Entertainment News Archive - October 25, 2008


Chicago police were searching Saturday for the 7-year-old nephew of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson after finding her mother and brother slain, police say.

Jazz pianist Dave McKenna, known best for his Great American Songbook solo efforts, has died in State College, Pa., at the age of 78, his son says.

U.S. singer-actress Lindsay Lohan's career is said to be further troubled by rumored problems on the set of the TV series "Ugly Betty," sources say.

The EMI music company has lost $1.2 billion through its inability to adapt to changes in the U.S. music industry, a financial group says.

New York's Tiny Dancer Films production company says it has optioned author Daniel Pinkwater's fantasy novel "Lizard Music" for the big screen.

Merl Saunders, a keyboardist known for playing with Jerry Garcia, died at a San Francisco hospital almost seven years after a crippling stroke. Saunders, 74, had been suffering from infections, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He died Friday at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center.

"Dancing with the Stars" host Samantha Harris said claims she does not enjoy working with actress Cloris Leachman on the U.S. TV series are untrue.

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.'