Entertainment News Archive - December 07, 2005

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The gorilla is great, the girl terrific, sets are out of this world, creatures icky as hell, and the director clearly does not believe in the word "enough." The new "King Kong" from Peter Jackson is both the measure of what striking images the world's most imaginative filmmakers can now put onscreen with digital effects, motion capture, models and miniatures and the drawback to these very toys.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Madonna on Wednesday shrugged off criticism of a song on her smash hit new album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor," saying that all she did was ask questions and challenge authority. The new album, which hit the top of the U.S.

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - They have baggy clothing, backward baseball caps, the "bling bling" and racy lyrics. And these days, rappers sometimes wear yarmulkes too.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Half a century ago television sets crackled into life across Iran and Manouchehr Nozari became the country's first star of the medium. He died aged 69 on Wednesday. "The box you are now looking at and seeing my image in is called television," he told viewers 48 years ago.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Works by Jim Harrison, Maureen McHugh and Patrick O'Keeffe have been chosen as finalists for The Story Prize award for books of short fiction, organizers said on Wednesday.

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ailing British playwright Harold Pinter used his Nobel prize lecture on Wednesday to deliver a fierce attack on U.S.

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - The group that traditionally presents the first big U.S. movie awards of the Oscar season said on Wednesday it had delayed announcing its winners after complaints about its voting process.

By Katie Hasty NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rookie R&B singer Chris Brown's hopes of scoring a No.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Time has been kind to John Lennon, the former Beatle who was killed 25 years ago on Thursday just as he was starting over.

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Catholic actor and director Mel Gibson's latest project -- a TV movie set against the backdrop of the Holocaust -- is raising eyebrows before a single scene has been shot.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.