British Movies Suck, Long Live British Movies!

  • Britain has 23 entries at this year’s Sundance. The Independent heralds this as a “new wave” of British filmmaking.
  • Ricky Gervais, however, says “the English just aren’t good at making films. It goes from gritty gangster films to everyone acting like something out of Jane Eyre. I don’t want to be a part of those things.”
  • Ricky Gervais lists his favorite places to vacation. His no. 1? “Italy – the last few times I’ve been I’ve stayed on the Amalfi Coast around Sorrento. I love it. You’ve got to be careful eating in France, things come with eyes and legs. In Italy, it’s all pizza and pasta.”(The Times)
  • The Office star Martin Freeman talks about his role in the film The Good Night, which features an A-list cast (Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz, Danny DeVito, Simon Pegg). Freeman says he wasn’t bothered. “What I really care about is, are people good? Penelope Cruz is a fantastic actor, Gwyneth Paltrow is a fantastic actor, Simon (Pegg), one of the best things we’ve got and Danny DeVito, I mean please, enough already.”(BBC)

  • Does James McAvoy actually have a shot at winning the BAFTA against Daniel Day-Lewis?(Scotsman)
  • BBC and UKTV ask viewers “What was the funniest decade of British comedy?”(The Stage)
  • OK, Keeley Hawes has THE worst hair ever on Ashes To Ashes.(The Stage)
  • The new Messiah, Hustle star Marc Warren, talks to the Manchester Evening News about taking on Ken Stott‘s role. “It was strange because Ken is a great mate of mine. He was a sort of mentor to me. I sent Ken a text actually, pretty early on. I said how easy he made it look, which he does. It is a responsibility, but it’s one I’m ready to take on.”
  • Armando Iannucci, producer of The Thick Of It, plans to make a satirical movie about “politics in both Britain and America.”(Chortle)
  • Top Gun Prince William survives his first “solo” flight.(Daily Mail)
Kevin Wicks

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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