Having grown up in Communist Czechoslovakia back in the 1940s, Milos Forman the Oscar-winning director behind One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt had to learn how to deal with stress. "To survive the bad times, if you don't want to die crying, you have to laugh," he tells the Sundance Channel's new series, Conversations in World Cinema (which debuts in June).
One way he coped was by escaping into the glossy world of American films. "All my experience about American life came from the movies," he chuckles. "I didn't live here, so America for me was what I saw on the screen." Of course, when it came time for Forman to make his own movies in the U.S., he pulled no punches in terms of realism.
"It was very interesting [making] Larry Flynt," Forman recalls of the 1996 film starring Woody read more
If, after Tuesday night's shocking season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you were to ask the supernatural series's fans what they wanted on their tombstones, the reply no doubt would be a resounding, "Not the name Buffy Anne Summers!" Talk about a showstopper! When the Chosen One perished in the episode's final minutes, millions of viewers (more than 5 million, to be exact), felt their blood run cold. After all, many still were reeling from the untimely passing of the Slayer's mother in February not to mention the cult favorite's move from the WB to UPN next fall. So, has the heroine really gone on to that big Slayer graveyard in the sky? Did Sarah Michelle Gellar volunteer to be killed off rather than go to UPN? Go on and dry your tears now. Buffy creator Joss Whedon feels your pain, and he has agreed to speed up your grieving process by answering TV Guide Online's burning questions about the bombshel read more
Nicole Kidman's new film, Moulin Rouge, may have come up empty-handed at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend, but it scored a major victory at the box office: On just two screens, the musical drama grossed a spectacular $167,540, for a per-screen average of $83,770. (By comparison, the No. 1 film, Shrek, pulled in $11,806 at each theater.)
While it's too early to herald the pic a smash the true test comes June 1 when it opens wide it's safe to say that Kidman's decision to aggressively promote the movie has paid off so far. Still, given her recent split from Tom Cruise (and her subsequent miscarriage), the actress admits to TV Guide Online that, "Obviously I would not do interviews during this particular time in my life if I didn't have such a wonderful film to talk about. I want people to know about it."
In an effort to protect her two children, Kidman won't disc read more
On tonight's season finale of Felicity, Noel's ex-flame, Ruby, pays a visit to attend his graduation. But the former coed once again played by Amy Smart does not show up alone. "I had to bring the baby back," says Smart, whose character was preggers by another man when last seen. "It's my first time [playing] a mom."
With Noel (Scott Foley) still pining away for Felicity (Keri Russell), Ruby faces an uphill battle if she's hoping to reconcile with her college sweetheart. But as Smart explains, her reappearance serves a higher purpose. "So many people are wondering what happened to [Ruby], I felt like I needed to kind of finalize it," she says. "And also, I think everyone was sort of curious if I had a boy or a girl."
And while Smart says she "always loves coming back and working on the show," future Felicity stints will "depend on how my film career goes." In other words, don't expect to see read more
While Showtime's Queer As Folk primarily features male-driven plotlines, the spicy gay sudser's lesbian couple are certainly not wallflowers. And if NYPD Blue alum Michelle Clunie who plays feisty Melanie opposite Thea Gill's lovely Lindsay has anything to say about it, you'll be seeing even more of the show's only two female drama queens.
"I think it's a tough dilemma because the men outnumber us on the show five to two," Clunie points out to TV Guide Online. "So if you divide it up, of course the men are going to have more airtime. But this season we keep getting more storylines, which is a wonderful thing. For next year, I'm really pushing to have some lesbian friends come on the show, so it's not just us in our pajamas with the men popping by to see us. So we'll see how those talks go and hopefully I'll win that battle."
None of this is to say Clunie resents her male castmates for the amount of face time they're getting o read more
Following in the footsteps of Renée Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Ricci, 21, had to master a British accent for her latest film, The Man Who Cried (opening Friday). The arduous task would have brought the Opposite of Sex star to tears herself, if it weren't for the help of cast and crew.
"I would get nervous before scenes, which is really different for me," says Ricci, who plays a Russian-Jewish refugee who grows up in pre-World War II England. "I work best by not thinking about what I'm doing, but when you do an accent, you have to think about every word."
Question: Help! I thought I once heard that there were three different openings for The Dick Van Dyke Show one where star Dick Van Dyke falls over the ottoman, a second where he jumps over it, and a third where he goes around. I told my 11-year-old son this and I think he is starting to think I made the whole thing up as we only see Dick go around the ottoman. I can picture all three scenarios in my head but, is it only in my head? Thanks. PS: Love your column. Jacqui
Televisionary: Why, thank you kindly for sharing the love, Jacqui now let's see if I'm worthy of it.
My unearthly Televisionary abilities indicate there were actually four openings to the legendary show, which ran on CBS from October 1961 to September 1966. The first showed two hands holding a folder of photos which spill out to reveal a flattering head shot of the star before a follow-up montage of read more
Not since Dallas nearly knocked off J.R. Ewing in 1980 has a cliffhanger sparked as widespread a guessing game as the one that has erupted in the wake of this season's Friends finale. The $64,000 question: Who impregnated Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)? A recent TV Guide Online poll revealed that most viewers thought that the single gal's ex-husband Ross ought to stock up on cigars. But he is far from the only fellow who might ace a paternity test. In fact, next season the mom-to-be could conceivably find herself reading Dr. Spock with any of these potential fathers.
Ross (David Schwimmer): Since their breakup, Rachel and her old flame have repeatedly reheated their romance heck, they even got hitched during a lost weekend in Vegas. Plus, just because the one booty call they scheduled on-screen was aborted doesn't mean that there couldn't ha read more
At the WB's fall schedule presentation to advertisers last week, Angel hunk David Boreanaz practically woke the dead when he stumbled onstage and uttered: "This isn't the UPN." The crack a not-so subtle reference to the Smackdown network's acquisition of Buffy the Vampire Slayer made WB execs' blood boil, and intensified speculation that Boreanaz wanted Angel to join its sister show across the dial.
But in an interview with TV Guide Online, the actor insists that he "really didn't have a preference" either way. "If Angel ended up on UPN, I would still have gone into work and done my thing. And if it stayed on the WB, I'd do the same thing. That's what I get paid to do. I am not in a position to decide what network we should be on."
Of course, Boreanaz concedes that having Buffy and Angel on rival channels will make crossovers "difficu read more
Question: There used to be a television program in the '50s, I think, called Boston Blackie. Could you give me some information on the progam and the actors in it? Thanks much.
Televisionary: Not a problem what else do I have to do on a weekday afternoon, after all? (Just give me a moment to tear myself away from Timmy and Passions.)
Fifty-eight episodes of the syndicated Boston Blackie were produced from 1951-53, starring Kent Taylor as the "enemy of those who make him an enemy, friend of those who have no friend." An L.A. denizen who'd come around from a life of crime, Blackie was helped by gal-pal Mary Wesley (Lois Collier) and accompanied by faithful canine pal Whitey as he solved mysteries the ineffective Inspector Farrady (Frank Orth) couldn't suss out himself... which was pretty much all of them.
The character was originally conceived by writer Jack Boyle in 1919, appearing in a series of magazine stories read more