Oct 1, 2011, 4:36 a.m.
Judge issues gag order in Jackson death trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The judge in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor issued a sharply worded gag order for attorneys on Friday and ordered one of them to return for a possible contempt hearing after he appeared on a TV show telling details about the case. Judge Michael Pastor's order came at midday on Friday, the fourth day of the widely watched trial in which prosecutors are trying to prove Dr. Conrad Murray was responsible for the drug overdose that caused the pop star's death on June 25, 2009.
A look behind the making of "Terra Nova" dinosaurs
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Everybody knows what dinosaurs look and sound like. After all, who hasn't seen the "Jurassic Park" movies. So what if your boss is Steven Spielberg -- the guy who created that movie and is chiefly responsible for those dinosaurs? And he says that for his new TV show, "Terra Nova," make me dinosaurs but don't make them look or sound like "Jurassic Park" dinosaurs?
Cancer comedy "50/50" hits home for Anjelica Huston
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winning actress Angelica Huston has often played quirky roles in films like "The Addams Family" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." This weekend, the 60 year-old Hollywood star plays her most "normal" character to date in the cancer comedy "50/50." The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man whose life changes drastically when he is diagnosed with cancer. Huston plays Diane, his overbearing mother.
Analysis: Fox wounded, but not because of News Corp crisis
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a summer of scandal, the spotlight has shifted from News Corp's phone hacking crisis to its entertainment business, where its TV network and movie studio are searching for fresh hits to meet sky-high expectations. Fox's tentpole shows -- "Glee," "The X Factor," and "Terra Nova" -- debuted this month to audience figures that fell short of Hollywood's expectations, partly due to out-sized ratings hopes and partly to the highly competitive, fragmented TV landscape that has made business tough for all the networks.
Art auction will benefit Elton John's AIDS charity
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Works by Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and four other artists are expected to raise more than $1 million for Elton John's AIDS Foundation (EJAF) when they are sold at auction in November, Sotheby's said Friday. Artists including Jim Hodges, Howard Hodgkin and Tracey Emin will also be represented in the November 10 sale of contemporary art during Sotheby's fall auctions.
Claire Danes switches gears for "Homeland" TV drama
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Since her role as a brooding teen-ager on the critically acclaimed 1990s TV drama, "My So-Called Life," actress Claire Danes has played everything from Shakespeare's Juliet to autistic animal scientist Temple Grandin. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner returns to television on Sunday, October 2, as a flawed and fragile CIA agent in Showtime's post-9/11 conspiracy drama, "Homeland."
Stealth festival to rock Kabul with musical explosion