Entertainment News Archive - August 04, 2008

By John Matthew Hall RADIO COMMERCIAL With the BBC's huge audiences, mega budgets and famous names, commercial radio is struggling to keep its young stars. John Matthew Hall wonders how it can ever compete Picture the scenario.

By Ken Brown As any parent can tell you, it is a delicate balancing act between limiting the amount of television your kids watch and getting anything done around the house.

U.S.-Canadian action movie star Brendan Fraser says he thinks he is getting pretty good at dodging and fighting, if need be, computer-generated creatures. Fraser had two films in the Top 10 at the U.S. box office this weekend -- Journey to the Center of the Earth at No.

By Amol Rajan Take the fantastical realm of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, add the eccentric imagination of Hollywood director Tim Burton, and where do you end up? Plymouth.

By Claire Beale ON ADVERTISING So, there's a woman. We know it's a woman because we can just see her long tousled hair. And she's definitely got a woman's back: beautifully curvy, and naked. Well, naked except for a bottle of Guinness. And she's, erm, rocking.

By LYNNE WALKER Theatre CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO Udderbelly's Pasture **** Anyone who has just flown in for the Edinburgh Fringe might be tempted to tear up their return ticket after checking in to Charlie Victor Romeo.

By jake coyle of The Associated Press The first half of 2008 has already seen some great albums.


By Amol Rajan VIOLENT SCENES in the latest Batman movie have prompted a record number of objections about its 12A certification. In The Dark Knight's first week of release, which coincides with the school holidays, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) received 70 complaints.

By Sophie Morris TELEVISION COMEDY Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, which opens on Friday, Sophie Morris talks to today's television comedians about how they made the step up from stand-up Justin Lee Collins has presented five series of The Friday Night Project with Alan Carr.

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.'