As expected, my grandmother's scathing review of Scary Movie 3 put a significant dent in the film's box office. In its second weekend of release, the horror spoof grossed $21.1 million off a staggering 56 percent from its record-breaking opening. Still, the flick managed to hold on to the No. 1 position although it was nearly beaten by Disney's Brother Bear, which expanded to wide release and climbed to No. 2 with a solid $18.5 million. Rounding out the top five: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (No. 3 with $10.9 million), Radio (No. 4 with $10.2 million) and Runaway Jury (No. 5 with $6.9 million).
Katie Couric has scored an exclusive interview with disgraced New York Times plagiarist Jayson Blair. The chat will air in March and coincide with the publication of Blair's memoir, Burning Down My Master's House.
CBS at 75
CBS's self-congratulatory special had a ton of clips; but what it had the most of was
uncomfortably long and strangely timed reaction shots of the celebrity audience.
(Hey, there's Loni Anderson saying something we can't hear to Howard
Hessman! Look, the guy next to Dennis Weaver just took a sip of water!) Still, it
was a treat to see footage of shows that I've only heard about, but have never seen
before, like Our Miss Brooks and The Jack Benny Show. And John
Schneider and Tom Wopat each deserve a new car with doors that actually
open for singing all those theme songs.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV Bart (in a Charlie Brown costume): "Good grief, this candy's terrible. Circus
peanuts, raisins, nicoti
It's become more of a Halloween tradition than throwing eggs at passing cars
(although that's still popular too).
Siegfried & Roy magician Roy Horn has been taken off the critical list and moved from Las Vegas's University Medical Center to UCLA hospital. "Roy's condition as a result of his accident on Oct. 3 is serious, but his vital signs are stable," UCLA said in a statement.
Four years ago, three actors went into the woods and came out with The Blair Witch Project, the most crudely shot and, arguably, most lavishly admired independent film in, like, ever. And, according to leading lady Heather Donahue, even if the godawful sequel hadn't killed the franchise, there could never have been another Project anyway.
"On a regular set, you've got all these [crew members], and you have to be
working on their schedule, because they've all got their jobs to do," she
explains to TV Guide Online. (Well, duh.) "On Blair Witch, it was just the three of us out there. So we pretty much made that movie however we damn well pleased!
"If we wanted a break, we took a break," she continues with a laugh. "When we were ready to shoot a scene, we shot a scene. We didn't have to do a million
takes or take anybody's direction; we just
The original Jeepers Creepers freaked out a whole lotta people (us included), and none more so than Ed's Justin Long. But it wasn't what he saw while playing the creature feature's embattled protagonist that gave him nightmares, it was what we didn't see.
"The hardest scene for me to do in that movie," he tells TV Guide Online,
"was the one right after I saw all that scary scary stuff [in the Creeper's
stiffs-stuffed lair]. We all really wanted to make it authentic... to make that fear as real as possible. I didn't know how I was going to do it. It was the kind of experience that leaves a [gray] streak in your hair" à la JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist.
Nonetheless, the junior achiever was determined to give himself
Alias spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is about to encounter a truly frightening foe: the boss from The Office. Ricky Gervais, who plays insecure egomaniac David Brent on the BBC America comedy, will guest-star on an upcoming episode as a "juicy, horrible, evil" villain, says the actor, who's set to tape his appearance in early 2004. "[Alias creator] J.J. Abrams is a fan of The Office and offered to write me a part," he says. In fact, Abrams is tailoring the role to Gervais's gift for subtlety. "A good bad guy doesn't have to be arch, over-the-top, mustache-twirly," Abrams adds. "A good bad guy needs to be smart. And certainly, Ricky is smart." Translation: Expect lots of awkward silences. (For more "TV News" scoop, pick up the new issue of TV Guide magazine, on sale Monday!)
Seeking a funky (and possibly scary) alternative to traditional holiday TV specials? VH1's A Kid Rock Christmas will feature lotsa music and random stars like the Pussycat Dolls, Carmen Electra, Sopranos starlet Drea De Matteo and Kid Rock's mom. Filmed in Kid's hometown of Detroit, the 90-minute jingle-jammin' special debuts Dec. 14 at 9 pm/ET.