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'War' Unlikely to Halt Box-Office Slide (AP)
AP - Even the combined powers of Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and H.G. Wells may be unable to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak. "War of the Worlds," Spielberg and Cruise's take on Wells' alien invasion classic, opened Wednesday as a longshot to end a slump in which domestic movie revenues have declined for 18 straight weekends compared to 2004.

Elliott Offers More Conventional Formula (AP)
AP - When it comes to churning out hits, most musicians stick to the same recipe that gave them sweet success the first time around. If a rapper's shoot-em-up tales sold 8 million albums, there'll be more on the follow-up. If a starlet's skimpy outfits and booty-shaking lured fans to the record stores 5 million times, count on similar apparel and moves the next time. One of the rare exceptions is hip-hop's mad scientist, Missy Elliott.

'Idol' Winner Studdard Files Complaint (AP)
AP - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has filed a complaint with the Birmingham police department accusing his ex-manager of identity theft and forgery.

Backstreet Boy Carter Ordered to Rehab (AP)
AP - Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was ordered into a three-month alcohol treatment program after pleading guilty to drunk driving.

Live 8's Geldof Known As 'Saint Bob' (AP)
AP - Bob Geldof makes an unlikely saint. The rangy, foul-mouthed Irish rocker who fronted the Boomtown Rats in the 1970s is now far better known as a champion of Africa, haranguer of the powerful and organizer of star-studded charity concerts.

'Hotel Rwanda' Wins Humanitas Prize (AP)
AP - The screenwriters of "Hotel Rwanda" won the Humanitas Prize on Wednesday for their story based on a hotel manager's efforts to shelter victims of Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

'Idol' Winner Studdard Files Complaint (AP)
AP - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has filed a complaint with the Birmingham police department accusing his ex-manager of identity theft and forgery.

'Idol' Winner Studdard Files Complaint (AP)
AP - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has filed a complaint with the Birmingham police department accusing his ex-manager of identity theft and forgery.

Video Game Actors to Vote on New Contract (AP)
AP - Actors who provide voices for video game characters will vote on whether to accept a new contract with producers that increases wages but does not pay residuals on the most popular games.

'Zanna!' Musical Aims Its Magic Wand Toward Summer on Broadway (Playbill)
Playbill - The producers of the musical Zanna! are still planning to make some magic on Broadway, but are now aiming the show at summer 2006, Playbill.com has learned.

'Hotel Rwanda' Wins Humanitas Prize (AP)
AP - The screenwriters of "Hotel Rwanda" won the Humanitas Prize on Wednesday for their story based on a hotel manager's efforts to shelter victims of Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

'War' Unlikely to Halt Box-Office Slide (AP)
AP - Even the combined powers of Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and H.G. Wells may be unable to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak. "War of the Worlds," Spielberg and Cruise's take on Wells' alien invasion classic, opened Wednesday as a longshot to end a slump in which domestic movie revenues have declined for 18 straight weekends compared to 2004.

Slump? What Slump? (E! Online)
E! Online - The Roxy Theatre in Forsyth, Montana, turns 75 in September. The single-screen movie house has withstood TV, VCRs, cable, videogames, DVDs--and the recent flood of headlines about slumps, losing streaks and decline.

Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds' wins over critics (Reuters)
Reuters - "War of the Worlds" has won over U.S. movie critics, who gave generally good reviews to the highly anticipated science-fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.

Indie filmmaker July wary as Hollywood beckons (Reuters)
Reuters - Stay independent or go Hollywood? Filmmaker Miranda July, facing sudden success with her quirky movie "Me You and Everyone We Know," says she has already made up her mind.

Review: 'War of the Worlds' Feels Generic (AP)
AP - Big concept. Big director. Big star. Big, big budget. Big deal. Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's "War of the Worlds" comes off exactly the way it started: An assemblage of enormous talent on a frantic dash to meet a deadline. They made it, but the rush job they delivered shortchanges story, character, design and even execution on some of the colossal special-effects sequences.

We're not alone in universe, says Tom Cruise (Reuters)
Reuters - Hollywood actor Tom Cruise not only battles creatures from outer space in his latest film "War of the Worlds," he also believes aliens exist, he told a German newspaper on Wednesday.

Actress Jennifer Tilly Wins Poker Event (AP)
AP - LAS VEGAS (AP) — Actress Jennifer Tilly is no poker pretender. Tilly won the Ladies no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker, marking the first time a celebrity has won a bracelet at the famous tournament.

Paris Awards Jackie Chan With Medal (AP)
AP - The mayor of Paris has awarded Jackie Chan an honorary medal from the city, praising the Hong Kong action star for his film career — and his smile.

Disney dodges bullet with 'Roger Rabbit' verdict (Reuters)
Reuters - The Walt Disney Co. must pay "Roger Rabbit" creator Gary Wolf at least $180,000 in underreported royalties, but the media giant prevailed on the larger issue of whether gross receipts must include the value of promotional deals.

'Idol' Winner Studdard Files Complaint (AP)
AP - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has filed a complaint with the Birmingham police department accusing his ex-manager of identity theft and forgery.

Small-town Canada under spotlight as Live 8 venue (Reuters)
Reuters - Park Place in Barrie, Ontario, doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Rome's Circus Maximus, the Palace of Versailles, Hyde Park or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as the venue for a rock concert.

Studdard: Ex-Manager Scammed Me (E! Online)
E! Online - Under that Velvet Teddy Bear exterior lurks a grizzly.

Nick Carter Cops to DUI (E! Online)
E! Online - A three-month alcohol program. Three years' informal probation. A $1,200 fine. Restricted driving privileges for 90 days. That's all that Nick Carter has to give to make good on a drunken-driving charge.

Dylan Brews Up Starbucks Deal (E! Online)
E! Online - The folk-rock icon, who got his start plying tunes in Greenwich Village cafes, has become the latest artist to sign a deal with Starbucks for exclusive distribution rights to his new album--which, coincidentally, features some of those same songs he introduced to the boho, espresso-sipping crowds back in the day.

Miranda Lambert Finds Success With Debut (AP)
AP - Signing a record contract is usually a joyous occasion for an unknown artist, especially one that has spent years struggling. But Miranda Lambert recalls little joy when that big moment came, only increasing dread as she stared at the papers in front of her. For almost a half-hour, she debated whether joining Sony Nashville — home of such best-selling acts as Gretchen Wilson and the Dixie Chicks — was a good thing.

Pearl Jam rolls the dice in Atlantic City (Reuters)
Reuters - Pearl Jam will cap a slate of fall tour dates with a Sept. 30-Oct. 1 stand at the Borgata casino's 3,700-capacity Entertainment Center in Atlantic City, N.J.

Audioslave heading home for studio time, fall tour (Reuters)
Reuters - After its European festival tour ends July 10 in Dublin, rock quartet Audioslave plans to make a quick return to the studio and begin preparing for an extensive fall tour of North America.

Coldplay, Bo Bice Rule Charts (E! Online)
E! Online - Coldplay still owns the summer's most sizzling album. And Carrie Underwood still owns Bo Bice.

All BETs on West, Fugees (E! Online)
E! Online - The rapper-producer was a double winner at Tuesday night's Fifth Annual Black Entertainment Television Awards, picking up prizes for Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year for his tune "Jesus Walks."

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