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Entertainment News Archive - August 21, 2008

World News IN BRIEF *PARIS French channels have been banned from airing TV shows aimed at children under three years old by the broadcast authority. The High Audiovisual Council introduced the ban to avoid the developmental risks it says TV viewing poses at very young ages.

The raw energy of Joe Strummer, the spiky punk icon, was the focus for a generation. As lead singer and guitarist of The Clash, Strummer - a founder of Rock Against Racism - was an insistent voice against prejudice.

By JONPAUL HEDGE The full line-up for Torbay's first seriously funny film festival has been revealed. The packed programme of events and screenings will take place this September as part of the inaugural International Comedy Film Festival.

The time is now for any wannabe rock stars to join our band. The Herald Express is looking for talented musicians to join a new rock band we are setting up. And the deadline for entries to be our singer/songwriter is approaching.

By Olivier Vergnault Script writers, film enthusiasts and visual technicians are being invited to join a new film production company and let their talent shine through.

By GREG HERNANDEZ Molly Shannon in a new TV comedy? I'm so there! This "Saturday Night Live" alum is an absolute riot and will be playing Selma Blair's mother in the NBC comedy "Kath and Kim," which will premiere this fall. It is based on a popular Australian comedy of the same name.

By Rob Lowman Rainn Wilson gives a comic beat to "The Rocker," a movie that is otherwise the equivalent of generic rock.

By LUKE GRUNDY Opera I WENT TO THE HOUSE BUT DID NOT ENTER Royal Lyceum Theatre What do T S Eliot, Samuel Beckett and one of the finest vocal quartets have in common? They all feature in Heiner Goebbels' new work, premiering at the festival.

Home News IN BRIEF *The Scottish actor James McAvoy is in talks to be the voice of a gnome in an animated spoof of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set to music by Elton John. Juliet will be voiced by Emily Blunt, after Kate Winslet pulled out.

By LARRY RYAN 1 Mad Men Season 1 29.99 The lauded new American drama recently started its second series in the US. Get up to date with season one's cool examination of 1960s New York ad men. Retro-fetishists can buy the box set in the style of a Zippo lighter.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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