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Entertainment News Archive - July 14, 2005

American Idols Live (Tues.

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When a studio postpones a movie's release date, it can wreak havoc for promotional partners who already might have started running ads, sweepstakes or launched other promotional activities tied to the movie.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb and Paul Thomasch LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harry Potter is set to work his magic in bookshops around the world this weekend as readers rush to learn the identity of the half-blood prince, but whether the boy wizard's spell will lift the spirits of publishing investors remains a mystery unto itself.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In its efforts to put a damper on excessive Oscar campaigning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has closed a couple of loopholes as it girds for the upcoming 78th Annual Academy Awards.

By Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Madden, one of television's best-known football commentators, has extended his successful relationship with Electronic Arts, the company behind the "Madden NFL Football" video games.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Major League Baseball's All-Star Game reached a new bottom for the second consecutive year Tuesday, scoring the lowest ratings since 1970, when the game first aired in primetime. The game, which the American League won 7-5, started at about 7:30 p.m.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb and Paul Thomasch LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harry Potter is set to work his magic in bookshops around the world this weekend as readers rush to learn the identity of the half-blood prince, but whether the boy wizard's spell will lift the spirits of publishing investors remains a mystery unto itself.

By Deborah Wilker MIAMI (Hollywood Reporter) - Given the enormous ratings generated by Fox's "American Idol," it would seem reasonable to expect that the latest postseason arena tour featuring the show's most recent finalists would, at the very least, include a few sparkling costumes, some lively choreography, maybe a set piece or two, backup singers -- anything to fill these very big buildings.

By Kimberly Speight LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Haylie Duff, elder sister of teen idol Hilary Duff, will join the cast of the WB Network's "7th Heaven" for 13 episodes next season.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Film director Roman Polanski is due to appear in a London libel case via video link from Paris next week, setting a legal precedent and avoiding the risk of extradition to the United States for a child sex offence.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.