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Marisa Tomei Reminisces About Oscar


Nearly nine years after taking home a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in My Cousin Vinny, Marisa Tomei still is trying to make sense of her surprise win against such acting heavyweights as Joan Plowright and Vanessa Redgrave.

"It was definitely a good thing, but it was also a challenge," the 36-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online. "I didn't even know anyone there that night. I was like, 'Hi! Can I introduce myself?' There's a lot to learn about Hollywood. You get used to it over time... you understand the politics. I didn't know about any of that stuff."

Tomei admits she was so green at the time that she was clueless about the fundamentals of filmmaking. "I didn't know who did what on the set," she says. "I had no idea what was going on. A gaffer? I didn't know!

"I [still] don't really feel like a vet," she adds. "I have a long way to go, in terms of learning and being a better actor. But I'm not terrified all the time an read more

Glenn Close Doesn't Bite


Some in Hollywood are mistaking Glenn Close for her 102 Dalmatians character Cruella De Vil. The five-time Oscar nominee — whose sequel to Disney's live action smash 101 Dalmatians opens tomorrow — admits she's shocked that there are actors scared to work with her.

"I don't think of myself as an intimidating person at all, but I guess I can be in other people's minds," Close tells TV Guide Online. "I [recently filmed the TV movie] South Pacific, and [co-star] Harry Connick Jr. told me that he couldn't sleep the night before we had our first scene. It was so sweet, [but] it makes me feel a little weird.

"I have had a lot of experience," the 53-year-old film and theater vet recognizes. "I've learned tremendously. I've learned my craft. You don't know how much you've learned until you're in there and something comes up and you have an opinion and you're informed and you can articulate it. I'm proud of surviving in this profession. I read more

Glenn Close Doesn't Bite


Some in Hollywood are mistaking Glenn Close for her 102 Dalmatians character Cruella De Vil. The five-time Oscar nominee — whose sequel to Disney's live action smash 101 Dalmatians opens tomorrow — admits she's shocked that there are actors scared to work with her.

"I don't think of myself as an intimidating person at all, but I guess I can be in other people's minds," Close tells TV Guide Online. "I [recently filmed the TV movie] South Pacific, and [co-star] Harry Connick Jr. told me that he couldn't sleep the night before we had our first scene. It was so sweet, [but] it makes me feel a little weird.

"I have had a lot of experience," the 53-year-old film and theater vet recognizes. "I've learned tremendously. I've learned my craft. You don't know how much you've learned until you're in there and something comes up and you have an opinion and you're informed and you can articulate it. I'm proud of surviving in this profession. I read more

Glenn Close Doesn't Bite


Some in Hollywood are mistaking Glenn Close for her 102 Dalmatians character Cruella De Vil. The five-time Oscar nominee — whose sequel to Disney's live action smash 101 Dalmatians opens tomorrow — admits she's shocked that there are actors scared to work with her.

"I don't think of myself as an intimidating person at all, but I guess I can be in other people's minds," Close tells TV Guide Online. "I [recently filmed the TV movie] South Pacific, and [co-star] Harry Connick Jr. told me that he couldn't sleep the night before we had our first scene. It was so sweet, [but] it makes me feel a little weird.

"I have had a lot of experience," the 53-year-old film and theater vet recognizes. "I've learned tremendously. I've learned my craft. You don't know how much you've learned until you're in there and something comes up and you have an opinion and you're informed and you can articulate it. I'm proud of surviving in this profession. I read more

Marlon's Scary Makeover


Funny guy Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) was so eager to get cast as a heroin addict in the acclaimed drama Requiem For A Dream (currently in limited release) that he took the Stanislavski route during the audition process.

"I didn't wash for two days," he tells TV Guide Online. "One of my best friends came up to my house and I had Jimi Hendrix music playing. He said, 'Yo, Dog! You all right?' I opened the door and my eyes were all red and I was smoking, and I don't smoke. He said, 'I don't know what's wrong with you and you stink!'

"I was deep in this character," Wayans adds. "I really wanted the role, so I stayed in the mind set of a heroin addict."

So intent was Wayans on making his portrayal realistic that when filming began, "I started shooting heroin. It was natural," he deadpans, before adding seriously, "I hung out with some kids in my neighborhood. I did everything but try heroin. I watched through other people's experiences. My Mom and read more

Dream was a Nightmare for Leto


Former My So-Called Life hottie Jared Leto wasn't pleased when his latest film, Requiem For A Dream, was slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating due to "explicit sexual content." In fact, he says this is proof that the Motion Picture Association of America is completely out of touch with reality.

"The hypocrisy is so crazy," Leto tells TV Guide Online. "You can go see a film where people get shot and killed, and sexuality is what got this film the NC-17 rating?!"

The MPAA was riled up about a scene in which a prostitute is forced by her pimp to engage in a demeaning sex act with another woman in front of a group of men. Instead of deleting the sequence, the film's distributor, Artisan Entertainment, chose instead to release Requiem without a rating. Still, some theater owners reportedly will not allow anyone under the age of 17 to attend -- ironic, considering the film's anti-drug message is aimed squarely at that demo. “Someone brought a younger read more

Dream Was a Nightmare for Leto


Former My So-Called Life hottie Jared Leto wasn't pleased when his latest film, Requiem For A Dream, was slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating due to "explicit sexual content." In fact, he says this is proof that the Motion Picture Association of America is completely out of touch with reality.

"The hypocrisy is so crazy," Leto tells TV Guide Online. "You can go see a film where people get shot and killed, and sexuality is what got this film the NC-17 rating?!"

The MPAA was riled up about a scene in which a prostitute is forced by her pimp to engage in a demeaning sex act with another woman in front of a group of men. Instead of deleting the sequence, the film's distributor, Artisan Entertainment, chose instead to release Requiem without a rating. Still, some theater owners reportedly will not allow anyone under the age of 17 to attend -- ironic, considering the film's anti-drug message is aimed squarely at that demo. "Someone brought a younger read more

Mark Feuerstein's Cruz Crush


Does Mark Feuerstein have a secret crush on Women on Top co-star Penelopé Cruz? It sure seems like it, given how gushy he gets when it comes to describing his leading lady.

"She's got everything," the actor tells TV Guide Online. "She has all the sex appeal that you can imagine. There is something about Penelopé that is so classy, so sexy. I was reading an article in Talk magazine about how we don't have the stars of old. We used to have Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor — everything you wanted a star to be. I don't know if I'm being dramatic, but if [anyone can] conjure up that old Hollywood glamour, she can."

Feuerstein admits that he wasn't even familiar with Cruz when he was cast in the film, which opened last weekend to so-so reviews. "I thought [she had] a cool name, but other than that, I had no idea who she was," he says. "You'd think she couldn't be that smart, but she's smarter than she is read more

Denzel Has No Beef With Oscar


Despite reports, Denzel Washington insists that he was not upset last March when he lost the best actor Oscar to American Beauty's Kevin Spacey. Nominated for The Hurricane, Washington says he doesn't put much stock in awards anyway.

"My hard work is rewarded," says the four-time Oscar nominee, who picked up a trophy in 1989 for his supporting work in Glory. "My mother always said, 'Man gives the award. God gives the reward.' It's a long race.

"My life is not determined by who votes for me and who doesn't," Washington continues. "One thing I can guarantee to the public is that I'm going to continue to work as hard as I possibly can to make the best movies. And who votes for me or gives me a statue does not determine what I'm going to do next. If anything, it inspires me to do more — whether I get one or don't get one."

The actor — whose latest film, Remember the Titans, opens today — cops a similarly blas&eacu read more

Foxx's Lady


Jamie Foxx will resort to any means necessary to persuade singer/actress Lauryn Hill to be his leading lady in director Oliver Stone's in-the-works remake of A Star Is Born.

"She thinks I'm stalking her," the Bait star jokingly tells TV Guide Online. "I'm trying to get her interested [in the film] so I'm going to her concerts. She said, 'You're making me nervous!'" As Foxx explains, an offer has gone out to the Grammy-winner, but "nobody can get in touch with her. I don't know why. If it was Lauryn Hill, it would be absolutely incredible." And if not, another R&B sensation currently is under consideration: Aaliyah. "Aaliyah is very talented," he says of the Romeo Must Die star. "She'd bring the hot, the sexy, the whole nine!"

Until that casting situation resolves itself, Foxx is busy promoting his current film, Bait, which opened to a disappointing $5.5 million gross over the weekend, and he's hard at work read more

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