Is It 1994? Take That with Robbie Williams? Blur Reunited?

  • Robbie Williams says he’d be “over the moon” to come back to Take That. “I’d like to think we’d be the only band in history to get together because of artistic differences.”(Guardian)
  • Fans seem torn over the Robbie reunion.(The Sun)
  • The Guardian‘s Priya Elan says Robbie Williams “would be mad to go back to Take That”: “Against all odds, Take That have become the perfect model for a grown-up boy band. Nothing about them (from the mid tempo rushes of Patience to their M&S ads) is about drama. Robbie, on the other hand, is nothing but drama. You think he will happily take the mic, stage left to sing backing vocals? Of course not, and why should he?”
  • What’s Blur‘s place in pop history? The TimesPete Paphides says, “A band’s stock rises and falls with external factors. Menswear, Sleeper, Gene, and all the London-based bottom-feeders of Britpop, for whom Blur were once blamed, have long been forgotten – leaving only the good stuff. That too must surely account for the wave of affectionate re-evaluation prompted by Blur’s reunion.”
  • Shall we rename him Edward Harrington?: David Tennant‘s Hamlet understudy, Edward Bennett, is now dating Tennant’s ex.(Daily Mail)
  • What Girls Aloud will look like in 60 years (40, without plastic surgery).(Daily Mail)
  • Kate Moss is snapped clutching a bottle of poppers. Knowing Kate Moss, she could be photographed holding a lot worse, so let’s go easy on her for the amyl nitrate.(Daily Mail)
  • Lily Allen displays her “undercrackers.”(The Sun)
  • Florence and the Machine will be awarded the Critics’ Choice Award at next year’s BRITs. Adele won last year.(The Sun)
  • Torchwood‘s John Barrowman smooches British comedian Jimmy Carr.(The Sun)
  • Will British swimmer Mark Foster paso doble in his speedos on the Strictly Come Dancing finale?(The Sun)
  • Leona Lewis‘ fans want her to release her version of Minnie Riperton‘s “Lovin’ You.”(The Sun)
  • Kate Winslet, who just keeps getting hotter with age, talks about filming her Revolutionary Road sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio…directed by her husband, Sam Mendes. (Telegraph)
  • Danny Boyle talks to The Daily Telegraph about Slumdog Millionaire being called a “feel-good movie”: “I don’t want people walking in thinking they’re gonna get Mamma Mia.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean star Naomie Harris and Tipping the Velvet‘s Jodhi May will co-star in the two-part Sweet Delta, set in Nigeria.(The Stage)
  • The Stage has a teaser for the first season of BBC’s Being Human, a drama about a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost who live together.
  • Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Adele, and Bon Iver talk about their transformative 2008.(The Times)
  • George Lucas will stage a Star Wars musical in a London stadium. It’s scheduled for April 10th, which gives you an indication of when to not book trips to Britain’s capital city.(The Times)
  • NME aggregates the big “best of 2008″ lists.
  • Cheryl Cole tops the best dressed of 2008.(Guardian)

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.

See more posts by Kevin Wicks