News archive from 5 January 2012, page 7

Spider-Man musical makes Broadway history

Spider-Man musical makes Broadway history

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, written by U2's Bono and The Edge, has taken the highest single-week takings of any show in Broadway history. The musical, which was plagued with problems from its inception, took $2.9m (£1.8m) over nine performances...

BBC, 09:05 in Art & Culture
 
Oil prices up 7% in two days as EU agrees framework for ban on Iranian imports

Oil prices up 7% in two days as EU agrees framework for ban on Iranian imports

'France... wants sanctions toughened and the president (Sarkozy) has made two concrete proposals on that front - the first being the freezing of Iranian central bank assets, a tough measure, and the second an embargo on Iranian oil exports,' Mr Juppe...

 
Scrap metal industry faces crackdown

Scrap metal industry faces crackdown

Britain's £5bn-a-year scrap industry is facing tougher regulation as part of a government crackdown on metal theft. People selling scrap could be required to register and face identity checks. And cash payments could be banned, to make metal...

BBC, 09:13 in Business
 

South Korea says ready for talk with hostile North

"We are open to dialogue with North Korea," Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan told a news briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. "The ball is now in North Korea's court." He said it appeared North Korea had not yet decided on...

 
Marie Antoinette drama to open Berlin Film Festival

Marie Antoinette drama to open Berlin Film Festival

A film set around the French Revolution, in which German-born Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette, will launch the Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Benoit Jacquot, Farewell My Queen looks at the early days of the Revolution from the point of view of...

BBC, 09:26 in Art & Culture
 
Waitrose reports 'strong' Christmas trading

Waitrose reports 'strong' Christmas trading

Supermarket chain Waitrose, which is part of the John Lewis Partnership, has reported rising Christmas sales. Like-for-like grocery sales, which exclude the effect of new store openings, rose 3.8% in December, compared with the same month last year....

BBC, 09:31 in Business
 
PETA SEND MCADAMS VEGGIE HELP BOOKS AS ACTRESS HOPES TO GIVE UP MEAT AGAIN

PETA SEND MCADAMS VEGGIE HELP BOOKS AS ACTRESS HOPES TO GIVE UP MEAT AGAIN

Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are packing up a gift basket for actress RACHEL MCADAMS after learning she is keen to return to vegetarianism but needs a little inspiration. The Notebook star recently...

 
FACINELLI WAS TOO YOUNG FOR TWILIGHT

FACINELLI WAS TOO YOUNG FOR TWILIGHT

TWILIGHT star PETER FACINELLI almost lost out on the chance to play vampire family patriarch CARLISLE CULLEN - because producers were looking for someone older. Facinelli felt sure he'd missed out on his chance to star in the film franchise because...

 
LOHAN'S UNWANTED NEW YEAR'S DAY GUEST CONVICTED OF TRESPASSING

LOHAN'S UNWANTED NEW YEAR'S DAY GUEST CONVICTED OF TRESPASSING

A man arrested for trespassing at LINDSAY LOHAN's Venice, California home on New Year's Day (01Jan12) has been ordered to stay away from the actress for two years. Lonnie Short refused to leave the Mean Girls star's doorstep until he had spoken to...

 
MOORE OPENS UP ABOUT REJECTION AFTER KUTCHER SPLIT

MOORE OPENS UP ABOUT REJECTION AFTER KUTCHER SPLIT

DEMI MOORE opened up about her feelings of rejection and abandonment in a revealing magazine interview just two weeks after her split from husband ASHTON KUTCHER. The Ghost star, and former wife of Bruce Willis, confirmed her six-year union to...

 
SWIFT & SEYFRIED IN TALKS TO JOIN LES MISERABLES CAST

SWIFT & SEYFRIED IN TALKS TO JOIN LES MISERABLES CAST

TAYLOR SWIFT and AMANDA SEYFRIED are in talks to complete the star-studded cast of director TOM HOOPER's LES MISERABLES movie adaptation. The singer and the Mamma Mia! star are set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne...

 
LYDON ATTACKS TV TALENT SHOWS

LYDON ATTACKS TV TALENT SHOWS

Punk icon JOHN LYDON has blamed TV talent shows for the fact his reunited PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. have yet to find a record label. The sneering former Sex Pistols singer has taken aim at hit shows like The X Factor and American Idol, claiming the music...

 
CANNON TRANSFERRED TO HOSPITAL IN LOS ANGELES

CANNON TRANSFERRED TO HOSPITAL IN LOS ANGELES

MARIAH CAREY's husband NICK CANNON is to be transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles as he continues to recover from a mild kidney failure. The actor and TV personality was admitted to a medical facility in Aspen, Colorado, during the couple's...

 
TIMBERLAKE TO WED BIEL FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL - REPORT

TIMBERLAKE TO WED BIEL FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL - REPORT

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL cemented their reconciliation by getting engaged just before Christmas (11), according to U.S. reports. The couple split last year (11) but ended the year back together with the pop star-turned-actor calling The...

 
DESCHANEL FILES FOR DIVORCE

DESCHANEL FILES FOR DIVORCE

Actress ZOOEY DESCHANEL has filed for divorce from her rocker husband of two years. The Yes Man star split from Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard in October (11) and now she has decided it's over. Deschanel filed divorce papers in Los Angeles...

 


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