Orlando Bloom’s New Lady Love. Plus: Rod Stewart’s Son.

  • Orlando Bloom is being linked to Australian Victoria’s Secret model, Miranda Kerr.From The Sun and Page Six.
  • Not Safe For Work, y’all: Rod Stewart‘s son, Sean, skinny-dips.(The Sun)
  • Photos: Sir Paul McCartney dines out with son James and daughter Mary.(Daily Mail)
  • Robbie Williams has advised Heather Mills to “stay strong” in her divorce with McCartney.
  • Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs says that many acts doing the Diana memorial are just trying to sell more records. “Elton John can do it – he knew her. I didn’t know her. It would be hypocritical.”(Daily Mail)
  • The two princes aren’t satisfied with the line-up announced yesterday: they want even bigger stars like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Paul McCartney.(Mirror)
  • Prince Harry and girlfriend Chelsy Davy are holidaying in Barbados.
  • From The Mirror: Joss Stone told good friend Lemar that she’s “besotted” with her producer, 40-year old Raphael Saddiq, formerly of R&B band Tony Toni Toné and neo-soul supergroup Lucy Pearl.
  • Was Julia Child a big old ‘phobe?(Page Six)
  • Sadie Frost is being linked to another piece of barely legal man-flesh. Dating younger is the best revenge, n’est-ce pas?(Page Six)
  • Metro takes jibes at Jude Law for jet-setting on an “unglamorous” budget airline and “wearing dodgy white framed sunglasses.”
  • The Independent interviews the happiest hip-hopper ever, UK rapper Just Jack: “I’ve never been a particularly angry person and I’ve never been into music that’s threatening,” he says.
  • Amy Winehouse ain’t ashamed to show her emotions: “A lot of music now is trying to be cool and like, ‘Yeah, I don’t really care about you’ – a really blasé attitude. I think it’s much nicer to be in love, and throw yourself into it, and want to lie in the road for that person. It’s like the difference between having a dance in the middle of the party and standing around the outside with a beer bottle trying to look cool.”
  • Music Snobbery.com declares Good Shoes, Los Campesinos, and Lucky Soul “your new favorite bands.”
  • Popjustice re-jiggers their Almighty list to include Alphabeat, Siobhan Donaghy, The Real Heat, and Dragonette.
  • A reality show in India will offer students scholarships to British universities.(Guardian)
  • A clearly vision-impaired fan mistook Edie Falco for Helen Mirren.
    (New York Post)
  • So Ricky Gervais likes to laugh on-set…so what? Ben Stiller is clearly joking when he says, in Night at the Museum DVD extras, that “Ricky Gervais has a problem. He’s not a professional actor as a professional actor would never crack up.” The Mirror‘s misleading headline suggests Stiller is disrespecting Gervais.
  • UK Channel 4 may face financial oblivion in five years due to heavy spending.(The Times)
  • Mark of Cain, a C4 war drama featuring “British troops abusing Iraqi detainees,” was supposed to air tomorrow but has been postponed due to the current Iran hostage crisis.(BBC)
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced the release of the British soldiers.(Guardian)
  • A secretary has successfully sought libel damages from the BBC over her portrayal in a TV drama about former PM Harold Wilson.(BBC)
  • Green Wing hunk Julian Rhind-Tutt, who hits the London stage in Landscape with Weapon, muses on his career (“On countless occasions I seem to have collaborated with the most talented and brilliant people on the one outstanding failures of their careers.”) and his resemblance to a certain Golden Globe-winning actor (“This is something I’ve had a lot – that I’m very similar in my movements and energy and general person to Bill Nighy.”) in The Daily Telegraph.

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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