Entertainment News Archive - July 14, 2006

By Sheigh Crabtree LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Martin Sheen is returning to the Beltway. The former "West Wing" president has landed a role in director Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou") mid-1960s real-life story "Talk to Me" for Focus Features. Sheen will play E.G.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rachel Ward, Shirley Jones and Simon Rex have joined the cast of Lifetime's primetime soap "Bianca: Journey to Paradise," which is slated to premiere on the women's cable channel in October.

By Kimberly Nordyke PASADENA, California (Hollywood Reporter) - The creators of "South Park" lambasted Comedy Central Thursday for removing an episode that lampooned Scientology and Tom Cruise from the network's repeat schedule and for blanking out the image of Muhammad during another episode.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - U.S. television networks are ratcheting up their coverage of the rapidly escalating conflict in the Middle East, using a combination of resources already on the ground and more coming in from the four corners of the world.

By Thomas K. Arnold LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A fifth helping of "American Pie" is on its way to video stores.

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Given the intensity with which the media scrutinize movie ticket sales, last weekend's record $136 million opening of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was reported as if it were manna in a box office desert.

LONDON (Reuters) - A British fan of the cult TV show "Star Trek" has boldly gone where no man has gone before and created a giant maize maze dedicated to the program.

By Leila Cobo MIAMI (Billboard) - Ricky Martin will have his own MTV Unplugged. The Puerto Rican superstar has been unveiled as the featured act in the newest MTV Unplugged series to be produced by MTV Latin America in conjunction with MTV Tr3s, the network's U.S. Latin channel.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury considering dueling lawsuits by Michael Jackson and a former adviser rendered split verdicts on Friday -- awarding the pop star $200,000 and his ex-associate $900,000.

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Actor Brad Pitt and high-profile architects on Friday urged New Orleans to think green, selecting a series of environmentally friendly housing projects they hope to build in the hurricane-hit city.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.