News Roundup: Nov. 29

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On Wednesday, New York’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Web sites can no longer legally offer downloads of a piece of new software, DeCSS (Decoding Content Scramble System), which allows users to easily copy DVDs. According to the court’s ruling, DeCSS “is like a skeleton key that can open a locked door, a combination that can open a safe, or a device that can neutralize the security device attached to a store’s products.”


At next year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival–running from Feb. 27 through March 3–actor Sean Penn will receive the Modern Master Award, Variety reports. The award honors artists who have greatly enriched the art of cinema

Arnold Schwarzenegger may not receive many acting awards, but the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho honored the celeb on Wednesday by renaming their acclaimed “Flying Maid” ski slope “Arnold’s Run,” giving thanks to Schwarzenegger–a nearby resident–for his many charitable works in the community, according to People.


Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, 80, was released on Wednesday, from L.A.’s Cedars Sinai Medial Center after spending six days there following a mild heart attack on Nov. 22.

Charlie Daniels, 65, the country crooner best known for his classic hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” is expected to recover fully from prostate-cancer surgery that was performed on Nov. 20, his surgeon, Dr. Joseph Smith of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said on Wednesday.

In General

Though the hype surrounding the November TV ratings sweeps has centered upon CBS, the non-subscriber cable results for the month are also in: surprisingly, TBS won, with an average of 1.7 million households, beating out Lifetime and ESPN, which were heavy favorites.

Garth Brooks‘ new album Scarecrow, which was released on Nov. 13, is not only No. 1 on the Billboard charts; sales of 466,000 copies makes it the highest grossing country-music debut since 1998, when Brooks‘ “Double Live” album sold over 1 million in its first week in release.

According to Reuters, the next James Bond film, as of yet untitled, will go ahead with filming in Dec., despite the threatened actors’ strike which was expected to shut down film production in the UK. The movie will star Pierce Brosnan as 007 and Halle Berry as the story’s villain.

After 12 years as host of the Univision talk show El Show de Cristina, latina media sensation Cristina Saralegui will be leaving the show, effective Dec. 14, due to her increased acting and journalistic endeavors.

Rising country star Trace Adkins pleaded guilty on Monday to DUI charges stemming from a July arrest, USA Today reports. He’ll spend two days in jail and have his driver’s license revoked for one year.