The Daily Telegraph releases its “Who’s Who” list of people who are “shaking up the cultural world.” The list includes Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Mario Testino, Armando Iannucci, and Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.
Eva Green is interviewed in The Guardian about The Golden Compass, which, despite Daniel Craig, I have no interest in seeing because it features The Pointy One. By the way, Kidman’s character in the film is named Mrs. Coutler. Funny, because I think the perfect part for her would be Ann Coulter.
Trouble over at X Factor: “Dannii Minogue stormed out of the X Factor studio in tears after a raging row with Louis Walsh. The judges clashed as cheeky Louis blasted Dannii for saying his finalist Niki Evans had sung out of tune. Dannii, 36, told the hopeful: ‘I watched the tape from last week and you were completely out of tune.’ But raging Irishman Louis, 55, hit back live on air by taking a pop at the Aussie star’s own voice, saying: “Dannii, singing out of tune? Ho ho!” OK, I have to give Mr. Walsh some props ‘cuz that is hilarious. And I like Dannii Minogue and loathe Louis Walsh.
Frontrunner Rhydian has already recorded a version of the Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston duet “When You Believe,” which is slated to be the X Factor champion’s Christmas single.(Daily Mail)
Dame Liz Taylor convinced the striking WGA not to picket her AIDS charity benefit on Saturday, which was held on the Paramount set in Hollywood.(BBC)
Jay Hunt, Director of Programmes for UK network Five, has been named Controller of BBC One. Peter Fincham previously held the position before quitting over the “Crowngate” scandal.(BBC)
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.