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- Brits Ricky Gervais, Simon Cowell, Banksy, Robert Pattinson, and Sir Elton John made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, which was announced today.
In this annual issue, each honoree on the list has a profile piece written by a famous friend or leading person in his or her field. For instance, New Moon director Chris Weitz has submitted a writeup on Robert Pattinson. He says, “Rob is a reserved, bookish sort of specimen, a guy who’d rather spend the night at the corner table in the pub with friends – a bit of a weirdo, frankly, in the best sense.”
And Gervais’ piece is penned by his longtime co-hort Karl Pilkington, who writes, “Me calling Ricky influential would be like Einstein’s mam calling Einstein a genius. I doubt she ever did. I bet she just said she was proud of him but wished he’d comb his hair.”
In other news:
- Apparently, America needs Piers Morgan, according to The London Times‘ Tim Teeman. Yeah, I think around 300 million or so people will beg to differ.
- 666 is the magic number for Piers.(Autoblog)
- Will Dannii Minogue trash former X Factor colleague Sharon Osbourne in her new autobiography?(The Sun)
- Kelly Osbourne says her mother won’t let her marry her fiancé Luke Worrall.(Hello!)
- Cheryl Cole is the Sexiest Woman in the World. Well, that is if the world was confined to the sticky bedsheets of British teenage boys.(The Sun)
- Fans of Robin Hood may be interested in Sir Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe‘s film adaptation of the famous legend. This marks Scott and Crowe’s fifth collaboration on the big screen. Why do they have such an affinity for each other? Scott tells The Daily Telegraph: “Russell and I are very similar. He’s angry all the time and I’m angry all the time as well. We don’t mean to be irritable but we don’t suffer fools gladly.”
- Courtney Love thinks Scottish heartthrob James McAvoy could play Kurt Cobain in a movie.(NME)
- Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says he was “scared” to go without his guitar on his new solo album, The Boxer.(NME)
- British theater critics raved about the play Enron. Why are U.S. critics lukewarm?(Guardian)
- Fittingly, with the PM debates going on in Britain today, The Guardian looks back at a few great British political dramas and comedies on the telly.
- How much will John Lennon‘s scribbled lyrics to “A Day in the Life” get at auction? Some say $700,000.(BBC)
- Lost Morecambe & Wise sketches have been discovered and will be aired on BBC Radio 4 next Tuesday at 9 am GMT (4 am EST). (Telegraph)
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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.