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Entertainment News Archive - July 28, 2006

By Eric J. Lyman ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - Five U.S. films, including Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," are among the 21 titles that will have their world premieres in competition at the Venice Film Festival (August 30-September 9), organizers said Thursday.

By Craig Modderno LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In her long career, actress Adrienne Barbeau has been a tough-talking girl in the Broadway play "Grease," a feminist on TV's "Maude" and a pop culture sex symbol known for her buxom bust.

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Music television is the endangered species of the pop world, and is learning the hard way that it must adapt to the Internet age, or die.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts this week reached a tentative agreement with the Italian government to return objects suspected of being plundered antiquities. The museum will transfer "certain objects of Italian origin in the Museum's collection to Italy," it said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor and director Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu early on Friday and released on bail, according to police, in what media reports said was a case of driving under the influence.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co. said on Friday that Gary Wilson, a member of the company's board of directors for the last 21 years, is stepping down from his post. Wilson's resignation becomes effective July 31, his 21st anniversary of service on the Disney board.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan has been accused of "heavy partying" by a producer of her latest movie after a series of late arrivals and absences from the set that her spokeswoman said was due to illness.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu for suspicion of drunken driving, an official said on Friday. "He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

By Ray Waddell NASHVILLE (Billboard) - The list of the top tours for the first half of 2006 is predictably weighted toward veteran rockers, but the lineup also yields a few surprises from developing acts and new arena productions.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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