Entertainment News Archive - November 30, 2005

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She traded Hollywood for motherhood and did not star in a movie this year, but Julia Roberts still ranks as Hollywood's highest-paid actress at $20 million a film, according to an annual power list.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - A made-over "CBS Evening News" still might be months away, but the network's newly arrived news chief took a key step Tuesday with a change at the top of the perennially third-place newscast.

By Barry Garron LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Although both ABC and CBS thought it smart to televise longform projects on the late Pope John Paul II, neither network thought it a good enough idea to schedule these programs during the November ratings sweep period.

ARTIST: SHAKIRA ALBUM: ORAL FIXATION, VOL. 2 NEW YORK (Billboard) - In June, Shakira delivered the instant smash "Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1," her first studio album in four years.

By Mimi Turner and Cynthia Littleton LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British pop moguls Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller have settled their differences, and now Fox has sealed a deal to keep "American Idol" humming on the network through at least 2009.

By Doug Young SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Actor Tom Cruise got a taste of Asian cellphone etiquette in Shanghai when a local reporter took a call in the middle of his press event on the city's historic Bund on Wednesday.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ill health has forced British playwright Harold Pinter to cancel all public appearances linked to his Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel Foundation said on Wednesday.

By Nguyen Van Vinh VUNG TAU, Vietnam (Reuters) - British rocker Gary Glitter, charged in Vietnam last week with child molestation, is now under investigation for raping children, Vietnamese police said on Wednesday.

Corrects name of Web site in third paragraph LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The breakup of "Newlyweds" reality TV stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey spurred laughs on the Web on Friday as satirists poked fun at the couple known for being ditsy.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, are expecting their first child, her publicist said on Wednesday. "I can confirm that she is expecting," publicist Erwin More said of the actress.

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  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
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