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2006-03-14 13:01:35

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The lawyer representing two historians who accuse Dan Brown of copying their work in his best-seller "The Da Vinci Code" told a British court on Tuesday he suspected the author had lied in his evidence. Brown, in the witness box for a second day, was forced to defend his assertion that he had not read "The Holy Blood, and the Holy Grail" when he came up with the idea for his thriller. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, co-authors of the 1982...

2006-02-28 12:34:24

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Author Dan Brown did not copy material from an earlier book when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code," his best-selling religious thriller at the center of a copyright case, a lawyer told London's High Court on Tuesday. With over 36 million copies of his novel in circulation and a major Hollywood adaptation due for release in May, the stakes are high in a case brought against Brown's British publishers by historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh....

2006-02-28 08:25:48

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Author Dan Brown did not copy material from an earlier book when he came to write "The Da Vinci Code," his best-selling religious thriller at the center of a London copyright case, a lawyer said on Tuesday. With over 36 million copies of his novel in circulation and a major Hollywood adaptation due for release in May, the stakes are high in a case brought against Brown's British publishers by historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. In...

2006-02-24 02:45:43

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" has crossed the $600 million mark in international receipts and ranks fifth among all-time international releases. It sits behind "Titanic," the all-time champ with $1.2 billion in international grosses; "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ($752 million); "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first Potter movie ($657 million); and "Harry Potter and the...

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2006-02-24 02:45:00

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" has crossed the $600 million mark in international receipts and ranks fifth among all-time international releases. It sits behind "Titanic," the all-time champ with $1.2 billion in international grosses; "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ($752 million); "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first Potter movie ($657 million); and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of...

2006-01-14 10:45:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of school girls queued for hours on Saturday in the hope they would be the one chosen to star in the new Harry Potter film. Girls aged between 13 to 16 years old were asked to audition for the part of Luna Lovegood, one of the teen wizard's school mates at Hogwarts. Casting director Fiona said no previous acting experience was necessary. The first appearance of the blonde-haired Lovegood appears in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Described as having a...

2006-01-10 04:35:00

LONDON -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling decided to kill off the parents of her fictional boy wizard after she suffered the trauma of losing her own mother, the author said in a rare interview on Tuesday. Rowling was writing the best-selling novel when her mother died in 1991 after a 10-year fight against multiple sclerosis, and her one regret is that she did not see how successful the book would become. "I had gone to bed early ... but instead I started writing," she told Tatler magazine....

2005-11-20 14:54:37

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harry Potter cast a spell over moviegoers during the weekend, as the fourth film in the fantasy series about a young wizard smashed sales records around the world. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" sold an estimated $181.4 million worth of tickets, including $101.4 million in North America, where it easily eclipsed the first three films and ranks as the fourth-largest opening ever, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said on Sunday. It also...

2005-11-20 13:36:29

Please read in penultimate paragraph, "British author J.K. Rowling" instead of "British author J.K. Rowlings." A corrected repetition follows. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The new "Harry Potter" movie, the fourth in a series about a boy wizard, sold an estimated $101.4 million worth of tickets in its first three days of release across North America, making it the fourth-largest opening ever, the distributor said on Sunday. The tally for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was much...

2005-11-09 12:10:56

By Richard Satran NEW YORK (Reuters) - The prestigious Booker literary prize and a tenfold jump in sales have not softened John Banville's view of the work of some of his fellow authors. The Irish writer was the surprise Booker winner this year with his "The Sea," besting bigger names including Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro. In accepting the prize, the 59-year-old rankled some with his comment that "this time" it had gone to a "work of art." "The Sea" is...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.