Rush Hour 2 helmer Brett Ratner sums up the appeal of star Chris Tucker pretty simply. "He's funny as hell," the director grins. "He's funny if he just says, 'Hey, maaan.'"
Taking his comedy a bit more seriously, Tucker boasts that his work has "evolved tremendously" since his early days. "I always knew I wanted to keep going to another level," says August's GQ cover boy, who's cleaned up his dialogue plenty since his last collaboration with Ratner, Money Talks.
Rush hitting theaters Friday found Tucker a fish out of water, both on and off the set. While the citizens of Hong Kong were already familiar with prominent native
During her eight years chasing flying saucers on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson's G-Woman Dana Scully has been paired with a believer (David Duchovny's Mulder), a skeptic (Robert Patrick's Doggett) and a lackey (Mitch Pileggi's Skinner). Well, if Internet buzz is any indication, the addition of Annabeth Gish's Agent Monica Reyes as a regular next season gives the former abductee an altogether different type with whom she can butt heads: a lesbian.
Here's the lowdown: Although it was heavily implied during Reyes's introduction last February that the sexy sleuth shared a romantic history with Doggett, the show's May cliffhanger specifically a scene in which she gushed to an in-labor Scully that she looked "amazingly beautiful" hinted that she may have switched teams in the interim.
In fact, according to executive producer John Shiban, she nearly
Art imitates life in the intriguing HBO teleplay Dinner with Friends debuting Aug. 11 starring Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette as a quartet of married pals rocked by infidelity. Given his own widely publicized marital woes with Meg Ryan, Quaid fully expects this choice of subject matter to raise eyebrows. But clearly, the gracious actor won't shy away from sharing his take on the state of modern matrimony in Hollywood and elsewhere.
"Well, I just think there's no guarantees in life," Quaid tells TV Guide Online. "I don't think it's necessarily hopeless. I mean, I have se
John Waters, the renegade director of such gross-out classics as Pink Flamingos and Mondo Trasho, has his say in an episode of the Sundance Channel's Conversations in World Cinema series airing tonight at 8:30 pm/ET and Saturday at 4:30 pm/ET. But before then, one of his favorite leading ladies sorry, not the late Divine wants to speak her peace about the outrageous auteur.
"[The atmosphere on John's sets] was like reform school," Cry-Baby and Serial Mom veteran Traci Elizabeth Lords tells TV Guide Online, laughing. "I adore John. He definitely sees the world off to the left... or off to the right... or just off."
All kidding aside, the former blue-movie starlet holds in the highest esteem the colorful character who gave her her big break in legitimate pictures. "I respect John so much," she says. "He grew up wanting to be a filmmaker so badly that he went out and got a little eig
If you were among the legions of Sopranos fans let down by the show's relatively quiet and uneventful season finale (save for Jackie Jr.'s whacking), the show's creator, David Chase, has good news: "Next year we'll kill 200 guys," he deadpans. "Maybe they'll like it better."
Well, it certainly couldn't hurt. Despite 22 Emmy nominations and blockbuster ratings (at least by cable standards), HBO's mob hit continues to find itself haunted by last May's anti-climax an episode that critics complained spent more time showcasing Dominic Chianese's second career as a singer than tying up loose ends (the Russian mobster, Dr. Melfi's rape, Tony's mistress, etc.).
The disappointing send-off was one of the hot topics at the about-to-be-concluded Television Critics Association press tour in Pasa
As anchor of MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams and heir apparent to NBC Nightly News veteran Tom Brokaw who's fueled retirement rumors by taking a 10-week summer siesta on his Montana ranch Brian Williams is a rising star. But with slightly over a year left on his contract, is the ambitious, handsome newsman eyeing other options even as he waits for Brokaw to abdicate his anchor desk?
"I don't see Brian waiting on anybody," Peacock president and COO Andrew Lack tells TV Guide Online. "He's pretty busy doing what he's doing." Still, word is if Williams is made to coast too long, the anchor may jump ship. So just how high a priority is it for NBC to keep him happy?
"We're good friends and close colleagues," Lack says. "His happiness is very important to me. We have worked together very closely on his career. He's going to have a lot more opportunities at NBC and if we didn't deliver on those opportunities w
During Emmy season, many an actor experiences the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. However, perhaps only up-and-comer Justin Long Ed's adorably awkward Everyteen, Warren Cheswick went through both emotions in a single morning.
"My dad called and woke me," he tells TV Guide Online. "He was like, 'I wanted to be the first to tell you [that you're up for best supporting actor]!' At first, I didn't even know what he was talking about. Then I realized the nominations were announced that day.
"My dad's a philosopher," he adds, "and he's usually pretty stoic. But he was being so boisterous that I knew it was for real... or at least he thought it was."
Alas, it turned out that, like the rest of the endearing Ed ensemble, Long had been snubbed. "My dad's friend had read the story about 'If TV Guide Online could pick the Emmy nominees...'" relates the s
In real life, White House staffers serve at the pleasure of the president. But on The West Wing, cabinet members and coffee makers alike serve at the pleasure of a far more fickle world power: the NBC drama's opinionated audience. So, while the soaring post-mortem popularity of President Bartlett's no-nonsense receptionist, Mrs. Landingham, may enable actress Kathryn Joosten to continue to haunt the Oval Office, the prez still is going to need a warm body to field his calls. The question is: Who?
"I don't know yet, but somebody will," series creator Aaron Sorkin promises TV Guide Online. "I just haven't thought of who the character is, so obviously I haven't thought of who the actor or actress is."
For her part, the politically correct Joosten has some very specific ideas about what type of person should sit behind the desk of the dearly departed. "I told the powers that be that I thought that it should b
"Hiya, dumb babies!" If you're among the legions of Rugrats fans out there, you know that line as the signature jab of bratty ankle-biter (and TV Guide cover girl) Angelica Pickles. And after spending a decade in diapers, actress Cheryl Chase wh
You're looking to populate the next big teen romp/gross-out comedy, and think that Nick Stahl would be a fine addition to the cast; after all, he does have the high-school fright flick Disturbing Behavior on his résumé. Good fit, right? Well, don't add his name to the movie poster just yet. After all, "disturbing behavior" aptly describes the types of roles to which this young actor is drawn.
"I get sent [American Pie-type] scripts all the time," Stahl reports. "But they're just not as interesting to me. I guess you've got to see the bad stuff, though, to see the good."
Such a stance hasn't stymied his career path; rather, after a promising feature debut in Mel Gibson's The Man Without a Face, Stahl went on to face gritty