Roundup: Jamie Oliver Says His Kids Will “Always Be Judged”

 Chef Jamie Oliver thinks most children of celebs are “little sh**s” and adds, “I think my kids are always going to be labeled as ‘Jamie’s child’ so they will need to learn to work harder than anyone else. They just can’t be anonymous – they’re always going to be judged.” Of course, naming your poor child BUDDY BEAR won’t exactly help his predicament, Jamie. (Daily Mail)

- Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden is going to be a first-time dad: he’s expecting a child with his girlfriend, Julia Carey. (The Sun)

- Sherlock Holmes movie sequel news: Mad Men star Jared Harris, son of the great Richard Harris, will play Moriarty. But is Russell Brand also in talks to join the cast? (Den of Geek)

- Speaking of Brand, his bachelor party included a raft-building competition?

- Sam Mendes will executive-produce the BBC’s “epic film versions” of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. (The Guardian)

- The Guardian‘s Dan Martin is enjoying Russell Tovey‘s sitcom Him & Her more with each passing episode: “The show’s premise is simple: a young unemployed couple living in a bedsit and trying to avoid engaging with the outside world. It’s so simple that it took a while to get going – but three weeks in and it’s been picking up the following that it deserves.”

- A new British youth drama Beaver Falls will follow “three British lads who get jobs looking after obese kids at a summer camp.”(The Sun)

- Actress Emma Thompson has spoken out against young people’s use of “street speak.” “We have to reinvest, I think, in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power,” the Oscar winner told the Radio Times. But her comments have sparked many responses, including one from Telegraph‘s Mark Davidson: “Treating all users of slang as half-wits who need to buck their ideas up if they want the rest of us to take them seriously is like treating everyone with a tattoo, say, as beyond the pale. Language is subtler than that.” Innit?

by 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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