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Entertainment News Archive - July 12, 2005

By Brian Fuson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The heroes of "Fantastic Four" turned out to be superhuman in more ways than one as the film's scorching debut of $56.06 million helped end a 19-weekend losing streak at the North American box office, according to final data issued Monday.

By Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" passed the $200 million mark during its second weekend at foreign movie theaters, and "Fantastic Four" opened at No. 1 in most of its 15 territories, welcome developments in a depressed marketplace.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - An outbreak of sequelitis has hit Sony Pictures. "Hollow Man 2," "Road House 2 -- Last Call" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer 3" are in various stages of development at the studio.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - When the space shuttle program roars back into space with a scheduled Wednesday launch, the high-profile network coverage will be slightly reminiscent of NASA's heyday -- at least briefly.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police have foiled plans to smuggle a Marc Chagall painting worth an estimated $1 million abroad, local media reported on Tuesday, citing art police in St. Petersburg.

By Peter Kiefer and Scott Roxborough ROME/COLOGNE (Hollywood Reporter) - The North American box office is not alone in suffering a protracted slump.

By Adam Pasick LONDON (Reuters) - TV advertisers are facing a potential disaster as more consumers buy digital video recorders (DVRs), according to a new study, since about 90 percent of current users fast-forward through ads.

ROME (Reuters) - Tom Cruise set pulses racing in the center of Rome on Tuesday as he careened down the Tiber River as part of filming for "Mission: Impossible 3." With St.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some Hollywood actresses are cautious about revealing too much skin but 20-year-old Scarlett Johansson had to be persuaded to keep her underwear on, according to her director in "The Island," Michael Bay.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The executive producer of global anti-poverty campaign Live 8 will head a new business for live entertainment programing created by America Online Inc., XM Satellite Radio Inc. and event presenter AEG, the companies said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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