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Pieces of Oliver Platt

Character actor Oliver Platt is best known for his memorable supporting roles in films like Doctor Dolittle or TV's The West Wing. However, there's one thing this 43-year-old is not known for: a svelte figure. Has he ever lost a part just for being a big guy?

"Because I'm fat?" Platt laughs. "I must encounter a certain amount of prejudice in the casting process I would imagine, but that's not rocket science.

"I did this big silly wrestling movie, which I actually loved, called Ready to Rumble," he continues. "I wanted to lose weight [for the part]. But [me] getting chiseled? I don't think it is in the cards. I am what I am."

Body image aside, Platt's fans may be surprised to see him turn in a different kind of performance in Pi read more


Rapper 50 Cent was the big winner at last night's Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. His Get Rich or Die Tryin' won album of the year and "In Da Club" was named single of the year. Nelly and Lil' Kim, meanwhile, were honored as male and female artist of the year. BET will air the ceremony on Nov. 11. read more


The winner of our Amazing Race challenge on Monday was "the incredibly astute Madison Silvert of Owensboro, Ky." Madison was the first reader to pick up a copy of the new TV Guide magazine and relay to me via e-mail the Amazing scoop contained in my "TV News" column. "I can't believe they are getting rid of the maps," he wrote. "I have no sense of direction, and will surely be lost without them." You'll be fine — so long as you don't put Chip behind the wheel. read more


ABC's retooled Practice is coming back to life in the ratings. Despite Sharon Stone's scary courtroom attire, Sunday's episode earned the legal drama its best adult 18-49 rating in nearly a year. read more


Jenna Elfman has officially been eighty-sixed from Broadway's Nine. The Dharma and Greg star — whose Oct. 7 debut opposite new leading man John Stamos was delayed last week to give her more rehearsal time — has now been dropped altogether. In a statement, Jane Krakowski's would-be successor said, "Being on Broadway is a dream of mine, and if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it when it's right and I'm ready." read more


The major broadcast networks have made significant strides in boosting the presence of Latinos on TV, says a multiethnic coalition. However, the group reports that ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox still lag when it comes to Asian-American and Native-American visibility. The NAACP will report on African-American strides next week. read more


Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman won a five-figure sum and an apology from Britain's Sun tabloid, which said she had an affair with actor Jude Law and was to blame for the demise of his marriage to Sadie Frost. The paper now admits the story was untrue. The ruling came down today in London's High Court. Two months ago Kidman won damages against another U.K. tabloid that made the same claims. read more

24's Kim Takes Her Potty Break

Last season on Fox's 24, it seemed Kiefer Sutherland's TV daughter, Elisha Cuthbert, did a lot of running. She ran into a psychotic child abuser, a stupid cop, a crazed loner in the woods, a homicidal convenience store shopper and even a thoroughly annoyed cougar. (You can follow Kim's ill-advised trail again on the just-released second season DVD.) But looking ahead, Cuthbert is relieved to find herself working at CTU in Season Three — which premieres Oct. 28 at 9 pm/ET — instead of racing along deserted roads. And now, just for us, the 20-year-old actress finally takes a breather.

TV Guide Online: Your character was always getting into the most ridiculous situations last season, and you took a lot of potshots for it.
Elisha Cuthbert:
I understood where people were coming from. Whene read more


UPN has given full-season orders to freshman sitcoms All of Us and Eve, both of which have made ratings gains since premiering last month. read more

Why Survivor Burned Burton

On last week's Survivor: Pearl Islands, Drake tribemate Burton Roberts appeared to spearhead a plot to throw a challenge. But his scheming backfired on this 31-year-old marketing exec, whose strength was perceived as a threat. Even his so-called friend, Shawn, conspired to vote him out of the game. Ouch!

What's Burt's take on the betrayal? "If the ship is sinking, you need to get off," Roberts tells TV Guide Online. "I bet, at the last minute, Jon went to Shawn and said, 'Hey, I'm going to vote for Burton and that will get him out. Your alliance is going down the tubes. Jump over here, and we'll save you for a few more weeks.' I would have done with that if I was in Shawn's shoes."

Well, that's a pretty forgiving attitude toward a sell-out comrade. But what made him concoct that ridiculous plan to put himself in jeopardy, when the Drake tribe was so dominant? "It wasn't my idea to thr read more

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