Three Days Until the Premiere of Little Britain USA

  • The new U.S. version of Little Britain premieres Sunday on HBO, and Matt Lucas and David Walliams have been making the media rounds. They recently did a feature with AfterElton. Walliams told the site that they “generally followed our comedic instincts, but we enjoyed the opportunities to create new characters that we couldn’t have done in England, like we’ve got a character, Ben Gordon, who prides himself on being the eighth man on the moon. And this is something that has to be American because only America sends people to the moon. Or the cutesy Mom and daughter that say good night to each other in this cutesy way like, ‘I love you more than rainbows.’” Matt Lucas adds, “Americans can embrace sentimentality a bit more. We’re a bit more cynical.”
  • David told Conan O’Brien that Matt “stopped going to the gym because someone tried to take a picture of him naked on their camera phone while he was in the changing room.”(The Sun)
  • Vicky Pollard’s “Yeah but no but yeah” is now in the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. (Daily Mail)
  • Amy Winehouse has “landed herself with a massive £25,000 bill after borrowing posh designer frocks – and returning them with her own unique calling card…splattered with vomit. Even worse, when the ‘Back To Black’ singer finally returned the puke-stained outfits, her little deposits had green, furry mold growing on them. Revolting!”(Mirror)
  • Sir Paul McCartney has 5,000 security guards watching over him in Israel, a team larger than George W. Bush had on his last visit.(Mirror)
  • Busta Rhymes is the latest hip-hop star to be denied entry into the UK.(Guardian)
  • Simon Cowell says Britney Spears will indeed appear on X Factor.(Digital Spy)
  • Ray Davies says his brother Dave’s ill health is the only thing stopping a Kinks reunion; he’s all for it.(Guardian)
  • American band Kings of Leon, who are massive in the UK, say they are saddened about their lack of success here: “I’m sick of being big everywhere else… For America to kind of turn its back on us is heartbreaking,” says lead singer Caleb Followill.(Digital Spy)
  • The members of Travis believe British music is “too conservative,” especially compared to the U.S. music scene. “For some reason at the moment Britain seems to be so conservative whereas in America there seems to be a great inventiveness, eclecticism, and spirit…I don’t know why that is,” says the band’s guitarist, Andy Dunlop. Some U.S. acts the Travis boys like include “MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, and Death Cab For Cutie.” (Virgin)
  • Watch Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan go off about Mark Ronson in a Mirror video interview: “Not Mark Ronson, no. P*** off. We did like him, we were a fan of his work, but I don’t think he likes us very much. It’s fine if you don’t like someone but we’ve heard he’s spoken a lot of s*** about us. I don’t think he’d be half of what he is if it wasn’t for Amy Winehouse. I think he’s a bit of a knob.”
  • Richard Thompson, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, and Robert Fripp top Yahoo!’s list of the 25 Best British Electric Guitarists.
  • Princess Beatrice is a university student who *gasp* goes out at night with friends. The Daily Mail clutches the pearls.
  • George Clooney and Brad Pitt are competing to be Professor Higgins to Keira Knightley‘s Eliza Doolittle in a My Fair Lady remake.(Guardian)
  • The Sun‘s nameless movie reviewer “infiltrated a top-secret screening of Quantum of Solace” – and basically doesn’t tell us anything we couldn’t have gleaned from the press materials.
  • Matthew Goode, the hottie star of the recent Brideshead Revisited remake, will host PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary, which will present British TV drama with “contemporary themes.”(UPI)

Kevin Wicks

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.

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