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Entertainment News Archive - October 13, 2005

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ABC's unprecedented plan to offer next-day downloads of its biggest prime-time hits for $1.99 per episode via Apple's online iTunes store opens a new revenue stream for the TV industry and a new era of digital portability for viewers, experts said on Wednesday.

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British playwright Harold Pinter, a master of sparse dialogue and menacing silences who has been an outspoken critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, was the surprise winner of the Nobel literature prize on Thursday.

LONDON (Reuters) - A unique manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven that was lost for more than a century will go on sale in London in December priced at over one million pounds.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For "Jerry Maguire" director "Cameron Crowe," whose new movie "Elizabethtown" debuts on Friday, his Hollywood career is all about time.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Universal Pictures is taking a novel approach to marketing its upcoming, big-budget film "King Kong" by releasing a DVD documenting the making of the movie a day before the film hits theaters.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The next man to play super spy James Bond is due to be revealed on Friday, and Englishman Daniel Craig is favorite to take over from Pierce Brosnan on Her Majesty's secret service.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eric Clapton will follow musicians Bob Dylan and Sting with a book about his life, telling of his 40 years as the top rock and blues guitarist of his age in which he went "to hell and back," publisher Doubleday said on Thursday.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Tori Spelling and her husband are getting divorced, just 15 months after they were married. Actor-writer Charlie Shanian filed for divorce on Thursday, according to court papers filed in Los Angeles.

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - With a new lead singer chosen by the viewers of the CBS reality series "Rock Star: INXS," the Australian band returned to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday after an absence of 12 and a half years. Canadian-born J.D.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's not easy being set on fire, but it can be even harder to act calm while suspended 400 feet off the ground when your safety equipment fails.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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