Angel viewers may get the heebie-jeebies merely watching the horrifying high jinks of the title vampire's old flame, Darla. However, it's playing the born-again party ghoul that freaks out Julie Benz. In fact, the Nov. 28 episode alone forced her to conquer not one, but two of her greatest fears: blood... and singing.
"Anytime we have fake blood on the set," she tells TV Guide Online, "I'm ready to hurl."
So when Darla's transformation back into a creature of the night called for her to lap a little O-negative off the chest of Juliet Landau aka Drusilla, the battiest of Angel's exes Benz turned positively green. "I had my eyes closed so I wouldn't have to look at it," confesses the actress, who first sunk her teeth into her role in the pilot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the series that sired Angel. "I'm a wimp."
Its release date may be a full year away, but Ocean's 11 a remake of the 1960 "Rat Pack" film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford continues to generate a steady stream of buzz with its casting.
The latest star to sign up? "Andy Garcia is going to do it now," producer/star George Clooney tells TV Guide Online, reiterating that A-listers Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are among those already on board for the Las Vegas bank heist flick. "Julia, Brad and Matt are worried about their careers," Clooney jokes, "so we want to help them get work." Adam Arkin (Halloween H20, TV's Chicago Hope) and Casey Affleck (To Die For) round out the cast, while Steven Soderbergh, who directed Clooney in Out Of Sight and Roberts in Erin Brockovich, will take the Ocean's 11 helm.
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William Shatner reportedly has performed his last club act for Priceline.com. According to the New York Post, the Star Trek icon has parted ways with the name-your-price e-tailer although the reason for the split was not immediately known. Priceline.com has seen its fortunes collapse in the past year, with its stock plummeting from $165 to $2.25 per share. read more
Time magazine has come out with its list of the top ten films of 2000, and Ang Lee's martial arts fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been named the best movie of the year. The Oscar shoo-in which grossed a spectacular $660,000 on just 16 screens last weekend will open wider on Dec. 22. Rounding out Time's top 10 were You Can Count on Me (2), George Washington (3), Sunshine (4), Chicken Run (5), Best in Show (6), The Color of Paradise (7), Nurse Betty (8), Proof of Life (9) and East-West (10). read more
Warner Bros. has tapped filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who most recently directed the flop Way of the Gun, to helm the $85 million big-screen epic Alexander the Great, Variety reports... Jane Fonda has donated $100,000 to the Gore-Lieberman Recount Committee, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Hoyt Curtin, the man behind the theme music for such cartoons as The Flintstones and The Jetsons, died Dec. 3 after an extended illness. He was 78. Michael Ausiello read more
With NYPD Blue reclaiming its Tuesday at 10 pm/ET timeslot beginning Jan. 9, ABC is moving its acclaimed drama Once and Again to Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET starting Jan. 10. As a result, the network's freshman medical series, Gideon's Crossing, shifts to Mondays at 10 pm/ET as of Jan. 15. Speaking of NYPD Blue, the cop drama will kick off its eighth season with a new recruit: Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) joins the cast as an assistant district attorney. read more
Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr. was formally charged Monday with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of the prescription depressant diazepam (Valium), and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, all stemming from his arrest last month in Palm Springs. If convicted, Downey could face more than four years in prison. He's due to be arraigned Dec. 27. read more
Hollywood lovebirds Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger have called it quits. According to Access Hollywood, Zellweger's publicist confirmed that the couple parted ways, saying that "as of a few weeks ago, Jim and Renée are no longer in a relationship." read more
Candice Bergen says it's not easy conducting one-on-one interviews for Oxygen network's Exhale with Candice Bergen especially given the relatively few cable systems that actually carry the fledgling women's channel.
"It's really different not having any audience at all," says Bergen, best remembered for her long and successful run as TV's Murphy Brown. "I don't really get any feedback. We just stay the course and hope the audience will expand."
Bergen who plays a former beauty pageant contestant in Miss Congeniality (opening Dec. 22) says she spends a lot of time these days conducting exhaustive research on her guests, an eclectic group that has included Diane Keaton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright. "Madeleine was a little stressful for me," she admits of the first female secretary of state. "Foreign policy isn't my bailiwick, but we were so thrilled that she gave us an hour. That was an in read more
The Perfect Storm's Mark Wahlberg has signed on to star opposite Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible 2) in The Truth About Charlie, a remake of the 1963 thriller Charade, Variety reports. The duo will assume the roles played by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is on board to direct. read more