On the planet of "coulda-shoulda-woulda," you'd find Will Smith playing Prot, the quirky fellow who claims to be an alien in K-PAX (opening today). Instead, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey aptly fills the character's gravity boots. Indeed, during its seven years in the making, K-PAX wended its way through quite a diverse casting process to say the least! that altered the film completely.
Screenwriter Charles Leavitt actually envisioned actor John Cusack as the lead alien while adapting Gene Brewer's novel for film. But it was Men in Black spacebuster Smith who originally became attached
What if Latina diva Jennifer Lopez were stranded in the wilds of Kenya and deprived of every creature comfort, with nary a bottle of Evian to be seen, much less her fussy entourage? For a mental picture of J.Lo sans her dough, look no further than Survivor: Africa's second castoff, Jessie Camacho!
Starved and offered only putrid water and cow's blood to drink, the 27-year-old Orlando, Fla. sheriff's deputy unsurprisingly lasted only six days before the Borans booted her. In an exclusive phone chat with TV Guide Online, Camacho says her lips were chapped "so bad, I could hardly even open my mouth. We hadn't had water for four days, and my lips just took the hit for it." (Memo to Chapstick's marketing department: Offer this bruised beauty an endorsement contract!)
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Having nabbed one of Young Hollywood's most coveted roles he'll play Anakin Skywalker in the next two Star Wars flicks Hayden Christensen knows his destiny is forever linked to Darth Vader's. Still, the level-headed 20-year-old hasn't gotten carried away by the celebrity that came with joining the "Dark Side."
"You need to give it the credence it deserves which is not too much," says Christensen, who also co-stars with Kevin Kline in Life as a House (opening Friday). "I just don't take it too seriously. As long as I leave my ambitions where they were before all of this, it'll be alright."
As a relative newcomer to Tinseltown, the Canadi
Best known as Howard Stern's wife in Private Parts, Mary McCormack has followed up that role with a string of second-banana spouse and girlfriend parts. But this Friday, she enjoys more prominence in two competing films, K-PAX and High Heels and Low Lifes.
In K-PAX, McCormack feels she's once again typecast as the strong, dependable wife of Jeff Bridges. Grateful for the work nevertheless, she tells TV Guide Online: "You just do your job and you accept the size of your part and have fun with it. You see people who have really tiny parts making soup a meal and you're like, 'Oy! It's just soup. Just
When Ally McBeal kicks off its fifth season on Monday (9 pm/ET on Fox), Regina Hall's legal eagle Corretta Lipp will be sans her trusted associate, Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry Paul. "It's a whole new ballpark for ol' Corretta," admits the actress, now a series regular. "She's got a new [job at Cage and Fish] and a new attitude."
Hall says that she hasn't spoken to Downey since he abruptly exited the Emmy-winning dramedy last spring following his drug-related arrest. "It was basically a professional relationship," she concedes. "He's in my prayers for a continued recovery... [He'll] definitely be missed."
Downey isn't the only Ally castmember MIA this season: Taye Diggs,
Ever wonder how Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan conceives his oddball characters? We did, and were especially curious about the origin of his irresistibly "seductive," semi-androgynous exotic dancer, Mango. "That character was based on an ex-girlfriend," Kattan reveals. "She was very sexy and manipulative in a love/hate, 'come here, go away' kind of way. I always thought there was something funny about that and Mango does that a lot."
Since Mango has clearly become his signature character, what made Kattan take on a new persona for his latest film foray, Corky Romano? Why not do, say, another SNL spin-off á la A Night at the Roxbury? For the movies, he points out, "I think you need to have some humanity and be likeable if [they're] going to watch for an hour-and-a-half. You may s
It was just the kind of summertime drama the tabloids live for: Felicity heroine Keri Russell and sexy Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis enjoying a swim off the coast of San Diego last June are pulled to rescue by lifeguards after getting caught in a riptide! Within hours, the rumor mill was spinning out of control with talk that the Golden Globe winner's near-death experience blew the cover on her hush-hush romance with the rock star. Sadly, Russell insists that her seaside scrape wasn't nearly as riveting as press reports indicated.
"There was no drowning. I'm actually a fabulous swimmer," the 25-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online, adding that, despite what people may have read, she and Kiedis were not alone at the time. "I was with [Felicity co-star]
Mark Valley isn't yet a household name, but the fair-haired actor is fast becoming one of TV's most familiar faces. The Days of Our Lives alum won kudos for his breakout role as Bobby Kennedy in TNT's 1997 teleplay, George Wallace. He has also recurred on Once and Again and ER (as Nurse Abby's deadbeat ex). Now, he's returned to his sudsy roots as newspaper mogul Robert Greeley in Fox's nighttime soap, Pasadena (airing Fridays at 9 pm/ET).
Before he landed Wallace, it took a while for Valley to cast off the daytime stigma he carried from his Days past. "I did some really good work on the soap opera sometimes, and worked with some pretty talented people," he says. "It's just that your scene might be about, 'Hey John, I hea
If you happened to bump into actress Allison Mack on the street, chances are, you'd recognize the face. But placing that face would be another thing altogether.
"I always get, 'You have one of those faces,'" the rising star of TV (7th Heaven) and film (Camp Nowhere) tells TV Guide Online. "It's probably because I've just been around the block for a while. [And] I don't look too much like any of the other teen actresses that are out right now."
Well, Mack's profile is about to increase dramatically with her new gig as Clark Kent's buddy Chloe on the WB's Smallville (airing Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET). Last week, the WB's Teen of Steel drama pulled in 8.4 million viewers, giving the WB its highest-rated series bow in its seven-year history.
Two-time Oscar nominee James Woods has some advice for up-and-coming thespians on how best to deal with the increasingly celeb-conscious media: "Pretend you're in a deposition, and know that they'll [most likely] ask you questions and not care about the answer," he seethes. "They just wait until you're tired, set you up and destroy your reputation. The press is unequivocally the enemy."
Ouch! Ironically, the 54-year-old actor made those comments while talking up his latest film, Riding in Cars with Boys, with that very same adversary. Still, he admits that the process of giving interviews is one that he would "not ever do again in my life not for one second ever if I didn't feel an ethical obligation to the film."
Woods has kinder words for another staple of celebrity life: the fans. "I'm famous for being nicer to my fans than anybody