Sharon Stone put a new prey in her sites at the BAFTAs, Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. He told The Mirror: “Sharon’s great, she’s been flirting with me all night. She was chasing me around earlier, slapping me. Sharon Stone! Can you believe it?” One witness added, “As soon as she broke away, he grabbed his mobile and said, ‘The lads are never going to believe this – I’ve got to text them about Sharon Stone.’ Mickey Rourke looked a bit put out that this kid was getting all the action.”
After British artists won boatloads of BAFTAs and Grammys, The Daily Telegraph‘s Tom Horan asks, “What makes Britons so damn creative?” He writes: “One of the reasons the British are great creators is that they’re great haters. This is putting it in rather extreme terms, but it is a powerful element of the national psyche to be critical, to have strong opinions…What we see so often in Britain is a cussed desire to do something different, to do the opposite to what everyone else is doing. Out with the old, in with the new. There is a strong sense throughout the British film and music industries that much of what they do defines itself in opposition to something – in particular, the American mainstream and Hollywood.”
Movie City News‘ Noah Forrest says Kate Winslet doesn’t deserve a “career achievement” Oscar for The Reader. “[Her performance is] not on the same level as Meryl Streep‘s distressing turn in Doubt or Anne Hathaway‘s ball of emotion in Rachel Getting Married or Melissa Leo‘s soul-crushing portrayal in Frozen River or Angelina Jolie‘s quiet strength in Changeling. I’m sorry, but of these five performances, Winslet’s is the least worthy of an award. It actually pains me to say that because I think she’s so wonderful and I desperately want to give her an award too, but it would mean snubbing somebody more deserving.”
Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant says Simon Cowell‘s “idea of pop music is so narrow…Why [doesn’t X Factor] have, say, a new-wave week? Or ’80s electro week?”(BBC)
Speaking of pop stars, Sophie Ellis Bextor has had her second child – a boy named Sonny – with her husband, The Feeling guitarist Richard Jones.(The Sun)
Billie Piper‘s son Winston will have a new playmate: her ex-husband Chris Evans and his wife are the proud parents of a baby boy as well. (Daily Mail)
Eva Green, Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale, says it’s pretentious for method actors “to come home and remain in character. Can you imagine? It must be pretty hard to live with. I’m sure Daniel Day-Lewis is very sweet but if he takes some of those roles home with him then it must be quite tense. I wouldn’t want to be his wife.”(Digital Spy)
Green will co-star with the next Doctor, actor Matt Smith, in a movie entitled Womb.(Empire)
Actor Ralph Fiennes will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, in which he will star.(Variety)
The first five minutes of the Clive Owen/Naomi Watts thriller The International are running on MSN.
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.