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Entertainment News Archive - December 22, 2005

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - None of the recent wave of Chinese martial arts films would be complete without the protagonists' jewel-coloured silk robes rippling across the screen as they swoop into battle.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Christina Ricci will guest-star in a special episode of ABC's sophomore hit "Grey's Anatomy" slated to air February 5 after the network's broadcast of Super Bowl XL. The plot for the episode of the medical drama is being kept under wraps.

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gay and political films are dominating this year's Academy Awards race with some experts expecting that Oscar will wind up wearing pink, either for left-leaning politics or sexual preference.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It seems fitting that new movie "The White Countess" tells of the end of an era and a friendship because it also marks the final collaboration of filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb and Karin Strohecker LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - A dearth of strong, local films severely dented box office revenue in most of Europe this year, with only Britain holding steady thanks to a stream of homegrown favourites such as "Pride & Prejudice" and the latest "Harry Potter." German film executives expect a decline of as much as 20 percent even with end-of-year help from blockbusters "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," while France, Spain and Italy could end the year down more than 10 percent, according to industry estimates.

Corrects film name in the 14th paragraph By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It seems fitting that new movie "The White Countess" tells of the end of an era and a friendship because it also marks the final collaboration of filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The ratings keep moving in the right direction for NBC's "Deal or No Deal." The game show, airing this week as a five-night stunt that began on Monday, pulled its largest audience of its three airings so far Wednesday amid largely repeat competition.

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - Mariah Carey moved a step closer to the Beatles' record of 20 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Thursday as "Don't Forget About Us" ascended one rung to the top of the singles chart in its 11th week.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A pocketful of receipts helped blow the lid off Israel's most notorious intelligence bungle.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - David Letterman once had a woman stalk him for five years and now he has a female fan accusing him of sending coded messages to her over the airwaves. And he also has a New Mexico judge who has issued a restraining order for him to stop.

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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