Hugh Grant Takes The Term “Beaning Someone” All Too Literally

It's all fun and games until the baked beans get slung: reporters have been so busy focusing on the projectile legume attack Hugh Grant made on a photographer that they downplay the alleged kicking (three times!) and Grant's alleged hope that the pap's kids "die of f*cking cancer." Yeah, that's a little more out-of-order than dousing someone with a can of Bush's.

TMZ has the details on Grant's arrest.

In other news:

  • Could the British military, fearing for troop safety, ban Prince Harry from fighting in Iraq? (The Sun)
  • Sources are divided over whether Prince Harry will quit if he's barred from deployment. (Telegraph)
  • Lily Allen, Rod Stewart, James Morrison, Kanye West, Status Quo, Natasha Bedingfield, and Orson have all signed on to the Princess Diana memorial concert. (Mirror)
  • A Telegraph interview with the band Lily Allen hates, rockers The View.
  • Posh and Becks are ticked at Ralph Lauren for endangering the safety of their two eldest sons. (Mirror)
  • More fallout from the Richard Gere/Shilpa Shetty incident in India: warrants have been issued for their arrests on obscenity charges. (Guardian)
  • Snoop Dogg has now had his visa to Australia cancelled after failing a "character test." Is that a euphemism for the "brown paper bag test"? (BBC)
  • Simon Taylor-Davis of The Klaxons digs on Chris DeBurgh's "Lady in Red" and Top Chef. (Pitchfork)
  • Amy Winehouse talks about the Jay-Z remix of "Rehab." Plus, the Rumble Strips have reworked her single, "Back To Black." (NME)
  • The Ian Curtis biopic – directed by U2 video auteur Anton Corbjin – will screen at Cannes. (NME)
  • Popjustice gives notes on the new album from Mutya Buena, former Sugababe.
  • Mutya's replacement in the band, Amelle Berrabah, is feeling the pressure of celeb life. (Metro)
  • Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys admits to stagefright. (Contact Music)
  • The Toronto Star offers one of the few negative reviews of the new Arctic Monkeys album. While Ben Rayner says that "Alex Turner…not only impresses with scornful wit but also his dauntless ability to reel off impossibly dense lyrics with an unforced flow Bad Religion could never touch," he concludes, "minus one exceptional lyricist, the Monkeys still just sound uncommonly talented at being ordinary."
  • Pete Doherty and Kate Moss' smoking encourages young people to light up, says an anti-smoking charity. (Contact Music)
  • Robbie Williams is interviewed by a young man…named Robbie Williams. (Popdirt)
  • Photos of the Robster playing in a charity soccer game. (Des Moines Register)
  • The one-sheet for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Cinematical)

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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