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- The suddenly ubiquitous Robert Pattinson (see here, here, here – oh, and here), British star of the upcoming Twilight, says he’d be open to playing Doctor Who. Asked if he would be up for it, he told Chicago Tribune: “The Doctor is great. Yeah, maybe. I did grow up watching it. I loved it when I was a kid.” Well, he would bring in a guaranteed audience of tweenybopper girls. (Hey, he is adorable.) But, c’mon, way too young. The 22-year-old Pattinson is best known for his role as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter film series. Here’s the trailer for Twilight, out November 21st.
- Now Doctor Who co-exec Julie Gardner is coming to the U.S.; is Doctor Who the series going to follow her? “There has been speculation that at least two of the Doctor Who specials could be filmed in the U.S., with Gardner going out to oversee them with a permanent move to LA soon after.”(Guardian)
- Prince Harry‘s “auburn” hair is still a sore point with the young royal.(Daily Mail)
- Prince Charles is turning 60; The Daily Telegraph offers a look back at his life.
- The Monty Python Dead Parrot joke is almost literally as old as time.(BBC)
- The Guardian lists Joanna Lumley‘s best TV roles – outside of Absolutely Fabulous.
- Mitch Mitchell, the UK-born drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, has been found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel room. He was 61.(BBC)
- S Club 7 frontwoman Jo O’Meara was rushed to the hospital after an audience member threw a bottle at her during a concert.(The Sun)
- Rod Stewart‘s wife uses his head as a footrest.(The Sun)
- Adele is having a bit of writer’s block as she tries to make her sophomore album.(NME)
- Five modern jazz interpretations of Radiohead‘s “Nude.”(Guardian)
- Staff and performers from London’s Royal Opera House strip off for charity.
- Love Mathew Horne, love his male blow-up doll.(The Sun)
- Shilpa Shetty appears in the first major Bollywood film to address homosexuality.(The Times)
- UK supermarker chain Sainsbury’s is in hot water over a booklet they gave to 42 eight-year-olds visiting a store; the handout, which teaches young’uns have to “have fun in the bath,” contains “explicit illustrations of sexual positions” and teaches readers about “shaving in intimate places, streaking, talking to strangers, and handing out your phone number to five people on the street.” Sainsbury’s says, “A few spare copies were left over in the store which were given as presents to the visiting children. The cover looks like a kid’s book. This was a mix-up and we would like to apologize for any distress caused. It certainly won’t happen again.”(Daily Mail)
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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.