British-born thesp Frances O'Connor may not be a household name, but that's all about to change with the Friday release of Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated futuristic drama A.I: Artificial Intelligence. In the pic, O'Connor who starred in the 1999 Jane Austen drama Mansfield Park adopts a robot boy (Haley Joel Osment) and finds her life turned upside down.
Personally, the thirtysomething actress doesn't believe real life will imitate A.I. art anytime soon. "I don't think we'll ever get to the point where we'll recreate people to that level," she says of Osment's eerily lifelike alter ego. "We might, but it won't be for a very long time. I read more
The Sixth Sense wonderkid Haley Joel Osment has earned a rep as one of the most gifted child stars in Hollywood history. However, for his role as a robot boy in Steven Spielberg's haunting futuristic fairy tale A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (opening Friday), the Oscar nominee was presented with the acting challenge of a lifetime.
"It was hard not to blink, because robots always keep their eyes open," Osment tells TV Guide Online. "The trick is not to think about it a lot. After the first week, I didn't blink even after they yelled, 'Cut,' at the end of a scene."
Showtime's Soul Food is clearly treating star Vanessa Williams very well. When the actress rang TV Guide Online on her cell phone to chat about the series whose second season debuts tonight at 10 pm/ET she was out shopping for Manolo Blahnik heels to wear to an awards show.
Though it's based on the 1997 movie Soul Food which starred Vanessa L. Williams (that other Vanessa) and Vivica Fox an enthused Williams called the TV version "a whole lot sexier, with lots and lots of black love and family togetherness and fights."
And yes, by "black love," she means love in the intimate sense. "It's revolutionary," she said. "We don't see black people celebrated in all our humanity. It fortifies black read more
As Ralph Cifaretto a surly Mafia captain on HBO's The Sopranos actor Joe Pantoliano delves deeply into devilry. Last season, not only did he brutally bash his pregnant stripper girlfriend, but his bad influence sent nephew Jackie Jr. (Jason Cerbone) down the path to getting whacked. Strangely though, Ralphie's most deliciously malicious contribution to the series may be culinary!
In a recent episode, for example, Ralphie shared his recipe for the perfect tomato sauce. "It's gravy," Pantoliano corrects. "My mom always called it gravy. I don't understand [Ralph adding] butter though, I gotta tell you. I got a lot of calls from my relatives saying, 'Since when do you put butter in the gravy?' But I'm not gonna argue." Especially since his character's onscreen cookery has led to a book offer he couldn't refuse. Laughs the actor: "I'm gonna have a cookbook coming out in September called Ralph Cifa read more
Nominations for the 2002 MTV Movie Awards won't be unveiled until next April, but Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez have already emerged as the frontrunners to take home Best Kiss kudos for their steamy smooch in crazy/beautiful (opening Friday). "[My manager] told me, 'I bet you guys are going to be up for that next year,'" Hernandez tells TV Guide Online. "Who knows?"
However, the California native who became a teen pinup as a regular on NBC's Saturday morning comedy Hang Time admits that all the TLC put him on edge. "I was pretty nervous when we did it," he recalls. "[Kirsten had] never really done too many intimate scenes; this kind of was her first. But it was more my first of everything, so I was a lot more nervous than her."
Considering the success/failure ratio of the Peacock's Saturday morning alums, Hernandez is no read more
Question: Hi. I am stumped on the name of a television show that was on in the early '90s. Action Jackson star Carl Weathers played with two co-stars whose names were Malloy and Grady, and I believe it was on Sunday nights. If it helps, Grady was a martial artist who was constantly out to avenge his parents' deaths. Malloy owned the bar that the trio hung out in. Can you help? Thanks. Tomira
Televisionary: No problem, Tomira. Allow me to unstump you.
Weathers (Rocky, Predator) did indeed star in the syndicated Street Justice, which was produced from 1991-93. As Sgt. Adam Beaudreaux, Weathers was a cop who spent his downtime at the watering hole he co-owned with Malloy (Charlene Fernetz), whose father was Beaudreaux's former partner.
Helping in the crime-fighting department was Grady Jamieson (Bryan Genesse) read more
Question: I remember a show (maybe with "garden" in the title) from the late '70s that featured two women with long, dark hair. They had their hair in two straight braids, with one woman parting her hair in the middle and the other parting it on the side. One of them was named Paula, I think. I still remember parts of their closing song: "See ya, see ya / Hope you have a good, good day / Hope you have a good, good morning to ya / Hope you have a shiny day / Goodbye now." What is the name of this show? Thanks a whole bunch! Sheree
Televisionary: It sounds like you're talking about The Magic Garden, a live-action, syndicated children's show broadcast mainly in the New York area from 1972-84. In it, Carole Demas and Paula Janis used their magic garden as the backdrop for singing, skits and other folksy stuff that kids absolutely ate up. Also on the show were a magic tree that provided the two ladies with, among other things, swinging vines and messag read more
Question: Hi. My sister and I have a bet going about Yancy Butler, star of the new series on TNT called Witchblade. She says that she is sure that she was on a sci-fi type show around 1995 called Planet Earth. I say she wasn't. We went to [name of competing site edited out by cutthroat businessman Televisionary], which unfortunately seems to be the only database to look up that kind of stuff. Do you know of any others? It only lists a Monica somebody as the cast. Do you know if my sister is right, if I am right, or if we are both wrong? Please help! Mike M., Muskegon, Mich.
Televisionary: Now, as my mama used to say (and still does), just you keep your voice down, mister. I can hear you just fine when you beg in a civilized tone. And don't think I'm not wounded at you kids coming to me as a last resort. Do I know of any others? Why, when it comes to films, nothing beats TV Guide Online's own Movies section and database. read more
It's a question devotees of TV's classic witchy women have mused upon for ages: Who's more powerful Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie or Samantha Stephens of Bewitched? Well, in the blink of an eye, we've got the answer from Jeannie's venerable bottle blonde herself, Barbara Eden!
"Oh, Jeannie, of course!" Eden enthuses to TV Guide Online. "Well, I always thought Jeannie was more powerful because she really enjoyed her work. She didn't mind doing magic. This was her life she loved it." On the other hand, sasses the actress, "Samantha hated being a witch! She was always trying to be something she wasn't. She was repressed."
Does Eden who can currently be seen blinking up baked goods for herself in Entenmann's ads ever tire of being asked about Jeannie? "No, I don't actually," she smiles. "Living with her is a very pleasant, happy thing. An actor is lucky if they have a part that defines them... Clark Gable read more
Brian A. Green who spent the '90s plotting to deflower a virginal Tori Spelling on Beverly Hills, 90210 is back. Er, don't we mean Brian Austin Green, you ask? Actually, it looks like Green's taken a cue from his 90210 co-star (and real-life ex) Tiffani Thiessen by dropping the cutesy middle moniker.
Are these two not-so-subtly distancing themselves from their teen sudser roots? "Never," Green insists to TV Guide Online. "I can't make any sense of Tiffani myself. Her real name is Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. But my name is Brian Green by birth. Austin was made up by my parents when I was nine, because there was another Brian Green in the Screen Actors Guild.
"Imagine doing a show for 10 years that's this hugely successful thing," he continues, "and every time you pick up a magazine, you say, 'That's not me! Who the [expletive] is that?' I feel so corny and ridiculous when I introduce myself to somebody and read more