Hugh Laurie On Turning 50

  • House star Hugh Laurie won’t be throwing any big parties when he reaches the half-century mark in a few weeks: “I’m trying not to think of it as big or meaningful in any way. I find the whole celebration of approaching death a peculiar thing…I get nervous about imposing on other people’s time. I don’t want to push my luck. One day your friends will just turn around and go, ‘no, I’ve always found you incredibly boring, and I’m not going to waste another evening drinking sparkling wine in your honor.’”(Telegraph)
  • Did Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno stunt leave a woman confined to a wheelchair with a brain hemorrhage? That’s what she claims in her lawsuit.(Daily Mail)
  • Gavin & Stacey will begin a third and final season.(BBC)
  • Michael Sheen takes a day out of impersonating Tony Blair to pick up an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II.(BBC)
  • Hustle star Adrian Lester will head the all-black version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London’s West End, with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad reprising their roles from the Broadway version. He takes over from Terence Howard.(The Stage)
  • The UK press has been warned to leave Susan Boyle alone.(Guardian)
  • It’s becoming trendy to compare Susan Boyle and Jon and Kate Plus 8.
  • Did wrong numbers listed on YouTube clips thwart Susan Boyle‘s chances at winning Britain’s Got Talent?(Daily Mail)
  • Why was I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here a hit in the UK but a “flop” thus far in the U.S? asks The Guardian‘s Anna Pickard.
  • Estelle has an army of producers working on her new album: Wyclef, will.i.am, Swizz Beatz, and a member of TV On the Radio.(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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