Alan Cumming Wants To View President Obama’s Big…Stimulus Package

  • Scottish X-Men star Alan Cumming told New York Magazine what he thinks about the Obama presidency. And, surprisingly, it has nothing to do with the President’s competence. Nice to see Cumming, in this time of deep economic uncertainty, focused on the biggest issues facing the world.
  • The creator of Kumars at No. 42, Sharat Sardana, has died of a rare strep infection at age 40.(Daily Mail)
  • David Walliams is dating 18-year-old model Lauren Budd.(Daily Mail)
  • Madonna thumbs her nose at Guy Ritchie and moves her kids to NYC.(The Sun)
  • Amy Winehouse has been robbed: “The raiders kicked in the padlocked front door and ransacked the ‘Rehab’ singer’s home – escaping with her flat screen TV, five guitars, and digital recording equipment. “(The Sun)
  • Could Emily Blunt snub her rumored part as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 to play a “Liliputian princess” in Gulliver’s Travels?(EW’s Popwatch)
  • Rick Astley, whose wife is a film producer, is writing a movie musical. Gotta ride that Rickroll while it’s hot, ya know.(NME)
  • Robyn Hitchcock plans to adapt the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force into a stage musical.(Guardian)
  • A Sister Act musical will premiere on London’s West End, reports The Stage. The Whoopi Goldberg role will be played by this woman.
  • Heather Mills‘s crusade against the tabloids is paying off.(Guardian)
  • And the smears begin: was the Mumbai set of Slumdog Millionaire a veritable sweatshop for its youngest actors? In a statement, director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson said “the children were enrolled in school for the first time after the film was made, while a fund had been set up to cover their education, basic living costs, healthcare and any emergencies. If they remain in school until they are 18, the children would receive another ‘substantial’ lump sum,” reports The Guardian.
  • Boyle also says he’ll give some of the film’s profits back to Mumbai.(Times Online)
  • The Hollywood Reporter‘s Steven Zeitchik writes about the Slumdog backlash – and why it won’t affect the film’s Oscar momentum.
  • A conversation between Morrissey and Russell Brand will be an added feature on the Years of Refusal Deluxe Edition DVD.(Pitchfork)
  • The Guardian remembers the 1995 UK teen comedy, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, based on the real-life Teacup Poisoner murders. Andrew Pulver writes, “It’s much more sophisticated, cinematically speaking, than the kind of grim digital neo-realism that would most likely be the way a contemporary production would have tackled it. (Or they might have tried for a bit of Paranoid Park/Elephant style blank-affect kill action.)” Watch the trailer here.

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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