Jonas Armstrong Is a Little Bit Hood

  • It hasn’t been a great few weeks for Robin Hood star Jonas Armstrong, who pleaded guilty to charges that he was drunk and disorderly with police officers after stiffing a cab driver. (The incident happened outside his mother’s house, to add insult to injury.) Today, Armstrong received his sentence, a £100 fine. Well, to these eyes, he earned back every penny and then some with this really sexy paparazzi shot outside his court date. Who knew guilt could look so enticing? Yes, I’m shallow.
  • Will Susan Boyle play a cafeteria lady on Glee?(EW)
  • Amy Winehouse has boozed herself right back into the hospital. A source tells The Sun: “She’s there because she had a load to drink and was really unwell afterwards. Not just sick, really poorly. But as she really likes it in there, she was happy to go in for a few days. She’s spending more time in the clinic than anywhere else at the moment.” Yeah, that follow-up to Back to Black isn’t gonna happen, is it?
  • The current Sugababes are battling former member Mutya Buena for rights to use the “Sugababes” name.(NME)
  • On the 30th anniversary of the death of his former Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis, New Order bassist Peter Hook did a live concert in which he played the Unknown Pleasures album in full.(NME)
  • The Guardian has video of a recent interview with Sir George Martin, legendary producer of The Beatles.
  • Liam Gallagher is at Cannes hawking his “wigless” Beatles movie.(Guardian)
  • Some hot steamy Dickens is headed for the big screen, but it won’t be yet another adaptation of Great Expectations: a new film will take us inside the 19th century novelist’s real-life, 15-year affair with a barely legal actress. Cue the bow-chicka-bow-wow.(Telegraph)
  • UK electropop duo La Roux are up for an Ivor Novello, the award for British songwriters, and lead singer Elly Jackson has written a really insightful piece about songwriting in The Independent. “The tracks that have always meant a lot to me are the ones where I’d swear that they were written about my life. Someone sent that song down from the heavens just for me to listen to, personally, and no one else, and I’m the only one that loves it this much. That’s when music becomes a religion. I’m an atheist, so it certainly does for me. It’s that same sense of security of thinking that you’re not the only one.”

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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