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Entertainment News Archive - May 23, 2006

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sweet dreams were made in Los Angeles on Monday as the members of U.K. synth-pop duo Eurythmics reunited on stage at a music industry event.

By Bob Tourtellotte CANNES, France (Reuters) - While stars like Tom Hanks and Penelope Cruz grabbed the limelight on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival this week, deal-making for global movie rights proved fast and furious, industry players said.

By John Gaudiosi LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The ABC drama "Lost" is coming to interactive entertainment next year through a deal between the show's Disney-owned producer Touchstone Television and French game publisher Ubisoft.

By Mike Collett-White CANNES, France (Reuters) - Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in the powerful new film "Babel," an examination of linguistic, cultural and personal barriers that sweeps across three continents and tackles terrorism, immigration and suicide.

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rock star Bono took a night off from campaigning on aid for Africa and went back to his day job -- music -- as he sang along with a local band in a 1,000-year-old chant in the West African state of Mali.

MINSK (Reuters) - "The Da Vinci Code" has been pulled from cinemas in the Belarus capital after only four days because Christian groups in the ex-Soviet state complained the film was offensive, the state film distributor said on Tuesday.

LANGSTRAND, Namibia (Reuters) - Half of Namibians voting in an informal radio survey believe the day Angelina Jolie gives birth should be declared a national holiday, an honor usually reserved for kings, queens and national heroes.

By Bob Tourtellotte CANNES, France (Reuters) - Acclaimed U.S. director Irwin Winkler did not wait for U.S. troops to leave Iraq to make "Home of the Brave," a movie that looks not only at the horror of war but also at the lives that soldiers left behind.

By Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Forget the reviews, the critics, the controversy, the protests and "the nattering nabobs of negativity" famously introduced by William Safire. It's the marketing and distribution, stupid.

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rock star Bono took a night off from campaigning on aid for Africa and went back to his day job -- music -- as he sang along with a local band in a 1,000-year-old chant in the West African state of Mali.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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