John Simm and Philip Glenister Turn Down American Life On Mars

  • John Simm and Philip Glenister have turned down parts on David E. Kelley‘s American remake of Life On Mars. “They wanted us to have US accents,” Simm tells The Sun. “But I don’t know why they have to remake everything. Anyway, they have already got their own version of our show – Starsky & Hutch.” Yes, and has he watched the load of crapola that is Boston Legal, Kelley’s current show?
  • The Times surveys the British Invasion of Hollywood, both behind-the-scenes and on-screen.
  • Steve Coogan has signed on to play British Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic.(BBC)
  • The BBC offers a guide to the authors and books on the Booker Prize longlist.
  • A French kid with too much time on his hands translated the latest Harry Potter into French and posted it online. Yep, he’s been arrested.(BBC)
  • Why everyday Britons hate their famous neighbors.(Telegraph)
  • The Times lists the UK’s biggest architectural eyesores.
  • After Prince Charles called bungalows “homogenized boxes,” Laurence Llewelyn Bowen – the flamboyant host of Changing Rooms writes in defense of the uniquely British homes. He says in today’s Daily Mail: “I have a huge affection for bungalows. In fact, I used to own one. And for my wife Jackie and me it was gloriously pungent with rose-scented associations of suburban bliss.”
  • The Bourne Ultimatum‘s Matt Damon compares his character to 007: “James Bond is an imperialist and a misogynist and he kills people and laughs and drinks a martini and wisecracks – and Bourne is really the opposite in almost every way.”
  • Pistols Scaramanga will live forever in film history as the three-nippled villain of Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. The grandson of the real-life Scaramanga is now speaking out.(Telegraph)
  • Comedian Bobby Davro (Footballers Wives: Overtime) has signed on to EastEnders, and The Guardian‘s Gareth McLean notices a trend of British comedians winding up on soaps.
  • Now that EE has somewhat gotten back on track, rival soap Coronation Street goes and becomes “unwatchable.”
  • The entire Joy Division back catalog is being re-released along with extra, unheard tracks – right in time for the Ian Curtis biopic’s release.(Gigwise)
  • Singer Calvin Harris has done a video tutorial on how young people can party responsibly in light of The Sun‘s fears of rampant gatecrashing. His rule No. 1? “Invite your friends only. I made this mistake already once. I invited someone who wasn’t my friend, and he actually ended up killing all of the partygoers, slaying them in a most unsavory manner. Um…so don’t do that.”
  • The Guardian gives has-been music honcho Alan McGee another forum to take cheap shots at My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields. Today McGee blogs about hype in the music industry and boasts: “Highlights of my hyping skills include talking up Kevin Shields to be a Brian Eno-like genius (when in fact you could put a monkey in the studio with Alan Moulder and make it sonically interesting), and the Boo Radleys, who were signed to demonstrate to Kevin that I could take anybody doing ‘his’ music and make it a number one.”
  • Popjustice alerts us to the new M.I.A. video, “Jimmy.”

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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