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)
Plus: Lauren Cooper, a canoe, and a waterfall.(The Sun)
Sir Richard Attenborough was voted the best Santa Claus in film. (Contact Music)
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!)
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.