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
  • To play, gamble.
  • To impose upon; delude; trick; humbug; also, to joke; chaff.
  • A deceitful game or trick; trickery; humbug; nonsense.
The word 'gammon' in the sense of 'joke, trick' may come from 'backgammon'.