Jade Goody has reportedly called all of her loved ones to her bedside to say last goodbyes. “Those close to the cancer-stricken Big Brother star say the next 24 hours are critical in assessing how long she has left.” Too sad. Our thoughts are with her family.(Daily Mail)
Monkees guitarist Peter Tork says he’s been diagnosed with “Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma,” a rare form of cancer “most commonly found in the salivary glands.” But his prognosis is good, he says.(Daily Mail)
Ashley Cole, footballer husband to the perennially humiliated Cheryl Cole, “was arrested for being drunk and disorderly,” according to The Daily Telegraph.
Gordon Ramsay‘s financial troubles have reached boiling point.(Telegraph)
The Stage‘s Mark Wright suggests some actresses to play the new Doctor Who companion: “Still topping my list is the rather marvelous Olivia Hallinan of Sugar Rush [watch her get spanked here] and Lark Rise to Candleford. She is a brilliantly inventive actress who always adds something to every scene she’s in, whether speaking or not. The fact she’s a redhead might count against her in the casting stakes after Catherine Tate‘s flame-haired stint in the TARDIS, but I’ll look the other way if you do.”
Rupert Friend‘s offscreen life parallels his role as Prince Albert in Young Victoria: he remains in the shadow of his real-life girlfriend, Keira Knightley. And he’s fine with that: “I think it takes a strong man to say, ‘My woman will always achieve more than I ever will, she will always have more power than I’ll ever have and she will probably be more popular than I’ll ever be and I don’t care.’ That, to me, is about as close to the definition of a man as I’ve ever gotten.”
Meanwhile, in tangentially related news, Jerry Hall, an ex-Mrs. Mick Jagger, says she has no use for boy toys: “I personally find having a sexual relationship with people in their twenties incredibly boring. I much prefer older people. [People in their twenties] listen to such horrible music. They haven’t the same references. And I find it a bit creepy if you’re having sex with people the same age as your children.”(Daily Mail)
Robbie Williams will stage his much-anticipated comeback at Comic Relief.(The Sun)
The Ego Has Landed: Simon Cowell is planning a “Simon Cowell” week on American Idol “with contestants singing his favorite tunes,” according to The Sun.
Somewhere above the latest photo of a Page 3 girl flashing her boobs, Rebus creator Ian Rankin writes in The Sun about the pleasures of reading.
An exclusive trailer of the State of Play remake.(Telegraph)
Actor Tom Hardy – whom you might recognize from BBC AMERICA’s Gideon’s Daughter – talks to The Times about his new film role as legendary criminal Charles Bronson. After meeting the real-life man, Hardy felt extra pressure to portray him accurately. “You get into bed with the guy, with his family, and then you rob them? I ain’t part of that. And not just because I don’t want to be rolled up in a carpet and dropped to the bottom of the Thames.”
A group of prison officers are condemning the film. “Bronson, 56, who is held at Wakefield jail, was jailed for armed robbery in 1974 but has committed a string of crimes behind bars, including assaults. The Prison Officers’ Association said he had caused trauma to hard-working people who would never work again. “(BBC)
UK broadcaster ITV will move ratings winner X Factor from Saturdays to a weeknight in order to save the flailing network.(The Times)
Billy Bragg ties the current economic crisis back to Maggie Thatcher.(Guardian)
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.