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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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The Smiths To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

I've never expected The Smiths to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their influence on rock is undeniable, but unlike The Police or The Clash, they never scored any mainstream success here. But, to my surprise, NME reports that the group is one the names being mulled over for inclusion in […]

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Crazy Pete Doherty Is Back. Also: The New Arctic Monkeys.

After a gig in Camden, Pete Doherty went into "a frenzy," launching a speaker into the crowd and demolishing the stage, reports The Mirror. Kate Moss and her daughter, 4-year-old Lila Grace, were there. Victoria Beckham will be godmother to Geri Haliwell's child, but David Beckham has been passed over as godfather in favor of […]

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Pete Doherty’s Friends Intervene; Kate Moss Plagiarizes Her Own Closet

Did Pete Doherty‘s friends finally perform an intervention?(The Sun) A “wild-eyed and barefoot” Doherty poured a bucket of ice-cold water on a photographer.(Daily Mail) Are Kate Moss‘ Topshop designs just copies of things already in her closet? The Daily Mail compares photos of Kate’s wardrobe to samples from her collection. Kate can now boast that […]

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British Singer Sues Beyonce Knowles

This just in from Digital Spy: British singer Des'ree has filed suit against Beyoncé Knowles, claiming the singer/actress covered her song "I'm Kissing You" without her permission: Des'ree yesterday filed the case at Manhattan Federal Court, with the intention of stopping the distribution of the song. She is also demanding $150,000 in damages. The two […]

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New York’s Toughest Critic Loves “Hot Fuzz”

The cantankerous New York Press film critic, Armond White, is not known for gushing over the usual awards-season darlings. He regularly takes a big stinky dump on everyone from Todd Haynes to Michael Mann to Sacha Baron Cohen. But the man loves loves loves Hot Fuzz, which hits theaters Friday: Hot Fuzz‘s concept, [director Edgar] […]

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“Life On Mars” Star John Simm Is Angry

Actor John Simm has expressed anger with the BBC about their handling of Life On Mars' second season and finale, according to an interview with The Daily Telegraph. After the network cut the show's budget for Season Two, Simm recalls, "We were furious. I don't know where they get their wisdom from about how you […]

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The U.S. Dollar’s Taking a Pounding. Plus: ‘Posh’ Lessons.

As if London weren't expensive enough, a British pound will now officially cost you more than two American smackeroos. (BBC) However, The Guardian says you can still find better pound-dollar exchange rates. "The Post Office offers an exchange rate of $1.89 with no commission. Change £100 and you get $189." What a bargain! After Kate […]

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The Virginia Tech Massacre: The British Perspective

U.S. news coverage/commentary of yesterday’s tragedy has become so repetitive and fatiguing that it may be useful to gather perspective from other news sources. Here’s some of the coverage from the UK: Queen Elizabeth II, who will be coming to Virginia next month for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, is “shocked and saddened” by the […]

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“Footballers Wive$” Star Zoe Lucker Returns To TV. Also: “Life On Mars”

Footballers Wive$ vixen Zoe Lucker will shed her Tanya Turner talons for HolbyBlue, an innovative police drama from the makers of Life On Mars, MI-5, and Hustle. Lucker will play “a police wife and civilian worker” on what is being billed as BBC’s answer to The Bill. While HolbyBlue is ostensibly a sister show to […]

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