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Entertainment News Archive - December 29, 2005

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - More than six weeks after Hollywood unions sought a code of conduct governing product placement and a financial stake in such deals for writers and actors, their demands have largely fallen on deaf ears, written off as a publicity stunt or negotiating tactic.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - More than a year after he took over the anchor chair and with more than nine months without permanent competition from either rival, "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" closes out the year with a quarterly win among evening newscasts.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - They don't call it "The Closer" for nothing.

By Thomas K. Arnold LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Black History Month no longer is just about Martin Luther King Jr. biographies and classic black movies.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It's been a good year for the Great White Way. Flush with the success of such musicals as "Spamalot" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," Broadway will close the books on 2005 with its biggest box office take for a calendar year.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - At the start of a week of family get-togethers, gift-giving and sundry holiday pursuits, Americans were looking for laughs in primetime.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS is looking to put a fresh spin on the primetime soap opera genre with "Red Doors," a drama about a suburban Chinese-American family with three daughters.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" had its best week ever during the week ended December 18 thanks in part to an appearance by the cast of the feature film "The Producers." The syndicated talk show averaged a series-high 2.7 household rating, up 4% from the previous week, according to Nielsen Media Research, in a week where PUT (people using television) levels were down by an average of more than 2 million viewers, causing many other syndicated shows to suffer week-to-week decreases.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It's been a good year for the Great White Way. Flush with the success of such musicals as "Spamalot" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," Broadway will close the books on 2005 with its biggest box office take for a calendar year.

By Alexandra Hudson AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An aging Rembrandt gazes out over the city where he made his name and lost a fortune from a billboard on a 17th century church wall.

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