So Russell Brand wasn’t just pulling his Lothario schtick when he asked Britney Spears out on a date onstage at the VMAs…the English comedian and the troubled pop star had an “intimate dinner” at a Hollywood restaurant last night. Come to think of it: Britney was ripe for Old Rusty’s picking: she loves her British boys. (And maybe the learned Mr. Brand can provide Ms. Spears tips on proper British elocution.) The Daily Mail fears for Britney’s safety.
Episodes of Seinfeld are helping nurse Noel Gallagher back to health after his onstage attack.(NME)
Tickets for a London performance of David Tennant‘s Hamlet sold out in three hours, with some fans camping outside the box office overnight.(BBC)
Billie Piper says Will Ferrell is her dream co-star.(Contact Music)
Thieves robbed the set of the new Alex Kingston drama, Hope Springs, which is, coincidentally, about five women who go on the run after stealing money from one of their husbands.(Daily Record)
Philip Glenister wants Phil Collins to appear on the Life On Mars ’80s spinoff, Ashes To Ashes.(The Sun)
Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono are united in their anger over a John Lennon biography that alleges John had a homosexual crush on Paul.(Mirror)
Video: Jack White‘s Quantum of Solace compositions have been featured in a Coca-Cola ad.(Guardian)
Weeks after her cervical cancer diagnosis, Jade Goody has elected to have a hysterectomy.(BBC)
Star Meg Ryan and Mick Jagger were an odd couple on the red carpet of The Women premiere. (Mick was the film’s producer.)(Hello!)
If the Booker committee didn’t provide ample reason for keeping Salman Rushdie off this year’s shortlist – basically, because his book sucked – The Guardian‘s Jonathan Jones ways in with his own theory: it’s the polenta, stupid.
Are the boys of Travis too damn nice for rock ‘n’ roll?(The Times)
Arctic Monkeys are releasing a live DVD directed by one of The Mighty Boosh dudes.(NME)
McFly want to cover Belinda Carlisle‘s “Heaven Is a Place On Earth” with Cheryl Cole.(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.