Entertainment News Archive - January 10, 2009

Actress Jill Scott revealed at a television critics' event in Los Angeles that she is pregnant for the first time. While appearing at the Television Critics Association conference Friday, the 36-year-old actress said she learned of the pregnancy shortly before she had to leave for the South African country of Batswana to film a TV show, People magazine reported. The first trimester I spent in Botswana, she said.

Political pundit Sean Hannity, known best for the U.S.

Actress Cheryl Holdridge, first known for her Mouseketeer role on The Mickey Mouse Club, has died in Santa Monica, Calif., at the age of 64, a friend said. Doreen Tracey, who was also a Mouseketeer on the popular 1950s TV series, confirmed Holdridge died of unspecified causes this week after battling lung cancer for two years, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Tracey said Holdridge joined Mickey during the series' second season and quickly became part of the show's core of stars. She was a good technical dancer, but I think she was picked mostly because she had this angelic look and a great smile; she's known for her smile, Tracey said of Holdridge, who died Tuesday. Holdridge also enjoyed TV success by playing Julie Foster on Leave It to Beaver.

A British man says he is placing a Batmobile replica up for auction after spending a year modifying a Lincoln Continental to look like the famed TV show car. Mark Perkins of Ascot, England, said he modified the 1973 Lincoln so it looked as close as possible to the vehicle used by the title character in the 1960s U.S.

The Directors Guild of America says nearly all of the films nominated for the U.S.

The first ice-sculpting festival in London's history began Saturday with carvers transforming simple ice into art, an organizer says. Festival organizer Carol Cordrey said all entrants had until late Sunday morning to transform a large chunk of ice into a sculpture based on the theme of wildlife in London, The Times of London reported. Cordrey an art critic by trade, said she came up with the idea for the ice-carving festival after witnessing a Swiss snow-sculpting event. I thought how wonderful it would look in London, she said. A Belgian company named Icebox was consigned to provide large ice blocks for the Natural History Museum event, The Times reported. Cordrey told the newspaper that sculptors of all skill levels were welcome to take part. It's art for all.

Winnie the Pooh and friends are to appear in a new book this year -- the first in 80 years, say the trustees of A.A.

Irish singer Bono, front man for the rock group U2, says he is going to write an occasional opinion column for The New York Times. The 48-year-old rocker said he was honored to write for the U.S.

The Art Directors Guild says Hollywood movies such as The Dark Knight and The Wrestler are among its Excellence in Production Design Award nominees. The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that Knight and its production designer, Nathan Crowley, have been nominated in the fantasy film category of the guild's 13th annual awards show. Crowley and his movie will be going against Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, The Spiderwick Chronicles and WALL-E. Wrestler production designer Timothy Grimes, meanwhile, earned kudos in the contemporary film category, alongside the designers for Burn After Reading, Gran Torino, Quantum of Solace and Slumdog Millionaire. Period film nominees for the Feb.