Question: My mom and I have a little bet going. She says that Adrian Paul is the son of Sean Connery because he looks so much like him. I say no. Which of us is right? Please e-mail me at [address hidden by privacy-minded Televisionary] and let me know. Thanks. Trixie S.
Televisionary: Sorry, Trixie, but as the disclaimer above states, I don't do the e-mail thing. You've gotta read it here to read it at all.
But perhaps it'll make you feel better to discover (again, if you're reading this) that you're right. Paul may have made his name in the syndicated Highlander, which was produced from 1992-98 and was based on the feature film and sequel that co-starred Connery, but that's really about as close as they get. Paul, who starred as sword-swinging immortal Duncan MacLeod in the series and in the big-screen Highlander: the Gathering and
Joan Allen best known for playing heroines in The Contender, The Crucible and Face/Off jumped at the chance to go bad in the TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon (which concludes tonight at 8 pm/ET).
"It really appealed to me when I found out they offered me the role [of Morgause]," the 44-year-old three-time Oscar nominee tells TV Guide Online. "My agent said, 'It's a villain,' and I said, 'Send me the script! Send me the script!'"
In the two-part epic, which is based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's retelling of the Arthurian legend, Morgause lies and schemes her way to power. Co-star Anjelica Huston Morgause's rival and sister, Viviane was t
While out promoting Made which reunites Swingers stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau as two boxers embroiled in a mob caper Vaughn clearly expects to be asked about his own real-life penchant for fisticuffs.
Just to refresh your memory: Back in April, Vaughn and Steve Buscemi had a heated altercation with locals at the Firebelly Lounge in Wilmington, N.C. the actors were in town filming John Travolta's Domestic Disturbance which left Buscemi stabbed and Vaughn arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Months later, Buscemi is reportedly fine, and Vaughn is set to testif
Scrappy Shannen Doherty may have bought the farm on Charmed, but her afterlife has already begun. The WB refugee has produced and starred in a USA teleplay, Another Day airing Oct. 2 at 9 pm/ET about a woman's quest to rescue her doomed fiancé (played by none other than Charmed Aussie Julian McMahon). "It was something I was petrified to do," she tells TV Guide Online. "It was the first time I read a script and thought, 'I don't think I can do this character justice.' And I'm the type that if something scares me, I have to do it." Despite our own willies about Doherty's wrath she has that telekinetic temper, after all we subjected the TV witch to a polite inquisition.
It seems fitting that Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe should be the only members of The West Wing ensemble vying for a lead acting Emmy: They were the only series regulars who showed up Monday for the first day of work on the show's third season. Co-stars Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and John Spencer supporting actor-actress Emmy nominees themselves went AWOL reportedly because they want a raise.
For his part, Lowe isn't letting the so-called stalemate take away from his Emmy celebration. As it is, he predicts that by next week the situation will be resolved. "The word is that we're going to try and restart on Monday," he told TV Guide Online. "I'm sure it'll all work out." The show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, was singing a similar tune to The Associated Press. "We don't begin filming until Monday and I'm sure it will all be taken care of," he said.
This year's Emmy noms held few surprises, with repeated nods going to all of 2000's five drama nominees and four out of the five comedies all except for tired Friends, which was deservedly bumped by upstart Malcolm in the Middle. "I think Malcolm is clearly the front runner in the comedy category," says TV Guide critic Matt Roush. "It was clearly a breakout show last year, but it took them a second year to get a best show nomination."
The Emmys author Tom O'Neil shares Roush's enthusiasm. "Malcolm was the one bright, shining light this year," he enthuses. "We had two foretellings of it last year, because we had two upset wins by Malcolm for writing and directing. And c'mon, if this is the best written and directed comedy on TV, it should be up for best show on TV in its comedy class."
Even so, O'Neil adds that Malcolm's nomination still is a "surprise because such young-skewing shows don't ofte
Members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences failed to heed TV Guide Online's "Be kind, please don't rewind" plea when it came to the 2001 Emmy nominations announced early yesterday in Los Angeles. Instead of rewarding new or previously overlooked faves such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ed, Gilmore Girls and Once and Again, voters gave their seal of approval to perennial and creatively shaky Emmy darlings like ER, The Practice, Will & Grace and (yikes!) the now-dead 3rd Rock from the Sun!
"It's just really depressing to see the same people and programs nominated jus
Julianna Margulies has a newfound respect for Mel Gibson after sword-fighting Saxons in TNT's two-part miniseries, The Mists of Avalon (airing July 15 and 16, 8 pm/ET). The ER alumna tells TV Guide Online that she was in awe of Braveheart "after doing the little bit that I did. It's incredible, but it's hard, and [director Uli Edel] gave me the confidence in myself to know that I could do it."
Thanks to Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn), the 35-year-old actress says that she discovered her inner warrior while playing a Pagan priestess in this feminist retelling of the King Arthur legend (based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel). "My first time into battle I unders
Calling Edward Norton a method actor is a bigger understatement than saying CBS's Big Brother is boring. For his role as a white supremacist in American History X, the two-time Oscar nominee shaved his head and gained 30 pounds of muscle. To prepare for 1998's Rounders, the Yale grad competed in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. And for his latest film, the heist drama The Score (opening Friday), he got friendly with the LAPD to learn about cracking safes.
"I found some guys with the Burglary and Autotheft Unit and shadowed them for a month and a half," explains Norton, who plays Robert De Niro's partner in crime. "I had a little beeper, a
Who says blondes have more fun? Reese Witherspoon suffers for her art in Legally Blonde (opening tomorrow), in which a California sorority girl goes Harvard Law but doesn't forego her flashy designer dresses and oh-so-high heels as she struts across the school's staid campus. Too bad the actress's fetching footwear cramped her style big-time.
"Seriously, I had a huge podiatrist's bill after making this movie," Witherspoon laughs. "I'm only 25 and I'm at the podiatrist having things shaved off my feet and [getting them] cracked. It was challenging!"
While her film aims to debunk the myth that all fair-haired females are brainless bimbos, Witherspoon admits she's contended with other types of prejudice as well. "I've had to deal with stereotypes just being Southern," the Nashville nativ