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Entertainment News Archive - March 12, 2006

By Craig Rosen LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - During the past two decades, the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, has earned a reputation as the premier showcasing opportunity in America for acts on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream.

By Ken Schlager NEW YORK (Billboard) - You could say that Jim Henke has the perfect job.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Cheering fans thronged the streets of one of South Africa's toughest slums on Sunday to welcome home the makers of the country's Oscar-winning film "Tsotsi," which depicted the harsh realities of township life.

By Scott Malone NEW YORK (Reuters) - Smug tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor could easily have been the villain of the upcoming movie "Thank You for Smoking." After all, he tells children they should make up their own minds on whether to smoke. Instead, Naylor is the hero of a film depicting the U.S.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Failure to Launch," a widely panned romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, surprised industry observers by opening at No. 1 at the weekend box office in North America, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hot off his best picture win for "Crash," Paul Haggis is in final negotiations to direct and produce "Against All Enemies," a project based on Richard A.

By Sheigh Crabtree LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Incredibles" director Brad Bird will follow up his Oscar-winning film with "Ratatouille," a Pixar cartoon about a skinny mouse who lives in a Parisian restaurant.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Alicia Silverstone will play the lead in ABC's comedy pilot "Pink Collar," which explores female relationships within the workplace. Silverstone was last on the small screen with the short-lived "Miss Match," which aired on NBC in 2003.

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter)

By Georg Szalai ASPEN, Colo. (Hollywood Reporter) - The 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival wrapped over the weekend with talk of Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam" returning to the HBO schedule, awards bestowed on performers and films and, of course, dealmaking for rising comedy stars.

Word of the Day
donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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