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  • Ricky Gervais seems to always have something bad to say about his home country, and today, he’s slagging off Britain’s homegrown comedy. According to The Sun, he says, “I don’t watch TV comedy in the UK anymore. We’ve got some poor copies of Curb Your Enthusiasm, some poor copies of Entourage, and some poor copies of Seinfeld. With a few exceptions the Americans seem to be ahead of the game.” To be fair, neither side of the pond is doing comedy all that well these days. With the exception of Two and a Half Men, no American sitcom can be called an unqualified hit. What do you think? Do Americans do the funny better than the Brits?

  • Meanwhile, here’s the trailer for Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying. He wrote, directed, and stars in the film…which means if it fails, there’s no one else to blame, really.
  • It’s gonna be a transatlantic battle of the Randy Andys at Wimbledon on Friday: Brit Andy Murray faces Yank Andy Roddick in a semifinal, setting one up to be obliterated by Roger Federer in the final. (The Times)
  • Should ticketholders for Michael Jackson‘s London concerts forgo their refunds and keep their tickets as valuable souvenirs?(The Times)
  • Helena Bonham Carter and daughter dress up like matching weirdos.(Daily Mail)
  • Is Dame Shirley Bassey pandering to youth with her new album? The Mirror reports, “It’s believed she’s teamed up with Take That, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, and Kaiser Chiefs on the new record. The album’s being produced by Bond soundtrack composer and Björk producer David Arnold.”
  • The city of Glasgow, Scotland has finally lifted its 29-year-long ban on Life Of Brian.(The Independent)
  • Is Justin Timberlake a frontrunner for a lead in Guy Ritchie’s Guys and Dolls remake?(The Sun)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.