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Entertainment News Archive - November 16, 2005

By Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Buena Vista International, the foreign distribution arm of the Walt Disney Co., reached $1 billion in overseas boxoffice revenue Tuesday, stretching a remarkable industry record that has seen the company hit that mark for 11 consecutive years.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - E! Entertainment Television said Tuesday that it has greenlighted an unscripted series that will follow newly single singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb as she re-enters the dating world.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - USA Network is developing a six-hour miniseries based on the best-selling novel "The Starter Wife" by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

By MICHAEL PAOLETTA NEW YORK (Billboard) - The hype may have faded around New York rock quintet the Strokes, but the band is aiming to create some buzz during the promo tour for its third album, "First Impressions of Earth." Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - As part of the BBC's drive to become a player in the scripted TV marketplace across the pond, BBC Worldwide, the BBC's main commercial arm, has inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Could Jennifer Lopez be getting back to her dancing roots? Sources said that her production company, Nuyorican Prods., is in discussions with MTV to produce an untitled music reality series.

By Brooks Boliek WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - In his zeal to force conservative views onto the public airwaves, the former head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting interfered with PBS programming decisions and may have required the corporation's new president to pass "political tests," an internal investigation revealed.

By Gregg Kilday and Gregg Goldstein LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Faced with a documentary renaissance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected a record 15 documentaries for consideration in this year's best documentary Oscar category.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Rispoli and Billy Burke will lead the cast of "Talk to Me," TNT's drama pilot about hostage-crisis negotiators.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Gary Oldman, who reprises the role of Sirius Black in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" after first playing it in last year's "Potter" installment, has signed with International Creative Management for representation after being at Creative Artists Agency.

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.'