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Seven Silly Questions for... Mary Hart


Mary Hart. Are there any two words more synonymous with Hollywood glitz, glamour and shameless self-promotion? We think not. For 20 years, the gal with the million-dollar gams has presided over TV's iconic showbiz catch-all Entertainment Tonight, and dammit if we're not a better nation for it! This evening, Hart takes her cheery self to primetime as the host of The Stars First Time on ET (8 pm/ET on CBS), an hourlong special during which celebs recall their inaugural appearances on the well-oiled PR machine. We can only hope that 20 years from now Hart will remember the first time she was asked Seven Silly Questions.

TV Guide Online: What percentage of any episode of ET is dedicated to teasing future stories?
Mary Hart: Probably 80 percent.

TVGO: Who hits on you more often — George Clooney or Colin Farrell?
Hart:
Neither one of th read more

Lovelorn Losers, It's Your Lucky Day!


Singletons, take heart. You know Sipowicz from NYPD Blue? Yeah, the detective who's more gruff than buff. He's now cohabitating with a graduate of the Supermodel Police Academy. And overly made-up Drew Carey scream queen Mimi? She's married. Married! To a transvestite the size of The Rock, but nonetheless. Same for Frasier priss Niles. (Minus the transvestite part.) Do you know what all this means? That's right, fellow spinsters — if losers like these can get on the scoreboard, there's hope for us all this Valentine's Day. And, to prove it, TV Guide Online has borrowed Cupid's bow and arrow to play matchmaker for a few of the tube's sorriest soloists. Ain't love grand!

Clark Kent, Smallville, and Buffy Summers, read more

Lovelorn Losers, It's Your Lucky Day!


Singletons, take heart. You know Sipowicz from NYPD Blue? Yeah, the detective who's more gruff than buff. He's now cohabitating with a graduate of the Supermodel Police Academy. And overly made-up Drew Carey scream queen Mimi? She's married. Married! To a transvestite the size of The Rock, but nonetheless. Same for Frasier priss Niles. (Minus the transvestite part.) Do you know what all this means? That's right, fellow spinsters — if losers like these can get on the scoreboard, there's hope for us all this Valentine's Day. And, to prove it, TV Guide Online has borrowed Cupid's bow and arrow to play matchmaker for a few of the tube's sorriest soloists. Ain't love grand!

Clark Kent, Smallville, and Buffy Summers, read more

Seven Silly Questions for... Mary Hart


Mary Hart. Are there any two words more synonymous with Hollywood glitz, glamour and shameless self-promotion? We think not. For 20 years, the gal with the million-dollar gams has presided over TV's iconic showbiz catch-all Entertainment Tonight, and dammit if we're not a better nation for it! This evening, Hart takes her cheery self to primetime as the host of The Stars First Time on ET (8 pm/ET on CBS), an hourlong special during which celebs recall their inaugural appearances on the well-oiled PR machine. We can only hope that 20 years from now Hart will remember the first time she was asked Seven Silly Questions.

TV Guide Online: What percentage of any episode of ET is dedicated to teasing future stories?
Mary Hart: Probably 80 percent.

TVGO: Who hits on you more often — George Clooney or Colin Farrell?
Hart:
Neither one of th read more

Seven Silly Questions for Jeff Probst

For our money, Survivor's Jeff Probst is one of the least annoying reality hosts around. Of course, considering some of the dunces currently gracing the tube — Joe Millionaire's Alex "Serves No Purpose" McLeod and Bachelorette's Chris "Nails on a Chalkboard" Harrison come to mind — that's not saying much. But dammit if we're not growing fond of the well-tanned fella, who returns tonight to preside over the sixth edition of CBS's still-potent reality franchise, this one set in the Amazon (8 pm/ET). In honor of the occasion, we present Probst with the ultimate challenge: answering our Seven Silly Questions.
TV Guide Online: How long do you think Michael Jackson would last on Survivor?
Jeff Probst: He's a good snuggler and he likes animals, so, he might actually last longer than you think. There's also the freak factor. You'd want to keep him around because nobody's going to vote for him to win. And as long as read more

ODD COUPLE

Robert Redford is set to star opposite Razzie nominee Jennifer Lopez in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed drama An Unfinished Life, Variety reports. In the film, Lopez plays a single mother who is forced to move in with her estranged father-in-law (Redford). read more

FOOL US ONCE...

Michael Jackson's much-hyped rebuttal to British journalist Martin Bashir's documentary Living With Michael Jackson will air Feb. 20 on Fox. The two-hour special — titled Michael Jackson Take 2: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You — will allegedly feature footage that calls into question some of the content in the documentary. Meanwhile, ABC's telecast of Living With Michael Jackson ranked as last week's most-watched program. read more

Green Mile Giant vs. Daredevil!


Coming in at 6-foot-5 and 290 lbs., Michael Clarke Duncan bears an imposing physical presence. So it's no surprise he was Mark Steven Johnson's first choice to play Kingpin, Ben Affleck's arch enemy in Daredevil (opening Friday). But when the director suggested using stunt doubles and special padding to turn Duncan into the comic book's larger-than-life crime boss, the actor scoffed.

"They wanted to pad the arms and the chest [of my suits]," the Green Mile star tells TV Guide Online. "And I said, 'Whoa! I don't need that. I'm going to power lift, and bulk up, and you won't need any pads.

"To me it wasn't that hard," Duncan continues, "because read more

Rating the Oscar Reactions

Movie lovers need not wait until an Academy Award presenter says "And the Oscar goes to..." in order to learn who are the winners in this season's gold rush. Heck, no! TV Guide Online can reveal right now which actors have scored — at least in our entirely unofficial survey of the nominees' sound bites and press statements. Taking into consideration the thought that obviously went into the contenders' (and their flaks') remarks, we have come to the conclusion that, by golly, there ought to be a prize for best preacceptance speech. C'mon, why not? If a trophy isn't deserved by celebrities that successfully temper their excitement with what passes for genuine humility, then we don't know when one is due. Consider the justifications and exclamations offered up by 2003's title-seekers:

IT'S OUR JUST DESSERTS
"Bringing Fosse's mas read more

OOPSIE

Rock producer Phil Spector will reportedly contend that the Feb. 3 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his suburban Los Angeles home was accidental. "I believe his defense will be that this was a tragic accident," said attorney Marvin Mitchelson, a longtime Spector pal. "I've spoken with various individuals connected with the case, and I'm 100 percent certain it's not a homicide." Spector, 62, remains free on $1 million bond. read more

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