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Entertainment News Archive - July 25, 2005

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By Barry Garron LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The critics love "Lost." ABC's thriller-chiller took two Television Critics Assn. honors Saturday during the TV scribes' 21st annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It was the jaw-dropping thing that convinced writer-producers Marco Pennette and Oliver Goldstick, co-creators and executive producers of the new NBC drama "Inconceivable," that their experiences with in vitro fertilization and surrogate pregnancy had the makings of a television series.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC president of entertainment Kevin Reilly compares the network's struggles last season to a colonic.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The only thing scary these days about horror movies is the state of their box office grosses. Since May 6, when "House of Wax" was released, five horror films have been unveiled -- and they have consistently under-performed. Warner Bros.

By John Gaudiosi LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Clarke Duncan will star as the villainous Blackmore and Rachel Griffiths will lend her voice to Jordan in Midway Games' video game horror sequel "The Suffering: Ties That Bind." Special effects wizard Stan Winston created the outlandish and terrifying creatures in "The Suffering," which was set in a prison on Carnate Island.

By Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - MSN and producer Mark Burnett have flicked the virtual switch to open the online home for CBS' low-rated reality TV show "Rock Star: INXS." Fans can vote for their favorite contestants, and can also purchase downloads of the contestant performances as well as downloads of the original artists' versions of those same songs through an integrated offering from MSN Music that also puts the songs in an editorial context.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co. on Monday named Daniel Battsek, an executive from its Buena Vista International Organization, as president of Miramax Films, as the company solidifies control of the studio founded by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Corrects paragraph 9 to read "...talks to sell to a German newspaper group.") By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - A British media mogul is taking his deep pockets and controversial brand of celebrity news to the United States with headline-grabbing gusto.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - A British media mogul is taking his deep pockets and controversial brand of celebrity news to the United States with headline-grabbing gusto.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor-director Mel Gibson is well on his way to cornering a new niche market in Hollywood -- movies written in ancient languages.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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