Entertainment News Archive - July 04, 2005

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Cruise celebrated his 43rdbirthday on Sunday atop the worldwide box office with "War ofthe Worlds," the costly alien-invasion thriller directed bySteven Spielberg.

LONDON (Reuters) - Dead rapper 2Pac ruled the U.K. popsingles chart for a second week on Sunday with a track thatsamples an Elton John song, while teen Welsh soprano CharlotteChurch came in at No. 2 with her first pop outing.

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinandis about a week away from locking down the track list for itssecond album, which will be released Oct. 4, according to leadsinger Alex Kapranos.

LONDON (Reuters) - They came out of charity. They left withbooming record sales.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - They came out of charity. They left withbooming record sales.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Cruise's alien-invasionthriller "War of the Worlds" was the top movie around the worldlast weekend, erasing speculation that the star's antics inrecent months could hurt its prospects at the box office.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'