Twilight’s Robert Pattinson: “The Next Jude Law”

  • Robert Pattinson is “the next Jude Law” and will command “£10 million a film.” Let’s hope, like Mr. Law, he finds a predilection for dropping his trousers.(Daily Mail)
  • Boy George has been found guilty of imprisoning his male escort. And unlike what happened with his drug possession trial, he will likely face prison time.(BBC)
  • Let’s hope she’s better than Jessica Lange: Rachel Weisz will play Blanche DuBois in a stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire.(The Stage)
  • Slumdog Millionaire was named Best Film by the National Board of Review.(Digital Spy)
  • Get a load of Tilda Swinton: still edgy after Oscar.(Guardian)
  • When you get caught between the moon and your own ego: Russell Brand wants to remake Arthur? Maybe the guy’s not as smart as I thought. (Guardian)
  • Ruth Jones hints that Gavin & Stacey will have a third season.(Telegraph)
  • Jones, who plays Nessa on Gavin & Stacey, is joining the BBC’s The Street as “a lonely taxi cab controller called Sandra.”(What’s On TV)
  • A clip from the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.(The Sun)
  • Another celeb claims he slept with Gordon Ramsay‘s alleged mistress.(Mirror)
  • Is the new BBC series Merlin a gay allegory? AfterElton says, “The show re-imagines Arthurian legend, focusing on Arthur and Merlin as teens. Arthur is hunky, headstrong, and valiant. Merlin is an awkward misfit who harbors a terrible secret: He is ‘magical,’ and if he’s found out he could be put put to death. Substitute ‘gay’ for ‘magical,’ and you pretty much have your high school years.”
  • It’s official: Graham Norton in, Sir Terry Wogan out as Eurovision host.(The Stage)
  • Jade Goody says she prefers to stay in the dark about her cancer.(Daily Mail)
  • The evolution of Julie Walters – in pictures. Um, why isn’t this woman a Dame yet?(Guardian)
  • Lady Gaga‘s one of the finalists for BBC’s Sound of 2009 list of artists destined to break out in the next year. (BBC)
  • Morrissey‘s new album cover has inspired several new interpretations.(Guardian)
  • Girls Aloft: Cheryl Cole sports major cleavage.(The Sun)
  • Behind-the-scenes of X Factor with Rhydian Roberts.(The Times)
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick compares Take That’s new album to Coldplay: “A professional songwriter for hire, Gary Barlow knows how to follow a trend. Where once he emulated George Michael‘s smooth soul, he has switched allegiances to Chris Martin‘s epic indie, rubbing off any abrasive edges.”
  • Coldplay are being accused of plagiarism again – this time in court.(Yahoo!)

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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