You're a rich one, Mr. Grinch. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas ruled the box office over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, grossing a whopping $73.8 million to hold on to the No. 1 spot. It's 10-day cume stands at an estimated $137.4 million, making it the fastest non-summer release to cross the $100 million mark. Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense, opened at No. 2 with a solid $47.2 million over the five days, followed by 102 Dalmatians, which bowed at No. 3 with $26.8 million. Rounding out the top five were Rugrats in Paris: The Movie at No. 4 ($22.8 million) and Charlie's Angels at No. 5 ($14 million). read more
Cybill Shepherd's Memphis home was damaged by a small fire over the weekend. The host of the struggling relationship series Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus said a bedroom fireplace may have been the cause of the blaze, which was quickly brought under control. read more
ABC is developing a TV version of the action film Eraser, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Variety reports. Arnold and Anne Kopelson, who produced the 1996 flick, will serve as executive producers. Like the film, the TV remake which likely will feature a new cast will follow the adventures of a federal marshal working for the Witness Protection Program. read more
Drew Carey is planning a pay-per-view improv comedy special to air the night before the Super Bowl on Jan. 27. The live show which will likely feature some of Carey's co-stars from The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway? could lead to a national tour, the USA Today reports. Michael Ausiello read more
Robert Downey Jr.'s recurring stint on Ally McBeal remains up in the air in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in Palm Springs for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine. The troubled actor who was released from state prison just three months ago after serving a year for violating his probation on drug charges posted $15,000 bail early Sunday. Downey signed on to do 10 episodes of Ally McBeal and is in the midst of shooting his ninth. He's due to be arraigned on Dec. 27. read more
There's increasing buzz that CBS may schedule its eagerly anticipated Survivor sequel on Sunday nights at 8 pm, bumping Touched by an Angel to another night, Variety reports. Other possibilities reportedly include Thursdays at 8 pm (opposite NBC's Friends) and Survivor's old 8 pm Wednesday slot. Survivor: The Australian Outback premieres Jan. 28, 2001, right after the Super Bowl. read more
If ratings are any indication, viewers seem to prefer Regis Philbin without Kathie Lee Gifford. For the week ending Nov. 12, Live with Regis which continues to feature rotating co-hosts posted a hefty 4.2 rating, a 14 percent jump from the previous week and a hefty 27% bounce from a year ago. In fact, Live finished second only to The Oprah Winfrey Show among all talk shows. read more
New mama Melina Kanakaredes is counting her blessings this Thanksgiving. Not only does she have a new daughter, but her Providence character, Sydney, has a new boyfriend as well. "She's finally having some kind of a love life," the actress tells the TV Guide Channel.
For those coming in late in the game, Syd's new beau, played by Melrose Place alum Rob Estes, is a physical therapist who, as Kanakaredes explains, "end[ed] up giving Syd a little more therapy than just in the medical [sense]."
"[He] is kind of the anti-doctor," notes Estes, adding that the romance is a perfect example of opposites attract. "Syd's very cerebral and straight-laced, and she goes from A to B in a straight line. John goes from A to B by, you know, tasting Z and going to D."
Kanakaredes says tonight's two-hour Thanksgiving-themed episode (8 pm/ET, NBC) offers some good clean holiday fun. "There's always that perfe read more
Ricki Lake is only halfway through her six-episode stint as Kevin James's sister on The King of Queens, and already producers of CBS's hit sitcom are begging her to quit her day job. "They want me there every week," Lake tells TV Guide Online. "They're like, 'Wait a minute, can't your talk show go away? Can't it be cancelled?'"
Not likely. Although Lake says she's "so psyched" to be a part of Queens, the native New Yorker insists she has no plans to put down her microphone anytime soon. "My talk show is not going anywhere," she says. "I truly love going to work every day. I love talking to people about the inner-most details of their life.
"But I love acting, too," adds Lake, who has agreed to return to Queens on a recurring basis next season. "So, this is a great opportunity where I'm able to come in and play this really funny part. It feels like just enough for me right now."
Besides, i read more
Geoffrey Rush who won a Best Actor Oscar for playing a cuckoo concert pianist in 1996's Shine has gone mental again. In Quills, he plays the Marquis de Sade, the infamous French aristocrat who was committed in the 18th century for writing erotic novels filled with sex and torture. Though it's a period piece, "[this film is] not musty and erudite," Rush tells TV Guide Online. "Its kinship movies are The Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcist and Sleepy Hollow. It's lurid... a great, gothic B-movie."
Indeed, luridness abounds as Rush spends much of the movie nude, alternately amusing and aggravating co-stars Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine with sinfully suggestive banter. "He's completely cavalier and loves talking dirty all the time," the actor laughs. "[But] I don't think there's one ounce of deliberately provocative, shocking material to sensationalize... the film. You don't have to read more