Naomi Campbell has been cast in Catherine Breillat‘s latest film. Breillat is known for films that contain “graphic scenes of sex and violence.” With Naomi starring, she should have no problem getting the latter.(Telegraph)
Paul Weller talks about turning 50, making “the most ambitious album of his career,” putting the past behind him, his clothes, and his children (“I don’t want my kids coming home speaking like Ali G – I’m just not having it”).(Telegraph)
John Hurt talks about playing Quentin Crisp 33 years after The Naked Civil Servant: “I shall play him with slightly more cynicism. More thoughtful this time.”(The Times)
After nine hours of interrogation, Amy Winehouse was released from police custody. She’ll face no charges for drug possession.(The Times)
After her release, Amy hit the streets in some scandalously short Daisy Dukes.(Daily Mail)
Next Saturday, Pete Doherty will do his first solo show since his release from jail. He’ll perform with Babyshambles on Tuesday.(NME)
Hot Chip‘s Alexis Taylor says free downloads from folks like Radiohead and Coldplay are hurting lesser-known bands.(NME)
Gang of Four is now Gang of Two; bassist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham have left the band. So, wait, the band has no rhythm section? Maybe they can recruit Peter Hook and David Potts…Monaco reunion, anyone?(Guardian)
A fat-and-almost-naked Robbie Williams puts on a show for the paps.(The Sun)
Was The Catherine Tate Show denied a British Comedy Award because of Robbie Williams? “ITV is claiming that the winner was changed as presenter Robbie Williams said he would only give out the award if Ant and Dec won,” reports The Mirror.
Meanwhile, ITV has been fined the equivalent of $11.3 million for various phone-in scandals.(The Stage)
Bad seed Peaches Geldof has been cast in a Nick Cave video.(The Sun)
Bob Geldof cracks the whip on his wayward daughter after a video appeared that allegedly showed her buying drugs.(Daily Mail)
Gordon Ramsay has passed on his potty mouth to his 8-year-old son.(Mirror)
Prepare to be grossed out: are Anne Robinson‘s armpits actually that hairy, or is she holding Russell Brand in a headlock in these Daily Mail photos?
Stephen Fry doesn’t want an “emasculated” BBC.(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.