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Entertainment News Archive - December 15, 2005

Britney Spears reclaimed the top spot on Yahoo's annual list of the most-searched for terms on the Internet, with all 10 top positions coming from the world of entertainment.

By Sheri Linden LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Writer-director Thomas Bezucha puts a fresh slant on the dynamics of family-reunion Christmas movies with his observations about the clash between a tightly wound Manhattan careerist and her boyfriend's loose-limbed New England clan.

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A New York man who claims to have been Dave Chappelle's personal manager for nine months has sued the comedian for more than $850,000, a sum allegedly owed as commission on deals including the ill-fated renewal of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The 17th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open January 5 with Terrence Malick's period drama "The New World," starring Colin Farrell as John Smith and Q'Orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas.

By Thomas K. Arnold LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With DVD sales running just slightly ahead of last year, the fate of the year in the home entertainment business might hinge on the very last week of 2005.

By Chris Morris LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Singer-pianist Marcia Ball, guitarist Magic Slim and the late vocalist-guitarist Little Milton Campbell lead nominees for the 2006 Blues Music Awards with four nominations apiece. The awards -- formerly known as the W.C.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless plans on Thursday to reveal a multiyear exclusive deal with HBO to send video clips of hit television shows including the Sopranos to mobile phones, Ovum analyst Roger Entner said. Cingular, a venture of AT&T Inc.

By Andrew Hammond DUBAI (Reuters) - Twenty-three years after hacking to death Palestinian refugees, the Lebanese perpetrators show no remorse recounting the massacre in a chilling documentary film showing in the Middle East this week.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - The TV sensation "Desperate Housewives" will be shown in China starting on Monday in a departure for a country where the government typically keeps racy and politically sensitive material off the air. The hit U.S.

By Clover Hope NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rookie R&B singer Chris Brown's "Run It!" held firm at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a fifth straight week Thursday, while Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" jumped five places to No. 2.

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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