The Radio Times site has photos from its annual covers party, which was held last night. What is the covers party, you ask? “It’s the private showbiz event, the party you get into if you or your show has been on the cover of Radio Times magazine,” the site explains. Guests included Doctor Who‘s David Tennant, Gavin & Stacey‘s Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, and James Corden, Primeval‘s Ben Miller, Occupation‘s James Nesbitt, and, yes, Graham Norton himself. However, the most stunning sight is actor David Morrissey, who has apparently lost a bit of weight.
There’s video from last night’s party, which you can watch here:
In other news:
- Orlando Bloom has left the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “I had a great time making those movies,” he said to MTV. “I just really wanted to do different things.” Apparently, “different things” means reprising his Lord of the Rings role in The Hobbit.
- In December, Pete Doherty showed up to a court date with 13 bags of heroin in his pocket. When said bags of heroin fell out of his coat pocket, he was swiftly arrested. Understandably. Now he’s been fined £750 for the offense. So what was Doherty’s excuse? “Doherty’s lawyer, Bruce Clark, said: ‘He has a great many items of clothing, suits and clothes going into the hundreds. There were residual drugs that he had left in one coat pocket. He didn’t necessarily choose the coat for himself.’” (Guardian)
- The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick doesn’t have high hopes for Helping Haiti’s charity remake of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” featuring Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams, Take That, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, James Morrison, Alexandra Burke, Michael Bublé, and JLS. “Do you think any of them even owns an R.E.M. record (well, maybe Robbie)?” writes McCormick. “What could a chorus of celebrity voices swapping lines possibly add to such an intimate lyric? And they’ll probably find room for a rapper too, with Will.I.Am or Dizzee popping up to tell us how it is when it hurts, yo, while Susan Boyle raises the roof. I’m sorry. I know it’s a worthy cause, lives are at stake and all that – but can’t we just send the Haitians money directly? I, for one, would pay good money not to hear that record.”
- After recording her part in the Haiti charity single, Susan Boyle returned to her Scotland home last night to find an unwanted visitor there. The intruder fled, leaving Susan shaken but unharmed. As BBC NEWS notes, “Despite her global success, Boyle, the Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, has not moved from the council house she has lived in since she was a child.” Maybe it’s time to move into nicer digs, SuBo.
- Boyle’s young cousin auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent and “wowed the judges,” according to The Sun. Is she another global sensation in the making?
- The Daily Mail is clearly in possession of a really long tape measure: “Madonna went for dinner at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair last night, just 350 yards away from Guy Ritchie who was at his pub, The Punchbowl.” Why is this news? Does either of them have a restraining order against the other we don’t know about?
- Is Tiffany Page, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from London, “the new Chrissie Hynde“? And would that make Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs the “old new Chrissie Hynde”? (Why bother with either – the original is still around and kicking.)
- British model Agyness Deyn has snagged actor James Franco. Lucky heffa. (The Sun)
- Speaking of classy productions, British supermarket chain Tesco has gone into the movie business; its first release will be a straight-to-DVD adaptation of Jackie Collins‘ Paris Connections. I’d much rather see a feature-length version of “Lucky Bitches,” the hilarious French & Saunders sketch featuring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as sisters Jackie and Joan Collins.