David Tennant’s Up There With Olivier and Branagh As Hamlet

  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Charles Spencer declares David Tennant one of the best Hamlets ever: “Although I greatly admired the wit and mercurial intelligence of Tennant’s Hamlet in Stratford last summer, I found it somewhat lacking in emotional depth, while the spiritual insight that Hamlet seems to acquire in the last act was largely missing. This was a hugely entertaining and sympathetic Hamlet, but I had a hunch that with more performances under his belt, and the willingness to dig deeper emotionally, Tennant might just enter the pantheon of truly great Hamlets. And so, indeed he has.”
  • Missed David Tennant‘s Hamlet? Good news, it has been taped and archived by the RSC. The bad news? You’ll still have to go to Britain to see the video.(Telegraph)
  • A day after I gave Lily Allen props for her honesty, she rescinds the statements she made about drugs in a magazine interview: “At no point [during the Word interview] does [Lily] say that drugs are a good thing or that she condones drug use…In fact, she says that ‘I can spot the signs (of people on drugs) and it terrifies me.’ Lily Allen would like to state unequivocally that she does not condone illegal drug use and has every sympathy with individuals and families whose lives have been blighted by drugs.”(Guardian)
  • Did Balthazar Getty‘s romance with Sienna Miller get him canned from Brothers & Sisters? And did Getty’s co-star Matthew Rhys, who used to date Sienna, play a part in it? (The Sun)
  • Amy Winehouse “serenaded” her new “friend” Josh Bowman in a Caribbean bar. An onlooker said: “When she finished playing, she rushed over to Josh and was hugging and kissing him. Her voice was amazing. Josh was obviously impressed. They were all over each other.”(The Sun)
  • Daniel Radcliffe is allegedly back with his Equus co-star Laura O’Toole, much to the dismay of Gordon Smart, who thinks Radcliffe should be bangin’ tons of hot chicks.(The Sun)
  • Noel Gallagher wants Daniel Craig to play him in a movie. Daniel says, “I can play the guitar better than Noel can so I don’t know how that is really going to work.”(The Sun)
  • Gary Barlow will launch a TV talent search for the next big boyband on BBC, allegedly to compete with Simon Cowell‘s X Factor.(The Sun)
  • Top Gear‘s James May talks about his travels. He loves the Bahamas and Italy; Corfu and Russia, not so much.(Belfast Telegraph)

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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