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- Whenever a young teen idol decides to pursue higher education, it’s always a big to-do. Universities capitalize on all of the publicity to lure new applicants, and photographers and tabloids stake out their territory on college campuses, even bribing students to get the inside goods on the star students. It happened with Jodie Foster, Jennifer Beals, Natalie Portman, and Chelsea Clinton.
But Emma Watson isn’t giving the media a head start; she’s keeping mum on where she’s going to school this fall. The Harry Potter star tells Teen Vogue, “I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I’m doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity.” Good luck with that, girl, because as soon as you set foot on the college green, the paparazzi will not be far behind. Let me assure you that. Wikipedia page says Trinity College, Cambridge University, and Ivies Brown and Yale are the top candidates. C’mon, someone must be in the know. I’m surprised some admissions officer hasn’t blabbed yet. They don’t get paid enough to be totally loyal and trustworthy.
Also: will Watson give up acting? She says she just might: “There’s not a burning passion in me that I have to act and I don’t care what I do,” she tells the magazine and adds she’ll only play a role if it’s “life or death.” You know, for those occasional “Act…or Die” situations…
- Victims of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno and Borat talk to The Daily Telegraph. Borat’s driving instructor, who was so embarrassed by Baron Cohen that he sued, tells the paper, “I remember sitting in the car. It was 90 degrees, they were late and I was ready to leave. Then this young guy jumps in and thrusts $500 in my hand. Unfortunately I took it. Then he gives me this piece of paper. He told me it was a release form. I’m not an idiot – I have a masters in mathematics – but I’m thinking that it was a public service-type documentary so I didn’t read it. I trusted this guy.”
- It’s not good to be Gordon Ramsay these days, is it?(Daily Mail)
- With Brits being ousted from Wimbledon left and right, Andy Murray has replaced Tim Henman as the Great British Hope at Wimbledon. Finally, people are seeing past their anti-Scottish biases.(The Times)
- The reunited Blur got a five-star review from The Times‘ Pete Paphides for their comeback performance: “In the six years since he last sang with Blur, Damon Albarn seems to have lived in denial of his talents as a proper old-fashioned, look-at-me frontman. Yes, in a low-key sort of way, interim projects Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen had seen him singing. But, returning to Goldsmiths – the art college where Blur formed 20 years ago – he donned his de facto Britpop work clothes (Fred Perry and blue jeans of course) and reminded us what a superb pop star he is.”
- Arctic Monkeys have finally appeared on one of their album covers.(BBC)
- David Beckham has won a lawsuit against The Daily Star for claiming he hit on a Hungarian model.(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.