Entertainment News Archive - August 16, 2006

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The New York Times said Tuesday that it has hired Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency to represent its interests in optioning stories published in the paper for film and television projects.

By Sheigh Crabtree LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures Animation has acquired film rights to the classic children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," which it is actively developing as a feature film.

By Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS has given a pilot commitment to an exorcism-themed drama from "Joan of Arcadia" creator Barbara Hall and producer Joe Roth.

By Nicole Sperling and Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox Searchlight is getting into the Wes Anderson business.

By Kimberly Nordyke LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The news of Mel Gibson's arrest and anti-Semitic remarks made early the morning of July 28 gave the syndicated entertainment newsmagazines a ratings boost during the week ending August 6.

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Nobel Foundation said on Wednesday it would not revoke the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Guenter Grass after the German author confessed to serving in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler's elite Nazi troops.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran character actor Bruno Kirby, best known for his supporting roles in such films as "Good Morning Vietnam," "City Slickers" and "The Godfather: Part II," has died at age 57, relatives said on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, known for their offbeat films like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," will team again to make "Sweeney Todd," based on Stephen Sondheim's award-winning stage musical, the DreamWorks movie studio said on Thursday.

Corrects to remove reference to Category 5 in paragraph 4 By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmmaker Spike Lee usually says what he thinks and lets the chips fall where they may. But he grew shy the other day, telling reporters that his latest work must speak for itself.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather will appear on his old network one more time with excerpts from a new interview done for an updated special on his career. "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers" will air September 1 on CBS.

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