If a good man is hard to find, then a good-looking man who's as quick with a quip as he is handy with a hacksaw must be darn near impossible to locate. So it makes sense that the newest sex symbol to emerge from The Learning Channel stud farm is Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the hunky carpenter on While You Were Out (Fridays at 9 pm/ET). But would the Nigerian-born, English-bred hottie who could, well, nail anything he likes, collapse when hammered with TV Guide Online's unrelentingly probing questions? Read on and find out.
TV Guide Online: Um, Jumbo?
Andrew Dan-Jumbo: It's a Nigerian name. There's a long
story behind it, but it would probably take three pages to explain.
TVGO: No time for that, then. Would you agree that it gives you a lot to
live up to, running around with a name like Jumbo?
Dan-Jumbo: (Laughs) It does, yes. But as awkward as that name was to go through school with, because of the ridicule, it was a name that peo
Without Venus and Serena Williams in the finals, the TV ratings for this year's U.S. Open were way down. So much for naysayers who said folks were bored with watching the sisters square off on the court again and again. What did they think of the Nielsen slump?
"It's too bad," Serena says. "I think that women's tennis is doing much better than it has in the past. Those girls are awesome." At the same time, she wasn't too surprised the telecast faltered without the Williams sibs. "Hello! Whenever we're in the finals, we're on the cover of every magazine," the 21-year-old points out. "Because it's history! Two black girls playing tennis, doing so well... It's never happened before. Of course, people want to hear about it. It's just that some people want to think negative."
Serena is hardly shy about the popularity of the Williams women. "We're definitely up there, because we're not only doing athletics, but we're doing a lot of other things,"
Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, who earned an Oscar nod for "Miss Misery," one of several songs he contributed to the soundtrack for Good Will Hunting, died Tuesday of an apparent suicide, MTV reports. He was 34. Smith's body, marked with a single knife wound, was found in his Los Angeles apartment by a friend. Smith battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career, and often addressed such themes in his music.
Miami-based record producer Terrence "T-Robb" Robinson is suing Beyoncé Knowles, her father and fellow members of Destiny's Child for $200 million, claiming they stole his music for the hit song "Survivor." At a news conference Tuesday, Robinson said the song would have made him "one of the biggest, most sought-after producers" in the biz.
It has been a tremendous couple of years for 29-year-old actor Derek Luke. He's gone from working in Sony's gift shop and waiting tables at awards ceremonies to winning an Independent Spirit Award for his starring role in Antwone Fisher. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing for the handsome thesp, who currently co-stars with Katie Holmes in Pieces of April. Despite the heady joys of newfound fame, he's learned the star trip has its drawbacks.
"Sometimes [acting] is a challenge, because you get a lot of attention," Luke concedes. "[Especially] if I just got off a movie, and I had catering people coming up to me. But then, at home, I sit there and watch TV and the garbage piles up. And my wife goes, 'Derek, you've got to take the garbage out.' And I give her a look. Then, I think, 'Oh my God,
Rumor has it Friends star Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette are expecting their first child. David's actor-brother Alexis let the cat out of the bag during a taping of Sharon Osbourne's talk show Monday. (It airs next month.) "We're not commenting," the couple's rep tells USA Today. "When they're pregnant and ready to announce it, they will."
Clay Aiken is proving to be the most successful loser in history. The American Idol runner-up's debut CD, Measure of a Man, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 613,000 copies. By comparison, Idol's inaugural champ, Kelly Clarkson, moved 297,000 units during her album's first week in stores last April. Now, the pressure's on Aiken's Idol sidekick Ruben Studdard, whose Soulful CD drops Nov. 25.
Will Smith is heading back to the small screen. The erstwhile Fresh Prince will guest star on the Nov. 18 episode of UPN's freshman laffer All of Us. As previously reported, the actor who produces the sitcom with wife Jada Pinkett will play a college buddy of Robert (Duane Martin) and Neesee's (LisaRaye), who returns to L.A. and ends up crushing on Neesee.
Pamela Anderson fears that hepatitis C, which she was diagnosed with in 2001, will most likely kill her in a decade. "I think I've got a good 10 years left in me, which is sad, too," she tells US Weekly. "Maybe 15, if I'm lucky. It's scary, but lately I've been feeling great."