Entertainment News Archive - August 22, 2008

By Bill Lynch At any given time, there are a couple of dozen musical acts playing around the area. There are a lot to choose from, and bands are competing for both places to play and people to come listen.

By Sharon Baker There's no stopping Grimsby's Tommy Turgoose! The town's rising star has not one but two films out this week and has already picked up another prestigious acting gong.

How to avoid sex is one of the topics at this weekend's Lincolnshire Grapevine Christian festival. Speakers at the festival will be giving advice to teenage worshippers on how to avoid sexual encounters. Chastity until marriage is still practiced and preached as part of the Christian faith.

Bath's Next Stage Theatre Company has been offered a four-week run in the heart of London's theatreland. The invitation to perform at The Jermyn Street Theatre, just off Haymarket and Piccadilly, has come as a result of the company's recent hugely successful off Broadway run in New York.

By GREG HERNANDEZ When Howie Mandel called to chat Wednesday morning, he was, of course, already on the set of "Deal or No Deal." Not only is he hosting the prime-time game show for NBC, but the stand- up comedian and one-time cast member of "St.

By Ian Burrell The rappers of the moment all hail from one city: Chicago. Ian Burrell charts an unlikely success story 'They ask me where hip-hop is goin', it's Chica-goan," said Common on a 2005 track, "Chi City", dedicated to his home town.

By Mark Ellwood She's a teen heroine in TV's 'Gossip Girl', and the 'Traveling Pants' sisterhood are back in the cinema. But Blake Lively is about to get serious - in a Rebecca Miller film, no less.

By Anthony Quinn FILM OF THE WEEK SOMERS TOWN (12A) Shane Meadows (72 mins) ** STARRING Thomas Turgoose, Piotr Jagiello This squib started out as a gleam in an adman's eye.

By Kaleem Aftab How did the director of 'Bullet Boy' make a Keira Knightley costume drama? Kaleem Aftab explains On paper, the costume drama The Duchess couldn't be any more different from British director Saul Dibb's previous cinematic outing, the urban gun-crime drama Bullet Boy.

By Charlotte Cripps CULTURAL LIFE Books I read a lot of books because they inspire my material. The Reluctant Mr Darwin by David Quammen is an extremely well- researched account of Darwin's life after he came back from his South American trip on the Beagle.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.