In an interview with The Sun, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne proudly (!) revealed that son Jack Osbourne did the Dirty Dirty with our favorite inmate, Paris Hilton. If they think this makes him unique or unusual, I got news for ’em…
The Spice Girls have received a set of rules to live by for their reunion. Examples: Don’t talk about money. Don’t get into public spats. Oh, and yes, don’t get knocked up. (The Sun)
Are Little Britain‘s Matt Lucas and David Walliams set to perform a potentially life-threatening stunt? They’ve been approached to do the Cresta Run in St. Moritz, and The Independent (see 2nd item) tells them what to expect if they agree: “The fearsome tobogganing course, down a rift three quarters of a mile long in the Swiss ice, has drawn Eurotrash thrillseekers since 1884. The more aerodynamic participants reach speeds over 80mph; bones don’t break, they shatter.” O…kay. One hopes that the BBC’s multi-million pound investments in these dudes includes insurance.
Stella McCartney and stars like Natalie Portman and Elton John came out for Paul McCartney‘s 65th birthday party.(Daily Mail)
Kate Moss‘ “knobbly, wrinkle-covered knees” were highlights of the festivities. The Daily Mail gives us an upclose look.
Jade Goody‘s babysitter admits to stealing from her. (Daily Mail)
MI-5 and Pride & Prejudice star Matthew Macfayden will take it all off for his role as John Birt in Frost/Nixon. In The Guardian, he talks about getting in shape for a role, his ongoing romance with former MI-5 co-star Keeley Hawes, and the shadow cast by Colin Firth‘s landmark performance as Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. “I had seen his wet-shirt scene at an awards ceremony, but I hadn’t really registered the impact of it. So I was unprepared for the ‘How are you going to make it different?’ question. I think I got rather precious with a journalist who asked that. But I just thought, ‘You’re missing the point.’ It was no different from playing, say, Hamlet after all these other people had done it.”
“Why would a leftie who had abandoned Britain for New York in a huff want a K from the British establishment?” The Guardian‘s Michael White asks, regarding Salman Rushdie‘s knighthood. “God knows, he may be posh and pompous, but he must have a residual sense of the ridiculous. Does it really still get you a decent restaurant table in Manhattan in 2007?”
British tennis ace Andy Murray, who has been sidelined with an injury, is nonetheless seeded eighth for next week’s Wimbledon.(Guardian)
The Guardian‘s Sarah Hughes says America’s summer reality-TV offerings are even worse than Britain’s.
Mick Hucknall of Simply Red is a first-time dad at 47.(Daily Mail)
Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts has signed a record deal worth $2 million with Simon Cowell. Yeah, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to quit the day job after all.(Daily Mail)
Amy Winehouse digs Dolly Parton‘s over-the-top look. “I heard she wakes up every day four hours before her husband to put on her face. Four hours! I think that’s cool.” Well, Amy, I’m sure it takes time to open the jar where she keeps it. Those vacuum-sealed lids are tricky.(Digital Spy)
Winehouse is already looking to improve her complexion: she visited a tanning salon in L.A.(Daily Mail)
Penny Lancaster flashes her wedding bling.(Daily Mail)
Prince is giving his American fans some love with a Los Angeles residency.(NME)
Peter Hook is taking the New Order split kinda hard.(Playlouder)
Rolling Stone magazine’s top five songwriting duos of all-time are all Brits: John Lennon and Paul McCartney (No. 1), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (No. 2), Joe Stummer and Mick Jones (No. 3), Elton John and Bernie Taupin (No. 4), and, of course, Johnny Marr and Morrissey from The Smiths (No. 5).
The new Lord of the Rings musical in London has received mixed reviews from critics.(BBC)
Critic Sam Marlowe of The Times loves it: “Some will prefer the slick grandiosity of Peter Jackson‘s films; others will sneer at the very idea of singing hobbits. It’s their loss. Warchus and his team have a created a brave, stirring, epic piece of popular theater that, without slavishly adhering to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels, embraces their spirit. The show has charm, wit, and jaw-dropping theatrical brio; crucially, it also has real emotional heft.”
Peaches Geldof‘s fabulous life will be documented in a candid documentary.(Digital Spy)
Ab-o-licious footballer Teddy Sheringham lounges with a pair of blond babes on a Marbella beach. Looking good, Teddy.(Daily Mail)
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.