- Rhys Ifans refuses to talk about his “girlfriend” Sienna Miller in an interview with The Guardian. He tells Sean O’Hagan: “I don’t do celebrity. And I am not talking about my private life, even to you, mate.” On celebrity culture itself, Ifans says, “It’s a part of western culture right now, and not a very healthy part, whatever way you look at it. But you know what? There’s a war on. And there’s kids getting shot on the streets. I mean, who the hell cares about me? It’s just all wrong somehow.”
- Gerard Butler and P.S. I Love You co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan played a game of grab-ass at the film’s premiere. “Jeffrey Dean Morgan rubbing my ass,” he said. “Yeah that’s about as good as it gets!” Who dares to contest that assertion?(Just Jared)
- David Beckham‘s first underwear ad for Armani.(Just Jared)
- Gavin Henson, Charlotte Church‘s rugby star baby-daddy, has been charged with disorderly conduct for his alleged “drunken, abusive, and rowdy” behavior on a train from London to Cardiff. Three of his mates have also been charged.(Mirror)
- Will Simon Cowell and “girlfriend” Terri Seymour split over Simon’s resistance to having a baby?(Page Six)
- The Daily Mail has photos of Rupert Everett in full Camilla drag. Sorry, Rupe. Not quite butch enough, dear.
- Kate Beckinsale is just like you and me – except prettier and richer: she shops at Target.(Just Jared)
- George Michael pokes fun at himself on The Catherine Tate Show Christmas special.(Daily Mail)
- Plus: Lauren Cooper, a canoe, and a waterfall.(The Sun)
- Sir Richard Attenborough was voted the best Santa Claus in film.
- This past Saturday, Dancing With the Stars guru Len Goodman clashed wildly with fellow Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood, dramatically threatening to quit the show. The two lads have since made up.(The Sun)
- Should I be creeped out that an EastEnders character who shares my name “gets killed in a car smash on New Year’s Eve”?(The Sun)
- Doris Lessing rips the Internet generation in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, printed in full in The Guardian: “We never thought to ask, ‘How will our lives, our way of thinking, be changed by the internet, which has seduced a whole generation with its inanities so that even quite reasonable people will confess that, once they are hooked, it is hard to cut free, and they may find a whole day has passed in blogging etc?’”
- Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher nearly executed in Sudan over the naming of a teddy bear, talks to The Observer. And she says the whole ordeal was sparked by a school secretary with a vendetta against her: “I was used by the secretary to get at the school,” Gibbons says. “Otherwise I think I would have been let off with a quiet reprimand. I wouldn’t want to offend anybody. It was just a complete misunderstanding, a mistake.”
- Is Britain suffering an identity crisis? A recent survey seems to indicate “yes.”(Yahoo!)
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