Dev Patel, who is now one of the most sought-after young stars in Hollywood, dismisses his performance as horndog Anwar in Skins: “I didn’t really know what I was doing in that. I had to learn to pitch my performance to the camera rather than doing it for the benefit of my parents in the front room at home. I look at my performance in Skins now and I cringe.” By the way, did you know that “Dev Patel is 6ft 1in and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do”? Eff with him at your own peril, paparazzi.(Telegraph)
Wire in the Blood has been cancelled after six seasons.(The Stage)
Christian Bale called into an LA radio show to apologize about his leaked on-set rant: “It’s been a miserable week for me. Listen, I know I have a potty mouth; everybody knows this now. The thing that I really want to stress is I have no confusion whatsoever. I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that. There is nobody that has heard that tape that is hit harder by it than me. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable. I hope that that is absolutely clear.”(E!)
Christian Bale’s mother comments on her son’s meltdown: “I haven’t spoken to Christian about it, but I have listened to most of it and he was clearly very angry. People might now realize that is his temper, and they might understand a bit more. I wish he hadn’t carried this on so long or so fiercely. It was upsetting to hear him. He is a perfectionist, and if you are doing an intense scene and someone is spoiling a shot, it takes time to get it back. It sounds as if the lighting engineer got in the shot, so I can understand his anger but not the length of the tirade.”(Mirror)
BBC has apologized for playing the Bale tape – with swear words unbleeped – on their morning show. After the tape played, Breakfast host Susanna Reid said, “An enormous apology, that was definitely supposed to be edited.”(BBC)
Duffy “has a man in every city when on tour.”(The Sun)
Malcolm McLaren says he doesn’t think Sid Vicious killed girlfriend Nancy Spungen and has an alternate theory: He [Vicious] passed out on the bed, having taken fistfuls of Tuinal. All around him, drug dealers, friends of Nancy came and went from Room 100. Money was stolen and Sid’s knife was taken from the wall where it was hung and seemingly used by someone defending themselves in a struggle with Nancy. Nancy was no pushover. I tried having her kidnapped in London and put on a plane back to New York.”(NME)
Placenta advisory: MIA‘s water may break during her Grammy performance.(BBC)
Radiohead will be backed by the USC Marching Band during their Grammy set.(NME)
Morrissey performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live.(Stereogum)
Franz Ferdinand are set to play at Glastonbury in June.(BBC)
The Prodigy are releasing their first album in five years.(Guardian)
The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick reviews Van Morrison‘s live recording of his classic album, Astral Weeks.
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.