Simon Cowell can sometimes come off as a warm and fuzzy guy, despite his tough exterior as seen on American Idol and Britain's X Factor. He's helped countless music hopefuls launch their careers to international stardom, while offering a helping hand to other entertainers looking to reclaim their glory. Next in line: Jonathan Ross and George Michael.
The Daily Mirror reports that the music magnate recently had a chat with the former BBC personality and English pop star regarding plans for a possible one-off TV special together. In what would be an exclusive interview, Michael would discuss his four-week stint in jail, while offering up details on his next career move. It would also mark a comeback of sorts for Ross, who's since left the BBC.
"Simon is a big fan of both of these guys," a source revealed. "He thinks it's a shame they're no longer [in] front of the entertainment business – other than for all the wrong reasons."
Would you like to see Jonathan Ross interview George Michael?
In other news:
– British graffiti artist Banksy was recognized at the annual Grierson Trust awards in London on Tuesday (November 2), where the pseudonymous spray painter took home the top honor for his Exit Through the Gift Shop documentary. Banksy, who was named one of Time Magazine's Most 100 Influential earlier this year, said thanks in a taped speech, where he playfully quipped, "This is a very proud moment for me. I've always dreamt of winning a Grierson Award ever since I first heard about them two weeks ago." (BBC)
– Keira Knightley's $2 million London flat was burglarized late last week, where two thieves took off with two of her laptops. The 25-year-old English actress shares the home with her brother and was on vacation during the incident. The Oscar-nominated star says she feels "violated" and is uncertain on when she'll return to the apartment. Apparently a faulty external communal door was to blame. (The Sun)
– Damon Albarn just can't get enough… of the music, that is. The Gorillaz mastermind and former Blur frontman has called upon Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen to form a new band. This one marks his fourth creative outlet behind The Good, the Bad & the Queen. The threesome has completed a bulk of material for a debut album, drawing heavily from Allen's musical roots. (The Guardian)
– Plenty of tomfoolery will abound this Christmas when American funnyman Jack Black hits the silver screen in Gulliver's Travels on December 22. The fantasy adventure film is based on Jonathan Swift's classic book, and also stars Emily Blunt, comedian Catherine Tate, Billy Connelly and Gavin & Stacey's James Corden. (Deadline)
Fox issued a second trailer this week. Check it out:
– In other movie news, English actresses Imogen Poots and Felicity Jones are set to star in Trap for Cinderella. The film is based on Sébastien Japrisot's mystery novel of the same title, which tells the story of two women with opposite financial backgrounds who end up caught in a horrific fire at a French resort. London-born filmmaker Ian Softley (Backbeat, Inkheart) has signed on as director. (The Hollywood Reporter)
– British theater wouldn't be the same without Sir Peter Hall. Having created the Royal Shakespeare Company and later becoming the director of the National Theatre, the 79-year-old thespian isn't anywhere close to slowing down. In January, he'll open his fourth adaptation of the William Shakespeare epic comedy, Twelfth Night. When asked if he'll ever retire, Hall laughs at the idea. "Oh, I couldn't do that, I really couldn't. I suppose my only irritation at being nearly 80 is that I have to ration my energy a little." (The Daily Telegraph)
– While Halloween officially came and went on Sunday, Anglophenia would like to give major props to one Doctor Who fan who took her costume to a whole new level. The blogger behind RingMasterGoldie should make all TARDIS fans squeal with joy!
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