Naomi Campbell Nabs Role in Spike Lee Flick; Sienna Miller Gets Naked

  • Naomi Campbell has signed on to Spike Lee‘s latest film, she tells British Vogue. “It’s a very very small role but it involves subject matter that I’m really passionate about,” she reveals. “It’s about a regiment of black soldiers based in Tuscany in the Second World War – it’s a subject that nobody has ever touched upon. There are all the war time films of course but you never see a black soldier in any of them. I’ll do anything for Spike and I really think we should be more educated about the role of people of color in our history.”
  • NSFW: flower child Sienna Miller bares it all for the movie Hippie Hippie Shake, and The Sun has pics.
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Charles Spencer rates the musical version of Bad Girls pretty highly: “No one could accuse Bad Girls: The Musical of being great art. But for an entertaining night of salacious humour, strong songs and good old-fashioned melodrama, it’s hard to beat and deserves to thrive.”
  • Daniel Radcliffe talks to the New York Post about his role in the indie film December Boys. He shows us “the genuine Radcliffe ass” in the movie, he says, as if we haven’t already seen it before.
  • The Casino Royale DVD has been, by far, the most-popular entertainment product in Britain so far in 2007.(Guardian)
  • Author Sebastian Faulks wrote the new Bond novel in six weeks, reports the BBC, penning 2,000 words a day. Faulks was commissioned by Ian Fleming‘s estate to write the new book.
  • The UK release of Ben Affleck‘s movie Gone Baby Gone has been delayed due to its similarities to the Madeleine McCann saga.(Reuters)
  • As we all know, Paul Abbott‘s State of Play is being made into a movie, with Brad Pitt in the John Simm role. The Lancashire Telegraph also notes that Edward Norton has joined the cast, playing David Morrissey‘s part. It will reunite the Fight Club co-stars.
  • Slumming much?: Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) has signed on to the sequels of the horror film, Pulse.(Moviehole)
  • Christian Bale to the media: say whatever the hell you want about me, but leave my family out of it!(Contact Music)
  • Life imitates art: Waterloo Road actor Chris Fitzpatrick, who played Lewis Seddon on the series, faces arrest for allegedly punching his pregnant girlfriend in the face. You may recall that his Waterloo character was expelled for terrorizing a teacher.(Digital Spy)
  • From Manchester, England: Jimmy McGovern, creator of Cracker, has premiered his new musical, King Cotton, which dramatizes the 1861-1865 Lancashire cotton famine from the point of view of both American slaves and mill workers in England. “Despite all the efforts of the slave owners and the capitalists of the north-west, these people did not become brutes,” McGovern explains to The Guardian. “They had their spirituality and they had their artistic endeavor. Even in the cotton fields where they had nothing but the human voice, they could still produce great music. And in the mill towns, although often the brass bands were owned by the people who ran the mills, they still produced music.”



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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