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Entertainment News Archive - December 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - News of Will Ferrell's nomination for his supporting role as a comical neo-Nazi playwright in "The Producers" induced a groggy debate at the performer's house Tuesday morning when he awoke to a phone call from his publicist that he failed to catch.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Jackson might be shunning the spotlight these days, but his family sure isn't.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Will the pay-TV environs of Showtime be a friendlier place for the Emmy-winning comedy "Arrested Development," which just got canceled by Fox? Word around town this week is that Showtime is in talks to pick up the comedy about a chaotic family.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Ang Lee fielded congratulatory calls on "Brokeback Mountain's" leading seven Golden Globe nominations from his lonely hotel room in Minneapolis Tuesday.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox TV stations are bringing the popular Latin American serialized soaps known as telenovelas to American viewers next year in the form of a syndicated English-language franchise dubbed "Desire." The project's syndicator, Twentieth Television, said this is the first time telenovelas will be remade in English specifically for the U.S.

By Anne Thompson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - George Clooney is feeling the love. "Good Night, and Good Luck," his treatise on 1950s journalism, and "Syriana," his provocative Middle East thriller, picked up six Golden Globe nominations Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the hit BBC comedy "The Office," has topped the charts in the United States and Britain with his podcast, a booming new format that lets users download audio or video programming.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock 'n' roll iconoclast Prince, who spent years clashing with the music establishment, has signed a recording deal with the world's largest record company, proudly noting on Tuesday that he wrote up his own agreement without legal advice.

LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood producers fretting over this year's box office downturn should take heart. A scientist in the United States says he has come up with a computer program that helps predict whether a film will be a hit or a miss at the box office long before it is even made.

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rapper Eminem scored his fourth consecutive No. 1 debut on the U.S. pop charts Wednesday, leading a relatively small field of newcomers at a time when the labels are supposed to be capitalizing on the holiday sales rush.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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