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- Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson‘s food is too “fattening,” says a British panel of nutritionists and dietitians: “In some cases one serving contains more than an adult’s entire recommended daily limit of saturated fats – 20 grams for women and 30g for men.” Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver are seen as acceptable, but they use too much butter, the panel claims. Some people just want to take all the joy out of life, don’t they?(Guardian)
- Outtakes have popped up of Ricky Gervais on Sesame Street with Elmo. Choice Gervais quote: “Drugs, child abuse, The Holocaust – let’s stay off those three things.”
- “Every role I take, I take because I’m not sure I can do it,” says Keira Knightley. Unfortunately, her doubts are usually well-founded.(Salon)
- Danny Boyle managed to get an Oscar out of filming in Mumbai; now, Atonement director Joe Wright is following suit. “[The] project, based on the book of the same name by Alex von Tunzelmann, is about the last days of Britain’s colonial rule in India and the symbolic end of Blighty’s status as a world superpower.”(Variety)
- Emily Blunt isn’t coming to Hollywood anytime soon, she tells The Daily Express. “It’s very clique-y. You have to be a bit careful finding out who your friends are in that town. You can feel the quest for success in LA. It emanates out of everyone and every corner. You can smell the fear. I love the bustle of being in London. I love that human contact that you get from being on the street. LA is a place of machines, cars just passing each other so you don’t get that feeling of community.” Duh! Come to New York, sweetie! It has everything London has, plus the subway runs 24 hours and the dentists are better.
- Scarlett Johansson has replaced Emily in the Iron Man sequel.
- Does Robert Pattinson have carnal knowledge of one of the Jonas Brothers, or is he just joshing with us in his GQ interview? Via Towleroad.
- Photos and videos of Jade Goody‘s wedding to Jack Tweed have been released.(Sky News)
- Frying pain to the fire: Ashley Jensen is jumping off of ratings-imperiled Ugly Betty to take a role in a Jenna Elfman sitcom. Who’s looking after this woman’s career? Come back to Britain, sweetie: Hollywood’s no place for a woman of your talents.(The Sun)
- Kristin Scott Thomas is photographed on the set of the John Lennon biopic, in which she plays John’s aunt, Mimi.(Daily Mail)
- Russell Brand is angling for a role in the next Pirates of the Caribbean.(Mirror)
- “Every time Amy Winehouse mentioned ex-hubby Blake Fielder-Civil‘s name, she was instructed to either snort a line of sherbet or eat a marmite covered Jaffa Cake.”(NME)
- No, it’s not a remake of the Elton John song: Stereogum has Bat For Lashes‘ video for her new song, “Daniel.” It reminds me a bit of The Cure‘s “A Forest” sung by Björk. Which, of course, means it’s amazing.
- Natasha Bedingfield talks about her new album and her upcoming nuptials.(CNN)
- Madonna and Guy Ritchie have settled their custody dispute.
- Here’s a picture of David Tennant dressed as a member of The Proclaimers.
- Members of Blur and Radiohead defend music fans’ right to illegally download mp3s.(NME)
- Noel Gallagher may be a wanker, but at least he’s honest about it. In a conversation with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin about “green issues,” he said, “I actually couldn’t give a f*** about what’s going on outside my family: me, my missus, my two kids and my Mam, and her parents… that’s it, for me. Other than that, it’s not my problem, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t care about it! You know, each to their own and I’m glad there’s people like that. But I just like to look after my own. I genuinely don’t give a f***.” (The Sun)
- Pete Doherty has sworn off drugs and women.(The Sun)
- The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick lists his own personal 100 Greatest Songs of All-Time, and David Bowie‘s “Life On Mars?” is No. 1.
- McCormick also reviews the British Music Experience, which is an exhibition of rock memorabilia at the O2 Arena in London. “The British musical experience is inherently tribal (although not always divisively so), and largely depends on precisely when you became an impressionable teenager. This is something the BME’s curators acknowledge, with rooms divided into particular time periods where glass encased collages of memorabilia evoke competing and complementary factions.”(Telegraph)
- Michael Jackson has extended his residency at the O2.(Mirror)
- An eBay customer bought a used Blackberry that just happened to have the private phone numbers of Julie Walters, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and many others.
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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.