Sheryl Rothmuller


Stars Shine at NAACP Image Awards


Trophies for the 32nd annual NAACP Image Awards were handed out last weekend at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, honoring black achievements in film and TV. Comic Chris Tucker hosted the kudocast — airing March 9th at 8 pm on Fox — which included special honors for former President Bill Clinton and actor Sidney Poitier.

Tucker, taking a short break from filming Rush Hour 2 in Las Vegas, gave a quick lesson in awards-show etiquette at the top of the show. "If you don't win, act like you're happy," he told the nominees. And to avoid long acceptance speeches, he advised, "Just thank your mama and God."

Steve Harvey and his self-titled WB series, which ends its run this season, were the big winners of the night with four awards. An emotional Harvey was named Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and Entertainer of the Year. "This is the biggest thing that's ever happened to me, hands down," Harvey marveled backstage. "I'm En read more

Will Gunmen Shoot and Score?


As one-third of the scene-stealing Lone Gunmen trio on The X-Files, Tom Braidwood has spent eight seasons lurking in the background. But that's all about to change now that the actor and his fellow super-sleuths, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood, have been spun-off into their own Fox series — aptly titled The Lone Gunmen.

"It's really interesting to have to focus on it day in and day out," Braidwood tells TV Guide Online of going from a bit player to a full-fledged series regular. But the actor — who originally joined The X-Files as an assistant director — admits he's prepared if his career as a thesp doesn't blast off with Gunmen. "If they run the series and it doesn't get picked up, I'm quite certain I'll simply go back to focusing on directing and producing," he says. "But I would probably also make an effort to do auditions."

Premiering March 4 in The X-Files read more

West Wings It


As the end of the TV season draws near, Shane West, Once and Again's resident high school hunk, isn't stressing about the impending actor's strike or the future of his low-rated ABC drama. No, he's too busy dreaming about being a rock star.

As frontman for Average Jo, a band he formed with some actor friends, West sings, writes and plays guitar. "If the strike happens and I don't have anything booked, then I'm going on tour with the band," West tells TV Guide Online. "And I'll probably have more fun doing that rather than if I did book a movie, just because I've never done it and I'm sure it'll be amazing."

Last fall, Average Jo received some great exposure when the group appeared in a episode of Once and Again under the name Anti-Inflammatory — the faux band that West's Eli character performs in. However, the up-and-comer wants to make it perfectly clear that Anti-Inflammatory shares little i read more

Mole Man Spies on Rivals


At first glance, The Mole's Anderson Cooper appears no different than any other reality host. But the former TV journalist says if viewers look closer, they'll see that he is actually the antithesis of Survivor's Jeff Probst and Big Brother's Julie Chen.

"I think you just have to go with your instincts, and I knew from watching Survivor what I did not want to be doing," the ex-ABC News correspondent tells TV Guide Online. "And certainly, from Big Brother, I knew what I really didn't want to be doing."

Prior to signing on to the series, Cooper sat down with executive producers Scott A. Stone and David G. Stanley and co-executive producer Clay Newbill to discuss how he envisioned his role as host. And while some critics described his persona as too intense, Cooper admits he's relaxed a bit since those initial episodes.

"The first couple [of] days, I wasn't used to being around 10 people co read more

When Billy Elliot Met Pretty Woman


Young Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell was the main attraction at DreamWorks's post-Golden-Globe fete, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton's Polynesian-themed eatery Trader Vics. Gladiator hunk Russell Crowe approached the up-and-comer and, as Bell confided to TV Guide Online, the two "had a good ol' chat. He's just telling me how [the whole awards thing] works."

The advice could come in handy if Bell earns an Oscar nod, as some predict he might. Already sounding like an old pro, he jokingly discounted the hype. "We don't believe it," he laughed. "It's all a lot of hot air."

The star of the evening — Julia Roberts — made it her personal mission to hunt down Bell. "I have an almost 10-year-old niece who said 'Oh my God! He's gonna be there? Can I come?,' Roberts explained to TV Guide Online. "I'll just say hello and I'll tell her tomorrow that I shook his hand."

Well, the Golden Globe-winning Erin Brockovich a read more

Partying InStyle


As expected, the InStyle/Warner Bros. post-Golden Globe party at the Beverly Hilton was the place to be Sunday night. Of course, you didn't have to tell that to the star-studded guests, who included nominees John Cusack, Frankie Muniz and Sarah Michelle Gellar (on the arm of beau Freddie Prinze Jr.), as well as best actor in a comedy film winner George Clooney. Also spotted in the crowd: John Leguizamo, Phil Collins, Mimi Rogers, Craig Kilborn (with Ling Bai), Eriq La Salle, Keanu Reeves, Sigourney Weaver, James Woods, Hugh Grant, Chad Lowe and Hilary Swank, Camryn Manheim, David Allen Grier, Jane Seymour (with her Miss Golden Globe daughter Katie Flynn), Kirsten Dunst, Hugh Hefner (with an armful of Playmates, natch) and Brad Rowe.

While some celebs took time to chat with the press stationed outsid read more

Freaks's Geek Graduates


Seth Rogen, known to Freaks and Geeks fans as the sarcastic high schooler who fell for the Tuba girl, is hitting the books again — but this time as a college freshman in Fox's midseason comedy Undeclared. And proving quite the overachiever, Rogen also serves as one of the show's writers.

Freaks and Geeks brainchild Judd Apatow — the creator and executive producer of Undeclared — originally approached Rogen to join the writing team. However, he quickly realized that the up-and-comer would be perfect for the role of Ron, one of six college freshman sharing the same dorm floor at the fictional University of North Eastern California. "He's really funny," Apatow says of Rogen. "And how much funnier he is now than I was at 18, you can't even discuss it."

Rogen admits he doesn't mind the extra work load, and is especially enjoying taking part in Undeclared's writers meetings. "It's very relaxing, and you can just real read more

Star Trek: The Voyage Home?


The crew of Star Trek: Voyager has been lost in the Delta Quadrant for seven seasons, and now, with the final episode slated to air May 23 on UPN, there is much speculation about whether or not the space travelers will find their way back home.

At the Television Critics Association's press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Tim Russ, who plays Tuvok, refused to offer any clues, although he insisted the truth is no doubt out there — somewhere. "There probably is a fan in Iowa who does know," he joked. Executive producer Rick Berman took a more direct approach in addressing the rumors: "Not going to tell you."

The crew's top doc, Robert Picardo, turned the tables on the relentless media. "I actually have a question for you," he remarked. "Do you think we will shoot multiple endings as a way of fooling you?"

Although cagey about plot details, Voyager's producers and cast did reveal that the big read more

No Beauty Bounce for Bakula


American Beauty won five Academy Awards, grossed $130 million and gave a nice boost to the careers of Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning, not to mention newcomers Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari. However, it caused barely a ripple in the life of Scott Bakula, who played half of an idylic gay couple in the 1999 film.

"It hasn't opened doors," the former Quantum Leap star tells TV Guide Online. "Not at all. But it's a nice, wonderful gift to be associated with."

Bakula could use those same words to desribe his new film Luminarias, a low-budget comedy about four middle-aged Latina women looking for love in Los Angeles. Playing in limited release since May, the film — in which Bakula appears as one of the potential suitors — has developed a bit of a cult following among females.

"I loved what it had to say about life in Los Angeles, and in any multi-cultural situation around the world," explains the actor, wh read more

Lawrence Plays the Name Game


Former teen idol Joseph Lawrence is growing tired of the media obsessing about his decision to pull a Deborah Gibson and now go by Joseph, as opposed to just Joey. In fact, contrary to reports, the 24-year-old ex-Blossom star insists that his moniker actually hasn't changed.

"Joseph's my name," Lawrence tells TV Guide Online. "I was born that... it's on my birth certificate. It was Joseph before it was Joey and they just changed it when I was a kid because they thought [since] I was playing characters named Joey, it might be better for recognition purposes."

So why go back to the original spelling now? "I'm named after my dad and I always said that's what I want to see up on the big screen," says the star of Urban Legends: The Final Cut, a sequel to the 1998 film, opening Friday. "I basically am just using my name. People can call me whatever they want, I could care less. read more

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