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Entertainment News Archive - February 07, 2006

By Katie Hasty NEW YORK (Billboard) - Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter tackles subjects ranging from love songs to the war in Iraq on his fourth full-length album, "The Animal Years," which is set for an April 11 release via V2 Records.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's decision to ban "Memoirs of a Geisha" may have Hollywood crying foul, but the DVD sellers flogging pirate copies on the streets make a mockery of the government's efforts to control what its citizens see.

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hollywood sleuth Anthony Pellicano was charged Monday with wiretapping and conspiracy for allegedly leading a scheme to bug the phones of more than a dozen people, including actors Sylvester Stallone and Keith Carradine.

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Indie movie distributor ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to "Strangers With Candy," a feature based on the Comedy Central cult hit about 46-year-old ex-junkie high school student Jerri Blank.

By Carly Mayberry LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bravo is launching its first broadband channel targeted specifically to a gay and lesbian audience, the network said Monday.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police are investigating a complaint against one of the country's best-known artists after he portrayed "Mother India" as a naked woman angering far-right Hindus, police said on Tuesday.

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - A fatal road accident will provide a fitting start on Thursday to what critics say is a strong yet morbid Berlin Film Festival line-up featuring brutal murder, drug addiction, political corruption, exorcism and rape.

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By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "Ally McBeal" co-star Jane Krakowski has signed up for CBS' comedy pilot "Sex, Power, Love & Politics," which revolves around Capitol Hill staffers.

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steve Buscemi is in final negotiations to star as a drug dealer in the comedy feature "We're the Millers." The New Line project revolves around a dealer who decides to do one more job so that he can retire from the business.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'