Prince Harry will NOT serve in Iraq, the British army general said today. (Guardian)

  • It’s official: Gordon Ramsay‘s autobiography will be made into a film, set for a 2009 release, he reveals to The Daily Telegraph. Of course, that’s a long time away, and there’s no guarantee it will be made. That said, I’ve already revealed who I’d like to play the foul-mouthed chef.
  • The first photos of Kate Winslet on the set of Revolutionary Road, which reunites her with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. The director is her husband, Sam Mendes.
  • Daniel Craig will star in director Edward Zwick‘s epic Defiance, “the true story of four brothers in Nazi occupied Poland who flee to the Belarussian forest with a band of Jews and join forces with Russian Resistance fighters.”(Empire)

  • The Bob Hoskins/Helen Mirren classic, The Long Good Friday, will get an American remake. (BBC)

  • Wong Kar-Wai‘s first English-language film is a stinker, writes The Guardian‘s Xan Brooks. My Blueberry Nights, which stars Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, and Brits Jude Law and Rachel Weisz, “is full of…false notes, such lost-in-translation moments that might conceivably have worked in a Hong Kong setting but fall flat on the road to California.” Here’s the teaser trailer, which only features Jones and Law.
  • A Variety profile on Liverpudlian actor Shaun Evans, who appeared in Being Julia.
  • Johnny Marr wishes he could patch things up with Morrissey and says The Smiths‘ split could have been avoided if they’d only had a manager.(Contact Music)
  • Carter the Unstoppable Machine does an admirable, if a bit fussy, cover of Pet Shop Boys‘ “Rent.” Not as good as the more stripped-down PSB version, which had a greater sense of irony and melancholy.
  • Bob Dylan praises every one in The Beatles except Ringo. Typical.(Gigwise)
  • Who’s the Greatest Living Briton – Robbie Williams, Julie Andrews, Paul McCartney, Margaret Thatcher, or Queen Elizabeth II? Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, on assignment for The Sun, puts his vote in for Macca.
  • Joe Strummer would have liked The Libertines, says former Clash bandmate Mick Jones.(NME)
  • Girls Aloud‘s first show of their tour failed to impress The Times‘ concert reviewer Lisa Verrico. “The band’s smartest, sassiest, least conventional songs struggled to ignite the Newcastle crowd, while tacky covers and tawdry ballads went down [like] a storm.”
  • Arjan Timmermans previews his interview with Siobhan Donaghy.
  • Stereogum has the new Editors track, “An End Has a Start.”
  • MPs want to add 20 more years to copyright protections for musicians. Currently, singers and musicians stop receiving royalties for their songs after 50 years.(Guardian)


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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.