London police have just now gotten around to arresting Amy Winehouse for that alleged crack-smoking video from January. I guess the old bill is trying to even up the junkie-in-jail ratio: Pete Doherty got out yesterday.(BBC)
Amy Winehouse gets nicked by the cops; Mark Ronson tours with Jay-Z. Who came out better, post-Bond theme drama?(Mirror)
Stereogum bravely sacrifices hipster cred and posts a rave review about Coldplay‘s latest track.
The Guardian talks to “seven Brits who have conquered Hollywood”: Claire Forlani (clearly, they’re using that word “conquer” loosely here), Idris Elba (hotness personified), Anna Friel (looking a bit like Emily Blunt in her photo), Michael Sheen (natch), Joanne Sellar (she drinks your milkshake), Edgar Wright (genius), and Graham King (money/power/respect).
Ellen Page is set to play a *wicked* hipster Jane Eyre.(The Sun)
Did Rachel Weisz turn down The Mummy, not because it’s, well, The Mummy, but because her character in the film was “too old”?(Digital Spy)
The Guardian‘s Gareth McLean talks about the casting of black actors in Dickens adaptations. (For example, Doctor Who‘s Freema Agyeman is set to play Tattycoram in Little Dorrit.) “In the novel of Little Dorrit, Tattycoram is described as ‘a handsome girl with lustrous dark hair and eyes, and very neatly dressed.’ I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong but beyond that, there’s little reference to her physicality. So why not cast a black actress in the role? It shows imagination and if, as is so often said, period dramas are as much about the time in which they’re made as the time with which they are ostensibly concerned, it makes sense to have a diverse cast.”
The Royle Family is doing another Christmas special this year; the 2006 one won BAFTAs and high ratings.(The Sun)
Are The Last Shadow Puppets better than Arctic Monkeys?(The Times)
Simple Minds will perform for Nelson Mandela‘s 90th birthday party; they last sang for him in 1990 when he was released from prison.(Daily Record)
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.