Get Your David Tennant Shakespeare Fix: Hamlet on DVD, Sonnets on Tape

  • Don’t fret if you missed David Tennant perform in Hamlet: the play will be filmed this summer and may possibly see a DVD release. Also: Tennant has been cast to read an audiobook of Shakespeare’s sonnets, including “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The swoon-worthy collection will be out April 1st.
  • The Guardian‘s Dan Martin puts Emma Rigby (Hannah Ashworth from Hollyoaks) forward as a potential Doctor Who companion.
  • The TARDIS is undergoing renovations.(Mirror)
  • Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson has been accepted into Yale and Cambridge.(Digital Spy)
  • On her flight from St. Lucia to Britain, Amy Winehouse allegedly attacked a passenger “who was giving her the eye.” A source told The Sun: “Amy went wild. She thought this guy was giving her strange looks and just lost it. She was nervous about coming back and seeing Blake so it didn’t take much to push her over the edge.”
  • The Daily Mail has more info: “Our source in the Club World section of BA2152 said the relative quiet on-board was shattered when Amy appeared from First Class, shouting incoherently and running up and down the aisles. The source said: ‘I was pretty shocked to look up and see Amy Winehouse hurtling through the plane and shouting. It’s just not what you expect…She had clearly been drinking and kept running between the different classes, which just isn’t what people do on planes.’” Happens on my flights all the time. Don’t know which airlines this dude rides.
  • Keira Knightley is destined to become the next Nicole Kidman – overrated, overexposed, and taking roles away from much more talented actresses. Next up: she will star in a film about cloning. If that’s not daring us to be tired of her once and for all, I don’t know what is.
  • Keep an eye out for anachronisms in Emily Blunt‘s Queen Victoria film.(Telegraph)
  • Meet actor Rupert Friend, Prince Albert to Blunt’s Queen Victoria, also known as Keira Knightley’s sometime squeeze.(The Times)
  • A while back, I asked myself, “What ever happened to Paul Bettany?” Clearly, Paul Bettany has been asking himself the same question, as he has ditched his agency.(Hollywood Reporter)
  • Jennifer Aniston says she wants to be a Bond girl.(Daily Mail)
  • Good news first: Gordon Ramsay‘s first restaurant in France gets two Michelin stars. Ramsay, who opened the Gordon Ramsay au Trianon at Versailles a year ago, says, “It is particularly satisfying after the rather hostile reception we had on opening, and this is a real career high for me.”(The Times)
  • Now the bad news: Did Gordon Ramsay fib about his past as a footballer?(Daily Mail)
  • Joss Stone continues to be dogged by the British press.(Daily Mail)
  • Sarah Ferguson‘s boobs will not be upstaged, not even by her two daughters. Speaking of whom…Princess Beatrice really goes out of her way to look frumpy, does she not?(Daily Mail)
  • Maybe this is some weird cure for stage fright: Duffy performs without pants.
  • Jordan and husband Peter Andre are so obsessed with aliens that they’ve made it their life mission to look like them.(The Sun)
  • John Cleese‘s transformation into crotchety old man is complete.(Guardian)
  • The Life of Brian will finally be screened in Aberystwyth, Wales, a town which banned the Monty Python film in 1979 for alleged blasphemy. Michael Palin and Terry Jones will be guests at that screening.(Telegraph)
  • Jack Tweed may be playing devoted husband to his dying wife Jade Goody, but he’s still a tw**, lest you forget.(The Times)
  • The nominees for the Empire Awards have been announced. It’s odd to see Sweeney Todd and There Will Be Blood up for awards, but then you realize the Brits get U.S. films later in many cases.
  • The BBC has received 250 complaints for its all-black EastEnders episode. “There have been many ‘all-white’ episodes in the show’s 24 year history, and we do not believe there is any reason why an ‘all-black’ episode should not be included within the series.”(Guardian)
  • The TimesDaniel Bettridge lists the 50 best shows on British telly. His No. 1 pick? That’s Harry Hill’s TV Burp, which is like a British version of The Soup. “Sometimes comedy needs to be intelligent, occasionally insightful and all too often ‘cutting edge’, but Hill’s Saturday night reflection on the week in Tellyland succeeds through utter silliness. From celebrity fights to the highlight of the week, TV Burp manages to savagely pick apart the idiocies of terrestrial television, and all before the watershed.”

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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