Winning an Oscar and doing Broadway aren’t enough for her: Julia Roberts really wants to prove her chops, and even after the Mary Reilly debacle, she’s gonna attempt another accent. She’ll play British this time: she will star in and produce a film about the murdered wildlife conservationist Joan Root.(BBC)
Root was killed in Kenya in early 2006 in what was seen as a “retaliation” for her political work. The Independent profiles her life.
Daniel Craig even looks hot with a scruffy grey beard, sunglasses, and a major stinkface.(Just Jared)
Irishman Stephen Rea, Englishman Vinnie Jones, and American Shannyn Sossamon have signed on for the UK crime flick, The Heavy. (Hollywood Reporter)
UK networks are being more cautious with buying U.S. shows due to shrinking budgets. “No wonder renewals on vets Desperate Housewives and Lost set back Channel 4 and Sky north of $1.5 million an episode respectively. They are that rare thing — tried-and-tested, channel-defining hits.”(Variety)
Did MI5 rob a bank in order to steal “steamy snaps” of Princess Margaret?(Daily Mail)
Media watchdogs have whacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson for “homophobic” comments.(BBC)
The Queen is favored to win “Greatest Living Briton.”(Scotsman)
Comedian John Cleese referred to Palmerston North, New Zealand as the country’s “suicide capital” after he performed there. The city council has erected a compost heap in his honor.(Stuff.co.nz)
Andy Serkis and Doctor Who star David Tennant have signed on to play Albert Einstein and British scientist Arthur Eddington in a BBC2 drama. “It follows Eddington as a champion of Einstein’s theory at a time when the British scientific community and the public were rejecting anything German following the First World War.”(The Stage)
Craig David is dating Kat from EastEnders‘ sister. And I don’t mean Michelle Ryan.(Digital Spy)
The two Fergies take advantage of a rare photo-op. (Daily Mail)
The St. Trinian’s cast showed up at Cannes – even though the film is still in production as we speak. Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Mischa Barton, and others posed for photographers to promote the film.(BBC)
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.