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2006-02-13 14:47:21

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said on Monday. Worldwide there were 58 shark attacks in 2005, down from 65 a year earlier, and fatalities fell to four from seven, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at the university's Florida Museum of Natural History. Attacks have been on...

2006-02-13 14:50:00

By Jane Sutton MIAMI -- Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said on Monday. Worldwide there were 58 shark attacks in 2005, down from 65 a year earlier, and fatalities fell to four from seven, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at the university's Florida Museum of Natural History. Attacks have been on the decline for five...

2006-02-12 20:39:48

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was...

2006-02-12 19:36:48

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Walk the Line" won for production design on a contemporary film and "Memoirs of a Geisha" took the prize for period or fantasy film as the Art Directors Guild celebrated its 10th annual awards Saturday. The guild's television awards went to "Rome" for single-camera series, "Mad TV" for multicamera series, "Empire Falls" for movie or miniseries and the "77th Annual Academy Awards" for awards show or special. Of the 10 films...

2006-02-12 20:35:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK -- Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the...

2006-02-12 19:55:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, the author of the bestseller "Jaws" which was made into a blockbuster movie that kept beachgoers out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," both of which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the condition...

2006-02-06 02:11:57

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Swimmers in an ocean race off Sydney faced their worst nightmare when a 10-foot shark was spotted heading straight for them, forcing race officials to quickly pluck competitors from the water. Swimmers in the Cole Classic ocean swim, a six-mile race out through the heads of Sydney Harbor to the city's northern Manly Beach, were around the halfway mark on Sunday when the shark was spotted, local newspapers reported on Monday. Safety boats following the swimmers out...

2006-02-06 01:58:14

By Frank Segers LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Although they scored five Oscar nominations apiece last Tuesday, Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and the Johnny Cash movie "Walk the Line" drew different receptions at the weekend foreign box office. Spielberg's terrorist thriller was the No. 1 movie for a second weekend, while "Walk the Line" bowed in the No. 3 slot. (In North America, the $110 million haul for "Walk the Line" is more than double that of "Munich.") "Munich" grossed an...

2006-01-31 18:15:00

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood got serious this year as its Oscar-nominated films questioned sexual conventions, race relations and the politics of fear and violence -- a far cry from years past when Hobbits roamed middle-Earth and Americans danced in Paris. The five movies nominated for best picture crisscross a spectrum of social concerns from Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," a tale of the isolation of two gay cowboys in the 1960s to Steven Spielberg's "Munich,' about Israel's...

2006-01-30 04:00:00

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In tackling topics both complex and controversial, the five directors nominated in the DGA Awards feature category said they ultimately found more motivation and reward in raising difficult questions than trying to make statements. The impressive gathering of all five nominees -- Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, George Clooney, Paul Haggis and Bennett Miller -- at the DGA's annual meet-the-nominee breakfast Saturday gave the filmmakers a chance...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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