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  • Are What Not To Wear hosts Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine coming to the U.S. for a new fashion makeover show? The Sun reports that they’ve signed a deal with Walt Disney for a pilot. Susannah says, “If America comes up, great. If it doesn’t, ‘what the hell’. If I start thinking about that, I go into a complete panic. I really don’t want it to happen. We’re very happy here.” As long as they keep their brassieres on, I’m fine with whatever they choose.

  • Victoria Beckham wore her trademark face of misery to an Allure Magazine party thrown in her honor.(Daily Mail)
  • David Beckham “swapped football tips with Elmo” during his debut appearance on Sesame Street. The Daily Telegraph hilariously notes that Beckham “is not usually known for his literacy skills. When asked if he was a volatile player, he famously replied: ‘Well, I can play in the center, on the right, and occasionally on the left side.'”
  • X Factor judge Dannii Minogue hits out at former panelist Sharon Osbourne in an interview: “There’s nothing Sharon can say that will make me feel angry or bad. I couldn’t live my life the way she lives her life…I’m just happy for her to get on with it and I’ll stay out of the way. All the comments and behavior say so much about her, and nothing about me.”(Daily Mail)
  • Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson says her role as a villain on The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a total fluke. “I wasn’t looking to officially get into acting. It was something I always wanted to do, but I never really found anything I was interested in. [Series creator Josh Friedman] said, ‘Would you be interested in auditioning for the show? and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t really think it through; it was just sort of a trigger response, because I was a big Terminator fan. I got the part before I really understood the full implications of what I’d gotten myself involved in.” Manson will maintain her Scottish accent for the show.(Daily Record)
  • Barry George, the extremely creepy-looking man accused of fatally shooting BBC news anchor Jill Dando point blank outside her home, has been acquitted in a retrial.(BBC)
  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor‘s “near death” rumors are back again. A publicist denies she’s gravely ill.(BBC)
  • Keane were inspired by producer Jon Brion to “create first and think later” for their new album, Perfect Symmetry, out in October.(BBC)
  • Torchwood star John Barrowman could collect a record £270,000 to play Robin Hood in panto. However, he’d have to do 73 shows in a month-and-a-half period, from December 19th to February 1, 2009.(Daily Mail)
  • Even Top Gear‘s James May has trouble backing up a car while towing a caravan. (Telegraph)
  • Simon Pegg volunteers to work on the new Star Wars series.(Contact Music)
  • Even though Terry Gilliam poo-pooed Heath Ledger‘s Oscar buzz for The Dark Knight as mere hype, he says Heath was “extraordinary” in his final film, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus. Which Gilliam himself directed, mind you. “He would have been the best of his generation, he was very very special. He was more than an actor, he was an incredible human being. There’s a big hole in the universe that he created.”(Metro)
  • A frustrated actor hopes to go on Dragons’ Den to secure funding for his own movie. (Beccles and Bungay Journal)
  • Footballers Wive$ star Cristian Solimeno (Jason Turner) will appear on a controversial episode of Wire in the Blood about “a bondage-loving serial killer who eats his victims while they are still alive.” Solimeno will play one of the victims.(This Is Nottingham)
  • Sir Ben Kingsley could have ridden The Beatles‘ coattails to rock superstardom, but he chose acting instead: “I was offered a contract by Dick James, who was the manager of Northern Songs, who in turn recorded all the Beatles’ early discs,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “It was an extraordinary meeting and he was quite insistent because he’d heard me play the guitar and sing on stage, as did John and Ringo. It was quite difficult for me to decide which way to go, and then in the same week I was offered a line of small roles in classical theatre and I decided to follow that route.”
  • Are the Arctic Monkeys being “Yoko‘d” by Jamie Cook‘s new girlfriend?(Mirror)
  • Samantha Morton wants more drama and fewer reality series on British telly.(The Stage)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.