The American Film Institute has released its list of 2002's 10 best movies, and, in alphabetical order, they are: About a Boy, About Schmidt, Adaptation, Antwone Fisher, Chicago, Frida, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Quiet American. The AFI also singled out the Top 10 programs on television, and the list included Boomtown, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons,
Fox has canceled Joss Whedon's sci-fi dramedy Firefly due to low ratings. But before the show flies off for good, the network will air the original unseen two-hour pilot on Friday. Whedon, meanwhile, is trying to find a new home for the series.
Monica Lewinsky has been dealt another blow. The former White House intern's scheduled pit-stop on a popular Italian variety show was scrapped over the weekend because broadcasters decided that her appearance would be inappropriate for the program's family audience. Ironically, the show regularly features scantily clad young women prancing across a stage during musical numbers. Oh, those wacky Italians!
Scary Movie starlet Anna Faris currently co-stars in Rob Schneider's randy teen laugher, The Hot Chick. While its sense of humor is strictly juvey, the film does slip in some refreshing messages of tolerance. "The trend of comedy lately has just been so much raunch," she tells TV Guide Online, "and I've been part of that trend! It's so nice to do a movie that has nice things to say for a change. When you come from Scary Movie, this just feels really Disney!"
Speaking of which, the 26-year-old begins shooting Scary Movie 3 in February sans Keenen, Shawn and
Band geeks everywhere, vindication day has arrived! After years of enduring torment and ridicule at the multiplex (read: the American Pie franchise), halftime junkies are about to get a major respect fix courtesy of Drumline, a rat-a-tat dramedy that centers on the world of college show-style marching bands (opening today).
"I definitely believe that this film will do [great things] for bands," says 22-year-old actor Nick Cannon, who plays Drumline's ace percussionist. "Because, the stereotype is that marching band isn't really the coolest thing in the world. When I was in high school, we used to throw stuff at the band. Now, this is the coolest thing ever.
"Once people see the movie, they're going to be like, 'Yo, that's a show,'" continues Cannon, best known as the star of Nickelodeo
In Martin Scorsese's hotly anticipated epic film Gangs of New York (opening Dec. 20), Cameron Diaz plays a feisty pickpocket who steals Leonardo DiCaprio's heart. It's a profession the actress admits she grew quite fond of over the course of the movie's shoot. "I can see how it would be fun, because every pocket and every victim is a challenge," she tells TV Guide Online. "I don't see how it could [ever get] redundant, unless you're picking the same pocket over and over again."
Diaz mastered the art of thievery by shadowing a world-class filcher known simply as The Magician. "He was a pickpocket for 30 some-odd years," she explains of her mysterious mentor.
Filmmaker Charles Stone III was forced to do an about-face when casting the role of Jayson in his new marching-band dramedy Drumline (opening Friday). Described in the original script as "racially ambiguous," the part ended up going to white actor GQ at the request of 20th Century Fox. Money-conscious execs apparently thought that adding a dash of color to the all-black ensemble would make the flick more palatable to mainstream audiences thereby boosting the film's bottom line.
"They felt like, 'Well, if we're going to give you [X-amount of] money to make the film, then we need some sort of assurance that we're going to get some of it back,'" Stone tells TV Guide Online. "So, one suggestion was to make one of the characters white."
While Lord of the Rings has bestowed instant fame on most of its stars, poor Andy Serkis (Topsy-Turvy, 24-Hour Party People) the man behind computer-animated Gollum probably won't be recognized for his digitized performance. As moviegoers will see in The Two Towers (opening Dec. 18), this creepy-crawly schizoid is certainly no shallow goofball like Jar-Jar Binks. Physically and emotionally speaking, Serkis says it's the hardest role he ever played.
"It wasn't just people acting to tennis balls on a stick," he explains. "We shot every single scene conventionally. I was in a skintight suit; I crawled around, physically moved as Gollum, doing the voice. That's
In Steven Spielberg's Taken, Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) plays an adorable alien-human hybrid whose mental powers have the entire U.S. military crying for Mommy! In real life, this precocious 8-year-old astonished a group of jaded reporters at Taken's press junket: When asked simplistic kiddie questions about her work, Fanning responded with the articulation of a seasoned pro. How did the kid learn so much so fast?
"I'm home schooled, and I have a teacher that goes with me on all my movies," Fanning explains. "She's taught me a lot 'cause I've had her since I was in second grade, and I'm in fourth grade right now."
As narrator of all 10 episodes of the Sci Fi Channel miniseries, Fanning must've had to use her imagination to picture a world invaded by aliens. Er, didn't she? "Yeah, I kind of did," the young lady admits, though she adds matter-of-factly: "I had read some of the earlier scripts, so I knew what was going on."