From Jesus to The Prisoner: Passion of the Christ Star May Play Classic Role

  • Will Jim Caviezel star as Number Six in a remake of The Prisoner, with Sir Ian McKellen as Number Two? Are people ignoring my Kevin McKidd (Rome, Journeyman, Trainspotting) suggestion? Dude is perfect!(The Stage)
  • Mark Wahlberg calls David Beckham a not-nice word.
  • An awards ceremony may be the sole reason why Amy Winehouse isn’t in jail right now.(BBC)
  • The Independent‘s Andy Gill has written a scathing, bile-filled article about Coldplay titled “Why I hate Coldplay”. He compares their music to “wilted spinach” and adds: “None of my personal or professional acquaintances, nobody in the street or the local café, not a single soul will admit to liking Coldplay or purchasing their music. Indeed, most seem to agree that they epitomize everything that’s wrong with modern rock music. So who’s buying all their albums? Who are those masses politely arrayed in their thousands at stadiums when Coldplay play? Is it some secret society, an Opus Dei of dreary anthemic music? And where do they congregate, other than at stadiums and arenas? Do they have parties? And if so, how many slash their wrists at these parties? What’s the attrition rate?”
  • Slow news day: Daniel Craig gets a cut on his finger on the Bond set, and it makes BBC NEWS.
  • George Michael says he’s giving up touring.(BBC)

  • Duran Duran will make history, becoming the first band to perform in the Louvre.(BBC)
  • Call him Kunta Kinte: Joseph Fiennes is breaking the shackles of Hollywood.(Guardian)
  • “Dungeon daughter” Kerstin Fritzl, who was held captive by her deranged father for 19 years, wants to go to a Robbie Williams concert as part of her recovery.(The Sun)
  • He’s not as cute as Richard Gere, but he has a trail of satisfied clients: The Times interviews “an English gigolo” named “Golden” who “sees himself not as a prostitute, but as a species of modern dandy.” “It began as a gradual thing, trial and error,” he tells The Times. “I wanted to avoid the nine-to-five life at all costs…and I love partying.” Hmmm, who doesn’t…and who doesn’t? As for his customers, he says, “I have regular clients, a little phone book of numbers, and girls who come and go – when their relationship has finished, I’ll suddenly get a phone call. Everyone should be able to call on a gigolo after a break-up.” An aphorism if I ever heard one.
  • “It’s no wonder Kelly Osbourne looks like she is wasting away – the only thing in her mouth these days seems to be her boyfriend’s tongue.”(Mirror)
  • Liz Hurley has regrets about her relationship with Hugh Grant. “Sometimes Hugh and I can get morbid and say we could have had five children by now, because we were together since we were 21.” I’m sure her husband, Indian businessman Arun Nayar, loves seeing that in print in The Daily Mail.
  • Agyness Deyn is being called “the anti-Kate Moss.” I’d beg to differ after these photos.(Daily Mail)
  • Could a Spaced movie happen down the line? Star and co-creator Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson) says, “If Simon [Pegg] and Edgar [Wright] were up for it, I definitely would be. So there you go, I’m putting that out there. I would be very up for doing a Spaced movie. How great would that be! Why not? Let’s do it!”(Chortle)
  • After listening to snippets of new tracks, The Guardian asks, “Has Franz Ferdinand gone Afrobeat?”

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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