The brown, hooded cloak worn by Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars fetched $104,000 at a Tuesday auction of film and TV memorabilia. Long believed lost, the iconic piece of wardrobe surfaced last year.... James Cameron's The Lost Tomb of Jesus drew 4.1 million viewers on Sunday, Discovery Channel's best audience in 18 months. That same night, The Girls Next Door's Season 3 opener (2.17 million) gave E! its second highest-rated premiere in the cabler's 16-year history.... CMT has announced a March 30 bow for Season 2 of Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search.... Got burning questions about the CW's Girlfriends? Post 'em here, and we'll get 'em answered!
Let's not dwell on this being probably the last season of Deadwood (9 pm/ET), the tragicomic Western anchoring HBO's new Sunday lineup. Let's be grateful it's still so pungently riveting — bristling with deadly conflict, sordid secrets and treacherous alliances.
In 1870s Deadwood, violent actions may speak louder than words, but it's the words (courtesy of creator David Milch) you remember: a dazzling, baffling barrage of flamboyant language, elegant in its wit yet profane in its bile.
As the season opens, signs of civilization — a school, a bank, a theater (in a former brothel), elections for sheriff and mayor — are taking tentative root amid the squalor and savagery.
"Change calls the tune we dance to," says dastardly saloon owner Al Swearengen (th
Andrew Firestone shares his Wine Ways
Is The Bachelor: Paris catch Travis Stork still canoodling with Sarah Stone, the kindergarten teach he picked in this week's finale? Who knows. But until the would-be couple come forth, TVGuide.com got up to speed on another Bachelor, Season 3 star Andrew Firestone, who has his own big news to share. After all, maybe things have reheated up between him and Jen Schefft, right? No? Maybe he just has a DVD to tout?
TVGuide.com: Tell me about Wine Ways, the new educational DVD you produced and star in. How did it come to be?Andrew Firestone: In a nutshell, what I do in my day job is teach wine tasting, and I really like to focus
Constance Zimmer, In Justice
Constance Zimmer has played the hippest nun we've ever seen (on Joan of Arcadia) and has held her own when trading caustic barbs with Jeremy Piven on Entourage. So who better to fight the good fight in getting wrongfully incarcerated folk out of the clink on ABC's In Justice (Fridays at 10 pm/ET)? The Queen of Acerbic (our words) postponed her lunch date with a bowl of Peanut Butter Puffins long enough to speak with TVGuide.com about her wide and wild array of roles.
TVGuide.com: As I said to your cast mate Jason O'Mara a few weeks ago, I love In Justice and&
Question: I am wondering which movie you think has the sexiest/most erotic strip scene. Not some XXX-rated porn movie, but a mainstream movie.
Answer: In addition to leaving out hard-core porn, I'm eliminating direct-to-video soft-core pictures because I don't think they're what you have in mind, either. Two candidates spring immediately to mind, one old and one relatively recent.
The old movie is Gilda (1946), starring Rita Hayworth as a slinky man-eater. Her celebrated strip number, which she performs while singing the suggestive "Put the Blame on Mame" (Mame's sex appeal is blamed for everything from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the fire that ripped through Chicago in 1871) barely involves any stripping. She starts out in an evening gown and a pair of elbow-length gloves and is interrupted afte
James Cameron and Mel Gibson are each sharing details about their next big projects. Cameron, out to deliver his first big-budget feature since Titanic, is prepping Battle Angel, an adaptation of a Japanese manga series (huh?) set in the 26th century and centered on a cyborg named Alita; a casting call has gone out for actresses between ages 16 and the mid-20s who are athletic, agile and have an ear for dialects. Meanwhile, per Variety, Gibson is developing Flory, an ABC TV-movie set against the backdrop of the Holocaust — news sure to be embraced by all of the Jewish folk who loved Passion of the Christ.
Ranking the Labor Day weekend's summer-season finales:
Entourage (HBO): Highest marks. What a brilliant second season this show had, primarily because there finally was such a juicy story to tell. Ari, ousted from his plush office in the superb next-to-last episode, takes a client meeting — who knew Richard Schiff yearned to be a tough guy? — at a Coffee Bean shop. (What, Starbucks was too common?) Speaking of common, what a riot that Johnny Drama's louse of an agent — the kid who helped get Ari fired — is such a bottom-runger that when Johnny barges into his office, he's taking a meeting with the execrable Pauly Shore. Eric, as usual, is in way over his head, taking a meeting with Ari's supersmarmy boss Terence, who advises the kid to become an agent and "invest without emotion," as if clients were commodities like stocks.
Which is why Ari's final-appeal meeting with Eric was so well-timed. Ari
They. Are. So. Lucky. Honestly, heads were gonna roll if the finale faded out with Vince ditching "Aquaman." Ugh. It was bad enough that Eric was circling Ari's old job at the agency. To have our "It" boy quit a James Cameron movie and fire his best bud would have been too much, you know? Especially since we had to put up with him being all "I get to be a tool because Mandy Moore dumped me" for most of the episode. Thankfully, the proven wuss of "Queens Boulevard" backed out of backing out, so the movie's on, E's still on board and Ari is slowly on track to rebuilding the career he torched last week. Now if only he could sign someone other than The West Wing's chronically morose Richard Schiff and a brat who thinks of bailing on a project every time a girl gets in the way. Because if Vince doesn't grow up while shooting his comic-book breakthrough role, I may have to ask the HBO gods to refocus the show on Turtle's turning Saigon into a star instead o
Oh, Ari. What have you done? The car? Gone. The job? Vapor. The Batphone? Dead. All you have left is Lloyd! And as great as his "There's got to be a moment after..." speech was, he still sort of sucks as an assistant. Plus, he drives a prop car from The Fast and the Furious. This is so not good. Obviously someone wasn't paying attention — or paying for a Variety subscription — back when Ovtiz ditched CAA to start his own agency, huh? Even if the Gold-en god does manage to do the bootstrap thing, I hate to think what Terrence is planning to keep his client list intact. Though, honestly, he can have Vince. I'm done with that one, falling for Mandy Moore like a 12-year-old, getting all bitchy with the boys and now dumping "Aquaman" just because she wants to go back to her fiancé. Please! It's James Cameron! You don't quit a Cameron flick over a girl! And as Kate Winslet knows, you don't even quit over a crappy script. So, boyfriend,
OK, who's zooming whom here? Ari's lying to E. that James Cameron wants to can Vince. Vince is selling Ari a line about being obsessed with Mandy Moore to cover up for missing his physical. E. is telling Ari that Vince is having a breakdown in Napa just to screw him for lying about Cameron. And honestly, all I'm wondering is how Aquaman is ever going to make it to the big screen if the only acting going on is off screen. Criminy. Even Drama's denying his tapered-jeans whiteness for some whack OG ghetto-boy act to impress this rapper Saigon. Who, by the way, could finally give Turtle the cred he needs to get out from under his pot-and-PlayStation haze. Anyway, gone are the days when this was just about buddies behaving badly. Now the stakes are raised, careers are at risk and it's all over the woman who once recorded the line "Innocence is what I got. It'll take true love to hit the spot." Who knew? And even though I hated to see poor E. face th