Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in New Play

  • Someone point the A/C vents at me, I’m fainting: Aussie Hugh Jackman and Brit Daniel Craig will appear on Broadway together as two Chicago businessman in A Steady Rain. “These are two very sexy men – and male theatergoers will be attracted by the fact that it’s a drama about two cops,” says a Broadway ticket agency. Are they kidding? These “two very sexy men” will be a major draw for most male theatergoers, too. Jude who? One thing’s for sure: they are welcome to bunk at my house.(BBC)
  • Four stars from The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw for Bruno: “This film is…howlingly funny, staggeringly rude, brutally incorrect and very often just brilliant. It has some really extraordinary, confrontational moments that live on in my traumatized mind in a continuous loop.”
  • Maybe, just maybe: David Tennant could announce a new Doctor Who movie at Comic-Con. (Guardian)
  • This horrible Chucky-doll-looking monster, Andy Stone, will appear in the Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars. The Sun says the character looks a bit like Martin Clunes, which is cruel.
  • UK broadcaster ITV accepts responsibility for Susan Boyle‘s Britain’s Got Talent meltdown. ITV head Michael Grade says, “Nobody has been that famous that quickly in that short space of time, within days, within hours of the show. She threw herself into it all and probably didn’t pace herself. I mean, we didn’t pace her well enough.” (The Sun)
  • Yet another Jane Austen adaptation: Emma will air on the BBC in the fall, with Jonny Lee Miller as the star. (Variety)
  • Robert Plant has been named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), which is one step below knighthood.(Telegraph)
  • Liz Smith, from my new favorite show The Royle Family, has been made an MBE at age 87.(BBC)
  • Emma Watson has moved her financier boyfriend into her new multi-million-dollar pad.(Mirror)
  • Emma Watson discusses her “wardrobe malfunction” at the Harry Potter premiere.(Telegraph)
  • Been there, seen that: Lily Allen has what seems like her 300th nipple slip. I don’t even know why she bothers covering up.(Mirror)
  • Was Yoko Ono “the coolest Beatle”? (I didn’t know she was a Beatle at all.) The Guardian‘s Ben Myers makes his case: “Despite putting up with years of abuse from a pretty sizable number of Beatles fans, she remains a good ambassador for her late husband’s work and legacy – something that is no more important than her own creative output. I’d say Yoko Ono was dignity personified. I’m not sure I could say the same about McCartney these days.”
  • Could a Libertines reunion be set for 2010? Will Pete Doherty even make it to 2010?(The Sun)
  • Muse‘s new album will get funky, featuring slap-bass! (NME)
  • The Cribs say other British indie bands are “in it for the wrong reasons.”(NME)
  • Aidan Gillen, British star of The Wire and Queer As Folk, talks about Freefall, his new BBC drama about the credit crisis.(The Independent)
  • Kate Beckinsale has received damages from the owners of the Daily Express newspaper. They claimed she was fired from a Barbarella remake, which was not true.(BBC)
  • Katie Price points the finger at Peter Andre in an interview with Piers Morgan. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to see these people in U.S. papers everyday? The Brits aren’t so lucky.(Mirror)

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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