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Entertainment News Archive - July 28, 2005

By Paul J. Gough LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Both the creator and star of ABC's upcoming drama "Commander in Chief" are acknowledged Democrats, but they pledge that it is more of an "East Wing" type of show that won't dwell exclusively on political intrigue.

By Paul J. Gough LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A day after coming under critics' fire about the "Dancing With the Stars" voting procedures, ABC said it will return the hit competition with a results show next season.

By Borys Kit and Sheigh Crabtree LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Russell Crowe is going from the boxing ring to the vineyards of France. The actor is in discussions to reunite with his "Gladiator" director Sir Ridley Scott in "A Good Year," a project based on the breezy 2004 novel by Peter Mayle.

By Chris Morris LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony BMG Music Entertainment's $10 million payola settlement with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is music to the ears of independent music labels.

LONDON (Reuters) - A handwritten song lyric used by John Lennon and found on the floor of a television studio in 1967 is set to fetch 500,000-600,000 pounds ($870,000-$1.04 million) at an auction Thursday, organizers said.

By Shasta Darlington ROME (Reuters) - Hollywood is set to take center stage at a slimmer, sleeker Venice Film Festival in a lineup unveiled by organizers on Thursday, but growing security concerns could steal the show.

By Barry A. Jeckell NEW YORK (Billboard) - Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" led the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday, logging its ninth non-consecutive week at the top. Carey enhanced her bid for summer listening ubiquity with "Shake It Off," which jumped 16 places to No.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At summer film box offices plagued by slow ticket sales, the hottest documentary this year is about a very cold topic: Emperor Penguins in Antarctica.

By Steve Gorman BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - The Fox network said on Thursday that an "independent counsel" is investigating claims by an ex-"American Idol" contestant that celebrity judge Paula Abdul privately coached him while they carried on a secret, off-camera romance.

LONDON (Reuters) - A handwritten lyric sheet for "All You Need is Love" used by John Lennon in 1967 was sold for 600,000 pounds ($1.04 million) at an auction in London on Thursday, organizers said.

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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