David Tennant: The Next Hugh Laurie?

  • Doctor Who star David Tennant says he has no big plans to conquer Hollywood, but he’ll definitely move out West if his NBC pilot, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, gets picked up. And there’s a particular British actor who provides a nice role model for Tennant: “It seems British actors are more and more in vogue there – look at Hugh Laurie. He’s just about as big a star as you get in the States and he’s made it in a role he would never have been given here. But I’m not really thinking, ‘Well, they all did it, so I’ll do it.’ There’s no great plan. You just muddle along, and if an opportunity comes up, it would be silly not to take it.”(Telegraph)

    The Sun has a couple snaps of Tennant on the set of the new pilot.

  • There’s no Doctor Who movie in development, says Tennant. (Digital Spy)
  • Check out photos of David hosting the British game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, with Who co-stars Catherine Tate and Bernard Cribbins as guests. (Den of Geek)
  • Teacher Danyl Johnson was predicted to win this season’s X Factor before the premiere even aired. But last night he was voted off the show. Did he simply peak too early i.e. the first audition? Johnson told UK’s Press Association: “[The audition] was only a disadvantage towards me – I had to beat that performance. It was a bit like when Susan [Boyle] – and I’m not comparing it in any way – but it’s a bit like when Susan did her audition. The first time it’s easier to wow. You’re always going to be up against that performance, it’s just so over-hyped.” The Sun, however, implies that Johnson, quite simply, wasn’t that well-liked by the British public.

    Here’s Danyl’s final performance:

    Plus, the audition that started it all:

  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Lucy Jones has launched a spectacular attack on Lady GaGa, who performed on this weekend’s X Factor: “What I find so flummoxing is that this woman has generated so much hype. Her songs are tedious, her performances naff, her lyrics are stupid. Please can someone explain the attraction? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t have the keys to Gaga’s oubliette – waiting to be let in, with only NME, which voted her most over-hyped act ever, for company.”
  • Keira Knightley is set to make her West End debut in The Misanthrope on December 17th, and director Thea Sharrock talks about Knightley’s transformation from movie star to theater workhorse: “There has been a sense of ‘Do I really have the freedom to do this however I want to do it?’ Because she’s bright and brave, she has started to relish that freedom. If you were an alien dropped into the rehearsal room and you watched everyone for 20 minutes and were then asked: ‘Which one of these people is the big movie star?’, there’s no way you’d be able to spot who that person was. There’s been no sense of anyone being intimidated by Keira’s fame.” (Telegraph)
  • Oh dear: director David Yates says Daniel Radcliffe will appear nude in a “very sexy scene” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “Sexy nude scene” doesn’t scream “family film,” now does it? (Telegraph)
  • A New York-bound shipment of Victoria Beckham gowns were stolen in a knifepoint heist in London. (US Magazine)
  • Video: Russell Brand says Katy Perry has made him settle down. (GMTV)
  • Here are the nominees for the BBC’s Sound of 2010 list of up-and-coming music stars. Owl City, who’s already had a U.S. No. 1 with “Fireflies,” is on the list. (BBC)
  • Coldplay are recording their new album in “a dilapidated north London church.” Brian Eno has signed on again as producer. (The Sun)
  • Gavin & Stacey stars Mathew Horne and James Corden‘s UK sketch show has been cancelled. (Chortle)
  • And the lawsuits keep coming against Sacha Baron Cohen. (Daily Mail)
  • David Bowie‘s son, Duncan Jones, was a big winner at last night’s British Independent Film Awards. Jones’s film, Moon, won Best Film and Best Debut Director. (Variety)

    Here’s the trailer for Moon:

  • Ex-Bond girl Eva Green obviously didn’t take her gown out for a test run before heading to the British Independent Film Awards. (Daily Mail)
  • Two contestants on the UK’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here – winner Gino D’Acampo and Hollyoaks hunk Stuart Manning – could face charges for cooking up a “rat risotto” on the show, which was filmed in the Australian jungle. The Daily Mail reports, “The pair have been summoned to a New South Wales Court on February 3 on grounds of animal cruelty. It is understood officials from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who usually monitor the show, were not present when the incident took place. An ITV spokesman said last night that the production had not known that killing a rat could be an offense.”
  • Nice work if you can get it: British author Jeffrey Archer will make £18 million ($29 million) for writing “a modern Forsyte Saga,” which will amount to five novels over five years. (Telegraph)
  • The UK has closed its UFO investigation unit due to cost cutting efforts. I guess they expect Torchwood to pick up the slack… (Tonic)

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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