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2008-08-20 00:00:00

By Lynn Elber LOS ANGELES -- "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has solved the mystery of who will replace departing CBS series star William Petersen: It's Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony award winner, will be introduced in the ninth episode of the upcoming 10th season, the network told The Associated Press on Monday. He'll play a forensics scientist with a secret. "I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of 'CSI,'" Fishburne said in a statement, adding that he...

2008-08-19 09:00:45

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- "CSI" has solved the mystery of who will replace departing star William Petersen: It's Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony winner, will be introduced in the ninth episode of the upcoming 10th season. He'll play a forensics scientist with a secret. "I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of 'CSI,"' Fishburne said in a statement, adding that he looked forward to a "wonderful collaboration" with those involved in the series....

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2008-08-18 15:05:00

U.S. actor Laurence Fishburne has been named to replace William Petersen as the star of the hit CBS TV series "CSI," network officials said Monday. The show's executive producers say Fishburne's first appearance on the show will come in its ninth episode of the 2008-09 season, the series' ninth year, the Hollywood Reporter said. "CBS asked us, 'Who's at the top of your dream list?'" executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar told reporters. "Without hesitation, we said Laurence...

2008-08-06 18:00:00

By Daniel Fienberg, Zap2It, Chicago Aug. 6--Long considered a possibility to replace William Petersen as star of CBS' hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," Laurence Fishburne has now emerged as the leading suspect. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fishburne is in talks to play a new character in the "CSI" family, a doctor with a very particular genetic profile. "He is an outsider coming into the CSI unit," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters last month at the...

2006-08-28 19:00:00

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Turns out finding money to make movies was an easy mission for Tom Cruise. Only days after the "Mission: Impossible" movie star effectively was fired by Paramount Pictures, Cruise, his film partner Paula Wagner and an investment fund run by professional football team owner Daniel Snyder agreed on Monday to a financing package that puts Cruise back in business. "This offers us the opportunity to work with all studios and continue doing what we were...

2006-08-23 19:50:23

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A day after one of Hollywood's most powerful men publicly scolded actor Tom Cruise, the film capital began to think cost-conscious studios may finally be fed up with giving stars the star treatment. But some industry insiders believe Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone's rebuke of Cruise was more a sign that a great money-making career was on the wane. In few other places on Earth are stars pampered the way they are in Hollywood....

2006-08-23 08:28:15

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures and actor Tom Cruise called an end to their 14-year production deal on Wednesday as the chairman of the studio's parent company took a parting shot at the movie star's off-screen behavior. "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone told the Wall Street Journal in an interview posted online. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."...

2006-08-23 06:00:00

By Anne Thompson LOS ANGELES -- Amid a breakup that took a publicly acrimonious turn Tuesday, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures are parting company. Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner, whose Cruise/Wagner Prods. has been based at the Hollywood studio for 14 years, said they ended negotiations several days ago when a Paramount offer came up short. Wagner said the production company has lined up private equity that will allow it to operate independently of any of the studios....

2006-08-22 23:44:25

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures and actor Tom Cruise called an end to their 14-year production deal on Wednesday as the chairman of the studio's parent company took a parting shot at the movie star's off-screen behavior. "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone told the Wall Street Journal in an interview posted online. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."...

2006-08-22 20:19:28

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures has severed its 14-year-old ties to Tom Cruise's production company because of his off-screen behavior, the chairman of the studio's parent company said on Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The remarks by Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone signaled the end of one of the most lucrative production deals commanded by any A-list Hollywood star and followed other signs that Cruise's public stature had been...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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