Entertainment News Archive - July 01, 2005

By Brian Fuson and Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "War of the Worlds"grossed $21.3 million on its opening day at the box office inNorth America, distributor Paramount Pictures said Thursday.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The new Tom Cruise, StevenSpielberg movie "War of the Worlds" took in $21.3 millionduring its first day in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the biggestWednesday debut for a Paramount Pictures movie.

By Carole Vaporean NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood legend Marlon Brando'spersonal effects were auctioned on Thursday in a sale thatraised more than $2.4 million, but which Brando's biographersaid would have the renowned recluse "turning over in hisgrave." Fans and collectors flocked to Christie's salesroom andtelephone bidders called in from around the world during the 61/2 hour auction.

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A bill has beenintroduced in the California Legislature that would makepaparazzi photographers liable when they engage in assaultivebehavior during the pursuit of celebrities.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When it comes to theFourth of July weekend box office, nothing sets off fireworkslike a good ol' alien attack.

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Art curators have uncovered a newLeonardo Da Vinci drawing hidden beneath the surface of one ofthe Renaissance artist's most celebrated works, Britain'sNational Gallery said on Friday. Da Vinci painted two versions of The Virgin of the Rocksbetween 1483 and 1508.

By James Knight and Katrina Manson OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Christoph Pelzer is living proofthat music can rock your world. Pelzer was a 17-year-old music fan when stars staged theLive Aid extravaganza.

By Anne Thompson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Wouldn't it be great ifmore movie stars were like George Clooney? He's the modern model: He's too cool to demand a $20million salary to prove his self-worth; he writes, directs andproduces; and he expends his movie star capital to push for thethings he believes in.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Final preparations were under way onFriday for what organizers promised would be the greatest musicshow on Earth, with pop stars leaving their egos backstage toraise awareness of poverty in Africa.

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