Entertainment News Archive - December 11, 2005

Freedom means different things to different people, but for "shock jock" Howard Stern it means being able to weigh a man's bowel movement on the radio without government interference. Such is the mix of high principle and potty humor that prompted Stern to leave traditional radio and take his bawdy show to the nascent satellite radio business.

By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" scored a much-needed box office hit for Walt Disney Co, taking in $67 million for the second-biggest debut ever in a weekend in December. "Narnia," based on the popular children's books by C.S.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A pair of critically praised independent movies, "Brokeback Mountain" and "Crash," led the list of nominees for the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, giving them an early boost in this year's Oscars race.

By Andrew Hammond DUBAI (Reuters) - Hollywood and Arab stars converged on the Gulf Arab city of Dubai on Sunday for a festival of world film that opened with a movie about why Palestinians carry out suicide bombings. The cast of "Paradise Now" were feted at the opening ceremony along with U.S.

Sinead O'Connor By Frank Scheck NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Although the spectacle of a waifish, doe-eyed, shaven-headed white woman singing roots reggae might be incongruous, Sinead O'Connor overcame any reservations in her concert Friday night at New York's Webster Hall.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Figuring in eight categories including best picture, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" dominated the nominations announced Sunday for the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.

By Melinda Newman LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The holiday albums have been coming fast and furious this year, and, as usual, some are strong additions to the seasonal canon, while others are the aural equivalent of a lump of coal. Here goes our random sampling of some new offerings.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.