Entertainment News Archive - October 03, 2008

Over the weekend I attended the Scarborough Jazz festival and was wowed by Clare Teale and the BBC big band. Clare is one of the best vocal talents in the UK for big ballads and swing music and she was absolutely fantastic.

MEDIA Prima Bhd, Malaysia's biggest media group, is expanding its radio business by buying a majority stake in another radio network for RM12.2 million.

By William Loeffler Which incarnation of Craig Shoemaker will show up during his four- night stand at the Pittsburgh Improv? The Lovemaster, a smarmy ladies man whose hilariously crass pickup lines sound like Barry White crossed with Howard Stern? The perplexed, real-life father of two young boys? Or the provocateur, who does a dead-on imitation of Chris Rock telling politically incorrect jokes? The same audience that booed when he did them in his own voice invariably laughs when they issue from the mouth of a "black" comic.

By Bob Karlovits Chuck Mangione says he doesn't mind having his career driven by the popularity of a 30-year-old song. "It is not a bother at all," says the flugelhornist who, in 1977, had a most unusual success -- a jazz hit on pop charts.

Sean Jones fits well into the jazz legacy of Pittsburgh. He is in the front line of the current breed of jazz players who are taking up the heritage of pianist Erroll Garner, drummer Kenny Clarke and sax player Stanley Turrentine.

By Andrew Buncombe Humour is very much a personal thing. For the two Vietnamese students inspired by the film character Borat, who dressed up in skimpy "male bikinis" and tugged fake pubic hair from each other's bodies, nothing could have been funnier.

By Laurence Phelan Zodiac 3.30PM SKY MOVIES DRAMA The Zodiac killer, who terrorised San Francisco in the 1970s, was the model for all those movie psychos who taunt the police and the press while going about their dastardly business.

By TOM HOSKYNS Everything you need to know about... BBC1, tonight, 9.30pm A NEW BEGINNING Not content with the extraordinary domestic success of Little Britain on the BBC, those gossip-page darlings David Walliams and Matt Lucas have decided to try their luck stateside.

FILM OF THE WEEK BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (12A) Julian Jarrold (133 mins) ** STARRING Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell It is almost impossible to watch this new version of Brideshead Revisited without the double distraction of what has come before.

By John Walsh Where better to talk books than amid the historic beauties of Blenheim Palace? John Walsh introduces the luminaries lined up for next weekend's Independent Woodstock Literary Festival Literary festivals are seldom held in grand surroundings.

Word of the Day
  • A volcanic mudflow.
The word 'lahar' comes from Javanese.