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Entertainment News Archive - June 30, 2005

By Cameron French BARRIE, Ontario (Reuters) - Park Place in Barrie, Ontario,doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Rome's CircusMaximus, the Palace of Versailles, Hyde Park or the BrandenburgGate in Berlin as the venue for a rock concert.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Under pressure from abroad coalition of advocacy groups ranging from the Gay andLesbian Alliance Against Defamation to the conservative FamilyResearch Council, ABC has decided to shelve its six-episodereality series "Welcome to the Neighborhood," which had beenscheduled to debut July 10.

By Nellie Andreeva and Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It was a rough launchfor ABC's big-budget limited series "Empire" and the return ofNBC's "Average Joe" franchise Tuesday.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Law & Order" alumnaAngie Harmon is returning to series television and NBC with astarring role on the network's upcoming drama series"Inconceivable." The show, which also stars Ming-Na and Jonathan Cake,revolves around the doctors, psychologists, lawyers andpatients at a fertility clinic.

By Margo Whitmire LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - British rock band Coldplay toppedthe U.S. pop album charts for a third consecutive weekWednesday, while overall sales fell despite the addition offour new titles to the top 10.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuitagainst soul singer James Brown that claimed he raped a formeremployee 17 years ago and used threats to ensure her silence,the woman's lawyer said on Wednesday. U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The NBC television network isconsidering a plan to combine its news division and cablechannels CNBC and MSNBC at an operation based in New Jersey,the New York Post reported on Thursday.

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Academics and civil rights leadershope Live 8 concerts to press for action on poverty in Africawill reawaken interest among black Americans in the continenttheir ancestors came from as slaves.

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Many of Italy's biggest pop stars haveshaken off their initial skepticism about Live 8 and agreed toperform on the Rome stage of the international anti-povertyrock extravaganza on Saturday.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Two exhausted men have worked behind thescenes, into the early hours, for eight weeks to pull off whatpromises to be the greatest music show on earth.