Rumor of a Bale-Out for the Next Batman Film

  • I don’t quite believe it: the rumor mill has Aussie actor Sam Worthington (watch clip of him here) replacing Christian Bale in the follow-up to The Dark Knight. Ironically, Worthington is Bale’s co-star in Terminator: Salvation. If true, talk about an awkward red carpet when that film premieres. That Christian Bale has a little bit of a short fuse, last time we checked.(MTV.com)
  • Aussie actor Eric Bana features Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson in his documentary, Love the Beast.(Just Jared)
  • Twilight‘s actresses are sick of being asked about the film’s heartthrob star, Robert Pattinson.(Digital Spy)
  • Ewan McGregor is considering legal action over the fake Twitter account.(Digital Spy)
  • Check out the Merry Men for the new Russell Crowe Robin Hood movie: ER redhead Scott Grimes is Will Scarlett; Lost‘s Kevin Durand is Little John; and singer Alan Doyle is, wait for it, Allan-a-Dale.(Reuters)
  • Check out new photos of Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Madonna raided her daughter’s closet for a Purim costume.(The Sun)
  • People suffering from epilepsy are advised not to look at Victoria Beckham‘s gown due to a possible serious and life-threatening side effect.(The Sun)
  • Jade Goody, who is allegedly losing her sight, will be allowed to die at home.
  • Jordan hopes to mend fences with Jade during a hospital visit. (Telegraph)
  • Mel C. flaunts the new baby in the pages of Hello! Magazine.
  • Billie Piper and husband Laurence Fox are hoping for twins next. “We’ll definitely have more babies,” says Fox. “Why not? Why stop at one? I was trying to think of how we can outdo Brad and Angelina.”(The Sun)
  • Watch Radiohead‘s rehearsals for their big Grammy performance with the USC marching band.(NME)
  • Meet the British actress behind video game vamp Lara Croft.(The Independent)
  • In order to “clear the air,” Mischa Barton kisses and tells about her relationship with Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard on her blog. “There was no cheating or anything terrible, the bad just started to outweigh the good and a long distance relationship is never an easy thing to do. I think Luke is a great guy, but the type better suited as a friend.” (The Sun)
  • Rachel Stevens will not invite anybody from S Club 7 to her wedding, not even Primeval star Hannah Spearritt.(Daily Mail)
  • Freida Pinto drew attention away from Lily Allen, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer at a Chanel fashion show in Paris.(Daily Mail)
  • F1 champ Lewis Hamilton received his MBE from a very special racing fan, Queen Elizabeth II.(Daily Mail)
  • Does James Corden and Mat Horne‘s new show skewer Ricky Gervais? One sketch is said to feature “James Corden as a bearded British actor who looks like David Brent after a few too many pies filming Karate Kid 14 and constantly upstaging his co-star. If this isn’t a dig at Ricky Gervais’ Hollywood career I’ll eat my own weight in burgers. It is an odd bit of bitchiness in a very amiable show featuring two very amiable performers.”(Evening Standard)
  • Has YouTube rendered sketch comedy – like Corden and Horne’s new show – irrelevant? The Guardian‘s James Kettle says, “Any comedy fan with internet access over the last few years will have noticed that the ability to watch TV online – particularly via YouTube – has revolutionized the transmission of comedy; bite-size bits of old, favorite shows or stand-up routines can regularly be accessed, shared, and spread via the web: people spot funny content they like and forward it on – with the success immediately measurable in viewing statistics.”
  • Robbie WilliamsLittle Britain sketch for Comic Relief has made him the target of unexpected ridicule.(Guardian)
  • Music videos won’t be viewable in Britain via YouTube due to a dispute with the UK music licensing organization. A YouTube exec says, “In the UK we’ve had a license from the collecting society called PRS for Music to make music videos provided by our record label partners available to our users in the UK. PRS is now asking us to pay many, many times more for our license than before. The costs are simply prohibitive for us – under PRS’s proposed terms we would lose significant amounts of money with every playback.” (The Times)
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick says, “This might be the beginning of the end of the video site and the rapid escalation of this dispute does little to persuade me otherwise. Youtube has helped build up a demand for music videos on digital tap, and if they are not going to supply them, I suspect there are a lot of other tech companies (illegal as well as legal) who will step into the breech.”
  • Malcolm Jones, guitarist for long-running folk band Runrig, has collapsed in Edinburgh.(Daily Record)
  • Lots of new Shakespeare stuff being unearthed these days: now archaeologists have discovered the Bard’s first playhouse. (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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