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Entertainment News Archive - December 18, 2005

Singers Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson staged a musical homecoming for hurricane-wrecked New Orleans on Saturday night, bringing back a taste of the songs for which the city is famed.

By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg has hired one of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's top strategists to market his controversial new film about Israel's retaliation for the Palestinian attack on its team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

LONDON (Reuters) - British police fear thieves who hoisted a massive Henry Moore sculpture onto a flatbed truck with a crane may try to sell the piece for scrap for a fraction of its real value -- about 3 million pounds ($5.30 million).

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "King Kong," one of the most expensive and hyped movies of the year, sold a relatively modest $66.2 million worth of tickets in its first five days of release across North America, according to estimates issued on Sunday by its distributor Universal Pictures.

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - You do not need to read an analysis of the 2005 charts to know that Mariah Carey made an impressive comeback, but a closer look at Billboard's year-end surveys suggests this may be her most successful year to date.

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of the better gags in Robert Altman's "The Player" has Buck Henry, co-writer of "The Graduate," pitching a sequel to that classic comedy. Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It" virtually is that sequel.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Watchmen," the seminal DC Comics limited series credited with redefining the superhero genre , has found a home at Warner Bros. Pictures.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to "Fast Food Nation." Directed by Richard Linklater, the film is a dramatic character study about the fast-food industry based on Eric Schlosser's nonfiction best-seller.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," the belle of the ball so far this awards season, took home four honors at the 10th annual Satellite Awards, an event organized by critics formerly affiliated with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

By Nellie Andreeva and Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The death on Friday of actor John Spencer, a cornerstone of the ensemble on "The West Wing" since its 1999 debut, is sure to send the show's writing team back to the drawing board for the second half of what could be the show's final season.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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