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West Wing Star's Career Schiff

Fans of West Wing thesp Richard Schiff are in for a rude awakening if they go into his new film, I Am Sam, expecting to find Martin Sheen's trusty communications director, Toby Ziegler. Instead, they'll discover Schiff playing a tough lawyer out to prevent a mentally challenged man (Sean Penn) from retaining custody of his little girl (Dakota Manning).

"People are calling me bad and mean," the 42-year-old Emmy winner laments to TV Guide Online. "I guess my character does have a nasty streak, but I think he's really just trying to do his job. I needed a little convincing [in accepting the role], but I jumped at the chance to work with Sean Penn. I didn't care what judgement read more

SNL Gets Out of Politics

When Saturday Night Live kicks off its 27th season this weekend, it will do so without its most popular character: President George W. Bush. In fact, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have led producers to put the kibosh on political humor altogether.

"I think in some ways we've seen Bush transform into a real leader," Dubya impersonator Will Ferrell tells TV Guide Online. "There's also a collective spirit at Saturday Night Live that this is not the time to make fun of anything political or topical. We're very sensitive to that and we're going to have to play it by ear.

"Frankly," he adds, "there's only one topic that's on anyone's mind right now, so our first shows are going to be more light-hearted and character-based."

That said, Ferrell believes that the long-running sketch comedy can provide an important public service during this difficult time. "In the read more

Ferrell and Bush: Comedy Duo?

Saturday Night Live's Will Ferrell — whose dead-on impersonation of President Bush jumpstarted the long-running NBC sketch comedy's critical and ratings resurgence last season — has no problem with his alter ego taking a month-long vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. As proof, the comedian offered Dubya an opportunity to extend his controversial summer liberty even further.

"I put in a call to invite him to take a vacation on my ranch, but he hasn't gotten back to me," he deadpans to TV Guide Online. "He might be ready because there's that saying that you need a vacation from your vacation. We could have fun, and maybe talk about doing a show on the road together."

In the meantime, Ferrell will continue to poke fun at Bush — and no less so now that he's settled into his role as the nation's Commander in Chief. "It doesn't matter what office Bush holds, we jus read more

Fast and Furious Love Triangle

The Fast and the Furious isn't just a macho action-thriller about speedy autos and the hunky men who drive them. And that was bad news for star Paul Walker — who plays an undercover cop romancing Jordana Brewster in the flick (skidding into theaters Friday).

"I had to do a love scene with Jordana [and] she was dating Mark Wahlberg at the time," he tells TV Guide Online. "And there was a rumor that he wanted to be on the set the day Jordana and I locked lips. I kept looking around to see if he was there. I admit I was a little nervous, but it was cool: Mark never appeared and Jordana was a complete sweetheart. The only downside was hearing the crew snickering while we were trying to get it on."

Walker felt a little more comfortable cozying up to the film's other stars — the cars. "I grew up around them," says the 27-year-old read more

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