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Entertainment News Archive - December 01, 2005

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Capote" was named best feature at the 15th annual Gotham Awards on Wednesday, and Bennett Miller was hailed as breakthrough director for his critically acclaimed biopic about late author Truman Capote.

LONDON (Reuters) - The MTV music channel, whose inception in 1981 coincided with the first reported case of AIDS, has made a film and released it to broadcasters for free on Thursday to educate young people about the epidemic.

By Mick Stingley NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Multiplatinum nu-metallers Korn wheezed through some hits and showcased a few new songs before a sold-out crowd during a special show Tuesday at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The set was filmed for an upcoming MTV2 special.

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Friends With Money," a comic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Frances McDormand, will have its world premiere as the opening-night film at next year's Sundance Film Festival.

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - A unique manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven that was lost for more than a century was sold at auction on Thursday for 1.13 million pounds to an anonymous buyer. The final price was at the low end of the pre-sale estimates of up to 1.5 million pounds.

LONDON (Reuters) - The new wife of Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, will appear for the first time on his annual Christmas card, for which the royal couple have chosen one of their wedding photographs.

LONDON (Reuters) - Food-critic-turned-novelist Giles Coren won one of Britain's most dreaded literary accolades on Thursday -- the prize for bad sex in fiction.

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - With the No. 37 debut of "Jesus of Suburbia" on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, punk rock trio Green Day becomes the third act to pull five singles from the same album more than once on this airplay-based chart.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Alias" star Jennifer Garner has given birth to her first child, a daughter, with actor-husband Ben Affleck, US Weekly magazine reported on Thursday. A publicist for Garner, 33, could not immediately be reached for comment.

By Frank Scheck NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Emerging as a musical in far better form than might have been expected, "The Color Purple" entertains even while not fully overcoming the problems inherent in translating its sprawling story to the stage.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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