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Entertainment News Archive - July 06, 2006

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - David Duchovny has signed on to star opposite Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro in DreamWorks' drama "Things We Lost in the Fire." Penned by Allan Loeb, the story centers on a woman (Berry) whose husband (Duchovny) suddenly dies.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday asked an appeals court to return a case to the agency so it could reconsider whether some episodes of "The Early Show," "NYPD Blue" and Billboard music award shows violated decency standards.

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Like soap opera divas around the world, Nandipha Matabane has had a tumultuous life of tragedy and triumph. Nandipha, a character on the South African soap drama "Isidingo," has been kidnapped, raped and lost her baby in a bomb blast.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is adding a Hollywood production company to his business empire, and has named a "fired" contestant from "The Apprentice" to run it.

A new biography of Nelson Mandela explores his iconic global appeal and traces his conciliatory political style to a patrician birth and childhood shielded from the indignities of South African racism.

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Like soap opera divas around the world, Nandipha Matabane has had a tumultuous life of tragedy and triumph. Nandipha, a character on the South African soap drama "Isidingo," has been kidnapped, raped and lost her baby in a bomb blast.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cable TV's HBO led all major networks with 95 Primetime Emmy Award nominations on Thursday with its critically acclaimed hit "The Sopranos" garnering seven nominations including best television drama.

LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling received an honorary law degree from the University of Aberdeen on Thursday to mark her support for research into multiple sclerosis.

By Clover Hope NEW YORK (Billboard) - After taking the crown last week, Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" featuring Timbaland maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef warms the No.

By Gregory McNamee LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Hollywood secretary figures as a character type in many films, from Mack Sennett shorts to Blake Edwards' "The Party," usually an object of fun or fear. Along about the mid-1970s, she begins to disappear into the ether.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'