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Entertainment News Archive - January 04, 2009

Doug Allen, national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, says a call for a strike authorization from members of the U.S.

More than a dozen of New York's Broadway plays and musicals have announced they will stop all showings by the end of January. The New York Times reported Sunday that among the closing productions, which represent nearly half of all current Broadway showings, are a rendition of Hairspray and a performance of the musical Spring Awakening. Final curtains also will fall this month on Young Frankenstein, 13 and Boeing-Boeing.

MuzikMafia co-founder Jon Nicholson says the 7-year-old country Nashville band enjoys being seen as a collection of outcasts. Nicholson said while the group's members have sold more than 10 million albums altogether, they have never felt fully welcomed by the mainstream music industry since forming in 2001, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday. But Nicholson maintains that lack of acceptance actually helps the country music group and its expanding member list. I think we probably like to feel that way, Nicholson said.

In a rarity, the top seven movies in U.S.

British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber says he has chosen six musical acts, including a twin sister duo, to fight for a Eurovision Song Contest spot. Webber, who agreed to headline England's search for a Eurovision contestant, has tabbed two twins, identified only as Francine and Nicola, along with an all-male quintet, two female singers and two male singers to vie for the lone British spot, the BBC reported Sunday. The six musical acts will perform on the upcoming live BBC series One show Your Country Needs You in attempt to represent their country in the international competition. The winner of that series, which starts next Saturday, will be announced Jan.

Pop star Prince says he is working on three new musical albums he intends to release without the aid of a U.S.

Jason Mesnick of Kirkland, Wash., says he is in love with the woman he chose while appearing in this season's episodes of the hit U.S.

Pregnant actress Kelly Rutherford, who appears on the hit U.S.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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