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Entertainment News Archive - September 27, 2009

ATLANTA, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award have been announced after the fourth week of college football action, and AT&T* is relying on fans to determine who rules the gridiron.

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski has been arrested in Switzerland for a 1977 underage sex case in the United States, film festival organizers say. Polanski was in Zurich Saturday to attend the city's international film festival and accept an achievement award when he was arrested, festival organizers told CNN. Roman Polanski, who is one of the greatest film directors of all time, would have been honored for his life's work in Zurich today, the film festival said in a statement.

Conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck mostly stayed away from politics while on a visit to his hometown of Mount Vernon, Wash., observers said. In town Saturday to accept a key to the city and accolades from his hometown peers, Beck ignored hundreds of protesters outside the city's McIntyre Hall and reminisced about Mount Vernon's old wooden flagpole and the time he got caught stealing chewing gum, The Seattle Times reported. The newspaper said Beck wept when he talked about going to the town's Lincoln Theater with his mother.

Civil rights advocates and artists say a six-month jail sentence given to a Boston graffiti tagger is a draconian punishment. Danielle Bremner, 24, of New York, drew the sentence in Suffolk County Superior Court last week after pleading guilty to 13 counts of vandalism and defacing property for spray painting her moniker, Utah, around East Boston and the city's Back Bay, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. I think it is really high time that our society rethink whether it's humane to put a person in a cage for painting on a wall, Boston lawyer Jeffrey Wiesner, who has represented another charged graffiti artist, told the newspaper.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs took the No. 1 spot at the U.S.

U.S. actress Tawny Kitaen, who appeared in the reality show Celebrity Rehab, has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, police say. Sgt. Shontel Sherwood of the Newport Beach, Calif., Police Department said Kitaen, 48, was taken into custody around 3 p.m.

Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien is out of the hospital after hitting his head while taping a stunt for the program, NBC officials said. The network said Saturday that O'Brien was released from the unnamed hospital after being examined, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported. NBC said O'Brien was injured Friday while running down a flight of stairs as part of a skit for the Tonight Show.

The British throne has moved to stop publication of a book about the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson's undercover trip to a Turkish orphanage, sources say. Queen Elizabeth's legal team has demanded that an ITN journalist, who along with Ferguson last year filmed a documentary in which she and her 19-year-old daughter Princess Eugenie secretly entered a Turkish orphanage, drop plans to publish a book about the exploit, unnamed sources told The Sunday Times of London. The legal firm, Farrer & Co., reportedly wrote to ITN's Chris Rogers on behalf of the duchess last month claiming she holds the copyright over much of the book's source material, including Rogers' notes.

Word of the Day
donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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