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Sean Bean Ain’t So Tough

Sean Bean says he’s no Mr. Tough Guy in his Independent 5-minute interview. The biggest misconception about him, he says, is “that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I’m pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It’s the parts that you play I guess. I don’t mind it. I’m […]

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“What’s the Big Deal About Jane Austen?” the BBC Asks

BBC asks, “What’s all the fuss with Jane Austen anyway?” They invited scholars and fans to chime in. Some praise her deceptive “simplicity” (“Making her novel work on different levels means people can take what they need from them”), but others criticize her reliance on “manor houses, daughters, and weddings.” Says Celia Brayfield: “There is […]

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Simon Cowell Fires Judge, Host from British “X-Factor”

Simon Cowell has fired two stars from his British talent series, X-Factor: The Sun reports Louis Walsh, manager of Westlife, and Kate Thornton were given the old heave-ho. “Kate was in tears when she got her marching orders. She loved doing the show and felt she did a good job. But Louis is now fairly […]

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Heather Mills’ One-Handed Driving, Billie Piper’s Pre-Show Imbibing

Heather Mills drives one-handed, wields a camcorder, runs a red light. Heather Mills has received a “down-payment” on her settlement from Paul McCartney.(The Sun) Billie Piper said she was “so terrified I had to go to the pub and down some shots” before last night’s performance of her West End play, Treats.(Daily Mail) Fans will […]

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Gordon Ramsay, Ricky Gervais Up For Book Awards

BBCA faves Gordon Ramsay and Ricky Gervais have been nominated for British Book Awards. Ramsay is shortlisted for his biography, Humble Pie, and Gervais is up for Children’s Book Of the Year for Flanimals of the Deep. Two Welsh restaurateurs blame Gordon Ramsay for the closure of their business. On his show, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, […]

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Prince Harry Faces Terrorist Threats

Terrorists have threatened to kidnap or kill Prince Harry in Iraq, according to Fox News. But not even the threat of death can come between Harry and his Calvins. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton have a rare PDA on the Swiss ski slopes. More from The Daily Mail.

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Liz Hurley’s Wedding Party Bombs in Bombay

Liz Hurley is trying to usurp Jade Goody’s title as Most Hated Woman in India: it appears organizers behind Hurley and Arun Nyar‘s wedding party were told not to build a deck on a beach in Bombay. It was a public beach, after all. But the organizers defied the orders, and the authorities tore the […]

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A Little Brit of Politics: MP Fired For Racism. Plus: Diana Inquest

This guy makes Joe Biden look like the Mahatma: Patrick Mercer, a British homeland security minister, said racist slurs like “black bastard” should be expected in the Army, and added that while he was a colonel, “I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as […]

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Robert Lindsay “Every Bit Laurence Olivier’s Equal” in New Play

Robert Lindsay, grumpy dad Ben Harper on BBC AMERICA’s My Family, has never lacked for respect as an actor. But in today’s Telegraph, theater critic Charles Spencer gives Mr. Lindsay the greatest praise you could give an actor, raving that his performance in the stage version of The Entertainer is “every bit Laurence Olivier’s equal.” […]

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Joss Stone: Good Reviews In Spite of Off-Stage Drama

The Guardian‘s Angus Batey says Joss Stone‘s live performance at Koko was “a revelation, that powerful voice stronger, more emotive than ever. She sashays, shimmies and shakes her way around the stage, and even her (occasionally too lengthy) between-song soliloquies seem the result of a need to be understood rather than scripted bonhomie.” Although she’s […]

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