Conflicting Reports About Natasha Richardson’s Status After Ski Accident

The New York Post is reporting that actress Natasha Richardson – daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and wife of Liam Neeson – is “brain-dead” after suffering injuries in a ski accident outside Montreal. However, TMZ says “Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling – but is not brain dead.” There had been much confusion as to her status today: Time Out New York had initially reported her death but later pulled down the page. In any case, this is tragic news for her two teenage sons, her husband, the Redgrave/Richardson family, and her many fans, and we hope she makes a speedy recovery.

In other news:

  • OK! Magazine’s Jade Goody 1981-2009 cover has been leaked…but she’s still actually alive, folks. (Gawker)
  • Former Dead or Alive frontman Pete Burns says he’s “critically ill” after suffering kidney failure.(Sky News)
  • Amy Winehouse turns her court appearance for assault charges into a red carpet event. How brilliantly Norma Desmond!(Daily Mail)
  • Amy pleaded “not guilty.” (Guardian)
  • Ian Brown denies a Stone Roses reunion.(Daily Mail)
  • Pete Doherty wants, but probably won’t get, a Libertines reunion.(BBC)
  • Kate Moss needs, but doesn’t have, a bra. (Daily Mail)
  • Keira Knightley says she won’t appear in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie: “It was a completely fantastic experience, and it was an amazingly large portion of my life, but I don’t think I need to go there again. I think that it’s done. But I’m very excited to see the next one. And [Johnny Depp] is so wonderful in that character. I think it’ll be wonderful.” (Moviefone)
  • Sneak peek at Bruno: one scene will feature Sacha Baron Cohen attempting to have gay sex with former presidential candidate Ron Paul. “The scene with Paul, filmed in early 2008, occurs about halfway through the movie, after Bruno gets the idea that you have to make a sex tape to become famous.” (Wonkette)
  • Watch Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate arrive on Comic Relief via TARDIS.
  • The new John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy, will be released by The Weinstein Company. (NME)
  • Chris Tarrant, the British host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Tarrant says it was just a drunken lovers’ tiff. “We were both a bit tipsy, we’d had some fine wine. We might have had a few bottles. Someone called the police, but I want to emphasize that absolutely nothing physical happened.”
  • Which of his roles do fans most ask Being Human‘s Russell Tovey about? The actor was shocked to find the answer: “Someone will come up to me on the street and say, ‘do I know you? What have you been in?’ And I’ll list The History Boys, Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, and they’ll say ‘no, no, I know you from Gavin and Stacey!’ But I’ve only been in it a couple of times. I’ve spoken about three lines, as a favor to my friend James [Corden]. What about all the other stuff I have done?”(Telegraph)
  • Pet Shop Boys have written a tribute to Jean Charles Menezes, the Brazilian immigrant shot down on 7/7 by police who thought he was a terrorist. (The Sun)
  • PSB’s new album will contain songs they initially wrote for Kylie Minogue. (BBC)

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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