Quantum of Solace is The Dark Knight of British Cinema

  • People wondering if Quantum of Solace could live up to Casino Royale‘s success have received their answer with the film’s record-breaking three-day opening in the UK. It made £15.4 million over the weekend, topping Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s previous record of £14.9 million. Meanwhile, Solace led MovieTickets.com’s advanced sales here in the U.S. last week – even though the film doesn’t hit theaters until November 14th stateside.
  • Gemma Arterton shows off her Bond girl bod.(Daily Mail)
  • British superstar Lewis Hamilton has become the first black Formula One racing champion.(Telegraph)
  • David Tennant says he’d be open to returning to Doctor Who in the future. Meanwhile, James Nesbitt says it would be “career suicide” to follow Tennant in the role – but he offers up Paterson Joseph as a worthy sacrifice. Nice.(BBC)
  • Could a former EastEnders actor become the new Doctor? Or could Billie Piper helm the TARDIS? Tennant has said the latter scenario is a possibility: “It’s one of those parts that any actor could bring something valid to, because it can be anything and it’s a sort of blank canvas every time.”(Daily Mail)
  • David Tennant will star in Stephen Poliakoff‘s first feature film in a decade, a pre-WWII drama titled 1939. The cast will include Julie Christie, Bill Nighy, Romola Garai, and Jeremy Northam.(BBC)
  • John Cleese has sold a multi-million pound home in order to pay for his expensive divorce.(Daily Mail)
  • Richard Armitage to be waterboarded – for real!(Telegraph)
  • Pet Shop Boys – not Simon Cowell, as was rumored – will take home the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2009 ceremony. (Last year’s award went to Sir Paul McCartney.)
  • Glastonbury didn’t make any money this year, and Jay-Z is a convenient scapegoat.(Guardian)
  • Twelve X Factor finalists can now boast having a No. 1 hit on their CV with their cover version of Mariah Carey‘s “Hero.” That travesty can only be mitigated by the fact that all proceeds of the song will go to charity. The song sold an astonishing 312,244 copies, more than the rest of the top 10 combined. Girls Aloud‘s “The Promise” falls to No. 2, and Alicia Keys and Jack White‘s tuneless Bond theme rises to No. 10, buoyed by the box-office success of Quantum of Solace.

    1. X Factor Finalists – Hero
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    2. Girls Aloud – The Promise
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    3. Pink – So What
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    Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008
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    5. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
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    6. Katy Perry – Hot ‘N’ Cold
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    7. The Saturdays – Up
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    8. Kanye West – Love Lockdown
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    9. Razorlight – Wire To Wire
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    10. Alicia Keys & Jack White – Another Way To Die
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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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