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  • Robin Hood‘s Jonas Armstrong is set to star as a “paranormal expert” in a series of films based on Clive Barker‘s Books of Blood.(Reuters)

  • The first pics of Alfie Allen baring the Nudie Cuties in Equus have turned up at The Daily Mail. Those black bars are quite large, no?
  • How did Daniel Day-Lewis‘ family react to him being completely in character all the time for There Will Be Blood? He tells The Independent: “They did go a little bit crazy living with Plainview all the time, but the kids thought it was a laugh in the end to have this different bloke as their dad and both did a pretty decent impersonation of me. My wife is amazingly tolerant. I knew that from the word go. She just believes, like I do, that if you are attempting anything of a creative nature, no rules apply.”
  • Art imitates life as Andrew Lloyd Webber guest-stars on Hollyoaks.(BBC)
  • The Daily Telegraph goes behind-the-scenes of the racy, controversial teen drama Skins. I can’t get over how hot Nicholas Hoult, the chubby little lad from About a Boy, has become.
  • Later with Jools Holland is celebrating its 200th episode. For some reason, the show has something against McFly: the band has never been booked. Mark Cooper, who produced the show when it premiered in 1992, explains why in The Times: “McFly courted a demographic, and the price they pay for that is that people don’t necessarily perceive them as musicians. Also it’s about timing. There may be a point at which to surprise people with McFly. But perhaps not now.” Well, isn’t that just idiotic?
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Sheila Johnston interviews Mathieu Amalric, future Bond villain and star of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He talks mostly about Diving Bellamazing movie, by the way – and says the role of paralyzed author Jean-Dominique Bauby had a profound effect on him. “We laughed a huge amount while we were shooting it. And now, every day, I stop for a moment to savour my sense of taste and smell and touch. I have a very strong awareness of how extraordinary the human body is.”
  • Who needs rehab when you have Orlando Bloom? says Courtney Love. “I love Orlando for this. He doesn’t mind being outed as a Buddhist. I don’t mind talking about it because it has changed my entire life, changed everything – restructured my body, restructured my physicality. Truly I can, not all the time, but I can take joy at really s****y situations.” (Digital Spy)
  • The London Underground subway system has been piping classical music into Tube stations. As The Times reports, “the music is played only in ticket halls rather than in trains (where we couldn’t escape) or platforms (where we need to listen for important information).”

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.