- According to a marketing research firm’s study, the No. 1 celeb in Britain is Australian-born pop icon Kylie Minogue. Britain’s 25-year love affair with this woman is interesting. She is a pretty classy dame, but she is one of the rare celebs who is looked upon with utter reverence by the UK press. It really is quite remarkable. Maybe it’s because she is so lacking in pretense, unlike haughtier pop stars like Madonna. Kylie doesn’t make a big fuss about saving the world, but she is hardly uncharitable.
Also ranking in the top 10 are Cheryl Cole, David Beckham, TV hosts Ant & Dec (who are apparently one person), Joanna Lumley (WIN!), radio host Terry Wogan, chef Jamie Oliver, American film star George Clooney, Sean Connery, and Dame Helen Mirren.
- Susan Boyle has finally received the fruits of her labor – fittingly on her birthday. Simon Cowell has presented her with a £4 million ($6.1 million) check.(Telegraph)
- Stephen Moyer‘s fiancé is trying to steal Ricky Martin‘s thunder. Hold that for the next news cycle, sistahgurl.(Telegraph)
Jennifer Aniston has come out as a fan of British comedy: “I so love the British sense of humor – I was obsessed with Benny Hill and Monty Python as a child. Oh my God, and I am so hooked on Ricky Gervais.”
- An ab-tastic Russell Brand and fiancé Katy Perry are soaking up the sun in Mexico.(Daily Mail)
- Are Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto and Bollywood bombshell Aishwarya Rai vying to become the first Indian Bond girl? Rai’s friends are pushing hard for her to win the role.(Telegraph)
- Ewan McGregor talks to The Times‘ Kate Muir about working with embattled director Roman Polanski on the political thriller The Ghost. “Polanski is really hard. He pushes the cast hard and the crew hard. He’s really a maestro. It’s his film and he is in charge. All the time he’s forcing you to look at the truth and getting rid of all your acting. He strips all that away.”
- Read Heather Mills‘s “Nannygate” statement in its entirety.(Mirror)
- Sir Elton John celebrates five years of his musical, Billy Elliot.(BBC)
- Are Britain’s best script writers ditching TV for radio? The Stage reports, “BBC Radio 4 drama commissioner Jeremy Howe has claimed that screenwriters are turning their back on television and coming to him with ideas, because they are frustrated by the lack of variety the small screen affords them.”
- Paddy Considine‘s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, has attracted some great talent: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman (Peep Show‘s Sophie), and Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky) have all signed on. Unsurprisingly, the film sounds extremely grim; The Hollywood Reporter says, “Considine’s script details the story of a violent, angry man who finds a charity shop worker with a dark secret.”
- The Libertines surprised bar patrons at a London pub by playing their first reunion gig there today.(NME)
- Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard got thrown out of the Who‘s Quadrophenia concert for allegedly “getting too frisky” with his girlfriend in the crowd.(The Sun)