Billie Piper: Baring My Breasts Could End My Career. Girl, No It Won’t…

  • Billie Piper fears she may have killed any chance at a Hollywood career after baring her breasts in Diary of a Call Girl: “Someone said the other day, rather viciously, ‘What A-list stars get their t**s out?’ And then I started thinking, ‘Oh, my God, what have I done? I’ve ruined my future career.” Are you kidding, Ms. Piper? Nudity has almost become a career requirement in Hollywood: it’s considered “brave” and “edgy.” Hell, Halle Berry got an Oscar out of showing her cans. (And don’t tell me that woman did anything else in Monster’s Ball.)(The Sun)
  • Fans and critics were puzzled by Billie Piper’s lisping speaking voice on her return episode of Doctor Who. The Mirror says some critics used words like “chavette tones”, “mouth numbed with anaesthetic” and a “speech impediment” to describe her odd voice. Also “One added: ‘Teeth? She seemed to have too many.’”(Mirror)
  • The Guardian‘s Phil Hoad defends Keira Knightley against the “jealous lynch mob” that has formed against her: “Knightley is probably the biggest current British-born box-office star we have – and a rare woman in that position – and deserves congratulation on that basis alone. It’s time the lynch mob was called off.”
  • A few days ago, it appeared she was circling the drain: now Amy Winehouse has been released from the hospital and has already begun rehearsals for Glastonbury and the Nelson Mandela concert. Lest people think Amy’s managers are exploiting a sick person, a U.S. publicist for Winehouse has thrown Daddy Winehouse under the bus, saying he misspoke about Amy’s diagnosis: “She is not diagnosed with full-blown emphysema, but instead has early signs of what could lead to emphysema.”
  • Amy had better have her beehive well secured: Glastonbury won’t be wet this year, but it will be windy, say forecasters.(The Times)
  • Jurors are now deliberating in Blake Fielder-Civil‘s court trial.(Contact Music)
  • Mark Ronson was paid $2 million to play at an heiress’ 21st birthday.(Mirror)
  • Divorce rumors continue to dog Madonna and Guy Ritchie.(The Sun)
  • Gordon Ramsay denies having had Botox: “I’d want my money back if I did. I look like a busted a**e!”(Mirror)
  • Victoria Beckham will produce a line of high-end garments that “will likely start at around $1,200 retail.”
  • Simon Cowell is actually making progress on that Paul Potts movie: it has a title, One Chance, and it’s being written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List).(Guardian)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to join the Motion Picture Academy.(Guardian)
  • I have a feeling Omarosa may soon be dethroned as the most-hated Apprentice contestant ever: Heather Mills is angling to be on the U.S. celebrity version. I see she’s jettisoning all the goodwill she got from Dancing with the Stars, huh?(The Sun)
  • Gary Glitter plans to revive his career once he gets out of a Vietnamese prison where he’s serving a sentence for child molestation. But he doesn’t plan to do it in Britain: “I will contact my friends and lawyers to decide where is the best place to live, but probably Hong Kong or Singapore.” Hmm, I can think of several reasons why that’s a bad idea.(Telegraph)
  • Boy George, who faces trial for allegedly imprisoning an escort, has been denied a U.S. visa for a North American tour.(Yahoo!)
  • Coldplay played Madison Square Garden last night to a crowd that included Charlize Theron and the Dunst herself.(Telegraph)
  • Lee Ryan has been found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver.(BBC)
  • Gratuitous eye candy: British model David Gandy‘s chiseled torso on a Milan runway.(The Sun)
  • Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is a Cash in the Attic fan.(The Independent)
  • A former Blue Peter presenter has been arrested for a rape allegedly committed 13 years ago.(The Times)

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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