Roundup: Gervais’ Latest Sitcom Gets the Greenlight

BBC has greenlit Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s new sitcom, Life’s Too Short, for a full six-episode series. The single-camera comedy stars “Britain’s pre-eminent little person actor” Warwick Davis and “follows Warwick’s ups and downs and daily frustrations as he struggles to deal with life designed for people of a larger size.” (Hollywood Reporter)

The New York Post reports that both Cheryl Cole and Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger will sign on to Simon Cowell‘s American X Factor.

Christian Bale lost weight “in a healthy way” for his role as a drug-addicted boxing trainer in the upcoming Oscar season film The Fighter. This contrasts with Bale’s near-starvation for his transformation in The Machinist. Check out the trailer for The Fighter, directed by David O. Russell and co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams:

 

 

Moviefone counts down “the five freakiest Christian Bale looks.” Yes, the inclusion of Bale’s quite tame character in Velvet Goldmine is odd.

The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye reveals that Mark Strong, one of Hollywood’s British baddies-for-hire, has joined the ensemble cast of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which already stars Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Stephen Fry and Simon Callow talk about their memoirs in a podcast with The Guardian.

Annie Leibovitz‘s photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken shortly before John’s murder is going on the auction block on October 19 in NYC. (AP)

Submit your own John Lennon remake in Billboard’s “John Lennon Cover Song Contest.”

British rapper Plan B has been nominated for three Q awards, tying Canada’s Arcade Fire to lead this year’s field.(MTV UK)

Pet Shop Boys are writing the score for a Christmas stage show.(The Stage)

From NME: Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has dissed former UK Liberal Party candidate Nick Clegg, comparing him to Ricky Gervais’ Office character David Brent, and calling him “a terrible motivational speaker, real third rate. He’s a desperate politician, he’s desperate for power. [He's] much worse than the Tories themselves. You know what you’re going to get from the Tories, there’s no surprise there, they just want to make loads of cuts and privatize things.”

 

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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