Sharon Osbourne says that Rock of Love girl had it comin': “It shows you how dumb she is. Anyone who knows anything about me knows not to say anything about my family, or you’re going to get it. Say what you like about me, but don’t ever, ever, ever insult my family.”(Contact Music)
The Osbournes return to American TV – this time in a Fox “variety” show. I thought Rosie O’Donnell had put the final nail in that format. Why do Sharon, Ozzy, and their two talent-free kids think they’ll be any better? Whoops! Now do I have to worry about Sharon bounding around a corner with a big can of Arizona iced tea and some Lee Press-Ons? (Telegraph)
Sharon wants to dance with the stars – but strictly on the UK version.(Showbiz Spy)
Patrick McGoohan – legendary star of The Prisoner, and, more recently, Braveheart – has died in L.A. at age 80. (AP)
Blur‘s Graham Coxon talks about the frustrations of working on Pete Doherty‘s solo album. “I actually like Pete as a person a lot. He is very funny, warm and charming. He has rough press and not surprisingly so. He is also very impressionable, quite vulnerable, rather too trusting, and needlessly gets himself into some difficulties – basically and unfortunately for him, he is a scumbag magnet.”(NME)
Should we blame Bowie, not Bush and not the banks, for the world’s recession, asks The Guardian‘s John Harris?
Tonight, the historic London Astoria will shut its doors.(Guardian)
Could the unsympathetic nature of Kate Winslet‘s character in The Reader – she plays an unrepentant Nazi guard – cost her the Oscar?(Telegraph)
Amitabh Bachchan, the world’s biggest Bollywood star, is critical of Slumdog Millionaire‘s portrayal of Indian life. “If SM projects India as [a] third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations.”(Guardian)
The ten best fish-and-chip joints in the UK!(The Times)
Britain’s National Theatre will broadcast live performances into UK movie theaters. (Telegraph)
BBC’s new reality show, Million Dollar Traders, was superbly well-timed. “What do you get when you mix eight members of the public, a City trading floor, $1 million, a set of TV cameras and the biggest financial crisis for a generation? The answer, unsurprisingly, is compulsive viewing. ” says The Times‘ Andrew Ellison.
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.