Helena Bonham Carter: “I’m Not an Uncombed, Dirty Person”

  • Helena Bonham Carter is one of Hollywood’s great eccentrics, and when she married Tim Burton, who directed her in the new Alice in Wonderland, it made total sense. They are both go-my-own-way, artist types. However, Bonham Carter wants to set the record straight on the oft-repeated claim that she and her husband don’t subscribe to personal cleanliness: “In a way, I feel that if I make people feel better about themselves, hey, at least I’m being useful. But I am clean. I’ll tell you that. I’m not an uncombed, dirty person. Just to reassure people, I do believe in hygiene! And so does Tim, actually.” (The Times)
  • Reminder: Tim Burton’s on tonight’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden pops up in the upcoming season of Doctor Who, new paparazzi photos reveal. And another shot shows Corden with Matt Smith (nice gams) playing soccer in the park. (Daily Mail)
  • Former Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Billie Piper will re-team for Love On The Murder Mile, a new thriller directed by Piper’s hubby, Laurence Fox.(Daily Mail)
  • Mick Jagger and Angelina Jolie had an affair when the Rolling Stones legend was married to Jerry Hall, a new Brangelina tell-all alleges. (Daily Mail)
  • Liam Gallagher throws stones at his two favorite targets – his brother Noel and Bloc Party.(NME)
  • There’s no hope for Lily Allen and Courtney Love: Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue are still feuding after all these years.(The Sun)
  • The original SugababesMutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan, and Siobhan Donaghy – have all banded together to trademark the “Sugababes” name.(Telegraph)
  • Has Ellie Goulding, the much-lauded new British singer-songwriter, already been crushed under the weight of her own hype? The Scotsman‘s Gary Flockhart says, “Clearly, the blame lies with a trend-hungry music press, who, jumping the gun as ever, told the world she was something very special in the first place, only to shoot her to pieces. It’s laughable that these same journalists are now asking ‘why all the fuss?’ Er, hello! You created it!”
  • Eddie Izzard talks to BBC NEWS about hosting this weekend’s Independent Spirit Awards.
  • It is cute to see British people dissecting U.S. culture. Today, The Guardian‘s Anna Pickard, who once lived in the States, goes down her checklist of American TV clichés to verify which ones are true and which ones are bunk.
Kevin Wicks

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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