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Entertainment News Archive - November 18, 2005

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actor-turned-filmmaker Jon Favreau will write and direct the action drama "Johnny Zero" for Columbia Pictures, the studio that just released his latest film, "Zathura." The story chronicles the birth of the hot-rod movement in the years after World War II.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actor-turned-filmmaker Jon Favreau will write and direct the action drama "Johnny Zero" for Columbia Pictures, the studio that just released his latest film, "Zathura." The story chronicles the birth of the hot-rod movement in the years after World War II.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ancient Shaolin Temple, made famous in the West by Grasshopper in the 1970s "Kung Fu" television series, is entering the age of reality TV with a show its own.

LONDON (Reuters) - British computer graphics firm DA Group Plc said on Friday it had signed a deal to create interactive characters for TV, web and mobile based on the MTV series Dirty Sanchez.

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal Pictures is launching its largest ever in-theater concession program Friday, with more than 6 million "King Kong" Coca-Cola cups and nearly 2 million "Kong" popcorn bags and tubs being offered in more than a dozen major U.S.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed a three-year production deal with Paramount Pictures, which released their most recent film, the 2004 puppet comedy "Team America: World Police." The acerbic pair, best known for mocking pop culture icons, will need extra large business cards because they named their new banner Trunity, a Mediar company, a division of True Mediar, a Unity Corpbopoly.

By Paul Bond LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Stung by the dismal box office returns for some Miramax movies along with a few underperforming DVDs, the Walt Disney Co. reported quarterly earnings Thursday that were 26% lower than the year-ago period.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO Films is set to become an industry laughingstock. The company behind such fare as "Maria Full of Grace" and "Angels in America" said Thursday it will develop and produce a slate of low-budget comedies.

By Peter Kiefer ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - It was a meeting of Hollywood and the holy Thursday as the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the TV movie "Pope John Paul II" with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance.

By Cynthia Littleton and Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC Universal has struck a deal with technology and commerce specialist Wurld Media that will make selected movies available for on-demand downloading via peer-to-peer distribution early next year.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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