Entertainment News Archive - August 02, 2006

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A contestant on the "New Zealand Idol" reality TV show, who was once convicted of burglary and assault, has been asked to leave the show -- because she is pregnant.

A new study of Americans' media consumption found that nearly half spend at least 30 minutes a day getting their news from TV.

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - TBS is preparing to launch U.S. television's first fully interactive live game show. Beginning August 28, "Midnight Money Madness" will screen four nights a week, Monday-Thursday, at midnight.

By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - John de Mol, the Dutch TV executive who created the hit reality show "Big Brother," has acquired a small stake in Shed Productions, the UK company behind "Footballers' Wives" and other programs.

By Nicole Sperling LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporte

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

By Jill Menze NEW YORK (Billboard) - Universal Music's reissue arm has acquired 11 albums from Elvis Costello's early catalog, with plans to re-release the British musician's material via deluxe editions, compilations and box sets.

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - Six years after a messy departure from Destiny's Child, LeToya Luckett took the No. 1 slot on the U.S. pop album charts with her self-titled debut Wednesday. The multi-artist compilation "NOW 22" slipped to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson was charged on Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol, prosecutors said.

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Passion of the Christ" filmmaker Mel Gibson, who ignited a furor with a drunken, anti-Semitic rant to a sheriff's deputy who stopped him last week along the California coast, was charged on Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Word of the Day
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.