A funny thing happened after Sean Astin wrapped his grueling two-year Lord of the Rings tour of duty: He lightened up mentally and physically for his role in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates (due out in February).
"I lost a lot of weight and am in much better shape," he tells TV Guide Online of his Dates gig, which has him playing Barrymore's gym-rat brother. "[My character's] doing splits all the time and push-ups and jumping jacks and lifting things. He's supposed to be this incredibly muscle-bound guy, but I'm not really that muscle-bound, so it is a joke on that level, too."
After spending so much time wearing dusty cloaks and donning hairy foot prosthetics for Rings, Astin also relished the opportunity to go completely over-the-top with his character's look. "He wears workout clothes with silly parachute pants," the 32-year-old says with a laugh. "And the tan that [
You'd think Jon Cryer would be in a celebratory mood. After starring in four failed sitcoms, he has finally landed a prime-time hit with Two and a Half Men (Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET). But the 38-year-old former brat packer he was Duckie in Pretty in Pink won't break out the champagne just yet. Heck, he won't even settle into his trailer. "Let's just say, I don't decorate my dressing rooms," he says with a wink. "Not until the second season."
TV Guide Online: Love you on Two & a Half Men. But love you more in Pretty in Pink. It's one of my favorite movies ever!
TVGO: So, I've got to ask. Duckie a blessing or a curse?
Cryer: Oh, definitely a blessing. A lot of people have a lot of affection for him. And his predilection for mismatched prints has allowed me to wear mismatched clothing for the rest of my life and say, "It's an homage!"
TVGO: Speaking of clothes
PBS will air a documentary on TV icon Fred Rogers titled Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor on New Year's Day at 9:30 pm/ET. Rogers died last February at 74.
Apparently, NBC has saved the best for last. This weekend, the Peacock network will air the final four episodes of Boomtown, its critically acclaimed but prematurely canceled cop drama. (Three episodes air on Saturday, 8-11 pm/ET; one on Sunday at 10 pm/ET). Each features Vanessa Williams, who plays Det. Katherine Pierce. We interviewed the former Miss America, before Boomtown was officially axed earlier this year, to ask all about her eclectic life.
TV Guide Online: For Detective Pierce's first episode, you had to chase a perp up two flights of stairs, down a hall and up more stairs. How hard was it to shoot that scene, take after take?
Williams: It wasn't too bad. I'm in good shape for a 40-year-old woman, fortunately. So I didn't get too winded.
TVGO: When you say you're in shape, how many flights
Marlee Matlin is a mom again. On December 26, the
sometime West Wing co-star gave birth to her and husband Kevin
Grandalski's second daughter, Isabelle Jane. They also have two boys and, we
imagine, very dark circles under their eyes.
Nielsen estimates that more than 18 million viewers watched Ed Bradley's exclusive sit-down with Michael Jackson on Sunday's 60 Minutes. But not everyone apparently liked what they saw: On Monday, Jacko's chief spokesman, Stuart Backerman, resigned citing "strategic differences" with other members of the embattled pop star's camp.
Earl Hindman the Taylor family's
fenced-in neighbor, Wilson Wilson, on Home Improvement passed away
yesterday at the age of 61. The funnyman can still be seen today in syndicated
reruns of the sitcom as well as on SoapNet's rebroadcasts of the 1970s soap opera
Ryan's Hope, where he played sad-sack second banana Bob Reid.
Fox has unveiled its latest reality series, and it sounds just dumb enough to work. In My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé (debuting Jan. 19), a beautiful "bride-to-be" named Randi plays a practical joke on her family and friends when she announces her engagement to Steve an individual so loathsome he makes Bob Guiney look like Prince Charming. Randi must continue the charade all the way through to the wedding ceremony in order to win a million dollars. But the joke is also on Randi, who is under the impression that Steve is just a reality show contestant like herself. In reality, he and his family are professional actors.