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Posted on November 1, 2006

'Hanna Montana' soundtrack is No. 1

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Disney's "Hanna Montana" soundtrack takes the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week, making it the fourth top 10 debut from Disney.

My Chemical Romance takes the No. 2 spot with "The Black Parade," while John Legend's sophomore album, "Once Again" bows at No. 3 on the top 200, reported Wednesday.

Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" holds the No. 4 spot for a second week and Evanescence's "The Open Door" is No. 5.

Hinder's "Extreme Behavior" continues its upward climb in its 39th week on the chart, ascending to No. 6.

Diddy's "Press Play" falls to No. 7 while Tony Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" climbs to No. 8.

Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" re-enters the top tier at No. 9 after 56 weeks on the chart and the Killers round out the Top Ten.

CD sales are up 1.7 percent from last week and 5.1 percent compared to the same week last year at 10.03 million units.

2006's sales are down 5 percent compared to 2005 at 433.5 million units sold.

Wachowski Bros. to do 'Speed Racer'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The Wachowski brothers have decided to write and direct a big-screen, live-action version of "Speed Racer."

It will be first film that Larry and Andy Wachowski have directed since completing the "Matrix" trilogy in 2003, the Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

A bunch of the behind-the-scenes talent from the "Matrix" films will be returning, including executive producer Grant Hill and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta.

The new "Speed Racer" will be based on the 1960's animated cartoon, following the young racecar driver "Speed" in outrageous adventures in his quest for glory in his gadget-laden car.

The movie will also feature other characters from the cartoon, as well as "Speed's" mysterious archrival, "Racer X."

"They are approaching these racing scenes in a way you've never seen before," said producer Joel Silver, adding that the brothers are designing the movie as they write.

"They wanted to do something that could appeal to everybody," Silver said.

CBS is a favorite for the business Emmys

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- CBS News took 15 out of 33 nominations in New York that spanned 7 categories for the Business and Financial Emmys.

The Business and Financial Emmys will be held Dec. 7 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, with the ceremony set to take place at the Rainbow Room in New York, reported Wednesday.

"CBS News Sunday Morning" will only have itself to compete with in the category of outstanding interpretation of a business news story in a regularly scheduled newscast since it took all four nominations.

CBS's "60 Minutes" also earned all four nominations in the outstanding coverage of a current business news story category. "60 Minutes" earned a total of nine nominations.

NBC News received five nominations, CNBC received four and CNN and PBS programming each earned three nominations.

ABC News, Biography Channel and Discovery Times each received one nomination.

Also during the ceremony, the National Television Academy will present Paul Steiger with a Lifetime Achievement Award for is work as the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and vice president of Dow Jones & Co.

Catherine Zeta-Jones sheds the pounds

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones wowed onlookers at a New York Awards ceremony when she showed up looking more slim and svelte than ever.

Jones had said that she would never mimic the Hollywood trend of trying to look like size zero catwalk models, but instead opts for a healthy Weight Watchers eating plan to shed any unwanted pounds, the Daily Mirror Reported Wednesday.

One onlooker said, "She's gone from a 14 to a 10 virtually overnight. But she still looks amazing."

The 37-year-old mother of two, who is famous for her naturally curvy figure, also sported a naturally healthy tan alongside actor and husband Michael Douglas.

"Sure, I have to watch what eat to stay in shape. We all do. But I'm not fanatical. I've learned how to deal with diets without losing my limit," said Jones.

"I think it's awful, this competition in the U.S. between actresses who've just had a baby to see who's first to get back to their normal weight. It's insane and I find it quite scary," she added.

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