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Meet the Parent: Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller knows a thing or two about overprotective fathers. He went up against one (Robert De Niro) in last year's hit comedy Meet the Parents, and in his new family satire The Royal Tenenbaums (opening Dec. 14), he plays an obsessively cautious doomsday dad who dresses his offspring in red sweatsuits and guides them through rigorous emergency drills.

Now that Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, are expecting their first child, the funnyman admits he can relate to his alter ego's parental paranoia — not that he'll be taking any cues from him. "He's pretty extreme," the read more

Danny Glover's Secret Crush

Lethal Weapon hero Danny Glover has a confession to make about one of his co-stars in Wes Anderson's upcoming family comedy The Royal Tenenbaums (opening Dec. 14). "I have a major crush on Anjelica Huston," the 54-year-old actor tells TV Guide Online. "I'm crazy about her — everything from her intelligence to her unique beauty and her warmth."

In Tenenbaums, Glover plays a gentle scholar who courts Huston's matriarch character. Of course, Huston isn't the only Hollywood leading lady Glover admits taking a shine to. "I love read more

Anjelica Huston: She Has a Problem

Playing the mother hen of a clan of eggheads in Wes Anderson's new feature, The Royal Tenenbaums (opening Dec. 14 in select cities), could have driven Anjelica Huston out of her own gourd. Not only were her screen kinfolk all played by Tinseltown VIPs — among them, venerable veteran Gene Hackman and hot properties Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow — but, for principal shooting, the lot of 'em were squeezed into a cramped Harlem pad that hardly would have accommodated one jumbo-sized ego.

Luckily, Huston tells T read more

Ed Burns Returns!

Having starred in big-budget studio films like Saving Private Ryan and 15 Minutes, why would actor/writer/director Ed Burns want to nickel and dime his way through his own indie flick? As he puts it: "I'm sticking to lower budgets so I can maintain [creative] control."

In Sidewalks of New York, Burns takes a documentary-style look at six strangers looking for love (and sex) in all the wrong places. And by using a little directorial ingenuity, he pulled it off for under a million bucks. Recalls Burns: "The idea came out of working on Private Ryan, which was all done with handheld cameras and available light. I was sitting there in one of the foxholes one day, and we were banging out scenes and getting so much work done. I thought, 'If I use nothing but [these meth read more

Kevin Kline Seeks The Force

Having worked with two Jedi insiders in the past year, you'd think Kevin Kline could sneak us some preview tidbits about Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones (due in May 2002). This summer, Kline shared the stage with Natalie Portman — aka Queen Amidala — in a New York production of Chekov's The Seagull. And in Life as a House (opening today), Kline co-stars with Hayden Christensen, the newcomer tapped to play Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in George Lucas's next two Star Wars films.

Yet, despite read more

Hayden Christensen's Jedi Journey

Having nabbed one of Young Hollywood's most coveted roles — he'll play Anakin Skywalker in the next two Star Wars flicks — Hayden Christensen knows his destiny is forever linked to Darth Vader's. Still, the level-headed 20-year-old hasn't gotten carried away by the celebrity that came with joining the "Dark Side."

"You need to give it the credence it deserves — which is not too much," says Christensen, who also co-stars with Kevin Kline in Life as a House (opening Friday). "I just don't take it too seriously. As long as I leave my ambitions where they were before all of this, it'll be alright."

As a relative newcomer to Tinseltown, the Canadi read more

Jane Fonda's Son Talks Politics

Jane Fonda's handsome son, Troy Garity, has inherited more than just showbiz genes. Born to provocative peaceniks from the Vietnam era, the actor's passion for social justice is also his legacy. While his mother earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane" for her liberal activism back in those days, dad Tom Hayden was on trial with the radical Chicago Seven. (He's since earned a distinguished reputation in politics as a California state senator.)

"Growing up, I knew that my parents had a good deal of notoriety and often evoked strong emotions from people," says Garity, who co-stars in the screwball comedy Bandits (opening Friday). "But for every person who threw a stone at our house read more

Billy Bob Reacts to Sept. 11

Billy Bob Thornton — who co-stars with Bruce Willis in the screwball comedy Bandits (opening Friday) — is accustomed to fielding queries about his love life, quirky hang-ups and general rep as one of Hollywood's oddest individuals. And, in most cases, the actor's equipped with an equally eccentric response. Yet, when asked for his reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Thornton isn't quite sure what to say.

"I kind of feel guilty saying, 'Well, I'm just trying to make it through,' because I'm living in Los Angeles, the sun is out, and everything's okay here," he candidly admits. "We have no idea what it's like to be one of the people who are really suffering."

Thornton says he and wife read more

Cruel Intentions Stars Reunite!

With her nasty role as Reese Witherspoon's Harvard Law rival in Legally Blonde, Selma Blair fears she's "lost any chance of ever being America's sweetheart." Recalls the actress: "I was in a test screening and people were booing at me like I was a killer in a horror movie — I was just cowering in my seat. So I've decided I don't want to play the devil to Reese's angel anymore!"

Though they're nemeses in reel life, the two actresses have been real-life pals since co-starring in 1999's campy Dangerous Liaisons remake, Cruel Intentions. "Reese has been the most caring friend to me," Blair says. "She's really taken me under her wing, always making sure I have somewhere to go for Christmas and Thanksgiving."

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Reese Witherspoon's Heel Appeal

Who says blondes have more fun? Reese Witherspoon suffers for her art in Legally Blonde (opening tomorrow), in which a California sorority girl goes Harvard Law — but doesn't forego her flashy designer dresses and oh-so-high heels as she struts across the school's staid campus. Too bad the actress's fetching footwear cramped her style big-time.

"Seriously, I had a huge podiatrist's bill after making this movie," Witherspoon laughs. "I'm only 25 and I'm at the podiatrist having things shaved off my feet and [getting them] cracked. It was challenging!"

While her film aims to debunk the myth that all fair-haired females are brainless bimbos, Witherspoon admits she's contended with other types of prejudice as well. "I've had to deal with stereotypes just being Southern," the Nashville nativ read more

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