Soprano stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco want more bucks for their respective roles as a mobster's wife and a mobster's shrink, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources said Falco, who won an Emmy for her role on the hit HBO mob drama, and Bracco are seeking a per-episode increase to the mid five-figure range by the time production on the new season begins in early August.
Robert De Niro seems resigned to the fact that he'll always be associated with the line, "You talking to me?"
"It's crazy, but what can you do?," says De Niro, who first uttered the line as crazed Travis Bickle in 1976's Taxi Driver. "It must have struck something with people. I think a lot of people probably do that. It's something that anybody can relate to."
De Niro himself actually gets a chance to poke a little fun at the famous line in his latest pic, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. He utters the line as Fearless Leader and winds up getting one of the biggest laughs in the movie.
"When [director] Des McAnuff asked me if I wanted to do that, I said, 'All right, let me try, what the hell,' " he tells TV Guide Online. "So I started studying the scene to see how I had actually said it. I did it verbatim, you know."
While De Niro's best known for his dramatic roles, the actor says it was "fun" getting to play in a
Which Survivor star would Playboy fans most like to see nude? Jenna the college student so far is the top pick among visitors to playboy.com with 41% of the vote, according to The Toronto Sun. Other top choices are Colleen (33%), Stacey (14%) and Kelly (13%).
Fox next year plans to debut a new hip-hop version of The Wizard of Oz, tentatively titled The O.Z., starring Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Little Richard, Patti LaBelle and Ginuwine. The made for TV movie will find Dorothy as a successful but lonely hip-hop music producer in Los Angeles whose life is turned upside-down by an earthquake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gladiator star Russell Crowe is rumored to be the new man in Meg Ryan's life following news that the actress has separated from long-time hubby Dennis Quaid. The British tabloids are reporting that Crowe and Ryan grew close while working together on the upcoming romantic drama Proof of Life. "Meg and Russell are extremely close and incredibly fond of each other," an unnamed source tells Britain's Sun. "They just click. She feels young again and they've been having a wonderful time in London."
Multimillionaire funnyman Jerry Seinfeld doesn't seem to mind those escalating gasoline prices. The comedian has loaded up a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle and is enjoying a long road trip from his New York City home to Albuquerque, NM, according to AP. On Tuesday, he reportedly took in a show at the Bobby Vinton Theater in cheezy Branson, MO.
Brace yourself for Wanted, a new Fox reality series described by Variety as a cross between The Fugitive, Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show, originally developed in Britain, will follow three teams of runners trying to avoid capture by three teams of trackers.—Rich Brown
Dawson's Creek kid James Van Der Beek says he's tired of being known as his alter ego, the sensitive Dawson Leary. He just wants to be himself ? especially in a strip club.
"When people shout 'Dawson,' I completely ignore them," the actor tells Flaunt. "Dawson's not me ? Dawson has a lot of flaws, and I have to play him nine months out of the year. There are days when you're just not in the mood for it. People act like you're obligated. Like I owe them. The kids I don't mind. I just have no patience for rude, pushy adults."
Even when I go to a t---y club, all [the strippers] want to do is talk about their innermost problems," Van Der Beek laments. "How can I watch them strip when they're being so vulnerable? It's not hard to feel sorry for them."
But Van Der Beek says he's no playboy. "There are a lot of starf----rs. It's amazing the perspective you get when you have no interest in f---ing them. Now I keep all the blood in my head. I'm grateful to h
Veteran TV producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude) has purchased one of the last privately owned original copies of the Declaration of Independence for $7.4 million, according to AP. Auction house Sothebys.com did not name Lear as the buyer but sources close to him confirmed that he was the buyer.
Dedicated mom Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio admits she didn't spend too much time partying off-set with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and her other Perfect Storm co-stars.
"I only have so much energy," she tells TV Guide Online. "I never [hang out] when I'm working. I can't go into the bar and expect to be up the next morning."
"Mind you, I looked like a dog's dinner," she says of her role in the big-budget drama. "I was greased down. I had makeup on with grease. I didn't want to flip my clothes on (after filming) and go for a nice dinner."
Mastrantonio says her main focus these days is raising her family in London with director hubby Pat O'Connor (Circle of Friends). Like other actresses her age, the 41-year-old has found that the number of available movie roles is limited. "I can't say I've had a lot of options at times. I certainly have fewer now. I have a family. They are my priority. It gets trickier and trickier. I can't say