Ewan McGregor Owns George Stephanopoulos on GMA

  • On yesterday’s Good Morning America, Ewan McGregor put the kibosh on George Stephanopoulos‘ frat-boy reaction to a photo of him kissing Jim Carrey. Towleroad has the video.
  • Sir Elton John‘s claim that Jesus was “a super-intelligent gay man” has enraged some Christian groups.(CBS)
  • More info on Torchwood star John Barrowman‘s Desperate Housewives character. Spoilers at link.
  • Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will star in Single Father, a four-part BBC drama about a bereaved widower who must adjust to single parenthood.(The Stage)
  • Jonathan Ross is hosting this Sunday’s BAFTAs, and he’s soliciting his Twitter followers for words to slip into the show. As The Times notes, “Last year, Ross slipped in the word ‘salad’ while introducing the award for costume design, saying: ‘In my view, actors are in many ways like salad – they are nothing without great dressing.’”
  • The process of getting BAFTA nominee An Education made was torturous. Star Carey Mulligan and screenwriter Nick Hornby talk to The Times about it.
  • Mulligan and Colin Firth were named Best British Actress and Actor at the London Film Critics’ Circle awards.(Telegraph)
  • The Motion Picture Academy rejected Sacha Baron Cohen as this year’s Oscar host. “They thought [he] was too big of a wild card,” Oscar telecast producer Adam Shankman said. Instead, we get Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, which, in my estimation, is a considerable upgrade.(ABC)
  • Kate Moss became emotional when an Alexander McQueen gown was auctioned off at a charity fashion show.(Daily Mail)
  • Lionel Jeffries, star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and director of The Railway Children, has died in England at age 83.(BBC)
  • Prince William brings out the big guns to fight homelessness.(CBS)
  • Lily Allen speaks truth to power about the BRIT Awards on Twitter: “It’s a TV show, a vehicle created for pop acts to sell more records at a difficult time of year. Don’t delude yourself.” (The Sun)
  • Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has launched some fighting words at Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien. (NME)
  • Charlotte Church will be one of the judges on Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s show, Over the Rainbow. This time, Webber will search for an actress to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (Telegraph)
  • Webber wants to buy Abbey Road Studios. (BBC)
  • A web-based EastEnders spinoff has proven to be a smash hit. (Guardian)

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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