settled for “substantial” libel damages from Grazia magazine, who said she’d consulted a diet doctor.(BBC)
  • Look what you can find down in the Tube station at midnight: an unpublished manuscript written by Jeanette Winterson.(BBC)
  • David Beckham hobbled on crutches as he accompanied wife Victoria on a shopping spree.
  • From Tanya, who has found a new obsession in Gawker: A New York City eatery is campaigning to have the area around it re-named Little Britain and a famous UK writer asks, What’s it like to be British in New York City?. Also: Ricky Gervais and Chris Martin duet in a DVD deleted scene from Extras.
  • A new high-speed train from London to continental Europe will start a real-estate boom amongst British buyers in northern France, experts tell The Times.

Kevin Wicks

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.

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