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Entertainment News Archive - September 13, 2009

The Fantasyland section of the Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park near Orlando, Fla., is set to undergo a major overhaul, Disney says, The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said Disney announced Saturday it plans on adding new interactive areas to the Magic Kingdom section, along with a new ride based on the The Little Mermaid and other additions. Fantasyland's Dumbo children's attraction will also be expanded as part of the upcoming makeover, Disney said. In addition, Disney has plans to update Hollywood Studios' Star Tours attraction, a simulator ride based on the world from the film Star Wars.

Director Samuel Moaz said he dedicated his win at Italy's Venice film festival for his war movie Lebanon to the world's troubled war veterans. Euronews.net said while accepting the festival's Golden Lion award for best picture Saturday, Moaz spoke briefly about his own experiences and fallout from the 1982 Lebanon War. I dedicate this award to all the thousands of people around the world who come back from the war, like me, safe and sound but inside the memory will remain stabbed in their souls, Moaz said. Meanwhile, festival judges honored Colin Firth with a best actor award for his portrayal of a homosexual man in A Single Man.

Swedish musician Benny Andersson of the group ABBA says the pop group will not create music for a sequel to the popular musical and film Mamma Mia! Andersson said during an interview with The (Britain) Sunday Telegraph there are no plans for ABBA to create new music for a highly anticipated sequel to the musical, which was turned into a film in 2008. No, it's not going to happen.

ATLANTA, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award have been announced after the second week of college football action, and AT&T* is relying on fans to determine who rules the gridiron.

Little Dorrit, the PBS adaptation of author Charles Dickens' novel of the same name, won four awards at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter said the Dorrit adaptation from screenwriter Andrew Davies earned a Best Costumes for a Movie, Miniseries or a Special award Saturday, along with honors for cinematography and casting.

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself didn't do badly at the U.S. box office, raking in more than $24 million for the weekend's No.

British pop singer Elton John says he wants to adopt a Ukrainian boy he met while visiting an orphanage in the Eastern European country. The BBC said Saturday that the 62-year-old singer announced his adoption plans at a news conference, saying he decided to forgo his personal opposition to becoming

British actress Helen Mirren says her upcoming return to the theater does not necessarily represent a return to her favorite acting discipline. The 64-year-old actress who will star in upcoming performances of Phedre with Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company admitted she tends to long for other acting opportunities while performing on stage, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Not necessarily, Mirren told the Post.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'