Entertainment News Archive - August 23, 2006

By Erik Pedersen LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "There is a crisis in America that almost nobody wants to talk about." It sounds like just another attention-grabbing opening line for a TV newsmagazine story about impending doom tied to bird flu or maybe killer bees.

By Alexis Greene NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - In the summer of Meryl Streep, audiences have watched this extraordinary actress transform from stylish bitch ("The Devil Wears Prada") to blowsy radio singer ("A Prairie Home Companion").

By Marilyn Moss LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CNN's fascinating documentary "In the Footsteps of bin Laden" is a biography of sorts, a bio of a man and of a growing terrorist landscape. It's information we should have.

By Nyay Bhushan NEW DELHI (Hollywood Reporter) - Paris Hilton is too hot for Indian censors. The country's Central Board of Film Certification has issued an "Adult" certification for her new music video "Stars Are Blind," which means it cannot be broadcast on any channel.

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In this age, sports, not religion, is the arena for miracles. Think of Pete Gray, the one-armed outfielder for the 1945 St. Louis Browns.

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By Kimberly Nordyke LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cable network Fox Reality is in final negotiations to order 10 episodes of a show that follows a class of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recruits through their academy program.

Amid a breakup that took a publicly acrimonious turn Tuesday, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures are parting company.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo's subway has refused permission for an advertising poster featuring a nude and heavily pregnant Britney Spears, branding it "too stimulating" for young people.

MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan gallery has refused to loan Andrea Mantegna's influential painting, the "Dead Christ," to an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the artist's death, triggering a row between organizers and government.