• Catherine Tate will “get her Tates out” (to steal The Sun‘s headline) in a “saucy sex scene” – a “graphic sex romp,” if you will – for the new West End play, Under the Blue Sky. Get your tickets now!

  • One of Tate’s co-stars in the play is Francesca Annis, best known as Ralph Fiennes‘ former companion. She tells The Times a horror story about a visit with a “Hollywood doctor” during a difficult pregnancy, and it turned her off Tinseltown for good: “He asked me my age, symptoms, how many children I had – all that, and I answered dutifully. Eventually he said, ‘Yes, OK, I think we can do it.’ He was offering to get rid of the baby. He’d just thought: actress, in her forties, two kids already – she wants a termination.”
  • Ricky Gervais explains how U.S. and UK comedy differ in the New York Daily News: “If there’s a basic difference between British and American comedy, it’s that we embrace the loser more. [Americans] celebrate success more happily. But it’s okay to lose sometimes. I’m a white, middle-class, educated, middle-aged man. So, in terms of being oppressed, the worst thing that happens to me is a bit of bad service or social awkwardness. But I can still be a loser.”
  • A photo from Gervais’ first Hollywood star vehicle, the upcoming comedy Ghost Town. (The Sun)
  • Is Madonna milking the scandal surrounding her “relationship” with Alex Rodriguez to fuel demand for her Sticky and Sweet Tour? Um, when is Madonna not manipulating the press? (Contact Music)
  • Ian Brown is the only holdout against a Stone Roses reunion. (NME)
  • Britain’s “Fame” schools – like the Brit School that produced Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Kate Nash – continue to be factories of young musical talent.(The Times)
  • Get ready for the British Pussycat Dolls.(The Stage)
  • Headline of the day: “I had sex with my brother but I don’t feel guilty.” (The Times)
  • McFly could nab their eighth No. 1 single in the UK on Sunday – and their first without a record label.(Digital Spy)
  • Will the real Banksy please stand up?(BBC)
  • One booze-swilling, mayonnaise-demanding, barefoot-running night in the life of Amy Winehouse. (Mirror)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.