'N Sync and Fatboy Slim may have emerged the big winners at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night, but the real star of the night at least according to the reporters holed up in the press room was a silly little hand puppet named "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog." Fresh from his scene-stealing, J.Lo-sniffing performance on the floor of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, the Robert Smigel creation a regular visitor on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien revealed to the weary media assembled backstage what the bootylicious diva said to him when the cameras cut away.
"It was a Spanish curse," he cracked. "It's a language I don't understand, but I could tell that it was vulgar." The caustic Muppet-wannabe, who already had the jaded press corps rolling in the aisles, then added: "No, she's very nice. Honestly, J.Lo rules... her butt rules. Let's face it, it's all about the butt. Have you heard her
Tattooed rocker-cum-poet Henry Rollins is flattered that his gig hosting Fox's anthology thriller Night Visions has led some to compare him to Twilight Zone's Rod Serling who from 1954-1962 introduced creeped-out viewers to the "fifth dimension." But the Rollins Band frontman points out that there are some glaring differences between him and the late, great TV maverick.
"I'm a thicker-necked, not-as-charismatic version of Rod Serling," the 40-year-old muscle man winks to TV Guide Online. "A more contemporary version."
Ironically, although Rollins admits he was a fan of The Twilight Zone "It was this strange black and white show with this intense man at the beginning" it was one of Serling's later works that really made his spine tingle: The short-lived '70s supernatural frightfest Nig
When Ed McMahon's Next Big Star premieres Sunday (6 pm/ET on PAX), its titular host promises a competitive showcase for up-and-coming talent much akin to Star Search, his popular 1980s series as well as appearances by established entertainment superstars. (Steven Tyler, 'N Sync and Jessica Simpson, to name just a few, have already taped segments.) Yet one friend of McMahon's that you won't see is Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show host for whom McMahon served as announcer and sidekick for three decades.
"It's very unlikely," McMahon tells TV Guide Online of the possibility for a cameo by Carson, who largely has been MIA since turning over the late-night talker to Jay Leno in 1992. "He just won't do anything on television.
"Johnny has turned down hosting the Oscars five times," he adds, illustrating his point. "And that would be the show to host, with three billion people watc
Best known as the suave-looking spokesmodel for Calvin Klein's Contradiction cologne, Justin Chambers sure smells like a star. Now, if only the hungry hottie could find his breakout role!
Sure, he's come far since his oh-so-brief stint on the defunct NBC sudser Another World back in 1995. But Chambers has a long way to go. This year, he played a caricaturish "goofy Italian" who woos Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner. Next up, he's heroic lead D'Artagnan in The Musketeer (opening Friday), a half-baked rehash of the Alexander Dumas tale of French derring-do. Of course, Chambers can't be f
Hopeless romantics pale at the thought that, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer moving to UPN this fall and leaving behind spinoff Angel at the WB, the series' hot-blooded superheroes might never meet again. But the lovers' latest "break-up" has set at least one fan's heart aflutter: new Angel regular Amy Acker, who made her debut as bespectacled bookworm Winnifred Burkle in last season's breathtaking four-part finale.
"I have a big crush on Angel," she tells TV Guide Online in character, "but I'm not sure that it's reciprocated."
Not yet, anyway. Prescient viewers, however, can read the writing on the wall or, in this case, in the scripts: While struggling to escape back to Los Angeles from another, even scarier dimension, Angel and Fred developed a warm friendship that could easily heat up. Even Acker admits that a more intimate relationship between
Having enjoyed both movie and pop stardom, Mark Wahlberg formerly of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch knows the pros and cons of both. Surprisingly candid, he explains why he thinks musicians run amok with nary a raised eyebrow, while movie stars live under intense public scrutiny:
"I think people just expect [craziness] from guys in the music world," says Wahlberg, "and they don't expect much else. [But] a lot of guys who are movie stars are hiding who they really are. You know, they have this image and obviously it's helped them get to the position that they're in.
"But that's why the media is on them so much more they're constantly getting busted and really scrutinized for little things, and guys in the rock world get away with murder, just about."
Gracious and clean cut, the handsome actor has come far since his origins as bad-ass Calvin Klein mode
After his many playful potshots at Survivor and Big Brother, it's surprising to find late-night comedian Conan O'Brien hitching a ride on the reality TV bandwagon himself. Through his own production comedy, Conoco, the rascally redhead has adapted the British series Lost for us Yanks it debuts tonight at 8 pm/ET on NBC. Other than the obvious reason (read: ch-ching!), what turned O'Brien from a reality hater into a real-deal player?
"I myself am not a big fan of reality television," O'Brien smirked to reporters while out promoting Lost. "For selfish reasons, I think that people should be paid a lot of money to write TV, even if it's bad.
"And then," he added, "someone showed me this tape and it jumped out at me. [Lost] seemed like a very smart reality show it didn't have a lot of gimmicks. It's a very simple idea where you strand people; they don't know where they are and have to
As Mark Wahlberg's rocker rival in Rock Star opening Friday Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins stirs the pot with snarly gusto. In one scene, the sexy bad boy even gets fresh with Wahlberg's on-screen squeeze, Jennifer Aniston!
So who minded his octopus hands more Aniston's reel-life hubby or her real-life one? "It was hilarious," Jenkins winks to TV Guide Online. "But Brad [Pitt] was there on the set and he was laughing, so it was all good. I think there was a tacitly understood regard and respect about me grabbing his wife's bottom and not letting go."
All his cheek (and hers) aside, Jenkins takes pride in
The brains behind CBS's new reality show The Amazing Race (debuting tomorrow night at 9 pm/ET) have no problem admitting that one of the reasons they hired New Zealander Phil Keoghan to helm the globe-trotting adventure series was because of his undeniable good looks. "He actually is kind of cute," winks producer/co-creator Elise Doganieri. Clarifies her partner, Bertram van Munster: "He's actually gorgeous."
Like any self-respecting TV heartthrob, Keoghan scoffs at the hunk label insisting that Race required much more than chiseled features and a killer smile. "Don't underestimate how difficult this show is to make," asserts the seasoned TV host, whose credits include the internationally distributed Keoghan's Heroes and the now-defunct chatfest Fox After Breakfast. "This was not a gig where you get ready in a trailer and have people running around putting powder on
In today's fast-paced world of showbiz, tastes change so quickly that few performers manage to get dubbed flavors of the moment, much less entertainers of the year. And far rarer than even flashes in the pan like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are Hollywood's true icons, the artists who can boast of not only looks, but vision, too. With impeccable style and astounding versatility, they blaze trails for themselves and set high standards for those with the talent (or at least the nerve) to try to follow. Among this caliber of stars, one shines brighter than all the others and we'd say that even if she couldn't render us unconscious with a single karate chop to the head.
Her name? Miss Piggy.
Today, in honor of the rapidly approaching 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show
, the variety program that introduced the a