Robert Carlyle: Scotland’s Film Industry Sucks

  • Actor (and possible Doctor Who prospect) Robert Carlyle decries the state of the Scottish “film industry”: “We don’t have a film industry here. I would argue that vehemently. An industry is something that feeds itself and grows. We make one film every 10 years that gets any kind of notice. You can’t call that an industry. Over the past 12 to 15 years I have probably had about five or six scripts that have been Scots films shooting here. Not one of them has f**king happened. I don’t know the answer to that. It’s got to the stage now with my agent, if something Scottish comes in, it has to be financed, otherwise I’m not going to read it because it depresses me.” Carlyle’s big upcoming release is a Hollywood film: the movie for the popular Fox series, 24.(Guardian)
  • A Welsh “weathergirl” thinks Stephen Fry or Matthew Rhys would be great as Doctor Who.
  • Robbie Williams is releasing new material in 2009 – and apparently it’s quite good.(Mirror)
  • Leona Lewis looks back at her pre-X Factor life: “I think to myself: ‘What was I doing two years ago?’ I was a receptionist. Who used to drive me around two years ago? Me. Now I’ll be given lovely dresses to wear and lovely hotels to stay in and think: ‘Two years ago, if I was given this, oh my God, I’d have fainted.’”(Daily Mail)
  • How have The Ting Tings been handling their post-”That’s Not My Name” success?(The Times)
  • Madonna and Guy Ritchie are divorced.(BBC)
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander writes, “Having trawled through several thousand images of Madonna taken over the last 12 or 15 years, I have come to the conclusion, reluctantly, perhaps, that Madonna simply has no style. Either that or she really hates clothes.”
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s Joanna Page says the show’s Christmas special, is, well “very Christmassy and it’s all revolved around the family. It’s very, very funny. There’s some lines in it that I just thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s what my dad said last year. So true to life but really heart-warming as well.”(BBC)
  • John Cleese plays with a Barbie Girl.(The Sun)
  • Germaine Greer says Cheryl Cole is “too thin” to be a “feminist icon.”(The Sun)
  • Simply Red‘s Mick Hucknall lashes out at Oasis “for making the North sound stupid.”(The Sun)
  • Johnny Marr and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien have joined Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and Crowded House‘s Neil Finn for a charity supergroup.(Guardian)
  • The Guardian interviews a selection of up-and-coming black British hip-hop artists.
  • More episodes of the new Life On Mars have been picked up by ABC.(Hollywood Reporter)
  • A lost taped interview with George Harrison from 1967 has been found.(NME)

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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