Kylie Minogue offered support to Doctor Who‘s David Tennant after his mother died from cancer earlier this month. Minogue is set to appear on the show later this year.(Mirror)
Princess Beatrice is photographed in a steamy clinch with her American boyfriend.(Daily Mail)
Phil Drabble, host of BBC’s One Man And His Dog, has died at age 93, according to BBC.
Pelé calls David Beckham, who is still out with an ankle injury, “more of a pop star than a player.” Ouch.(BBC)
Vinnie Jones: Becks ain’t so special, the LA Galaxy scouted me, too. (The Sun)
Why would an Oscar-winning actress like Helen Mirren star in National Treasure: Book of Secrets? “It’s a big movie and takes a lot of time,” she tells Variety. “But it’s good fun. This type of material doesn’t encourage introspection like The Queen. It’s a very proactive kind of script, and you’re not worrying about what is the deeper meaning of all this.”
The Office‘s Ricky Gervais will perform before an 8,000-strong sellout crowd at Edinburgh Castle. “It’s the biggest single date I have done with just me. But I’ve played bigger scale things with other people, such as Live 8. But 8,000 tickets … I do that in two days anyway. I think I’ve done 100,000 tickets in London. It doesn’t mean much. What is impressive for me is that I am the first comedian to do the castle.”(Daily Record)
Kool kat Michael Caine will release Cained, a compilation of his favorite “chill-out music.”(The Times)
Sesame Street will be remade for Northern Ireland viewers, according to The Stage: “Along with familiar Sesame Street characters such as Elmo and Cookie Monster, new characters will be created for a Northern Irish audience.”
J.K. Rowling imagines what the future holds for her Harry Potter characters.(Scotsman)
I’d barely digested the news that Ingmar Bergman had passed away when I heard today that Michelangelo Antonioni had died. The Italian director has made many masterpieces, including his contribution to British cinema, 1966’s Blow-Up, starring the dishy David Hemmings in tight white jeans. Here’s a clip from that movie.
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.