Four of Five Best Actor Tony Nominees Are Brits

  • The Tony Award nominations for achievement in Broadway theater have been announced, and the Brits have made an impressive showing. The State Within‘s Ben Daniels (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing), Rufus Sewell (Rock ‘n’ Roll), and Patrick Stewart (Macbeth) vie alongside American Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood) for the Best Actor in a Play award. The Stage notes that one-third of all the nominations come from UK-originated productions.
  • Did Pete Doherty cheat a drug test by passing off someone else’s urine as his own?(Guardian)
  • Lily Allen is one lucky girl: Gavin & Stacey star James Corden strips off in homage to David Beckham.(Mirror)
  • Minnie Driver clutches her bump while performing at a London concert.(Daily Mail)
  • Jay-Z finally responds to Noel Gallagher: “We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music.”(The Sun)
  • Supermodel Agyness Deyn has formed her own band named Gene Jacket.(NME)
  • Members of the band Glasvegas were involved in a car crash here in New York when the taxi they were riding in collided with another vehicle. No one was injured.(NME)
  • George Harrison‘s widow has created a garden memorial for him.(Mirror)
  • Budding diva Kelly Rowland defends Madonna: “Madonna can have anything she wants. If she only wants red Skittles then get her red Skittles, she’s freakin’ Madonna! And if she wants a huge trailer, get her a huge trailer.”(Digital Spy)
  • Kelly may follow Madonna’s footsteps and settle down in London.(The Sun)
  • Michelle Ryan admits she tried out for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale – but she says she “blew” her audition. “It’s always when you’re not bothered – the same as when it comes to guys – that you do best. If you try too hard it doesn’t work.” I love Michelle Ryan – she rocked it on Jekyll – but I can’t see anyone out-acting Eva Green in that part.(Digital Spy)
  • Talk about moving up in the world: after the Terminal 5 crisis, the head of Heathrow airport is being replaced, ironically, by the head of the London Underground. (Guardian)
  • Why did Seinfeld flop in the UK? The Guardian‘s Dan Worth says it’s the lack of resolution, stupid: “Episodes frequently ended in situations that were immediately forgotten at the beginning of the next, the characters starting with a clean slate once again, having learned nothing from their experiences. Larry David, the show’s co-creator, famously insisted on a strict ‘no hugging, no learning’ rule on set and in one episode Kramer (Jerry’s neighbour against whom all other wacky next-door neighbours pale in comparison) tells Jerry, ‘You know the important thing is that you learned something,’ only to be rebuffed, ‘No I didn’t!’”
  • Dave Atkins, who played the landlord on the UK version of Men Behaving Badly, has died aged 67.(Guardian)
  • Terence Davies will screen his new documentary – his first film in eight years – at Cannes this year.(Guardian)
  • The Massive Attack guys talk to The Guardian ahead of their Meltdown festival. Can you believe they’ve been around 20 years?

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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