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Entertainment News Archive - November 02, 2005

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Indie distributor ThinkFilm said Tuesday it nabbed worldwide rights to "Awesome: I F-----' Shot That," a kaleidoscopic Beastie Boys concert documentary shot mainly by 50 fans on hand-held Hi8 cameras at Madison Square Garden.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Reese Witherspoon might have her day of reckoning at Paramount Pictures. The actress is developing the dramatic thriller "The Reckoning" through her Type A Films shingle as a possible starring vehicle.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Television and Gracie Films on Wednesday announced a long-term deal granting EA rights to develop multiple video games based on the Fox television series "The Simpsons." Terms of the agreement, the first development deal between Fox and EA, were not disclosed.

By Ian Simpson LISBON (Reuters) - Madonna will give the first global live television performance from her new album on Thursday when she appears at the MTV Europe Music Awards, a key showcase for the music industry outside the United States.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Piller, "Star Trek" veteran and co-creator/executive producer of USA Network's hit series "The Dead Zone," died early Tuesday at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

By Christopher Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a big night for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Christie's, when the auction house sold the artist's painting of a laundress for a record-smashing $22,416,000 on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Korda, an icon of U.S. publishing who has edited authors from Graham Greene to Henry Kissinger, will step down at the end of the year as editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, the publisher said on Wednesday.

By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The ABC network is letting trampy, vampy Edie Britt out to play this month on "Desperate Housewives," betting that the popular supporting character will give the top-rated show an added boost for Nielsen's November "sweeps" survey.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Just when detective dramas appear to be wearing thin with prime-time television viewers, NBC Universal unveiled plans on Wednesday to start a cable channel devoted to TV cops and robbers of yesteryear.

By Chris Morris LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Life is funny," says the Academy Award-winning documentarian Murray Lerner.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.