Michael Ausiello and Ben Katner


Oscar Dilemma Makes Screenwriter Scream


As a onetime executive producer of Dawson's Creek, writer-director-supernova Kevin Williamson is accustomed to answering difficult questions. (Dawson or Pacey? Pacey or Dawson?) But the 2003 Oscar race is an altogether different story, one whose ending he can scarcely imagine penning.

"It is such a tough year for me," the I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream scribe tells TV Guide Online. "My favorite films, split down the middle, were Chicago and The Hours." Alas, checking off both movies isn't an option on Academy ballots. "I've got to vote, and I'm absolutely torn between Chicago and The Hours as best picture, best director and best writer.

"I'm read more

Tool Time for Joe Millionaire


Since Joe Millionaire struck ratings gold, the reality series' star, make-believe moneybags Evan Marriott, has been pondering the $64,000 question. No, not which avaricious vixen he prefers, but how he's going to cash in once his secret at last is revealed!

"I think it would be neat to have a TV show, kind of like a Bob Vila show on steroids," he tells TV Guide Online. "[I'd] get away from the house stuff and get on big job sites and big buildings. Wouldn't that be killer?

"[Forget this] Bob Vila crap!" he continues, his enthusiasm growing seemingly in direct proportion to his disdain for This Old House. "Who wants to put up crown molding? We're going to put up beams! Real men don't want to put up crown molding, they want to [operate] cranes and move beams and set up girders... stuff like that."

Of course we do. And the powers that be know it. "I don't see [Marriott] replacing Paige Davis [as host of The Learni read more

Julianne Moore: A Big-Screen Betty Crocker?


In one of a number of heartbreaking vignettes in the Golden Globe-nominated feature The Hours, downtrodden 1950s housefrau Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) decides that the way to her man's heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately, she quickly discovers that baking him a birthday cake isn't as easy as pie.

As a matter of fact, shooting the scene was no cakewalk, either, even with a number of cooks in the kitchen. "We had lots of discussions about what the bad cake should look like versus the good cake [that Laura eventually produces]," Moore tells TV Guide Online. "And [there was talk like], 'Don't be too ridiculous about how bad the bad cake is,' because I make cakes, and I know what a bad cake looks like. I also know what a good cake looks like. They have this thing called the crumb layer, so the read more

Julianne Moore: A Big-Screen Betty Crocker?


In one of a number of heartbreaking vignettes in the Golden Globe-nominated feature The Hours, downtrodden 1950s housefrau Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) decides that the way to her man's heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately, she quickly discovers that baking him a birthday cake isn't as easy as pie.

As a matter of fact, shooting the scene was no cakewalk, either, even with a number of cooks in the kitchen. "We had lots of discussions about what the bad cake should look like versus the good cake [that Laura eventually produces]," Moore tells TV Guide Online. "And [there was talk like], 'Don't be too ridiculous about how bad the bad cake is,' because I make cakes, and I know what a bad cake looks like. I also know what a good cake looks like. They have this thing called the crumb layer, so the first time you ice it, you get a lot of crumbs in it. The next layer of icing covers the crumb layer.

"But," she adds, "I said, 'Laura wo read more

Julianne Moore: A Big-Screen Betty Crocker?


In one of a number of heartbreaking vignettes in the Golden Globe-nominated feature The Hours (opening today), downtrodden 1950s housefrau Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) decides that the way to her man's heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately, she quickly discovers that baking him a birthday cake isn't as easy as pie.

As a matter of fact, shooting the scene was no cakewalk, either, even with a number of cooks in the kitchen. "We had lots of discussions about what the bad cake should look like versus the good cake [that Laura eventually produces]," Moore tells TV Guide Online. "And [there was talk like], 'Don't be too ridiculous about how bad the bad cake is,' because I make cakes, and I know what a bad cake looks like. I also know what a good cake looks like. They have this thing called the crumb layer, so the first time you ice it, you get a lot of crumbs in it. The next layer of icing covers the crumb layer.

"But," she adds, "I read more

Steven Spielberg: Big Fat Liar


He made us believe in man-eating rubber sharks, Reese's Pieces-munching aliens and digitized dinosaurs, so really it should come as no surprise that Steven Spielberg closely identifies with Frank Abagnale, the born liar whose nine lives are chronicled in the biopic Catch Me if You Can. "When I read the script and the book," the director tells TV Guide Online, "I thought, 'I have one moment in my life when I did what he did.'"

And how. The summer after his mom and dad divorced, the future helmer of Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park made a pilgrimage to his holy land — Los Angeles. "I snuck onto the Universal Studios lot dressed as an executive," he r read more

Steven Spielberg: Big Fat Liar


He made us believe in man-eating rubber sharks, Reese's Pieces-munching aliens and digitized dinosaurs, so really it should come as no surprise that Steven Spielberg closely identifies with Frank Abagnale, the born liar whose nine lives are chronicled in the biopic Catch Me if You Can (opening Wednesday). "When I read the script and the book," the director tells TV Guide Online, "I thought, 'I have one moment in my life when I did what he did.'"

And how. The summer after his mom and dad divorced, the future helmer of Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park made a pilgrimage to his holy land — Los Angeles. "I snuck onto the Universal Studios lot dressed read more

Daniel Day-Lewis: Disappearing Actor


Throughout most of the '90s, you could hardly go a date night without Daniel Day-Lewis horning in on your action at the multiplex. However, after taking home an Oscar for My Left Foot and raking in big bucks at the box office with The Last of the Mohicans, the thinking woman's heartthrob virtually disappeared. In fact, until director Martin Scorsese coaxed him out of retirement to play Leonardo DiCaprio's archenemy Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York (opening Dec. 20), the master thespian seemed determined to become his own "Whatever Happened to.. read more

Ex Buffy Librarian Begins a New Chapter

It's the end of the world as Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans know it, and Anthony Stewart Head feels fine. But then, why shouldn't he? Although his spinoff, Ripper, has been put on hold, the dapper Englishman is still working on his UK series, Manchild, which debuts new installments stateside in 2003. Plus, as of tonight's Buffy (airing at 8 ET on UPN), he's back in tweed for nearly a dozen episodes as the Chosen One's father figure and former Watcher, Rupert Giles. What brings him back — and what'll keep him here? Let TV Guide Online get to the bottom of the mystery.

TV Guide Online: So, it took Armageddon, but finally, Giles is home in Sunnydale — seems like a fair trade. Tell us more.
Anthony Stewart Head: There are things afoot that don't just affect Sunnydale; they are actually worldwide, which is kind of a new concept for Buffy. We've always been concerned read more

Will Fox Swat Firefly?


If you haven't yet sampled Fox's gonzo space Western, Firefly, its creator, Joss Whedon, would like to make one small request: Please do... and preferably tonight at 8 pm/ET. "This week definitely matters [to the series' future]," the celebrated writer-director-producer tells TV Guide Online. "[Network prez] Sandy Grushow said to me before we ever started that this [show] is going to be a slow grow, and [the World Series] is going to hurt us, which it has. Fox has a lot of shows that are underperforming because of this weird season.

"So," he continues, "I'm not like, 'My future is assured!' But it's also not like the death knell chiming."

Far from it. In fact, Fox just commissioned three additional scripts from Whedon, the mastermind behind UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its glorious WB read more

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