Entertainment News Archive - November 15, 2005

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Imelda Staunton, the Oscar-nominated star of last year's "Vera Drake," has signed on to play opposite Hilary Swank in the high school drama "Freedom Writers." Based on a true story, "Freedom Writers" centers on a teacher (Swank) at a gang-infested Long Beach, Calif., school who is faced with the daunting task of teaching freshman English to a racially diverse class of teenagers.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Writer Candace Bushnell, whose "Sex and the City" drew devoted audiences to HBO during its six-year run, will adapt her latest novel, "Lipstick Jungle," into a half-hour series for NBC.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC has given a full-season order to the new Pentagon drama "E-Ring," while another freshman drama, "Night Stalker," has been canceled by ABC after six airings. After a shaky start in the Wednesday 9-10 p.m.

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - ThinkFilm has nabbed all North American theatrical and home video rights to "The Boys of Baraka," head of U.S. theatrical Mark Urman said Monday.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rapper 50 Cent, currently on movie screens in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," is branching out into publishing with his own imprint.

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - First Run Features has acquired all North American rights to two politically charged documentaries, "Forgiving Dr.

By Brian Fuson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Chicken Little" proved to have sturdy legs at the boxoffice: The second-weekend gross for the film was down a skimpy 21 percent from its debut a week earlier.

LONDON (Reuters) - Comedy drama "In Her Shoes" has booted "Nanny McPhee" from the top of the UK box office, Screen International said on Tuesday.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - For Jon Voight, the actor who shot to fame 36 years ago as an aspiring stud in "Midnight Cowboy," playing Pope John Paul was like a personal coming home.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Carmen Electra, Leslie Nielsen and Simon Rex are joining the cast of "Scary Movie 4." Electra, whose character died in the original installment of the "Scary Movie" franchise, is back to play a new role in a plotline that parodies "The Village." Spoof vet Nielsen and Rex will reprise their roles from "Scary Movie 3." Anna Faris and Regina Hall already have boarded the project.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
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