Entertainment News Archive - July 19, 2005

By Mimi Turner LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Three years ago, British "psychological illusionist" Derren Brown put a gun to his head in a live television special for Channel Four, using only his mind-reading powers to identify which of the gun's chambers had been loaded by a hand-picked volunteer.

By Paul J. Gough LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ESPN said Monday it was close to acquiring the rights for a second season of "The Contender," the Mark Burnett-Sylvester Stallone boxing reality series that drew poor ratings on NBC last season.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The principals behind "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" are white-hot on the heels of separate deals with Viacom-owned cable networks.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones have added a second show at the Hollywood Bowl, the historic venue they last played in 1966. They will play the bucolic outdoor amphitheater on Nov. 8, in addition to the previously announced Nov.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads," a drama starring Kip Pardue, Tess Harper and Bonnie Hunt in three interlocking stories, was named top American feature at Outfest 2005, the gay and film festival that wrapped in Los Angeles Sunday.

By Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Madagascar" and "War of the Worlds" ran neck-and-neck over the weekend for top honors at the foreign box office, with the animated film narrowly edging the sci-fi thriller, $31.8 million vs. $30 million.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Roman Polanski was unable to tell the truth when it mattered, lawyers said on Tuesday in a libel trial in which the film director is testifying via video link from Paris.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Mia Farrow said on Tuesday Roman Polanski was in "really bad shape" when he was alleged to have tried to seduce a woman in a restaurant while on his way to his slain wife's funeral.

By Ray Bennett LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - British rock band Coldplay was given its third shot at a Mercury Prize Tuesday when its third album, the multi-million selling "X&Y" was short-listed for the highly regarded but often quirky music award that honors albums from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By Paul J. Gough LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Hell's Kitchen" continues to heat up the ratings for Fox. The cook-off reality show averaged 6.4 million total viewers and a 3.2 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
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