Entertainment News Archive - December 12, 2005

By Gail Mitchell LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - A funny thing happened to Jamie Foxx on the way to starting a music career.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Greg Behrendt, co-author of the popular dating guide "He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys," will soon be dispensing advice to TV audiences as host of a talk/relationship show.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It looks like daytime is a good thing for "Martha." NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution is set to announce Monday (December 12) that it has sold the Martha Stewart-hosted daytime show in more than 90 percent of the country for its upcoming second season.

By Ivory M. Jones NEW YORK (Billboard) - In the eight years since the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace), the hip-hop community's love for the rapper has never wavered.

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Moscow's Bolshoi Theater postponed its new production of "War and Peace" after the conductor walked out, critics sharpened their pencils expecting the opera to be an embarrassing failure.

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bad taste triumphs again as dancing Nazis, randy old ladies, flamboyant gays and a Swedish bombshell frolic in Mel Brooks' mad world of two scheming Jewish theatrical impresarios in the new musical film version of "The Producers." A show biz phenomenon and paradigm of political incorrectness, "The Producers" is unveiled in its third incarnation with Friday's opening of the movie based on the smash Broadway musical that was based on Brooks' 1968 film that first spawned the splendor of "Springtime for Hitler." It stars the same magnetic duo that took Broadway by storm, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, in a story that plays on the popular American pursuit of profit through deceit.

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The palace of Nero, one of Rome's most popular tourist sites, risks falling apart and must close for emergency repairs, Italy's culture minister said on Monday.

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Clooney's McCarthy-era drama "Good Night, and Good Luck" was named best film of 2005 by the National Board of Review on Monday in the latest pre-Oscar award that helps narrow the field for the big prize.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gay cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" won three of the top four awards from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday, gaining momentum as a critics' favorite for the Oscars. The awards are among the second-tier prizes leading up to the March 5 Academy Awards.

By Paul Bond LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC's "My Name Is Earl" is typically the highest-rated new show on television among the targeted demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.