UK Big Brother Housemates Learn Michael Jackson Died

19 days after the fact. Don’t you wish that you were sequestered in a house with no access to the press? It would have made these past three weeks more bearable.

The shock on the housemates’ faces is palpable…it’s like reliving the moment all over again:

Guess who’s been asked back: yep, Russell Brand will host this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th. His performance last year was a smashing success. Between Russell and Alexa Chung, MTV is starting a bit of a British Invasion, aren’t they? If they manage to hire the hunky Welshman Steve Jones – a.k.a. Hayden Panettierre‘s ex – I’ll almost be able to forgive MTV for relegating music videos to 3 in the morning.

Here’s a bit of Steve Jones for your close inspection:

Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud is in L.A. working with Will.I.Am on her solo debut. (The Sun)

Even with a freckly nose, Amy Winehouse looks much better as she makes her way back into her home country. As we know with Amy, looking better and actually being better are two very different things. (The Sun)

Oh dear, Coldplay covers “Billie Jean.” (The Sun)

Daniel Radcliffe is satisfied as a single lad. (Mirror)

  • Cops were called to Sean Bean‘s house upon reports of a “domestic.”(Mirror)

    Oh, and BBC World News America was nominated for three News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newcast, Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newcast, and Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newcast. Congrats to our nominees!

  • Kevin Wicks

    Kevin Wicks

    Kevin Wicks founded'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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