Entertainment News Archive - December 19, 2005

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC Universal has sold nearly 90% of the ad inventory for the 2006 Winter Olympics, less than two months before the torch is lit on February 10 in Torino, Italy.

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.

MADRID (Reuters) - Julio Iglesias Puga, father of crooner Julio Iglesias and grandfather of pop heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, died on Monday aged 90, a Spanish hospital said.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC's long-awaited rendition of the Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress" didn't draw much of a crowd on a disjointed Sunday night that included a live 20-minute presidential address from the White House.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even at 25 feet (7.6 meters) tall and weighing 8,000 pounds (3.6 tones) , giant ape King Kong wasn't quite big enough for Hollywood in 2005. Director Peter Jackson's widely-hyped "King Kong" movie earned a less-than-expected $66 million at U.S.

Deletes incorrect reference in third paragraph to opening scene of season premiere. Corrects fifth paragraph to read its seventh season and corrects sixth paragraph to read eighth year.

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.

By Elizabeth Drachman DUBAI (Hollywood Reporter) - Premiering your film at an obscure festival some 8,000 miles away from home might seem an odd choice for a veteran Hollywood player.

By Barry Garron LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A priest, a minister and a rabbi sit down for an interview with Barbara Walters. The start of a joke? No, just part of Walters' two-hour special on heaven.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink Floyd fans waiting in vain for the band to reunite for a tour will have to make do with the next best thing: the first solo trek in more than 20 years by singer/guitarist David Gilmour.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]