Scary Spice Drops Latest Hit; David Tennant’s Inspiration for Doctor Who

  • Scary Spice has had her baby, and Eddie Murphy counts down to D-Day.(BBC)
  • David Tennant says Jamie Oliver, with his suit and trainers, is the inspiration for his Doctor Who look. ‘I rang Russell and said: “Could we do this for the Doctor?”‘ he said. ‘They wanted me in stompy posh boots but the trainers were the thing I did go to the wall on.’ (Now)
  • David Tennant will be in the passenger seat in a new drama, playing a driving instructor.(Mirror)
  • Sting and Paul McCartney‘s latest albums are both up for Classical Brit Awards. Hecklerspray views this cynically: “Obviously this is nothing more than a transparent publicity stunt constructed in order to get people a) talking about and b) watching the Classical Brit Awards by featuring actual global superstars instead of quiet, serious, scholarly men who treat classical music as a passion rather than a vanity project, but forget about that. ”
  • Torchwood actor John Barrowman says he pee-peed in Prince Charles’ azaleas so obviously it’s not that hard to slip one past the royal guards.
  • An American designer encourages David Beckham to leave Victoria back in the UK with a “Free Becks” T-shirt campaign.
  • Does J. Lo have too much booty for Posh’s pants?(Contact Music)
  • According to a report, Robbie Williams has hooked up with this Dancing With the Stars hoofer.
  • Jason Orange of Take That says it’s “inevitable” that Robbie Williams will eventually rejoin the band.
  • In the latest home video from Britain’s answer to Whitney and Bobby, Pete Doherty sings Kate Moss a love song. Kate responds by calling him “f*ck face.” Romantic. (The Sun)
  • If Noel Gallagher names his kid Chutney or Gizmo, he deserves to go to jail. Bottom line. Those poor kids will never live it down. Let’s hope he’s joking, or he’s a bigger “f*ck face” than his brother.
  • John Lennon‘s “Imagine” piano will tour “sites of past violence to promote peace,” reports NME. Tomorrow, it’s heading to the Memphis hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated.(NME)
  • MTV notes artists who have never had a No. 1 album in America, including David Bowie, The Cure, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran (even at the height of their ’80s domination!), and The Who (!).
  • Joss Stone slams her mother/former manager in a new interview. I wouldn’t like it if my mom was banging the drummer either. (The Sun)
  • Arjan Writes has a free download of Patrick Wolf‘s “Magic Position.” Wolf also gets the “Everyday Objects” treatment over at The Guardian.
  • Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson was fired for “homesickness.”(Contact Music)
  • Jarvis Cocker lays into Sheffield bands Little Man Tate and The Long Blondes. He thinks the Arctic Monkeys are aiight.(Gigwise)
  • The Daily Mail enlists several UK newscasters in their campaign to save Moira Stuart, a long-time anchor whom the BBC has axed.
  • The Mail says the newly skin-headed Guy Ritchie looks like a “common thug.”
  • Tough guy Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) looks very dainty with his dressed-up pooch.
  • Wayne Rooney‘s 17-year-old cousin flashed her boob at Coleen McLoughlin‘s 21st birthday party.(Mirror)
  • A Bollywood film will cover the 7/7 London Underground attacks.(BBC)
  • Kevin Spacey and his American Beauty director Sam Mendes have formed the Bridge Project, a transatlantic theater company that will perform works at the Old Vic in London and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.More from BBC and The New York Times.
  • When Harry Potter isn’t in play, the sales go away for the Bloomsbury publishing firm.(BBC)
  • Upen Patel goes from geeky computer student to India’s biggest movie star. He tells The Daily Mail: “I had to look to Bollywood for my role models. Then when I went there I stood out because I spoke in a different way, I dressed differently, I even walked in a different way. I was a London kid and I think the Bollywood fans really liked that. That’s why it’s so good I’m now getting support from the Asian community in Britain. They seem really proud of me and that makes me really proud of myself.”

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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