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Entertainment News Archive - August 06, 2006

By Paul Majendie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The Edinburgh Fringe, the world's largest and most irreverent arts festival, celebrated its 60th birthday on Sunday with religion the big theme being tackled this year by playwrights and comedians.

Walt Disney World is hiking ticket prices for the second time in 2006, raising the cost of a basic one-day, one-park admission to $67, according to a pricing chart posted on the company's media Web site.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Will Ferrell took the checkered flag at the weekend box office in North America with his new comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Trumpets wailed and tubas boomed as New Orleanians danced in the streets on Sunday, on a weekend celebrating jazz great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's birthday and praying for the return of musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

By Jim Bessman NEW YORK (Billboard) - Many recording artists paint, more or less as a hobby. But for Tony Bennett, painting has become a bona fide second career.

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Madonna staged a mock-crucifixion in the Italian capital on Sunday, ignoring a storm of protest and accusations of blasphemy from the Roman Catholic Church.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.