Entertainment News Archive - June 21, 2009

A nightclub owner in Tamarac, Fla., says he organized a musical protest for members of the area Iranian community to urge peace in his native land. Kuluck nightclub owner Ali Shirdel told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel with deadly, large-scale protests in Iran, he orchestrated Saturday night's performance

The BBC's new series Strictly Come Dancing on Wheels will combine celebrities with disabled dancers in wheelchairs, an official for the British network says. BBC3 official Danny Cohen said among the celebrities lined up for the provisionally titled new series are singer Heather Small and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, The Sunday Telegraph reported. This is a really important project for us.

Teenage Disney stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato crashed a prom in Toronto for students of the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, a witness says. An unidentified witness said Gomez, star of the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, and Lovato, who appeared in the Disney movie Camp Rock, appeared to be having fun at the school dance, People.com reported Saturday. They were all dancing in a group and having fun, the witness said of Thursday night's event.

Frances Dean Smith, who released poetry under the name FrancEyE, has died at the age of 87 in Greenbrae, Calif., her daughter, Marina Bukowski Zavala, says. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday Smith's works of poetry were published in poetry journals, as well as in collections such 2004's Amber Spider and 1996's Snaggletooth in Ocean Park. Smith also had a romantic relationship with Charles Bukowski, a fellow poet who inspired her and with whom she had one of her four daughters. Smith, who had divorced Wray Smith before meeting Bukowski in the 1960s, also earned the nickname Bearded Witch of Ocean Park during her latter years in Santa Monica, Calif., for the white hairs she allowed to grow from her chin. I think she did that because it was sort of a feminist thing, Smith's friend S.A.

New York City prison officials offered preferential treatment to rapper Foxy Brown while she was incarcerated, Department of Correction sources allege. The unidentified sources allege the Chyna Doll rapper, who was jailed for a 2006 assault on two nail-salon manicurists, received unlimited phone and TV use while incarcerated, the New York Post reported Sunday. In addition, the rapper received new clothing to replace her dirty apparel and prison officials helped coordinate a magazine interview and photo shoot for Brown, the sources allege. It's just out of control, one source said. There's a total lack of leadership at the top, another source added. Brown, whose real name is Inga Fung Marchand, completed her nine-month prison sentence for her parole violation last April. The sources told the Post that top prison official Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil was among those allegedly pampering the rapper.

LOS ANGELES, June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rentrak Theatrical, a business unit of Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the weekend theatrical box office estimates for the weekend period of June 19 through June 21, 2009 according to the company's Box Office Essentials(TM) theatrical box office data collection and analytical service. The twelve estimated top producing motion pictures for the weekend, per data collected as of 9:30AM Pacific on Sunday, June 21, 2009 by Rentrak Theatrical include: Rank Title Weekend Gross Locations 1 The Proposal $34,114,000 3056 2 The Hangover $26,855,000 3545 3 Up $21,336,000 3832 4 Year One $20,200,000 3022 5 The Taking Of Pelham 123 $11,300,000 3077 6 Night At The Museum: Battle Smithsonian

An auctioneer in Amherst, N.H., says he sold a famed photograph of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein for $74,324. Auctioneer Bobby Livingston said the autographed 1951 photo of Einstein wagging his tongue was sold online via RRAuction.com and the sale marked the highest price paid for an Einstein photo in history, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Saturday. Livingston said the photo, taken during Einstein's 72nd birthday celebration at New Jersey's Princeton University, is special. As soon as we got it, we knew it was something special, Livingston said.

The New York building where actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose is facing foreclosure, an attorney says. Attorney Kent Karlsson, who represents a minority owner of the building in New York's SoHo neighborhood, said foreclosure proceedings on the property are nearing completion after lengthy court dealings, the New York Post reported Sunday. Ledger, whose movie credits included The Dark Knight and The Patriot, died in one of the building's apartments on Jan.

The Proposal took over as the No. 1 movie in U.S.

Actor Harvey Keitel joined rain-soaked revelers at the annual Mermaid Parade in New York's Coney Island district, visitors said. Cherry Delight of North Salem, N.Y., said Saturday's parade allowed people to embrace the best part of the tourist spot, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. This parade is everything that Coney Island is about, said Delight, 22, decked out in a skimpy cowgirl outfit and riding a wooden seahorse.

Word of the Day
  • The practice of two or more parties jointly purchasing all or part of a butchered cow and dividing the meat between them.
The word 'cowpooling' was formed on the model of 'carpooling'.