Veteran actor Richard Harris has starred in more than 70 films to date, but don't ask him which one he thinks he's best known for. "I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that," snaps the grumpy 71-year-old, who's currently entertaining the masses as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care." (But do you care?)
Harris who earned Oscar nods for 1967's This Sporting Life and 1990's The Field also isn't a big fan of reminiscing about his storied career. "Once [a film is] over, it's over," he says. "I always say to the cast,
When it comes to the extra-tight security at Thursday's 75th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Al Roker is taking a decidedly hands-off approach. "I'm sure there are [added precautions], but I'm not aware of them," admits the Today show weatherman, who will host the NBC telecast (beginning at 9 am/ET) alongside his morning show cohorts, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. "If you really start thinking about that, it takes away from... the parade.
"There are people who are much better at worrying about that stuff than I am," he continues. "Just like the Today show, people always [ask], 'Are you worried for your safety out there [on the plaza]?' I don't think about it. Now, if I see a guy with red tubes strapped around his waist... and wires coming out of his chest, I might shy away from him. But otherwise, you do what you do."
This much seems certain: In light of the ongoing war on terrorism, safety will be a top priority at t
During her stay in Kenya, Survivor: Africa castoff Lindsey Richter, 27, had enough mood swings to make Anne Heche look sane. That's hardly an attractive quality, but she seems quite proud of herself. "I was phenomenal!" the Jerri Manthey wannabe tells TV Guide Online. "You love to hate me, admit it. I tell ya, I just don't know how fun it's going to be to watch, now that Silas and I are gone."
Well, at least he never flew into weepy, neurotic rages. Defending herself, the drama queen says: "Out of 72 hours [of footage shot] per episode, they picked my worst moments to showcase. At first, it was a stab in the heart because I came home thinking, 'I wasn't manipulative, I didn't backstab anyone, I was really nice to everyone out there... for the most part.' And then, they start showing my absolute worst mo
Question: One of my favorite shows from around the late '60s to early '70s took place on a deserted island, where a bunch of college-age students were marooned after their airplane crash-landed. Since they were stranded, they decided they were going to build a new civilization and not make any of the same mistakes the "establishment" made back home. I think it was called The New People or something along those lines. I'd love to know more about the series and who starred in it. Thanks a lot! Sue S.
Televisionary: It was indeed called The New People and, though the legendary Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery) was credited as the creator, it was an Aaron Spelling affair. It enjoyed a very brief run on ABC, from
Question: My mother told me my favorite show when I was little was the children's show Pinwheel. I don't remember anything about it. Could you fill me in? It was probably around 1984-87, but I am not sure. Thanks. Julie E., Seattle, WA
Televisionary: If the show was your favorite, you're certainly not alone, Julie the show stands out in the memory of many a Gen-Xer. Pinwheel began life in Columbus, Ohio, in 1979 on The Pinwheel Channel, which featured the show five hours a day. I'm betting, however, that you didn't catch it until at least a year later, when that channel went national as Nickelodeon. Nick, which would go on to become the children's juggernaut it is today, kept Pinwheel on its schedule until 1989.
Much like Sesame Street
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Ever since Brad Pitt was spotted breathing the same airspace as Friends star Jennifer Aniston, rumors swirled that the movie hunk would make a guest appearance on her NBC comedy. Now, more than three years since the couple's courtship began, Pitt is finally delivering on the hype: This Thursday, the Oscar nominee will play an old high school pal of Monica's (Courteney Cox Arquette).
So, naturally, when Pitt showed up at a weekend press conference to promote his role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming remake of the Rat-Pack classic Ocean's 11, TV
Question: Hi! On the opening of Everybody Loves Raymond a Madylin Sweeten is credited. I can attach all the other names
to characters, but not this one. Can you tell me who this person is? Thanks. Susan
Televisionary: That I can, Susan. Wee Madylin plays Ally, eldest daughter (a whopping 10 years old at last count) to sportswriter Ray Barone (Ray Romano) and wife Debra (Patricia Heaton) on the hit CBS comedy.
Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of all time, Robbie Coltrane has little to worry about careerwise except donning his giant Hagrid costume and make-up for the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which already has begun production.
"[The process of getting transformed into Hagrid is] horrible," the actor grouses to TV Guide Online. "Big and sticky, and took one and a half hours in the morning. The costume weighed about 140 pounds.
"[But] it looked good that's the main thing," he concedes, adding with a chuckle, "It's a fashion thing, too 'the Hagrid look.' Armani's going with it for the winter. The leather jerkin, the leather boots... they're everywhere, up and down Fifth Avenue. Simply everybody's wearing them."
Of course, looking the part isn't all that matters t
Since Smallville the WB's serialization of Superboy's beginnings has taken off faster than a speeding bullet, the network has gone ape to bring to the small screen another man of steel... or at least another hero with buns of steel: Tarzan.
While the proposed program only recently reached the script stage (meaning that the earliest that it could swing onto the schedule is fall 2002), at least the Frog won't lose any time casting the lead role of a teenager monkeying around in the jungle. Chad Michael Murray Rory's smitten tormentor, Tristan, on The Gilmore Girls last season and Jen's two-timing lover, Charlie, on Dawson's Creek this year has a holding deal with the WB that all but guarantees him a show of his own.
Still, whether that regular gig will turn out to be Tarzan remains to be seen. "I know of [the pro
Question: I was talking about this with my girlfriend and could swear I read somewhere that Family Ties was originally supposed to be about the parents but ended up being about the kids when they become popular. Truth or urban legend? Thanks and keep up the good work. Peter B., Coeur D'alene, Idaho
Televisionary: Not only is it true, Peter, it was foreshadowed by Michael Gross, who played man of the house Steven Keaton, though he probably didn't know it at the time. In 1982, while shooting an episode of the series in which Keaton kids Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) run amok when Steven and wife Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney) are away, the actor engaged in a bit of unintentional soothsaying. "Maybe after several episodes Meredith and I will die, and then the series could really take off," he joked to TV Guide. "We could be killed in a car wreck, and the kids would conti