Entertainment News Archive - July 20, 2005

By Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brats and baseball players carried the Nielsen freight during a mostly moribund week in primetime for the seven-day frame ending July 17.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Kate Hudson, who returns to theaters Aug. 12 with the horror "The Skeleton Key," has signed to star opposite Owen Wilson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree." Both projects are set up at Universal Pictures.

By Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Friends" fans will be able to test their knowledge of the perky sextet when a video game hits stores later this year alongside the DVD set for the hit show's final season.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Broadcast TV has got its buzz back. That was the optimistic assessment of the state of play in primetime offered to reporters Tuesday by the programing chief at No. 1 network CBS.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The life of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is getting the big-screen treatment. Fox Searchlight has hired journalist Cheo Hodari Coker, the last person to interview B.I.G. before his death, to write the script.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The ABC summer hit "Dancing With the Stars" has waltzed its way to a quick renewal for early 2006, the network said Tuesday.

By Barry Garron LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ask Bob Newhart to name his favorite comedians, and he'll rattle off a list.

By Irv Letofsky LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In the civilized world, and mostly likely the uncivilized one, too, there might be very few funny accountants. That is, two plus two isn't a laughing matter.

By John Gaudiosi LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ray Liotta has joined the cast of "Dungeon Siege," a sword-and-sorcery movie based on the million-selling PC game franchise.

By Barry A. Jeckell NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bruce Springsteen's recent turn on the VH1 series "Storytellers" will emerge on DVD Sept. 6 via Columbia Music Video.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.