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Ewan McGregor Earns Scathing Reviews for Othello

The reviews are in: Chiwetel Ejiofor rocks and Ewan McGregor sucks in the long-awaited West End production of Othello. The Daily Telegraph‘s Charles Spencer even calls McGregor, who plays Iago,”lifeless,” adding, “He is static and dull, his only trick the occasional adoption of an implausible grin. I saw better performances than this in my cub […]

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Amy Winehouse: Will She Clean Up in Tomorrow’s Grammy Nominations?

Tomorrow could be a rare good day for Amy Winehouse. The nominees for this year’s Grammys will be announced on Thursday, and Winehouse is all but certain to be a multiple nominee. In a time in which albums that are both critically-acclaimed and commercially successful are few and far-between, Amy’s Back to Black stands out. […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: The Libertines’ “The Boy Looked At Johnny”

Not the best Libs song, but “The Boy Looked at Johnny” is probably the most fun with its pub singalong chorus (“La dee die, la dee die, la deedy). The ’77-esque abandon of this song surely inspired everyone from Kaiser Chiefs to Hard-Fi. Pete Doherty has rarely sounded more sloshed, which is really saying something. […]

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Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya, Brad: Russell Crowe Joins the Cast of State of Play

Brad Pitt walked out on the State of Play remake over script concerns. His replacement? The far more talented Russell Crowe. Helen Mirren facing off with Brad Pitt? She’d waste him. Mirren vs. Crowe? Now that’s a formidable match. Maybe this writers’ strike is good for something after all.(BBC) Mario Lopez wears Manchester United shorts […]

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Morrissey Posts Blog Entry About NME “Racism” Row

Morrissey has finally broken his silence against the “devious, truculent, and unreliable” NME – and lets the once-legendary music mag have it in today’s Guardian. And he does it with surgical precision: he riffs expertly on the magazine’s decline from totem of original thought to industry shill (“the ‘new’ NME is very much integrated into […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way”

…because you’ve been very naughty, and you need to be punished. Frampton actually became an American citizen after September 11th, which almost disqualifies him for AFYE. Almost. The above clip is from 1976 and, if you can get past the feathered hair and focus on his open jacket, you’ll notice Mr. Frampton had a rockin’ […]

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Russell T. Davies Says BBC May Edit Torchwood For Kids, But the Same-Sex Kisses Stay In!

BBC2 will air an edited version of Torchwood for younger viewers, but Russell T. Davies was adamant that same-sex kissing NOT be removed. Good for him! By the way, there’s a lengthy discussion thread on BBCA’s Torchwood board about the same-sex intimacy on the show. It’s worth browsing. David Beckham‘s OCD is flaring up now […]

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The Spice Girls Kick Off Reunion Tour in Vancouver: Read the Reviews!

Their first single, “Headlines,” may be tanking on the UK charts, but The Spice Girls have every reason to be elated this morning. They kicked off their worldwide reunion tour in Vancouver, British Columbia to rave reviews. And according to sources, they didn’t even lip-sync! Here’s a roundup: BBC NEWS reports on the girls’ setlist. […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Adele’s “Hometown Glory”

For the second straight year, a one-named British singer-songwriter has commanded all of the music industry’s buzz. Who knows if Adele will reach Mika‘s level (four top 10 hits since January), but one would hope. She certainly doesn’t pierce the eardrum quite as much. That’s not to say she doesn’t have some vocal tics to […]

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Billie Piper’s Sexy TV Series Could Hit U.S. Shores

Billie Piper‘s “raunchy” Secret Diary Of a Call Girl was so successful for ITV that the network has ordered a second season – and it may air in America.(The Sun) EastEnders creator Tony Holland has died. He was 67. Andrew Collins, a former EastEnders scriptwriter, pays tribute to Holland in The Guardian: “I benefited in […]

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