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Entertainment News Archive - October 19, 2005

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films won a bidding war to buy "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless," an upcoming children's book by Ahmet Zappa.

By Chris Morris LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tim McGraw's hit "Live Like You Were Dying," penned by Tim Nichols, scored the Robert J. Burton Award as most-performed song of the year at BMI's annual Country Awards, staged Tuesday at the performing rights organization's Nashville office.

By Brooks Boliek WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - The chief author of legislation that would treat steamy Hollywood films the same as hard-core pornography said Tuesday that he is willing to alter his bill in an effort to get at child pornographers but leave the mainstream film industry alone.

By Steve Brennan CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - It may be that the new Chris Rock-created sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" is mistitled. At MIPCOM, the international television market, the sitcom was proving a hit with buyers from around the world who seemed to like Chris very much.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tilda Swinton will star as a forensic psychologist opposite Amber Tamblyn's murder suspect in the indie feature "Stephanie Daley." Hilary Brougher will direct the film from a script she developed at the Sundance Filmmaker Lab.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sudoku is adding up to big sales for book publishers, who are pushing out more new titles ahead of Christmas in case the number puzzle mania fizzles out.

By Dan Williams HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - He drew charges of blasphemy for playing a crucified Jesus who dreams of making love to Mary Magdalene in "The Last Temptation of Christ." He had hot wax poured over his naked body by Madonna in the murder mystery "Body of Evidence." But for actor Willem Dafoe, perhaps the toughest sex scenes yet were in a new film co-starring and directed by his wife.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS finished the fourth week of the new U.S. television season with a narrow victory over a resurgent ABC in the Nielsen ratings race for viewers aged 18 to 49, the audience group most prized by advertisers.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (Reuters) - MTV put off its Latin American music-video awards ceremony on Mexico's Caribbean coast on Wednesday because of Hurricane Wilma, the second time this year the weather has hit one of its shows.

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Five major publishers filed suit against Google Inc. in Manhattan's federal court on Wednesday seeking to block plans to scan copyrighted works without permission. The complaint lodged in the U.S.

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.'