Entertainment News Archive - August 01, 2006

By Dennis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Historic Russian art worth nearly $5 million has vanished from the Hermitage, one of the world's greatest museums, its director said on Tuesday, with suspicion falling on members of staff.

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises.

Corrects spelling of spokeswoman's name in paragraphs 6-7. NEW YORK (Reuters) - The ABC television network said on Tuesday that it has pulled a miniseries about the Holocaust it was developing with Mel Gibson's production company.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Hell's Kitchen" edged out "CSI: Miami" as the top show among adults 18-49 Monday night, but CBS still won a convincing victory in primetime.

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The low-budget, Sundance award-winning film "Quinceanera" may teach Americans more about Latino life in the United States than any other movie -- and they will have two white men who don't speak Spanish to thank.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Oliver Stone moves dramatically away from his recent dazzling but often self-conscious filmmaking to direct "World Trade Center" in a somber, focused and straightforward manner that serves the material extraordinarily well.

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles sheriff's watchdog said on Tuesday he would investigate whether department brass tried to cover up an anti-Semitic outburst by actor Mel Gibson after his arrest for drunk driving.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The Spice Girls never had to worry about becoming political prisoners and Britney Spears never had to remember the words of the "Song of Coast Artillerymen," but the members of Tallae Music Band surely did.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) -

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]