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Entertainment News Archive - August 26, 2008

By Anne Neville The young woman on the phone sounds thoughtful, introspective, with a slight twang in her pleasant alto voice that becomes more noticeable when she mentions her roots as "just a normal girl from Texas." In fact, Jessica Simpson sounds nothing like the confused "Is this chicken or fish?" ditz from the reality show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" or the "I know, buffaloes don't have wings!" scatterbrain from the Pizza Hut commercials.

By JESSICA HESLAM A crush of media that could reach up to 20,000 and will include a host of local broadcast notables is descending on Denver for this week's Obama Dem-fest - the biggest contingent of journalists ever to converge on the Mile High City.

By Mary Kunz Goldman Ervin Nyiregyhazi was born in Budapest in 1903 and was, as a boy, dubbed "the second Liszt." After moving to Los Angeles at 25, though, he hit the skids.

By Dan Murphy The Cold War was a great time for superheroes, partially because it was so easy to tell the difference between good and evil.

By STEPHEN SCHAEFER Will she or won't she? The big question buzzing around the 65th Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday, is whether Angelina Jolie will show.

By John Beifuss Shooting is expected to wrap Sunday on "$5 Cover," the Memphis music-inspired Web series created by writer-director Craig Brewer for MTV New Media. The 15-episode program is expected to debut online early next year.

By John Beifuss Three films with Memphis connections will screen next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

By Christopher Blank It was Theatre Memphis' winning night at the 25th annual Ostrander Awards on Sunday. The community theater racked up 14 of the 24 Ossies given for excellence in local theater at the ceremony held at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

DMI Music & Media Networks, a division of DMI Music & Media Solutions, today announced that it is partnering with Tab Technical Services to provide audio content to RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, the new sister restaurant of the highly successful The Cheesecake Factory chain.

By Tom Buckham Nicole Kidman is lending her star power to the campaign to save Studio Arena Theatre.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'