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)
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.