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Keanu's Quest for Sweet Romance


He has cheated death as a most excellent teen named Ted, saved Sandra Bullock's bacon from a jerry-rigged bus, kicked slow-motion butt in a mind-bending future world, and, most recently, terrorized women as an abusive redneck. Therefore, it makes sense that what Keanu Reeves really was craving to do was a big-screen love affair. Specifically, a sweet one — as in Sweet November (opening today).

"I was looking for a romance," Reeves says of the road that led to Sweet November, a remake of the 1968 tearjerker starring Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley. "I hadn't done one in a while, not since A Walk in the Clouds. So I had a feeling that was what I wanted to do."

Besides, Reeves' latest film offering would reteam him with Charlize Theron, the blonde beauty who played his wife in 1997's The Devil's Advocate. "She's fantastic in this film," the actor raves, explaining that his and Theron's on-screen chemist read more

Chris Rock Comes Clean


Comic Chris Rock, 35, may be known for his foul-mouthed TV stand-up specials, but he decided not to rely on his trademark comedy style for his starring role in Down to Earth — a remake of the 1978 Warren Beatty film Heaven Can Wait — which opened Friday.

"I think movies are too nasty right now as it is," Rock tells TV Guide Online. "It's a romantic comedy! What romantic comedy is rated R?

"A movie with me, I guess you kind of expect an R," he continues, but suggests that's an unfair assumption to make about his work. "My stand-up act, yeah, there's a lot of cursing in it. My TV show [HBO's The Chris Rock Show], not really that much cursing. We could pretty much show any of that stuff on regular TV."

Actually, Rock insists he'd originally aimed for a PG rating for the film, which ended up with a PG-13. "[Paramount] thought I was crazy... but it's Heaven Can Wait," he says. "Why should it be an R? I don't even know ho read more

Keanu's Quest for Sweet Romance


He has cheated death as a most excellent teen named Ted, saved Sandra Bullock's bacon from a jerry-rigged bus, kicked slow-motion butt in a mind-bending future world, and, most recently, terrorized women as an abusive redneck. Therefore, it makes sense that what Keanu Reeves really was craving to do was a big-screen love affair. Specifically, a sweet one — as in Sweet November (opening today).

"I was looking for a romance," Reeves says of the road that led to Sweet November, a remake of the 1968 tearjerker starring Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley. "I hadn't done one in a while, not since A Walk in the Clouds. So I had a feeling that was what I wanted to do."

Besides, Reeves' latest film offering would reteam him with Charlize Theron, the blonde beauty who played his wife in 1997's The Devil's Advocate. "She's fantastic in this film," the actor raves, explaining that his and Theron's on-screen chemist read more

MITCHELL GETS KNIFED

After three weeks of lackluster tribal council votes, the gang from Survivor: The Australian Outback turned out a real nail-biter last night as Mitchell Olson — the lanky, 23-year-old songwriter from New Jersey — was voted out after losing a second tiebreaker with Ogakor tribemate Keith Famie. Despite all the suspense, Survivor lost some ground in the ratings according to overnight estimates. (Maybe viewers don't like to watch pigs being slaughtered after all.) From 8-8:30 pm, NBC's Friends — featuring guest star Susan Sarandon — actually inched past CBS's reality phenom (15.8 to 15.5). However, Survivor came back in the final 30 minutes and ended up winning the hour with a 2 percent advantage over the 40-minute Friends/20-minute Friends clip show combo. For an episode recap, click here. Meanwhile, CBS is now ac read more

Cover Me Star Uncovered


Cancellation can be a tough pill to swallow, even coming from a former teen idol who happens to be the program's creator. "Shaun Cassidy called me," says Melora Hardin, who co-starred as Barbara Arno, FBI wife and mother on USA's Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family. "Obviously I was shocked because the show was doing so well, and we had just taken all these new publicity photos and they had just changed the main titles; so they had put all this money into it."

Citing low ratings, USA earlier this month announced that it wasn't renewing the critically acclaimed series, which chronicled the life of an FBI agent who would bring his family along with him on his undercover exploits. The final original episode will be broadcast March 4.

"My honest thoughts are that it was a good show and that the network kind of abandoned us," says Hardin, noting that Cover Me aired in three different timeslots during its 11 months on the air. "We were a read more

Buffy Kisses a Girl... Grosse!


Locking lips with Sarah Michelle Gellar in tonight's episode of the sublime Beverly Hills, 90210 parody Grosse Pointe (airing at 9:30 pm/ET on the WB) didn't faze the show's standout starlet, Lindsay Sloane, in the least. However, shaking hands with Tori Spelling, the 90210 grad whose father and former boss, Aaron Spelling, hit the roof over similarities between his little girl and Sloane's character, sweet but insecure ingenue Marcy Sternfeld... well, that's another story altogether.

"I saw Tori at a party recently, and I made it my mission to talk to her," Sloane tells TV Guide Online. "I never get nervous, but my palms were sweating. Finally, as I was leaving, I was like, 'I have to do it,' so I turned around and beelined toward her."

And...? "I turned into Marcy," Sloane admits sheepishly. "I just started rambling. I was like, 'I think you're really great, but I feel like t read more

FRENCH STEWART EYES BLIND

With 3rd Rock From the Sun likely ending its run this May, co-star French Stewart has already lined up his next gig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will headline Blind Men, a CBS comedy pilot loosely based on the British series about rival salesmen who are blind. read more

STAR WITNESS

The driver of Sean "Puffy" Combs's getaway car testified yesterday that the rap mogul was in fact packing heat when he entered a New York club where bullets later wounded three people. Wardell Fenderson — the prosecution's star witness — also claimed that Combs offered him $50,000 to say that a gun found in the vehicle belonged to him. read more

WOODY &#038 GRACE

Emmy-nominated Will & Grace star Debra Messing has landed a role in Woody Allen's next as-yet untitled comedy, Variety reports. Messing — who will play the girlfriend of Allen's character — joins a cast that includes T&#233a Leoni and Treat Williams. read more

SPACE ODDITY

It looks like former Star Trek star William Shatner, 69 — who will host the Miss USA 2001 pageant from Gary, Ind., on March 2 — has already crowned his queen. On Tuesday, the actor wed native Hoosier Elizabeth J. Martin, 42, The Indianapolis Star reports. "It's absolutely true," said the bride's sister, Gayle Anderson. "That's all we're saying." These latest nups mark Shatner's fourth marriage. His third wife, model Nerine Kidd, drowned in the couple's swimming pool, and his first two unions ended in divorce. read more

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