Sheryl Rothmuller

Andy Lawrence Grows Up

Here's something that will really make you feel old: Andrew Lawrence — one third of the rascally Lawrence troupe that includes older bro Joseph (Blossom) and middle-sib Matthew (Boy Meets World) — is officially a teenager. The lil' one turned 13 earlier this year, but memories of his misspent youth still linger. Recalls the actor: "There was a period where I wouldn't leave the house without my Batman cape."

Fast forward to 2001: Lawrence is at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia reuniting with Matt, 21, and Joey, 25, for Jumping Ship, a Disney Channel sequel to 1999's Horse Sense premiering Friday night at 7 pm/ET. Although the Lawrence brothers have exploited their matching designer genes to great benefit career-wise — in addition to the Disney flicks, they appeared together in the mid-'90s sitcom Brotherly Love — Andy insists that their on-camera camaraderie is not growing stale.

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Chris Tucker: Rising Star

Rush Hour 2 helmer Brett Ratner sums up the appeal of star Chris Tucker pretty simply. "He's funny as hell," the director grins. "He's funny if he just says, 'Hey, maaan.'"

Taking his comedy a bit more seriously, Tucker boasts that his work has "evolved tremendously" since his early days. "I always knew I wanted to keep going to another level," says August's GQ cover boy, who's cleaned up his dialogue plenty since his last collaboration with Ratner, Money Talks.

Rush — hitting theaters Friday — found Tucker a fish out of water, both on and off the set. While the citizens of Hong Kong were already familiar with prominent native read more

Kids' Choice: Tom Cruise

What separates Nickelodeon's 14th annual Kids' Choice Awards from the myriad of other kudofests? "I think what sums it up is right here on the red carpet to my left — a cow doing interviews," cracked MTV host Carson Daly, referring to a reporter donning a bovine suit. "You don't see a cow at the Grammys."

Something else you don't typically see at music's biggest night: Tom Cruise. The Mission: Impossible actor was host Rosie O'Donnell's Super Secret Surprise Guest on Saturday's live telecast — in which 15 million young people voted for their faves in music, movies, TV and sports. Cruise picked up Wannabe honors — the newest Choice award given to an entertainer kids most want to be. (Clearly they never saw Eyes Wide Shut.)

"There's two things that my mother instilled in me when I was growing up: Work hard and be kind to others," Cruise told the audience of screaming kids packed into Santa Monica's Barker Hangar (aka Space S read more

Driven's Sexy Speed Demon

An athletic Ivy League grad, Kip Pardue — who scored as a hunky high-school quarterback in last year's Remember the Titans — now hits the racing circuit in Sylvester Stallone's Driven (opening Friday). While his sports prowess served him well on the film, the actor never realized what an iron gut it takes to be a racecar driver.

"Playing football my whole life," he says, "[I know] what it's like to step out on the field with 30,000 people there... what it's like to hit someone as hard as you can. [But] I have no idea what it's like to go to work every day and have the risk of dying — these guys could die like that!"

Though he's totally at home on movie sets these days, Pardue — who majored in economics at Yale — initially planned for a career on Wall Street. Of course, everything changed once he caught the acting bug. "I don't know if there is a word big enough to acknowledge [what's happened]," he chuckles. "It doesn't s read more

Sly's Driven Personality

Sylvester Stallone makes other actors nervous. Kaopectate nervous. Forget-your-lines nervous. During their first days on the set of Stallone's Driven — which hits theaters Friday — up-and-comers Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans) and Til Schweiger fretted more about meeting the megastar than surviving their intense racing scenes.

"For the first three weeks, it was terrifying," Pardue admits of the Rocky star, who wrote Driven and plays Joe Tanto, a veteran driver who mentors Pardue. "And then it got to the point where he was Sly, and he was a buddy." Echoes Schweiger: "I was nervous like hell."

Stallone understands the weight his name carries, though he's uncomfortable with it. "It has not settled in and it's odd," he says. "You walk in the room and you think they're, like, contemporaries..." Still, he knows those "contemporaries" aren't looking at him the same way he looks at them. "It's the same thing [as] when I w read more

Depp Sells Snow in Blow

Moviegoers have most recently seen Renaissance thesp Johnny Depp as an Irish river rat romancing Juliette Binoche in Chocolat and as a crossdresser in Before Night Falls. Tomorrow, the debuting narc epic Blow will find him playing George Jung, the man who single-handedly orchestrated cocaine imports from Colombia's drug cartels into America in the late '70s.

Based on Bruce Porter's book of the same name, Blow chronicles the true story of Jung's escapades, taking him from blue-collar suburbia to prison. "I knew I needed a chameleon to play this man," director Ted Demme says about casting Jung. "I didn't want someone 'starring in,' I wanted someone to 'be in'... someone to be George."

Demme credits Depp's ability to play vastly different characters with making the actor a shoo-in for the role. "Johnny just changes his colors in every film," he says. "If you put Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands and Donnie Brasco in the read more

Pee-wee Rides Again

It's been 13 years since the last Pee-wee Herman movie landed in theaters, and Pee-wee's alter ego, Paul Reubens, is finally ready to slip back into the gray tux again in not one, but three brand new films.

However, unlike the first two flicks — 1985's Pee-wee's Big Adventure and 1988's Big Top Pee-wee — the next film is going to be for mature audiences only. "It's an adult Pee-wee movie that kids won't be able to come to," Reubens says of The Pee-wee Herman Story, a dark tale that charts the fictional character's rise to fame.

Not to worry, kiddies. Reubens admits feeling a tad guilty about penning an R-rated adventure for Pee-wee, and sought redemption by focusing on another, more family-friendly feature. "My guilt kind of turned me into writing this other one, that's starting to become really great," he says. "It begins and ends in the Playhouse and then the whole middle of it is like an epic adventure in kind of a make-believ read more

Sony's Hidden Oscar Bash

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was shut out of the top Oscar categories Sunday night, but the movie's four wins — including best foreign language film — were cause for celebration at Sony's high-flying after-party held at Crustacean in Beverly Hills.

"Every award means something different, but this is the biggest one," Crouching Tiger director Ang Lee told TV Guide Online. "The whole world's watching. I was carrying the wishful thinking from [the whole] Chinese audience."

The acclaimed helmer of Sense and Sensibility and The Ice Storm then hinted at the kind of acrobatic showdowns that audiences should expect from his in-the-works prequel to the $100-million-grossing crossover smash, saying that he will probably approach the fight sequences a little differently next time around. "I'm thinking... I can do better," he said, to the astonishment of anyone within earshot. "I was a novice the first time."

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Depp Doesn't Gel with Oscar

A billion people will be tuning into the 73rd annual Academy Awards Sunday night on ABC — but one of them won't be Johnny Depp. In fact, the Hollywood outsider — who plays a sexy drifter in best picture contender Chocolat — admits he doesn't even know who's nominated this year.

"When I say I don't know who got nominated, I really don't," insists the actor, whose latest film, Blow, opens April 6. Truth be told, Depp does in fact recall that his Chocolat co-stars, Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench, received nods. "And I know that Javier [Bardem] did for Before Night Falls and Benicio [Del Toro] did [for Traffic], and that's about it. I don't like the whole competitive nature of awards."

If Depp sounds a little out of the loop on all things Hollywood, well, that's because he is. For more than two years, he has been living in the South of France with actress Vanessa Para read more

Malcolm Star Remembers Dale Earnhardt

Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz had the eerily fateful opportunity to meet Dale Earnhardt on the same day of the legendary racer's fatal crash. Muniz — a self-professed NASCAR fan — attended the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 race to film a segment for MTV's "Day in the Life" Diary series (airing tonight at 10:30 pm/ET), and witnessed the tragic accident.

"It didn't look too bad," Muniz tells TV Guide Online, adding, "But I was sort of like, 'Why is he not getting out of his car?'" Shortly after, Muniz returned to his hotel room and heard the shocking bulletin on TV. "They said, 'We have very sad news in the NASCAR world,' and I was like, 'Don't say it, don't say it!' And they said it."

Muniz immediately ran to tell his mom, who was chatting with owners of the Phoenix racetrack. "Nobody believed me," he said. "They're like, 'No, that's not true.'" Once the reality sunk in, the young actor said read more

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