John Cleese has to pay his ex-wife £12 million in a divorce settlement. “What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine,” he says. “At least I will know in the future if I go out with a lady they will not be after me for my money.” Good luck finding that, sweetheart.(Telegraph)
The five surviving members of Monty Python will appear at a BAFTA event here in NYC honoring the legendary series.(Variety)
Cleese has decried the state of British comedy, and another comedian agrees with him.(BBC)
Is it me, or does David Beckham look really hot when he’s pissed? Work that eyebrow, Sexy Becks!(The Sun)
For Victoria Beckham, however, The Face of Thunder is business as usual.(Daily Mail)
Look, it’s Victoria Beckham’s shiny forehead on American Idol. (Heatworld)
Did Keira Knightley get a breast enhancement via Adobe Creative Suite?(The Sun)
Robert Pattinson felt uncomfortable showing his breasts in the Twilight sequel.(Entertainmentwise)
Colin Farrell “went crazy and started screaming like someone had shot him” when confronted by a female fan in London.(Digital Spy)
James McAvoy will star as a cancer-stricken 25-year-old in the comedy I’m With Cancer, which will be directed by Nicole Holofcener and co-star Seth Rogen.(Hollywood Reporter)
Is the UK talent competition X Factor exploiting a contestant with Asperger’s syndrome? Judge Louis Walsh says, “Nobody forces anybody to go to an audition. I think it’s a real-life story. Is he under too much pressure? I think it has to be his choice.”(BBC)
Mani of the Stone Roses praises his band’s 1989 debut album and says today’s UK bands need to step it up: “Twenty years on and it [The Stone Roses] is still fresh and stands out amidst a torrent of mediocrity, career-orientated, dull as dishwater, safe, unimaginative music that dares to challenge for our crown.”(NME)
Was Cliff Richard “straight-edge” before the term was ever coined? The British pop legend says, “I’ve always maintained I’m the most radical rock’n’roll singer Britain has ever seen. I was the only one who didn’t spit or swear or sleep around. I didn’t do drugs. I didn’t get drunk. I didn’t indulge in soulless sex. And I’ve always felt comfortable with the decisions I’ve taken. I like being Cliff Richard.”(Guardian)
Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers agrees with me that Take That’s “Patience” is one of the best songs of recent years: “It’s the greatest comeback single in history. If Neil Young had written it, people would be calling it a masterpiece…When Alex Turner slagged off Take That at the 2006 Q awards for getting an award, I nearly lost it…You get so many alternative bands banging on about how to make perfect pop, and this kicks all their arses.”(Guardian)
Popjustice is still trying to make James Blunt‘s “1973” happen. Sorry, but the song blows.
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.