Poor Laura Harris. It seems the 24 star was the last to discover that her character, spoiled rich brat Marie Warner, was actually a cold-blooded terrorist. "I found out [the week] before we shot it," she tells TV Guide Online, adding that she suspected something was up when "crew members on the set started calling me evil. I was like, 'Why are they saying that?' And then it became clear, and I was like, 'Oh, they do actually like me! It's okay.'"
Viewers learned of the shocking plot twist at the climax of Episode 11 on Jan. 15, when Harris's alter ego shot and killed her fiancé Reza (Phillip Rhys). Was it just us, or did the 26-year-old look mighty comfortable clutching a firearm? "I did gun training to be able to shoot with confidence," she says. "It's really difficult to point a gun at someone's head, I have to say
Joe Millionaire butler Paul Hogan would sooner serve white wine with steak than reveal which of Evan Marriott's wannabe wives winds up wearing the noufaux riche construction worker's engagement ring. But he will disclose who didn't see any action at all during the taping of
the Fox smash: him!
"Fancy being at a French chateau for [a month] with 20 women and not being
slipped a single number!" he exclaims to TV Guide Online in mock humiliation.
(In the interest of full disclosure, it must be noted that Hogan did attract
at least one admirer. "Paul is very charming," admits Melissa Jo
"MoJo" Hunter. "If he was a little bit younger, we could have had a whole
Truth be told, the distinguished major-domo wasn't terribly broken up that he
didn't land a lass of his own. "It would have been nice, I suppose, but my
old man always told me, 'Never get your meat where you buy your bread,'" he
You think The Surreal Life's star trips seem like high drama? For showbiz vet Emmanuel Lewis a three-time TV Guide cover boy for Webster the WB reality show (airing at 9 pm/ET) was no big deal. "This is a paid vacation, my friend," he tells TV Guide Online, smiling. "We were in a house in the Hollywood hills with seven celebrities."
Hey, drama is a matter of perspective. Surreal Life only took 10 days to film. Lewis spent four years on Webster with two TV "parents" played by real-life spouses Susan Clark and Alex Karras who were widely known to resent playing second fiddle to a kid. Of course, he's too gracious to say that, but a classic story from his Webster years illustrates the point.
Remember when naughty Webster bu
Minnie Driver is sick of playing nice. So when the producers of Will & Grace came a-callin', the Circle of Friends and Good Will Hunting beauty agreed to guest star, but only as a vamp. Well, her wish was granted. In tonight's "Homojo" episode airing at 9 pm/ET on NBC she plays Lorraine Finster, the minx who's out to land Karen's rich ex-husband, Stan. "I think I've fully explored the parameters of being a good girl," Driver chuckles, "and it's time to shake it up a little. All of it is done in a spirit of wit and humor, as opposed to maliciousness and revenge although I'm not ruling those things out!
"They haven't let me play a character like this in movies," she adds cheerily. "I'm always very English and well bred. Here'
Since Joe Millionaire struck ratings gold, the reality series' star, make-believe moneybags Evan Marriott, has been pondering the $64,000 question. No, not which avaricious vixen he prefers, but how he's going to cash in once his secret at last is revealed!
"I think it would be neat to have a TV show, kind of like a Bob Vila show on steroids," he tells TV Guide Online. "[I'd] get away from the house stuff and get on big job sites and big buildings. Wouldn't that be killer?
"[Forget this] Bob Vila crap!" he continues, his enthusiasm growing seemingly in direct proportion to his disdain for This Old House. "Who wants to put up crown molding? We're going to put up beams! Real men don't want to put up crown molding, they want to [operate] cranes and move beams and set up girders... stuff like that."
Of course we do. And the powers that be know it. "I don't see [Marriott] replacing Paige Davis [as host of The Learni
Murphy Brown's Candice Bergen is returning to CBS as the star of the TV movie Footsteps. In the thriller, Bergen will play a best-selling suspense novelist who finds herself caught up in a real-life crime story.
Madonna insists she is not repeat, not pregnant! The Material mother-of-two plans to file a formal complaint in Britain over a story in Heat magazine that said she is pregnant with her third child. "She dyed her hair brown instead of blond; that does not confirm somebody's pregnant," her rep told Reuters. "And she's been wearing baggy clothes for 20 years, so what else is new?" Um, I just got a new microwave oven, does that count?
Has passion ignited between Irish movie idol Colin Farrell and American pop tart Britney Spears? As Farrell tells TV Guide Online, those romance rumors are "a load of bollocks. Oh, totally! I take it with a grain of salt."
What about the 26-year-old canoodling with Spears (who just turned 21) at The Recruit's premiere? That wasn't a sign they're dating? "No, not at all man," he says. "There was 25 of us there at that screening the other night."
And what of Spears visiting him on the set of S.W.A.T., the action film he's making with Samuel L. Jackson and Olivier Martinez
Fresh from last year's literary romance, Possession, Gwyneth Paltrow is set to play another tortured poetess, Sylvia Plath. The BBC has budgeted $11 million for Ted and Sylvia, which will dramatize the life of Plath, best known for her affecting novel, The Bell Jar. The biopic is expected to cover her famed marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes, as well as her 1963 suicide.
The upcoming project has Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes, in a rage. Thus, she's penned a protest poem entitled "My Mother," to be published in the March issue of Britain's Tatler magazine. "My buried mother / Is dug up for repeat performances," Hughes vents in her verse. "Now they want
For Hollywood actors, getting cast often does depend on who you know. With Rob Lowe's Sam Seaborn exiting The West Wing on Feb. 26, the show's faux White House needed a new deputy communications director. Hence, creator Aaron Sorkin tapped Joshua Malina — an alum of his old ABC comedy, Sports Night — to play Will Bailey. Talk about connections!
For Malina, it was a neat trick getting his face in WW's opening credits. "I started out with a five episode contract," the 37-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "It was 'five and we'll see' — and final