Catherine Tate, One Step Closer to Conquering Hollywood!

  • Comedienne and Doctor Who companion Catherine Tate has won the role of Queen of Liliput in the Jack Black film adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels, her first Hollywood role. Congratulations, babe…we always knew you were a star. By the way, “Catherine Tate nude” remains one of Anglophenia’s top Google search terms; I didn’t realize such photos were so sought-after, but then it hit me (or should I say they hit me), there are two big reasons that you can see on the right.(The Sun)
  • Billie Piper, Tate, Freema Agyeman, and John Simm will all appear in David Tennant‘s final episode as Doctor Who.(The Sun)
  • Doctor Who has been nominated for a Hugo for the two-part episode, “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,” and for “Turn Left.”
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden talks about his “exciting and terrifying” audition with Jack Black for Gulliver’s Travels.(PA)
  • Dame Judi Dench was injured when she fell at Wyndham’s Theatre, forcing her to quit her current West End show.(The Stage)
  • Liam Neeson‘s film projects are in limbo after wife Natasha Richardson‘s death – including the movie he was working on in Toronto, Atom Egoyan‘s Chloe.(Guardian)
  • I’m surprised they emerged into public so soon, but Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Joely Richardson all came out last night for Broadway’s tribute to the late Natasha Richardson. (People)
  • The Sun reports that Ms. Redgrave “crooned the song ‘Edelweiss’ to brain-dead Natasha in her last moments of life…Vanessa then fainted as doctors at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital turned off Natasha’s life support.”
  • Vanessa Redgrave wrote a lovely tribute to Natasha a couple of years ago in The Daily Mail. It has been re-printed. Key passage: “I admit that, as you got older, I wasn’t always there when I should have been because of my political work. I remember when you were six, you begged me to spend more time at home with you. I tried to explain that all the campaigning I did on behalf of groups such as the Workers Revolutionary Party, or fundraising for refugees in London, was for the good of the children of your generation. I realize now that this was a mistake.”
  • Broadway dimmed the lights for Ms. Richardson…where was her tribute from the West End? Right…here.
  • If you’re hoping for a glimpse of Amy Winehouse‘s Camden flat on Google Street View, you’ll be very disappointed.(Mirror)
  • David Mitchell of Mitchell & Webb slams Dragons’ Den: “They’re trying to sell fake indignation and weak put-downs as wit.” Wow, Mr. Mitchell is mouthy lately. (The Sun)
  • Gi-normous Little Britain star David Walliams takes petite Natalie Imbruglia on a date.(The Sun)
  • Not so Posh: Victoria Beckham rests her filthy feet on the dashboard of her car.(The Sun)
  • Susannah Constantine of What Not To Wear seems to have fallen on some hard times from the looks of this Daily Mail photo. I suspect the women she tortured on her show are savoring a well-deserved bit of schadenfreude.
  • Rod Stewart‘s wife Penny Lancaster shows a bit more than she bargained for under the flashbulbs.(Daily Mail)
  • Rupert Friend, a.k.a. Mr. Keira Knightley, enjoys “steamy scenes” with Michelle Pfeiffer in a new film.(Daily Mail)
  • At least Michael Sheen isn’t playing Tony Blair again.(Daily Mail)
  • Is Gemma Arterton wearing an “instant inch-loss wrap” like Trudi from Mistresses?(Daily Mail)
  • Yes, Robert Pattinson‘s a “ladies’ man,” if you’re not already numb from being beaten about the head with his massive wang. Talk about overkill.(E!)
  • Rowan Atkinson speaks out against anti-gay hate speech laws in the UK. “I do not believe that legislation of such a censorious nature as that of hate speech, carrying as it does the risk of a seven-year jail sentence for saying the wrong thing in the wrong way, can ever by justified merely by the desire to ‘send the right message’.”(Pink News)
  • The Guardian‘s Michael Hann gives the new Pet Shop Boys album a tepid three-star review. “It pootles along just as one would expect a moderate-to-strong Pet Shop Boys album to do.”
  • Look, it’s a new PJ Harvey video.(Stereogum)
  • Rhydian‘s revenge: X Factor winner Leon Jackson has been dropped by Sony BMG.(BBC)
  • The “norovirus” may have sickened 400 diners at The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, England.(Reuters)

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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