Will Coldplay get served – in that not-fun, Federal Court sort of way – at Sunday’s Grammys? According to Fox News, Joe Satriani – who claims the band plagiarized his song “If I Could Fly” in their hit, “Viva La Viva” – will have his lawyers hand them a summons at this weekend’s ceremony. Not the kind of envelope the boys were expecting to open at such an event.(NME)
A “size 14″ Daily Mail writer has attempted Madonna‘s strenuous workout routine. Death is a distinct possibility.
What does Pete Dohertyhave in common with former presidential candidate John McCain? (Other than the attraction to icy blondes with big bank accounts, that is.)
The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman profiles the cancer-stricken Jade Goody: “Yesterday’s announcement that her cervical cancer…has spread with shocking speed to her liver, bowel, and groin, served as a slash of tragic reality across the artifice that has so often characterized her life. The woman who first emerged on a reality TV show, found infamy on Celebrity Big Brother 2007 and was told last year that she had cancer while she was appearing on Indian Big Brother, may now die on the front pages of the tabloids that have followed her, and often kicked her, along the way.”
Jade Goody says “a miracle drug” has given her a fighting chance against cancer. Forgive me for being slightly uncouth – if you’re a regular reader, you’re used to it – but I think Jade looks better than she ever has with the bald head.(The Sun)
Tony Blair was known as George W. Bush‘s “poodle,” but Barack Obama has overlooked Blair’s past association and embraced the former UK Prime Minister as “first friend”. “Blair’s deep interest in faith – he was the principal speaker at this morning’s breakfast in his role as head of his Faith Foundation – has obviously endeared him to Obama.”(Guardian)
Noel Gallagher says his becoming British Prime Minister is an inevitability. “There will be a groundswell of public opinion sooner or later which will carry me into office. And let me tell you, I’ll only be there five years and it’ll all end in tears – but it will be a proper, proper laugh while it’s happening.” Much like Oasis‘ career, I reckon.(The Sun)
Ricky Gervais to Barack Obama: the UK will take Victoria Beckham back if you can stop Paris Hilton from moving to London.(Digital Spy)
A royal shop in the UK has apologized for selling “golliwog dolls” – just days after the BBC sacked Maggie Thatcher‘s daughter for calling a black tennis player a “golliwog.” The Independent is quick to note, “The Queen is not personally involved in deciding what is sold in the shop.”
Another four stars for Lily Allen‘s latest album, this time from The Guardian‘s Alexis Petridis.
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell will direct the Green Lantern movie.(Cinema Blend)
Sally Hawkins, who was snubbed by both Oscar and BAFTA for her critically-acclaimed role in Happy-Go-Lucky, will star in the feminist comedy, We Want Sex. Cranford director Simon Curtis will direct.(Guardian)
The Daily Telegraph‘s Tim Robey reviews the criminally underrated Barry Lyndon – my favorite Kubrick film by far – which is being re-released in the UK. “An air of disappointment seemed to cloud the film’s reputation for many years. It has sat dormant, gorgeous but remote, waiting patiently for re-evaluation. Watching it now is a spellbinding experience on many levels, but it makes you realize that the most undervalued aspect of Kubrick’s genius could well be his way with actors.”
The BBC is looking for funny scriptwriters from the northern regions of England.(The Stage)
Will Young will be a panelist on the UK’s answer to Real Time with Bill Maher.(BBC)
What would have happened if NBC had gone to commercial right before Santonio Holmes scored his game-winning touchdown during the Super Bowl? Ask ITV, the UK broadcaster that went to a Tic Tac ad when the Everton football club scored a goal against Liverpool. “Football fans were left enraged by the break – and have complained in their droves of their frustration at hanging on through a dull first 118 minutes only to have the climax of the evening ruined.”(The Times)
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.