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Could it be? Could Girlfriend actually be getting it together? Amy WInehouse joined legendary ska band The Specials onstage at this weekend’s V Festival, and she appeared to be in good spirit, good voice, and good face.
In other news:
- He’s not quite a Susan Boyle-esque revelation, but X Factor favorite Danyl Johnson wowed the judges and the studio audience with his Joe Cocker-style version of The Beatles‘ “A Little Help From My Friends.” And – take that, Adam Lambert – he’s already come out as bisexual.
- Wow, OK, and they’re serious: Robin Williams has been asked to play Susan Boyle in a movie.(Telegraph)
- The very annoying Ant and Dec and their gigantic “fiveheads” will grace U.S. screens again. Hopefully for a very short time indeed.(Telegraph)
- MTV will air the American version of Skins, which will switch in Baltimore for Bristol. Maybe they can hire some of the kids from The Wire?(Guardian)
- Look, it’s Helluva Bottom Carter in a red bathing suit.(Daily Mail)
- Kerry Katona continues to make the case for authorities to take her kids away from her.(BBC)
- Dannii Minogue has a hot runway model boyfriend, and she still wants a kiss from her X Factor co-judge Cheryl Cole.(PA)
- If you’re gonna show that much areola, Nadine Coyle, why even bother with the top?(The Sun)
- British people can watch actual boobs on daytime TV. (Telegraph)
- Pitchfork calls Humbug the Arctic Monkeys‘s “loosest record yet by far,” and adds, “it also demonstrates a great deal of staying power for a band that could have imploded before it ever got this far.”
- Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has a wonderful side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. His LSP bandmate, Miles Kane, has quit his main band, The Rascals, to go solo.(NME)
- “Viral laryngitis” forced Oasis to cancel their performance at the V Festival over the weekend. Snow Patrol stepped in at the last minute. (NME)
- UK band The Enemy have joined the “Lady GaGa is a tranny” bandwagon.(Digital Spy)
- Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman will play a dance teacher in a new movie.(Guardian)
- Patrick Wolf apologizes for his violent diva tantrum in Germany a couple weeks back, claiming he succumbed to “tribal” instincts.(Guardian)
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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.