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Tom Brook from BBC AMERICA’s Talking Movies interviewed Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe at last week’s Tonys, where Radcliffe presented an award. In the video, he talks about why British productions have done so well on Broadway (“Americans love a British accent”), and he gives a very smart, mature answer when asked if he was apprehensive about being nude on stage when Equus comes to New York later this year.
Sigh. He’s so poised. And hot.
In other news:
- What would be the financial implications for Madonna in a divorce from husband Guy Ritchie? “It is thought that the couple did not have a pre-nuptial agreement, which means that the starting point for any settlement would be a split of 50-50. A variety of factors such as the length of the marriage and the wealth brought to the marriage by Madonna, in particular, would then be taken into account.”(The Times)
- Did Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida” make it to No. 1 “by mistake”? The Times‘ Neil McCormick notes that “Coldplay’s current single is officially ‘Violet Hill,’ which, to complicate matters further, they gave away free…Meanwhile, the title track of their album, ‘Viva La Vida, ‘was made available through iTunes as a (non-chart eligible) taster, with a 30-second video advert. When the album was officially released last week, so many people downloaded that track that it became Coldplay’s biggest ever hit.”
- Coldplay has the No. 1 album in the U.S., but “Viva La Vida” has been dethroned on the Billboard Hot 100 by that awful Katy Perry song, “I Kissed a Girl.” (No, it’s not a remake of the Jill Sobule classic.)(Yahoo!)
- Not a good sign: Amy Winehouse didn’t show up for a photo shoot for the Mandela concert.(Daily Mail)
- Amy Winehouse has “plastered herself in nicotine patches” in a quest to kick cigarettes.(Mirror)
- Thom Yorke‘s brother Andy Yorke will put out a solo album next month.(NME)
- Radiohead has suddenly gotten really cozy with iTunes: they are releasing a live video album of In Rainbows songs exclusively to the site.(Yahoo!)
- Who discovered Mark Ronson, P. Diddy or Jay-Z?(Mirror)
- Kate Moss uses her daughter for her own narcissistic ends. (Daily Mail)
- David Beckham may ditch his endorsement deal with Pepsi and launch his own brand of mineral water.(Mirror)
- Matthew Rhys says he’s not dating his Edge of Love co-star Sienna Miller, adding, “On-set romances are the worst idea in the world. You get caught up in the microcosm of filming, especially if you’re playing romantic parts, and I’m only speaking from my own experience here, but it never really pans out afterwards.”(Contact Music)
- The Ron Howard-directed film adaptation of the Tony-winning play Frost/Nixon will premiere at the London Film Festival.(BBC)
- A BBC non-executive director has spoken out about minority representation on British television. (The Stage and The Guardian both have extremely misleading headlines about what he actually said.) In a speech about the “tick-box” approach to adding people of color to TV series, Samir Shah said, “I don’t think that such over-representation is a brilliant idea. I hear of drama departments that are considering ensuring a smattering of non-white faces almost regardless of the editorial imperatives. Trust me, that’s not the answer. Because it’s just not real…even when there is an attempt to acknowledge the cultural background of an ethnic minority character, it rarely rings true.”
- The Guardian‘s Sarita Malik agrees with Shah: “How many times have we seen a whirl of pre-publicity when a black or Asian family are to be introduced into a soap? And how often has the writer been so culturally out-of-touch or terrified about criticisms of stereotyping that they forgot to make the ethnic minority into a fully rounded character?” Preach it, sister.
- Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge said the BBC is run by “10-year-old children” after they decided to cancel her series, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Yeah, she doesn’t sound like she has an ax to grind at all.(Daily Mail)
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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.