Palpatine’s palpitations: Did Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars) suffer a heart attack onstage and refuse to go to hospital in order to finish his performance?(The Times)
The Times‘ Caitlin Moran gets insider dish about Doctor Who from Russell T. Davies and a very fit-looking John Barrowman.
Kerry Katona has kept a lucrative ad contract with Iceland, a frozen food retailer, despite her trainwreck TV appearance. BBC NEWS reports, “The company said it had ‘first hand experience’ of the reality TV star slurring her words but said she had always been able to resume her work ‘after a short period.'”
Gordon Ramsay is the world’s highest-paid chef.(Telegraph)
Beyoncé has snubbed X Factor for an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.(Mirror)
How does James Bond stack up against Jason Bourne?(Telegraph)
A look back at Britain’s last recession, way back in 1990.(Telegraph)
Was Sarah Silverman the victim of British “recession rage”?(Telegraph)
Once again, The Smiths aren’t getting back together. How many times do people have to be told this?(NME)
Too much hotness for one stage: James McAvoy and former EastEnders hunk Nigel Harman will star in a West End production of Three Days of Rain.(The Stage)
Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, and BAFTA winner Anna Maxwell Martin will star in a BBC drama about the current financial crisis.(The Stage)
Guy Ritchie enjoys a boys’ night out with Sherlock Holmes stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. (Telegraph)
Richard Branson will abandon his quest to break the record for fastest transatlantic crossing by boat. “We were doing very good until recently when we had a massive wave hit us from behind. It literally took one of our life craft with it. The storm has also taken out the spinnaker and ripped the main sail so we’ll have to decide whether it can be mended and whether we’ve still got a chance of making the record.”(Telegraph)
The Times‘ Pete Paphides gives two stars to The Cure‘s “disappointing” new album. “There isn’t a song on this, the Cure’s 13th album, that doesn’t sound like an inferior version of one they have already written – indeed, in the case of the 23-year-old ‘Sleep When I’m Dead,’ an actual version of one they have already written.”
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.