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  • Coolio throws some fighting words at Gordon Ramsay: “I ate in one of his restaurants and I was not impressed. I would take all his dishes and make them better.” What are his culinary qualifications? The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper says, “I’m a gourmet chef. I have my own YouTube channel for cooking. I do a lot of healthy fusion food – I do Black Italian – Blitalian, Black Asian – Blasian, Black English – Blenglish and I’m about to try Black Scottish – Blottish.”(Daily Record)

  • Daniel Radcliffe isn’t bovvered by being naked on stage: “The hardest part was in rehearsal. Being naked in a room with 20 people you know staring at you and the lights on is tough. Doing it with 1,000 strangers in the dark is far easier.”(New York Post)
  • David Beckham was “conned” in a Chicago nightclub by someone claiming to be Entourage actor Rex Lee. “It wasn’t the real Rex Lee and Becks brought him into the VIP area and spent the whole night drinking with him.” I didn’t even know Rex Lee was “a TV star,” much less someone worthy of impersonation, much less someone David Beckham would recognize. (Daily Mail)
  • Oh God, Daily Mail, don’t make me defend Oasis. Streaming one’s album on MySpace is a far different proposition than giving it away for free on a website.
  • Pink‘s new single, “So What?,” is beating Oasis’ “The Shock of the Lightning,” their first release off their new album, Dig Out Your Soul.(BBC)
  • The video is out for the Jack White and Alicia Keys‘ Bond theme, “Another Way To Die.” Keys looks gorgeous as usual, but damn, the song is horrible.(Guardian)
  • Sir Salman Rushdie says he doesn’t regret writing The Satanic Verses, the book that inspired that fatwa on his life.(The Times)
  • In the battle between Joan Collins‘ hairpiece and the wind, it’s Wind 1, Hairpiece 0.(Daily Mail)
  • Michael Parkinson writes about his most memorable guests in The Daily Mail. About Madonna, he says, “Observing Madonna, in a recording break, surrounded by her worker bees, I was fascinated to see that one assistant, armed only with a cotton bud on the end of a stick, was trained in a maneuver, which, as far as I could make out, was designed to make certain Madonna’s nose was free from bogies.”
  • Michael Parkinson has a website with classic clips and a Parky blog!(Telegraph)
  • Chris Martin says Coldplay is “less shit than they used to be.”(NME)
  • Chris Martin has been working out a bit, clearly.(The Sun)
  • Louis Walsh takes another poke at his fellow X Factor panelist, Dannii Minogue: “Dannii who? Oh Dannii, Kylie’s sister, yeah she’s on the show. I’m not saying anything. Cheryl [Cole] is the one to watch. I’ve got nothing but good to say about her. She is the star of the show.”(Daily Mail)
  • Nicola Roberts fires back at radio host Chris Moyles for calling her the unattractive, “ginger one” in Girls Aloud: “His obsession with me needs to stop. I don’t care what he says about me, but what bothers me is that there are loads of people being bullied for the way they look or act – they are made to feel s*** about themselves because they don’t conform to how society wants them to be.” I must say, in a scrap between Nicola Roberts and Chris Moyles, the good money’s on Nicola.(Daily Mail)
  • An American Peep Show is coming to Spike TV.(Guardian)
  • Nick Elliott, former controller for ITV, says how he’d run BBC drama – and it seems that his advice could easily apply to U.S. television: “For mainstream ITV and BBC1, the key word is empathy. Ordinary viewers need to identify with a sympathetic leading character or set of characters…This means avoiding characters (and actors) who are cold, supercilious, cool or trendy. Avoid situations that ordinary people in ordinary Britain find hard to relate to – metropolitan life, showbiz, journalism, politics, fashion, business. And if you only know those worlds get out of London and meet some other people. Don’t be dark and depressing and don’t give us a message of despair or cynicism. We’re probably looking for some entertainment so give us colour, pace and a clear concept that can be marketed and understood.”(Guardian)
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Filed Under: Coolio, Gordon Ramsay
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.