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Entertainment News Archive - July 24, 2005

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A new film based on a novel by John le Carre highlights what the master spy writer calls the "appalling" practices of drug companies in Africa.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" conquered moviegoers' taste buds for a second weekend on Sunday, while the costly new sci-fi movie from action director Michael Bay flopped.

By Matthew Robinson CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched a new Latin American television channel on Sunday to fight what his government called "cultural imperialism" from U.S. and European media.

By Steve Gorman BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Coming off their most bruising year in a decade, newly humbled NBC executives said on Sunday they see the upcoming TV season as a rebuilding phase and that ratings at the fourth-place network might continue to languish.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - The nation's television critics have bestowed their highest honors on "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost," two surprise hit shows that led a ratings turnaround at ABC.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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