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Entertainment News Archive - May 19, 2006

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seattle rock band Alice in Chains, one of the biggest acts of the early 1990s until drugs got in the way, launched its first tour since 1996 in Los Angeles on Thursday with the help of a few famous friends.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles, mocked by critics for being prone to gloomy introspection, has revealed that one of his favorite singers is Leonard Cohen.

By Takanori Isshiki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese readers looking for a slightly different tale can now curl up with "Get Out of Here, Curse You" -- a novel by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

By Randall Mikkelsen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Director Martin Scorsese is best known for dramas such as "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas," but he will be honored next month for his nonfiction films, organizers of the Silverdocs documentary film festival said on Thursday.

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Film studio Paramount Pictures on Friday unveiled a new division called Paramount Vantage aimed at releasing low-budget films with broad appeal to capture audiences in the expanding independent film arena.

By Kerstin Gehmlich CANNES, France (Reuters) - Spanish director Pedro Almodovar said on Friday that Hollywood's "straitjacket" production system held little attraction for him as a filmmaker when compared to the freedom he enjoys in Europe.

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trekkies will be setting their phasers to "bid" this fall when Christie's holds the first official studio auction of memorabilia from all five "Star Trek" television series and 10 movie spinoffs.

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish accents are the flavor of the month on Broadway with three out of five of this year's Tony Award nominees for best actor starring in plays set on the Emerald Isle.

Director Richard Linklater says his new movie based on the 2001 bestseller "Fast Food Nation" might be seen by the restaurant industry as something of a threat to its bottom line.

(Corrects nationality) By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish accents are the flavor of the month on Broadway with three out of five of this year's Tony Award nominees for best actor starring in plays set on the Emerald Isle.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.