Don’t plan a trip to be part of Top Gear‘s studio audience any time soon – unless you have 21 years of free time to wait in line. Autoblog reports that “the waiting list to get a first-hand glimpse of the show being produced is an incredible 336k names deep.” Well, if you don’t want to wait until 2029 to see Clarkson, Hammond, and May in action, you could just see the special Top Gear live show at Earls Court this fall…if you can manage a ticket.
Terry Gilliamhas called out Warner Bros. for overhyping Heath Ledger‘s performance in The Dark Knight. “They’ll do anything to publicize their film. That’s just what they do and you can’t get upset because it’s bulls***.” The Monty Python member-turned-filmmaker was directing Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when the actor died back in January.
Eric Idle is taking his Life of Brian-inspired spoof, Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), to America’s Bible Belt. But Idle tells the Houston Chronicle that, to him, “it (Not the Messiah) doesn’t become contentious like Brian because there are no beards or crosses (on display). The imagery of the Bible is what really offends people more than anything else.”
They tried to make Ronnie Wood go to rehab and he said…”Sure, no biggie.”(BBC)
Catherine Tate fans will have to wait for a glimpse of “the Tates” in action: an unfortunate ankle injury has pushed back previews of Under the Blue Sky, which was said to feature Tate in a “graphic sex romp.” What, did she hurt her ankle tossing her legs behind her head?(BBC)
Kinks genius Ray Davies plans to try his hand at musical theater.(The Stage)
Gavin & Stacey funnywoman Ruth Jones is getting her own radio show.(The Stage)
A Vogue fashionista offered a challenge to Gordon Ramsay – “create a dish for the new generation of models on the run (not literally of course).” Easy, throw some cocaine in some soda water.
Life On Mars star Philip Glenister channeled his Gene Hunt persona to make a “Free Tibet” statement: “Tibet has more bones to pick with China than a dog that’s dug up a dinosaur. My message to the British Government is, ‘Get off your backside and do something to free Tibet’.”(The Times)
Sir Elton John added another honor to his list of accolades: his own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. It’s called Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle, and white chocolate chunks.” Sounds like a pint of heart disease.(Guardian)
Arctic Monkeys have started work on their “psychedelic” album, which, like Favourite Worst Nightmare, will be produced by James Ford.(NME)
Russell Brand has taken his low humor to new depths: while performing a stand-up routine in Northampton, he phoned police to report a false sexual assault. “The police call-taker ended the three-minute conversation after the comedian propositioned her and began to sing down the phone,” reports The Times.
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.