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Hugh Grant Takes The Term “Beaning Someone” All Too Literally

It's all fun and games until the baked beans get slung: reporters have been so busy focusing on the projectile legume attack Hugh Grant made on a photographer that they downplay the alleged kicking (three times!) and Grant's alleged hope that the pap's kids "die of f*cking cancer." Yeah, that's a little more out-of-order than […]

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We Spoke Too Soon: UK Tabloids React to Heather Mills’ Axing

What…are the British papers working on a two-day delay? Did the news travel by rowboat across the Atlantic or something? Heather Mills was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday evening, and we're just now seeing reactions from UK news outlets. Perhaps folks Victoria Newton at The Sun needed the extra time to sharpen […]

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Gordon Ramsay’s London Restaurant 24th-Best In the World

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the 24th best restaurant in the world, according to S. Pellegrino’s latest survey. He falls behind two other London eateries, Nobu (No. 17) and Hakkasan (No. 19). The charmingly named Fat Duck, located in Bray, England, was the second-best restaurant, behind Spain’s El Bulli. Go to Gordon Ramsay’s site for The […]

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Is Naomi Watts Aussie or English? Also: Kate Beckinsale Controversy

Britain-born, Australia-raised Naomi Watts says she still considers herself English. The Aussies ain’t happy.(The Sun) Kate Beckinsale created a stir by saying that “anorexia, alcoholism and drug abuse in teens” were sparked by family problems and not media images, adding that such behaviors are “the nice girl’s way of becoming a crack whore.” (Daily Mail) […]

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Finally: State of Play Returning For Second Season

Paul Abbott‘s tour de force of politics and journalism – the incomparable British series State of Play – will finally get that long-awaited second season, Abbott tells The Sun. “We’re looking at doing six episodes,” he says. The show had a crazy-brilliant cast – Bill Nighy, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, David Morrissey, Philip […]

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Listen To the Full Arctic Monkeys Album

AOL Music is having a listening pah-ty for the Arctic Monkeys‘ Favourite Worst Nightmare, which is out today. Yes, that means you can listen to every track from the album – for free! (Use IE instead of Mozilla to listen.) Now, you can know firsthand what’s getting every rock critic (and NME reader) so hopelessly […]

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Mel B. Names Daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown

Here I was thinking she was just a big Candice Bergen fan: Melanie Brown a.k.a. Scary Spice has issued a statement concerning her baby’s name, according to the BBC: “Angel, as she was my little angel through my pregnancy. “Iris, as it’s my grandma’s name. Murphy, because he’s the dad. And Brown, because I’m the […]

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British Band You Should Know: McFly

There’s been one song that’s been playing on my iPod for the past week: “Transylvania” by British band McFly. It’s a proper rock opera, complete with a tongue-in-cheek storyline about historic love, a harpsichord intro, falsetto harmonies, a Beatlesesque bridge, and yes, even a roundelay ending. On a pure hook-per-minute scale, it’s somewhere around Cheap […]

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Patrick Wolf Vents On His Website, Declares Touring Career Over

Our man Patrick Wolf seems to have lost the plot a bit: he says he’ll perform his final concert in November. Wolf recently fired his drummer, whose on-tour drug problem has wreaked havoc on Wolf’s live shows. The result has been a tabloid frenzy. On a post at his website forums, Wolf says, “I have […]

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Amy Winehouse, Hot Chip, Arctic Monkeys Up for Songwriting Awards

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The newly engaged Amy Winehouse has yet another reason to celebrate today: she's up for Britain's most prestigious songwriting award, the Ivor Novello. Her hit, "Rehab," has been nominated for Best Contemporary Song, alongside Hot Chip's "Over and Over" and Bodyrox's "Yeah Yeah". Arctic Monkeys, Elton John, Scissor Sisters, Madonna, and Robbie Williams (for "Rudebox"!) […]

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