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Ming-Na's Final Fantasy: Hot ER Romance


As a recent TV Guide cover story pointed out, NBC's ER survived its first full season sans both fan faves George Clooney and Julianna Margulies partly on the strength of its formidable roster of female talent. With that said, Ming-Na (who plays the medical drama's Dr. Jing-Mei Chen) looks forward to the added firepower of returning original castmember Sherry Stringfield (as Dr. Susan Lewis).

"I worked with Sherry during the first season, so it's really exciting," Ming-Na tells TV Guide Online. "Her character was so loved... It will be really good for the show."

Ah, but will it be good for Jing-Mei's love life? After all, as some root for romance between the headstrong beauty and Noah Wyle's Dr. Carter, the fact remains that, with leading man Anthony Edwards entering the last year of his contract, Carter seems a logical target for Stringfield's on-screen affections. "A read more

De Niro vs. Palminteri in Analyze Deuce?


In one of his previous mobster roles, Chazz Palminteri went toe-to-toe with Robert De Niro (and Billy Crystal, for that matter) in the 1999 comedy Analyze This. And although justice was served to his hot-headed honcho at that movie's end, the actor says that won't keep him from resurrecting boss Primo Sidone for the in-the-works follow-up.

"[My Analyze This character] could be dead, but there are no definites about it," Palminteri tells TV Guide Online. "I've spoken to Bob and Billy about [the sequel], and told them that, as soon as the script comes together, I'd do it. It would be great."

Until then, Palminteri again can be seen leading the mob life — but this time, minus the laughs. In the TNT original film Boss of Bosses (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET), Palminteri portrays real-life mobster Paul Castellano, the Gambino crime family head whose ambitious plans were snuffed by his 1985 ass read more

Rivers on the Red Carpet: Sorry!


"If you've tuned in for intelligent conversation and life-altering interviews, you're in the wrong place." So confessed Joan Rivers at the outset of E! Entertainment Television's Academy Awards pre-show, which she co-hosted, as usual, with the poster child for nepotism at any level, daughter Melissa.

Just prior to that, ahem, "revelation," Joan — infamous for the numbingly inane banter and flubbed facts omnipresent in her red carpet reviews — offered an "apology" for the less-than-Pulitzer-caliber reporting which has long elicited barbs from critics. That was followed up with Melissa's own act of contrition: She said she was sorry "in advance" for her mom's offensive behavior.

And, to be sure, both Riverses worked hard to fill that celebrity-free first half hour with blue humor. After Joan mangled what surely would have been a world-class joke about irritable bowel syndrome, Melissa (forever milking motherhood) groaned about having to change both he read more

New FX Tricks in Matrix Sequels


In April 1999, a sci-fi hit sneaked under moviegoers' radar, taunting them with the cryptic tagline, "What Is the Matrix?" Now, nearly two years — and a significant box office/home video haul — later, fans of that vanguard film anxiously await an answer to the question, "What Is the Status of The Matrix Sequels?"

"Filming begins in late March," Keanu Reeves, the centerpiece of the original Matrix, tells TV Guide Online. "It's very exciting. I've read both of the scripts, and they're fantastic. Fantastic."

The Matrix 2 and The Matrix 3 — to be shot back-to-back, allowing post-production work to get underway during the imminent strikes — will commence shooting next month in California, before moving overseas to Australia. But before the first frame of celluloid is exposed, there's the none-too-small matter of getting the principals primed for the type of physics-bending combat that was the hallmark of the first film.

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Sweet November Trailer Worries Theron


It's a problem — an unfortunate trend, if you will — that affects more and more theatrical releases these days: trailers/commercials that reveal far too much of the film's plot. And while the story you're reading now, on this screen, will address how such an affliction has touched the recently released Sweet November, rest assured that no story points will be given away.

Charlize Theron, who co-stars with Keanu Reeves in the romance (a remake of the 1968 film by the same name), is slightly taken aback when advised by TV Guide Online that the film's TV promos spell out just a little too much of what transpires on-screen. "Really?" she asks back, her actor's heart apparently a bit broken. "I didn't know. I haven't seen that [particular commercial]. But I've got a memo... I thought that it had been agreed upon that [too much] not be revealed.

"Then again," she says, with a shoulder shrug, "I'm just an actor."

Actually, according to those who read more

Keanu's Quest for Sweet Romance


He has cheated death as a most excellent teen named Ted, saved Sandra Bullock's bacon from a jerry-rigged bus, kicked slow-motion butt in a mind-bending future world, and, most recently, terrorized women as an abusive redneck. Therefore, it makes sense that what Keanu Reeves really was craving to do was a big-screen love affair. Specifically, a sweet one — as in Sweet November (opening today).

"I was looking for a romance," Reeves says of the road that led to Sweet November, a remake of the 1968 tearjerker starring Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley. "I hadn't done one in a while, not since A Walk in the Clouds. So I had a feeling that was what I wanted to do."

Besides, Reeves' latest film offering would reteam him with Charlize Theron, the blonde beauty who played his wife in 1997's The Devil's Advocate. "She's fantastic in this film," the actor raves, explaining that his and Theron's on-screen chemist read more

Keanu's Quest for Sweet Romance


He has cheated death as a most excellent teen named Ted, saved Sandra Bullock's bacon from a jerry-rigged bus, kicked slow-motion butt in a mind-bending future world, and, most recently, terrorized women as an abusive redneck. Therefore, it makes sense that what Keanu Reeves really was craving to do was a big-screen love affair. Specifically, a sweet one — as in Sweet November (opening today).

"I was looking for a romance," Reeves says of the road that led to Sweet November, a remake of the 1968 tearjerker starring Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley. "I hadn't done one in a while, not since A Walk in the Clouds. So I had a feeling that was what I wanted to do."

Besides, Reeves' latest film offering would reteam him with Charlize Theron, the blonde beauty who played his wife in 1997's The Devil's Advocate. "She's fantastic in this film," the actor raves, explaining that his and Theron's on-screen chemist read more

Another Patriot Actor Wears Pantyhose?


What is the deal with manly man stars from last summer's nitty-gritty The Patriot now trying on ladies' stockings? First, this past holiday season, Mel Gibson pulled on thigh-highs for the comedy What Women Want. Now, in Sweet November (opening Friday), Jason Isaacs — who portrayed Patriot baddie Colonel Tavington — kicks it up a notch by appearing in full drag.

"Everything Mel's doing, I'm doing a pale shadow of," Isaacs tells TV Guide Online, adding that his Sweet November castmate, Charlize Theron, offered up no beauty advice for his distaff depiction. "I think that if I had gotten makeup tips from her, I wouldn't have looked like such a hag. 'Stay a man,' I think is what she might have said!"

Whereas Isaacs's Sweet November personality is bound to have audiences grinning in shocked disbelief (the very reaction he elicited on-screen from Theron's co-star, Keanu Reeves), the actor says read more

E! Pre-Show: Two Rivers Run Through It


Prior to the onset of E! Entertainment Television's Golden Globes Pre-Show, my wife was curious as to how much of our evening was going to be gobbled up by Joan and Melissa Rivers's live red carpet review. "Two hours?!" she remarked with incredulity. "Can they make that much small talk?"

Valid question. And the answer is a pained "No." Oh, but they try. And what their interviews lack in quality, Team Rivers tries to make up for in quantity. In fact, if the mother-daughter co-hosts are determined to approach 71 celebrities over the course of 80 on-screen minutes — as they did this past Sunday night — then Melissa's six-week-old son, Cooper, had better grow up quick and grab a microphone!

Kicking off the event, Joan spent the first three minutes shoehorning in jokes about yeast infection (always welcome at the dinner hour), freezing her eggs, wearing E!'s new "NippleCam" (she was kidding, thank God), and the overuse of vibrators causing read more

Clooney Checks into ER


Last May, ER offered its viewers their last look at Dr. Doug Ross, when fan favorite George Clooney made a top-secret, single-episode return to the program he called home for five years. ("It was good and sneaky!" the actor boasts with a sly smile.) That was not, however, Clooney's last look at the ratings hit that paved his way to film stardom.

"It looks classy," the star of this past summer's The Perfect Storm tells TV Guide Online, referring to ER's shift to a film-like widescreen format and high-definition broadcast signal. Clooney then notes that the CBS TV-movie, Fail Safe, which he produced, also was shown in letterbox.

Discussing his past and present association with NBC's six-year-old hospital drama, Clooney shares this: "I'm sort of sentimental about ER, although this season I have watched a couple of episodes."

Most impressing him about the show's current incarnation is it read more

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