Question: Here's what might sound like a silly question, but how did David Carradine go from having a full head of hair to bald and then back again on Kung Fu? Did they shoot all his flashback scenes with his head shaved and then have him wear a wig, or what? Thanks. Tony P., Bemidji, Minn.
Televisionary: Actually, it was the opposite, Tony. When playing the adult fugitive Kwai Chang Caine in America's old West, Carradine acted with his natural hair visible. When shooting flashbacks to the character's Shaolin training days, he donned a plastic scalp that was pulled down tight over his real hair and cemented in place, then blended in with makeup and dotted black to give the appearance of stubble.
Aside from that bit of trickery, however, Carradine resembled his character in thought and lifestyle to a remarkable degree while shooting the ABC series, which ran from October 1972 to June 1975. In fact, the press usually had a field day with the actor,
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Let's get real: Nobody watches the Academy Awards to find out who wins. You're going to read all about that the morning after in Michael Ausiello's column, and you know it. No, we tune in to the overlong ego trip for three reasons and only three reasons: the clothes, the catastrophes and the crying (and, when we get really, really lucky, the chance to see all three at once). That being the case, last night's live broadcast of the 76th annual ceremony was, by all accounts, a rousing success. For those of you who were too busy double-checking your office Oscar-pool ballots to pay attention to the goings-on, TV Guide Online offers this instant replay.
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The third time was indeed the charm for The Lord of the Rings. The fantasy trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King, was named best picture at Sunday's 76th annual Academy Awards one of 11 Oscars the film picked up (tying
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The 76th Annual Academy Awards and Countdown To The Oscars 2004
OK, here we go (and you thought the telecast was long...):
8:00 Access Hollywood's Billy Bush shares a limo with 13-year-old nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and finds out she would most like to meet Johnny Depp tonight "because he's a stud."
8:05 After a preshow interview, Susan Sarandon nearly trips as she walks down from a minipodium on the red carpet.
8:12 At the end of a comedy bit with Starsky & Hutch costar Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson checks out correspondent Maria Menounos' chest and casually asks, "Are those real, by the way?"
8:13 One of the Oscar accountants waves to the crowd as he passes by with a briefcase full of secrets. The crowd collectively thinks, "Chill out, loser."
8:14 Correspondent Chris Connel