In the upcoming season of CSI: Miami, we’ll get to see the handsome Jamie Bamber (Battlestar: Galactica, Law & Order: UK) guest star as “Robbie, one half of a freelance storm-chasing duo who is questioned by Sgt. Tripp (Rex Linn) when a piece of his equipment is linked to a murder.” (via TV Guide)
• Singer Kate Nash has been out and about picking up donations — everything from home hardware to phone chargers, personal hygiene products for women and babies to non perishable food — for the families who have been left homeless by the London riots. Hats off to her. (via STV)
• Muse‘s Matt Bellamy, on the other hand, has been slamming the rioters for not being political enough (or something). He said on Twitter: “A violent expression of unfairness in society or just dumb f***s yearning for a hug from daddy? This is no Uprising.”
The inference being, of course, that if they did the same thing for the right reasons, it’d be just fine.
• Speaking of the riots, all the hoopla had caused the set of Sherlock to temporarily halt filming. The show’s scribe and co-creator Mark Gatiss took to Twitter this week to share his thoughts: “This is a new one on me. Scene incomplete owing to approaching looters. Unbelievable times.” Unbelievable indeed. (via The Daily Express).
• We can pretty much assume that Simon Cowell makes enough money to buy his own island, so it should be of no surprise that the British entertainment magnate is the “highest earnest star” in U.S. television. Cowell reportedly banks $75 million (£46.3 million). (The Daily Mail)
• Ewan McGregor — who’s matched against Alan Rickman in the second round of our sizzling Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament — is taking to the high seas for a charitable cause. He, Zara Phillips, and yachtsman Alex Thomson set off on the 50-mile Artemis Challenge around the Isle of Wight on Wednesday (August 10). The jaunt will raise funds for UNICEF. (Press Association)
• Andy Serkis has spoken out about the lack of recognition he gets for having played Gollum and King Kong, largely because you don’t really see him do it. Interviewed by The Daily Telegraph for his new movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he said: “Ten years down the line, people say, ‘Oh, so you did the voice of Gollum?’ Or people go, ‘You did the movements for Kong?’ It’s frustrating, because I play Gollum and I play Kong. It is acting.”
• This is a weird, and slightly depressing story. If you’re at all familiar with the UK trip-hop band Massive Attack, and their still-mighty 1990 hit “Unfinished Sympathy,” you’ll know who Shara Nelson is. She sang it. Beautifully.
Now, Shara’s had a few problems since those days, and has most recently been the subject of a court case with BBC Radio 1 DJ (and huge supporter of Massive Attack) Pete Tong, to whom she claims to be married, with a child. She is not. She’s now been ordered not to have any more contact with Pete, ever, and to perform 80 hours of community service. (via the The Daily Mail)
• A faulty sprinkler system at Gordon Ramsay‘s (F-Word, Shark Bait, Great Escape) new Montreal eatery put a damper on the restaurant’s new opening this week, forcing all patrons to be evacuated. The famed British celebrity chef was not present during snafu. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
• Ralph Fiennes has signed on to direct The Invisible Woman, which delves into Charles Dickens‘s secret romance with English actress Nelly Ternan. The film will cull from English journalist Claire Tomalin‘s 1990 book of the same name. (via The Guardian)