Simon vs. Ellen Feud Brewing on American Idol?

  • Simon Cowell‘s working relationship with Ellen DeGeneres started off on the wrong foot, with Simon showing up 90 minutes late to Ellen’s first day as an American Idol judge. A source told Deadline Hollywood Daily: “Here it was the first day of taping of the Hollywood shows, and Ellen was there waiting for Simon to show up. Ellen’s new to the gig and she’s very organized and she made a commitment to take this on, and now she’s asking herself, ‘What did I get myself into?’ She called Simon Cowell a prima donna. So right from the start, the chemistry isn’t great.” I blame Kara DioGuardi. That woman’s trouble.
  • At last night’s ceremony in London, Jude Law‘s performance in the stage production of Hamlet won the Critics’ Circle award for Best Shakespearean Performance. (Notably, Doctor Who‘s David Tennant won the same award for the same role last year.) Oscar winner Rachel Weisz won Best Actress for playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. (BBC)
  • Scottish tennis star Andy Murray won his Australian Open quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard retired, citing a knee injury. He now faces a rematch with Croatian Marin Cilic, who crushed Murray at last year’s U.S. Open.(Telegraph)
  • Keith Richards has given up the booze: is this the end of rock ‘n’ roll as we know it?

    Naomi Campbell and Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minster Gordon Brown, have teamed up to do a fashion show to raise money for Haiti.(Daily Mail)

  • Robbie Williams will rejoin Take That for a charity remake of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts,” with proceeds going to the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.(The Sun)
  • L.A. life has had a slimming effect on Russell Brand.(Mirror)
  • The Cheryl Cole “big lips” controversy has been deflated.(Metro)
  • UK pop duo The Ting Tings are reveling in their Grammy success. “I think we’ve won by being nominated,” band member Jules de Martino told the Associated Press. “It’s kind of humbling really.”
  • Massive Attack talk about their first album in seven years.(The Times)
  • AbFab star Joanna Lumley has won a major award for her campaign to gain UK residency rights for the Gurkhas, an ethnic group from Nepal who’ve fought in the British Army for over 150 years.(BBC)
  • The Last Station star James McAvoy (recently interviewed for this blog) and actress wife Anne-Marie Duff are expecting a child.(The Independent)
  • Liam Neeson has dropped out of a film, citing his continued grief over the death of wife Natasha Richardson nearly a year ago.(The Independent)
  • I never noticed how much Liz Hurley and former What Not To Wear host Trinny Woodall looked alike until now.(Daily Mail)
  • Video: Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden watches footage of herself as a buck-toothed teenager.(Daily Mail)

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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