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Young Grinch Unmasked!


For diminutive actor Josh Ryan Evans, one of the best things about playing the young Grinch in the blockbuster holiday film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas was the opportunity to sing Broadway showtunes with director Ron Howard. Evans tells TV Guide Online that between takes he coaxed Howard — who appeared in the 1962 film version of The Music Man — into joining him in a chorus of "Seventy-Six Trombones."

"We were singing, and the whole cast and crew were sitting there in silence just waiting for us to finish," recalls Evans, best known as living doll Timmy on NBC's offbeat soap Passions. "I realized the silence and said, 'Ron, I think maybe they want to go back to work.'"

Being a part of The Grinch — which is fast approaching the $150 million mark at the box office after less than two weeks in release — also gave Evans the chance to spend a few days mugging backstage with the king of funny faces, Ji read more

Baywatch Hunk Suffers Barney Overload


When he's not busy cavorting in the waves with his beautiful co-stars, Baywatch Hawaii heartthrob Michael Bergin spends much of his time watching Barney videos with his 13-month-old son, Jesse. In fact, while celebrating Thanksgiving at his parents' home in Connecticut, Bergin did nothing but stare at the perky purple dinosaur.

"We're sitting there Sunday morning, there are a bunch of football games on, and we're watching Barney, over and over again," an incredulous Bergin tells TV Guide Online, adding that spending the holidays with his family in the east had, up until recently, become an annual tradition. "Every year, I would always go back [home] from Thanksgiving to the New Year and sit on my mother's couch for a month-and-a-half. But now I have a son in Los Angeles, so I can't do that anymore."

Bergin is living just down the street from Jesse's mom, Joy Tilk, a hair stylist for Access Hollywood. They're "not together" but remain good read more

Sibling Rivalry Overtakes Malcolm Set


Christopher Masterson, who plays smooth-talking delinquent Francis on Malcolm in the Middle, tells TV Guide Online that there are two major hazards working on the set of the hit Fox comedy: falling objects, and practical jokes concocted by his TV bro Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey).

"He seems like this sweet little kid, but he's thinking these demonic thoughts," Masterson jokes of Sullivan, who gained fame as the terminally ill Fuzzy in The Cider House Rules. "He'll pull some kind of prank on you within 10 minutes of your arrival."

The little terror has been known to slip a cupcake onto Masterson's seat just as he is about to sit down, or toss random objects out onto the set after the director yells 'Action!' "He also plays little mind games with you," adds Masterson, who previously had a recurring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. "He'll ask you questions and then confuse you so much that you ca read more

Casey Kasem, Where Are You?


He's been the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo, Where Are You? for 23 years, but Casey Kasem isn't expecting to land a part in the upcoming live-action movie version of the popular cartoon series.

"I'd love to have a role, but I doubt it," the veteran radio host and voiceover actor tells TV Guide Online. "Instead of using the voice actors, they'll probably just have the actors do it the way they would do it."

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar are said to be in talks to play young sleuths Fred and Daphne in the big-screen Scooby. Meanwhile, Matthew Lillard, the killer in the first Scream, has been linked to the role of Shaggy, their happy-go-lucky hippie bud.

Regardless of who lands the plum part, Kasem says he's happy for Scooby's long-running success. "I think it's bigger today than it's ever been," says Kasem, who has provided voices for cartoon characters ranging from Peter Cottontail to Robin the Boy read more

Culp Channels RFK


Steven Culp says playing the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the White House drama Thirteen Days was an intimidating prospect — especially given the long line of actors who had portrayed him in the past.

Culp, who co-stars with Kevin Costner and Bruce Greenwood in the pic (opening Dec. 20), tells TV Guide Online that he helped prepare for the role by watching tapes of Martin Sheen and other actors playing RFK. One performance in particular — Kevin Anderson in 1992's Hoffa — really blew Culp away. "I went, 'Oh God, he's the guy to beat,'" he says. "It scared me a little bit because I thought he really caught it."

At least one advantage that Culp has over many other Kennedy imitators is a strong physical resemblance, which helped land him a small role as RFK in the 1996 TV movie Norma Jean and Marilyn. "I actually didn't tell them that I had [played Kennedy] before," he says of his audition with T read more

Costner's History Lesson


With his new White House drama Thirteen Days (due Dec. 20), Kevin Costner hopes to teach audiences a lesson in heroism by showing how President John F. Kennedy averted war during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. But the Oscar winner acknowledges that many Americans are more likely to be interested in who the late president slept with.

"It does distress me, but that's our human nature," he tells TV Guide Online. Still, Costner's not one to be swayed by public opinion. There's no Marilyn Monroe in this JFK pic — just a straightforward war room drama co-produced by Costner and featuring the actor in the role of presidential aide Kenny O'Donnell. "I like reading about our leaders in this way. I don't like reading about who they slept with. I like men and women who, in the face of all odds, stand for something."

Costner, who's had his share of wild ups and downs at the box office, says ticket sales are not a primary concern when he's making read more

Jones and Ingels Reunite


Estranged Hollywood couple Shirley Jones and funnyman Marty Ingels are getting back together. "We've worked it out," Ingels tells TV Guide Online. "Instead of giving the money to a lawyer, we decided to give it to a brilliant therapist."

The unlikely duo is wrapping up their six-month trial separation, and Ingels says he and TV's Partridge Family mom will be reunited in their Beverly Hills home by the end of the month. He also reveals that he's going to surprise his wife with a $3,000 bicycle-built-for-two with a fringed top — a nod to Jones's role in the movie classic Oklahoma!, which featured the hit song "Surrey with the Fringe on Top."

Ingels adds that they plan to celebrate their on-again, off-again 25-year relationship by inviting friends and family to a big party in January. That same month, the couple also will conduct a paid lecture on marriage — accompanied by therapist Ron Podell — through The Learning Tree in Los read more

Jones and Ingels Reunite


Estranged Hollywood couple Shirley Jones and funnyman Marty Ingels are getting back together. "We've worked it out," Ingels tells TV Guide Online. "Instead of giving the money to a lawyer, we decided to give it to a brilliant therapist."

The unlikely duo is wrapping up their six-month trial separation, and Ingels says he and TV's Partridge Family mom will be reunited in their Beverly Hills home by the end of the month. He also reveals that he's going to surprise his wife with a $3,000 bicycle-built-for-two with a fringed top — a nod to Jones's role in the movie classic Oklahoma!, which featured the hit song "Surrey with the Fringe on Top."

Ingels adds that they plan to celebrate their on-again, off-again 25-year relationship by inviting friends and family to a big party in January. That same month, the couple also will conduct a paid lecture on marriage — accompanied by therapist Ron Podell — through The Learning Tree in Los read more

Mo'Nique's Blunt Talk


Mo'Nique says it's about time Hollywood stars tell it like it really is in their personal lives. In fact, the outspoken actress plans to get the ball rolling with her very own, soon-to-be-published self-help book.

"In Hollywood, so many of us wear masks that, when they come off, we're totally lost," the star of UPN's The Parkers tells the TV Guide Channel. "It's time that people become okay with the skin they're in."

The sometime stand-up comic says her new book, Mo'Nique's Big, Beautiful and Lovin' It, will tell her life story without all the usual gloss. "I think a lot of times when people turn on TV and they see us, they think that we have these great lives — and it's always been that way," she says. "Oh my God! I just wanna let people know we go through the same things, the same trials and tribulations, the same disappointments, the same victories, the same struggles [as they do].

"I thi read more

Lady Aberlin's Final Bow


Emotions were very real in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe Tuesday afternoon as actress Betty Aberlin taped her final appearance as Lady Aberlin on the long-running PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred Rogers, who is ending the genteel kid's series after three decades on the air, tapes his final segments next week (to air in 2001).

Aberlin, who joined the series in 1968, tells TV Guide Online that she was doing her best not to think of it as her swan song. "It would be too hard to bear, I think, if Lady Aberlin knew this would be the last time," she says. "I don't like to even think I won't be seeing the other neighbors — human and puppet — anymore."

Viewers shouldn't expect any big farewells in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe — home to such characters as King Friday, Queen Sara and Henrietta Pussycat. In one of the final scripts, Daniel Striped Tiger is sad because he's made an art project and is told by someone that it will n read more

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