Entertainment News Archive - May 29, 2006

By Emmanuel Legrand LONDON (Billboard) - The Montreux Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, has a remarkable history of presenting global superstars from throughout, and beyond, the world of traditional jazz.

By Mike Collett-White CANNES, France (Reuters) - If cinema is the mirror of the world, then the films at this year's Cannes festival suggest the world is in a sorry state.

By Borys Kit CONCORD, North Carolina (Hollywood Reporter) - A heavy rainstorm couldn't dampen the spirits of the 30,000 people who turned out for the premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Cars" at an elaborate event staged at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The "X-Men" mutants overpowered the human competition at the U.S. Memorial Day holiday box office in North America, while "The Da Vinci Code" remained the top choice overseas, according to studio estimates issued on Monday.

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Forest Whitaker has signed on to join "Vantage Point," a thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox and William Hurt. The Columbia Pictures project chronicles an attempt to assassinate the U.S.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Sopranos" co-stars Michael Imperioli and Vincent Curatola have closed deals to appear in the final eight episodes of HBO's mob drama.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who had a recurring role as an ill-fated heart patient on "Grey's Anatomy," has been hired as a regular on a new ABC project from the creator of the network's hit medical drama.

By Sara Webb SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's chief censor, Amy Chua, says she loves human interest films -- the kind where the humble protagonist succeeds against all odds. "Erin Brockovich," "Billy Elliot" and "Million Dollar Baby" are among her favorites.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.