Madonna and Guy Ritchie Tell Us What We Already Knew

  • LMAO! What’s that about their marriage being fine? One happy multicultural, multiracial family? (And given that those declarations were all so patently false, can we also question those denials about her schtupping A-Rod, too?) It is reported that Madonna could have to pay as much as $300 million to Guy Ritchie in a divorce settlement.(Daily Mail)
  • A source says Gwyneth Paltrow tried in vain to get Madonna to save her marriage for the kids.(Daily Mail)
  • Aravind Adiga has won the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger. The Daily Telegraph has an extract from the book.
  • World-renowned hoochiemama Rebecca Loos has emerged from obscurity again, rating David Beckham‘s performance in bed (“Eight, eight and a half [out of 10]. And very confident. It’s nice when a man is confident in the bedroom.”) and taking shots at Victoria (“Least fanciable female celeb? We both know what I’m thinking! But I’ll just stir it up – I’ll just say anyone who’s skeleton thin and plastic looking.”)(The Sun)
  • Prince William may be many a young girl’s dream, but Prince Harry is favored among gay men.(Towleroad)
  • Radiohead claims they made more money off In Rainbows‘ downloads alone than they total sales generated by Hail To the Thief. And even though most people paid nothing for the album, lots of people did give donations: “Radiohead’s management were monitoring the average price daily, and was prepared to cancel the download facility if the average price became too low,” reports NME.
  • A year after SIr Paul McCartney won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the BRITS, the committee is actually considering giving it to Simon Cowell?(The Sun)
  • Elvis Costello is collaborating with…Fall Out Boy?(Stereogum)
  • Shirley Manson has a jones for some Terminator porn.(Daily Record)
  • Mike Skinner of The Streets tells it like it is regarding Lily Allen: “Whenever you read Lily Allen’s blog she’s moaning about some paparazzi b*******. It makes me think, ‘Just stop giving them such good stories to write about and it’ll all go away.’ For God’s sake, people – don’t you get it? She wants all of the photographers following her round. She needs it.”(The Sun)
  • Doctor Who‘s Freema Agyeman says her part as Tattycoram in race-blind adaptation of Little Dorrit is a dream come true. “I’ve always wished I could be involved in a period drama. I was bowled over when they asked me to play Tattycoram. I was equally delighted because it’s not a black part.”(Mirror)
  • Sir David Frost may attend the premiere of Frost/Nixon at the London Film Festival, but he doesn’t agree with the film’s depiction of him as a national joke and light entertainer: “In fact, by [1977, when he interviewed Nixon] I’d interviewed two or three presidents, two or three prime ministers, Moshe Dayan [the late Israeli Defense Minister], the Archbishop of Canterbury, a whole list of people. I had done a hell of a lot by then. A lot of people thought that one of the reasons Nixon said yes was that he wasn’t aware of a lot of the more serious stuff that I had done here [on British television].”(The Times)
  • Remember that Sky News reporter who literally choked a bitch while scuffling for photos of Naomi Campbell outside a courtroom? Well, that woman, Kay Burley, collapsed after anchoring yesterday’s Sky newscast.(Daily Mail)
  • Dave Clark‘s frightening plastic surgery has grown even more Wildensteinesque.(Daily Mail)
  • The WAGs ruined last year’s World Cup, says British soccer player, Rio Ferdinand.(Daily Mail)

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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