Across-the-pond updates: Susan Boyle, Amy Winehouse, Ricky Gervais and more
Aside from that mandatory annual screening of "Love Actually," and with the holiday almost within reach, let's really check in on our friends across the pond.
Susan Boyle, the Scottish sensation of "I Dreamed a Dream" fame, continues to dominate U.S. charts with her debut disc. For a fifth straight week it looks as if SuBo will fend off another round of new chart entries. This time her challenger is Mary J. Blige after Boyle won last week's chart smackdown over Alicia Keys.
Speaking of smackdowns, fellow singer Amy Winehouse might take a note and keep her battles on the charts as well. The singer ...
... was voluntarily questioned by London police Wednesday, then charged with assault after allegedly attacking a theater manager in London.
Winehouse was at a pantomime production of "Cinderella," supporting a pal who was the understudy to Prince Charming. The "Rehab" singer reportedly got restless and was shouting profanities at the stage -- in front of an audience full of children.
When the theater manager attempted to remove her, he says, he was punched and kicked in the groin. Winehouse is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 20.
Keeping a much lower profile (and we suspect acting a bit more ladylike) was Lourdes Leon. Madonna's daughter, raised in London for years, was spotted in the cloudy city Wednesday walking with pals and looking tres chic. Way to keep it up after last week's "Nine" premiere!
Lastly, it'll be a very merry Christmas for "The Office" mastermind Ricky Gervais. The actor has been tapped by HBO to voice a 13-episode animated series next year. He'll also host the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 17. Check out the nominees here, and have a merry Britmas!
-- Matt Donnelly
Photos: Top, Ricky Gervais at the Sept. 21 premiere of "The Invention of Lying" in Los Angeles; Madonna and Lourdes Leon at the Dec. 15 "Nine" premiere in New York; and Amy Winehouse being herself outside court in London on Nov. 14. Credits: Matt Sayles / Associated Press; Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images for Weinstein Co.; Andy Rain / EPA.
Bottom, Susan Boyle at home in April. Credit: Associated Press.
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