Entertainment News Archive - February 13, 2006

By Gail Schiller NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Toy Fair opened amid a fierce New York snowstorm Sunday, with "Superman Returns," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Cars" the biggest hits in licensed toys, and technology and role-play toys the hottest industry categories overall.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Comedian/actor Bernie Mac is in final negotiations to sign on for his first role in a big-screen drama, co-starring with Terrence Howard in "PDR" for Lionsgate Films.

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey scored highest on a new index designed to help advertisers decide which stars can best help them sell products.

By Sheigh Crabtree LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Susanne Bier, one of Denmark's most influential filmmakers, will direct "Things We Lost in the Fire" for DreamWorks. Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") is producing through his production company, Scamp Films.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Beach-and-babes TV series "Baywatch" is finally headed to DVD. A late-summer best-of set, with episodes chosen by star Pamela Anderson, will be the initial release, followed by complete series sets.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's music awards, the Brits, look set to recognize the emergence of a new wave of artists at the annual ceremony on Wednesday.

By Mike Collett-White BERLIN (Reuters) - The good guy in the Wachowski brothers' latest cinematic adventure is a "terrorist" at war with the British government. The masked crusader makes homemade bombs, which he plants on London's subway system, and condones violence in pursuit of justice.

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German filmmakers have tackled the touchy subject of whether the Allied firebombing of Dresden at the end of World War Two was a "war crime" with a carefully balanced melodrama that got its worldwide premiere on Monday.

By Karin Strohecker BERLIN (Reuters) - German director Matthias Glasner tries to make viewers understand what it is like to be a serial rapist seeking to curb his sexual desires, in a bleak new film competing for the main prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The creators of hit MTV show "Punk'd" plan to create short-form shows for AOL.com and the AOL Instant Messenger service, AOL said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.