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  • Sharon Osbourne says that Rock of Love girl had it comin’: “It shows you how dumb she is. Anyone who knows anything about me knows not to say anything about my family, or you’re going to get it. Say what you like about me, but don’t ever, ever, ever insult my family.”(Contact Music)

  • The Osbournes return to American TV – this time in a Fox “variety” show. I thought Rosie O’Donnell had put the final nail in that format. Why do Sharon, Ozzy, and their two talent-free kids think they’ll be any better? Whoops! Now do I have to worry about Sharon bounding around a corner with a big can of Arizona iced tea and some Lee Press-Ons? (Telegraph)
  • Sharon wants to dance with the stars – but strictly on the UK version.(Showbiz Spy)
  • Patrick McGoohan – legendary star of The Prisoner, and, more recently, Braveheart – has died in L.A. at age 80. (AP)
  • Blur‘s Graham Coxon talks about the frustrations of working on Pete Doherty‘s solo album. “I actually like Pete as a person a lot. He is very funny, warm and charming. He has rough press and not surprisingly so. He is also very impressionable, quite vulnerable, rather too trusting, and needlessly gets himself into some difficulties – basically and unfortunately for him, he is a scumbag magnet.”(NME)
  • Duffy will shill for Coke.(BBC)
  • Amy Winehouse will crawl for booze.(The Sun)
  • To Sherm, With Love: “movie bosses” allegedly want Ms. Winehouse to star in a Dangerous Minds-esque inspirational film.(The Sun)
  • Lily Allen says bad sex is a deal-breaker in a relationship. But being married to someone else, apparently, is just fine and dandy.(Guardian)
  • The BBC have cancelled Lily Allen’s chat show.(NME)
  • The latest Shakespeare spoof? Introducing MacBecks.(BBC)
  • Victoria Beckham rips off hubby David by stripping for Armani.(The Sun)
  • Rupert Grint rips off Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe by stripping for his new movie.(The Sun)
  • Will Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson finally marry this summer, and will anyone still care?(Daily Mail)
  • Pimp Spice: Geri Haliwell shows off this year’s model. She’s my idol, this woman.(The Sun)
  • Arctic Monkeys have performed their new tracks in New Zealand, and fans are posting rave reviews around the web.(NME)
  • The Zutons have been dropped by Sony BMG.(NME)
  • Should we blame Bowie, not Bush and not the banks, for the world’s recession, asks The Guardian‘s John Harris?
  • Tonight, the historic London Astoria will shut its doors.(Guardian)
  • Could the unsympathetic nature of Kate Winslet‘s character in The Reader – she plays an unrepentant Nazi guard – cost her the Oscar?(Telegraph)
  • Amitabh Bachchan, the world’s biggest Bollywood star, is critical of Slumdog Millionaire‘s portrayal of Indian life. “If SM projects India as [a] third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations.”(Guardian)
  • The ten best fish-and-chip joints in the UK!(The Times)
  • Britain’s National Theatre will broadcast live performances into UK movie theaters. (Telegraph)
  • BBC’s new reality show, Million Dollar Traders, was superbly well-timed. “What do you get when you mix eight members of the public, a City trading floor, $1 million, a set of TV cameras and the biggest financial crisis for a generation? The answer, unsurprisingly, is compulsive viewing. ” says The TimesAndrew Ellison.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.