Mickey Mouse is now three quarters of a century old, but whatever you
do, don't tell him that. As animated as ever, the adorable rodent has
filled up his schedule with more photo ops and marketing meetings than the cast
of Friends. But, even as he looks forward to the summer '04 video
release of The Three Musketeers believe it or not, his first
full-length feature with Donald, Goofy, et al he kindly allowed TV
Guide Online to bend his ear long enough to ask him Seven Silly Questions.
TV Guide Online: Mickey, how is it that after 75 years, you still look as
young and spry as you did when we first met you or rather, when our
parents did? Plastic surgery? Botox? Clean living? What's your secret?
Aw, gee, thanks, pal. Let's see... I try to eat right, and I
mousercise. Oh, and for the occasional wrinkle? A good old-fashioned eraser.
Works every time!
TVGO: Think fast
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 winks. "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, do you st
Was the demise of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith a suicide or not? The Los Angeles County Coroner remains unsure, saying his two fatal stab wounds "could have been inflicted by him or by another." Last October, Smith an Oscar nominee for his 1997 single "Miss Misery" from the movie Good Will Hunting was found dead at home by his live-in girlfriend. The unsolved case is still open.
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.
A French author is suing Disney and Pixar Animation, alleging that Finding Nemo is a rip-off of his book, Pierrot the Clown Fish. Like Nemo, Franck Le Calvez's tale follows a striped orange fish who's been separated from his family. A Parisian court will hear the case in February.
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.
Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Brendan Fraser and Tara Reid are headed back to Scrubs during February sweeps for the first birthday party of Dr. Cox's son. Fraser and Reid play the kid's uncle and aunt just in case you forgot.