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OK, so my friend Tanya Bower sent me an email with just a URL and subject line that said simply “Sick.” I clicked the URL; I couldn’t imagine it being THAT bad. But, oh my God, yes it was. It appears the gossip rags are attempting to squeeze more juice from the turnip that is the dubious Sienna Miller/Hayden Christensen romance. The two young actors met on the set of the Edie Sedgwick biopic, Factory Girl. It’s hardly a spoiler to note that Sedgwick dies at the end, but what filmgoers may not anticipate is the happy ending that comes earlier in the film, in which Miller and Christensen allegedly forewent the usual dry humping and had actual sex…on-camera. From Rush & Molly’s column in the New York Daily News:

When it came time to shoot the love scene, word is the former lovers dispensed with the flesh-colored socks and pads favored by actors on less familiar terms. And, once the cameras were rolling, the two 25-year-olds fell into old habits.

At the movie’s premiere on Monday, director George Hickenlooper would tell us only: “Sienna and Hayden grew close during the filming. It was an emotional experience for all of us.” As for the sex, he said, “We tried to portray it tastefully.”

And was congress actually in session during the shooting?

“I can’t comment,” Hickenlooper answered. “You’ll have to ask Sienna about it.”

OK, urban legends about actors engaging in real coitus during a love scene are a dime a dozen, and you needn’t have seen The Sweet Smell of Success to get the whiff of bullsh– from this piece. I’m sure this story has nothing to do with the fact that Factory Girl is coming out on Friday, the fact that it got goose-egged by the Motion Picture Academy, and the fact that speculation about Hayden Christensen‘s sexuality has dogged him his entire career. Sienna, of course, emerges from this story looking rather unwell, and I’m surprised that her PR team let this story slide. Then again, those geniuses have had many disasters happen under their watch (“Sh–tsburgh,” anyone?). Plus, they allowed their client to walk out of the house looking like this.

Also: the above Rush & Molloy article features an item on Emily Blunt‘s boyfriend, singer Michael Bublé, who says he’s boycotting the Grammys.

Is it me, or do Kate Moss and Pete Doherty need to pay more attention to the company they keep? First, there was that video of Moss snorting a white substance that looked a whole lot like coke. Now, today’s Sun features a video of Doherty in a Thai hostel injecting drugs into his arm as he sings along to Gorillaz‘s “Clint Eastwood.” He apparently also chats with Kate Moss on the phone while shooting up. Jess Lea, an Australian student, tells the Sun that she met Pete during his New Year’s Day vacation on Phuket with Kate Moss. She says she saw him buy needles and syringes and that she invited him back to his room to “party with her and two female friends.” From the Sun:

Minutes later he was on the bed surrounded by cash he said he had taken from Kate. Jess, of Sydney, said she witnessed Doherty injecting coke at least three times between 1.30am and 4am. She added: “It was a bit mind-blowing. He asked us if we minded. Initially we were like, ‘OK, go for it’, but as time went on we began to get nervous.”

Jess said he shot up as the Gorillaz song ‘Clint Eastwood’ played and sang along to the lyrics, which included: “I’m useless, but not for long.”

While it’s hardly news that Pete Doherty has abused drugs, the footage of Doherty shooting up is certainly a “get” for a tabloid. But the disingenuous Sun, ever the melodramatic public servant these days, offers the story as an anti-drug cautionary tale instead of the salacious fodder that it is. In a sidebar, the Sun provides links to anti-drug websites, commentary from a doctor, and this message from Sun editor Simon Rothstein:

IF you are even THINKING about taking drugs then you need to watch this video of Pete Doherty injecting himself with cocaine. (…)

In our film he is not a rock ‘n’ roll icon and certainly no hero or inspiration.

Instead we show Pete up for what he really is – a sad junkie so desperate for a fix he’ll leave his girlfriend alone to go and shoot up in a grubby hostel in front of people he has never met.

And if you believe taking hard drugs is fun or sexy then click HERE to watch the video and think again.

OK, I watched it. What’s ironic is that Pete doesn’t look any worse for wear than he usually does. The Sun posts the number for an anti-drug hotline at the end of the video – “for help to avoid the horror you’ve just seen.” Good Lord. If the Sun is Britain’s moral taskmaster, I say bring back Thatcher.

In other news:

  • Footballer Teddy Sheringham confirms he has dumped Danielle Lloyd.(Daily Mail)

  • Aardman, the makers of Creature Comforts, and Dreamworks have parted ways.(BBC)
  • Not even marriage can separate Britain’s most well-known comedy duo, Ant and Dec.(Digital Spy)
  • Bloc Party‘s lead singer, Kele Okereke, calls White Stripes frontman, Jack White, “treacherous” for not speaking out on political matters. (NME)
  • Why do people hate Johnny Borrell of Razorlight so much? The Independent looks to the people who actually know him personally. “There is a culture in this country,” says a friend of the singer, “where we knock success. Johnny Borrell has made no bones about wanting to be the biggest and the best act in the world. That kind of attitude is not a British thing. And so they knock him for it.”
  • The Times reviews the new BBC dramedy about British government titled Party Animals. It stars Patrick Baladi from The Office.
  • Dame Judi Dench has signed on to a five-part BBC miniseries based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels. (BBC)
  • Shilpa Shetty will have tea with the Queen.(Mirror)
  • Jo O’Meara claims innocence against charges she participated in the bullying toward Shilpa on Celebrity Big Brother.(Mirror)
  • Victoria Beckham is a big zero.(Daily Mail)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.