ABC has confirmed that Torchwood star John Barrowman has been cast on Desperate Housewives for a five-episode stint in April. The Daily Mail is reporting that Barrowman will play “the show’s main villain in the last section of the current season, series six.” Barrowman is no stranger to American primetime soaps: he previously appeared on the 1995-96 drama Central Park West (opposite Mariel Hemingway and Lauren Hutton) and the 2000-01 NBC glamfest Titans. Still no word on whether Barrowman will be joining the American Torchwood Fox is developing.
Who should star in the Heather Mills biopic? The former Mrs. McCartney wants Reese Witherspoon, but The Guardian‘s Stuart Heritage thinks otherwise: “Surely if Heather wants to be portrayed by a fearless actress who bristles with gravitas, doesn’t shy away from scenes of raw catharsis and loves taking her clothes off at the drop of a hat, Kate Winslet is the only woman for the job. Alternatively, if Heather wants to be played by an actress who would realistically be able to recreate her love for rich old men, there’s always Catherine Zeta Jones.”
British screenwriter Simon Monjack, husband of the late actress Brittany Murphy, blames Warner Bros. for his wife’s death. A month after Murphy was fired from the film The Caller, the studio cancelled the Clueless star’s contract for her role in the sequel to the animated Happy Feet. “They killed her,” Monjack tells The Daily Beast‘s Gerald Posner. “She was devastated.”
Elaine Paige clarifies her Susan Boyle comments: “I am a huge supporter of Susan Boyle and admire what she has achieved. I have always said it’s very hard for someone to be fast-tracked to stardom without any prior experience – I know this as it happened to me when Evita opened and I found it extremely difficult in the beginning. Today, of course, it’s much harder with the phenomenon of the internet – Facebook, YouTube, etc. – it seems it only takes minutes for fame to spread around the world – and that’s why I used the word ‘virus’!” (Daily Mail)
Pete Doherty surrounds himself with some real winners.(BBC)
Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-winning British screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, is developing an HBO drama titled Emergency Sex, starring Maria Bello. Beaufoy, Bello, and Russell Crowe are co-executive producers.(Hollywood Reporter)
Can Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in the Aussie Open men’s final? Many expects, including Rafael Nadal, say yes.(Telegraph)
British boyband JLS are the object of U.S. record label bidding war.(The Sun)
Has London’s celebrity culture forced good artists to flee the city? (Guardian)
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.