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
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.