Irish actor Colin Farrell whose performance in last year's little-seen Tigerland made him the toast of Tinseltown may look up to screen vets like Tom Cruise, his co-star in Steven Spielberg's just-wrapped Minority Report, but he won't be asking them for marital tips anytime soon.
The newlywed says he plans to ride the highs and lows of celebrity marriage (he recently wed Amelia Warner of Quills in a hush-hush Hawaiian ceremony) and has no interest in learning from others' mistakes. "No, I didn't get any advice from Cruise!" he tells TV Guide Online. "I don't want any advice. I'm just going to
One of the most dramatic moments from last month's three-week long Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., was, ironically enough, also one of the quietest. During a poolside shindig thrown by the WB, network bigwig Jamie Kellner slithered over to Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and egad! shook his hand.
To understand the significance of such an encounter, one has to be familiar with the bitter Kellner/Whedon feud of 2001. For those in the dark, here's a quick recap: During last spring's protracted contract negotiations over Buffy, the two combatants found themselves embroiled in a bitter and very public war of words over the value of the acclaimed dramedy. Kellner downplayed the show's importance, saying it was a niche program that appealed mainly to teens. A furious Whedon fired back, telling the New York Daily News that, "For Jamie Kellner to call it
Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz says Rat Race (opening Friday) isn't merely the title of his newest movie it's a metaphor for his career! "Well honestly, it's not like I have all these offers," he shrugs. "Like most actors, except for the top guys, it just goes up and down. You finish a job and then say, 'What's next?' Most of the time, you have to wait.
"Hopefully, this movie does well and I'll get more offers," Lovitz says. "This is my first [major role in a] studio picture in four years." (In case you can't recall, his last lead was in the utterly forgettable flop, High School High.) "So I was really excited to get this part," he confesses, "and I took it a lot more seriously than I have a lot of times... I just said, 'I gotta really score in thi
While Emmy's snub of Buffy the Vampire Slayer brings most critics' blood to a boil, the fact that those same reviewers often overlook the supernatural series' sublime spinoff, Angel, makes the rest of us reach for our stakes. Since its 1999 premiere, Angel has solidified into an hour of quality television that rivals and this past season arguably even outshone its sire. In fact, if the final WB episode of Buffy (before its fall transfer to UPN) is an "instant classic" and, frankly, it is then the four-episode fairy tale with which Angel rounded out the year is at least a mini-masterpiece. So, who does a blood-sucking crimefighter have to bite around here to get some respect? Executive producer David Greenwalt doesn't know. "We could do an all-nude episode," he sighs to TV Guide Online, "and we'd still
Look alive, Trekkers, the captain's on deck! Arriving at the Osmosis Jones premiere at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater, newlywed William Shatner cheerily introduced red-carpet reporters to his fourth bride, the former Elizabeth Anderson Martin. The actor crowned the current queen of his heart earlier this year in Gary, Ind., where he met her while emceeing the 50th annual Miss USA Pageant.
Asked how married life is treating him, Shatner dramatically told TV Guide Online: "With compassion, sympathy and a great deal of tenderness." Then he looked at his wife, and the two burst into laughter. "It's a lot of fun," he added, vaguely frightening us enough to switch gears...
So, what is Shatner's take on UPN's upcoming Star Trek prequel, Enterprise, featuring Quantum Leaper Scott Bakula as a starship captain livi
Question: What is the name of the TV show with Becca and Corky? Suzie B.
Televisionary: That was the groundbreaking ABC drama Life Goes On, which ran from September 1989 to August 1993. The first network show built around a character with Down syndrome (and one that featured an actor who had the condition to boot), it focused on the Thatcher family and borrowed its title from the classic Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," a version of which served as the theme song.
In the series' early days, Life Goes On revolved chiefly around the challenges facing 18-year-old son Charles (Christopher Burke), better known as Corky. Corky "mainstreamed" over from special education to high school when the show kicked off and, in doing so, added a new wrinkle to the daily life of younger sister Becca (ER's Kellie Martin), who was now his classmate. Overseeing the homefront were dad Drew (Bill Smitrovi
Ever wonder how much a night with former Baywatch babe Brandy Ledford might go for? Well, at least one lucky gent will get the answer to that very question this weekend... sort of. "I play a hooker with a heart of gold," she tells TV Guide Online of her memorable big-screen appearance in Rat Race. "Is there any other kind?"
The movie, which wrapped before Ledford stepped into her starring role on the Sci Fi Channel series The Invisible Man (airing Fridays at 8 pm/ET), is "a loose, loose remake of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," explains Ledford, "combined with a little bit of Cannonball Run."
Of course, neither of those zany flicks featured scenes even remotely similar to the one in which Ledford finds herself immersed in Rat Race (opening Friday). "
Question: I am an art teacher and I am interested in knowing if there is a book or other material available containing examples of the many sun variations done on CBS's Sunday Morning over the years. It would be a great help in teaching radial designs to children. Thank you. Susan B.
Televisionary: Sorry Susan, but according to CBS they can't publish such a collection (and plenty of people have asked) because they don't own the rights to most of the suns they use. Many of the funky solar images you see on the show come from producers who happen upon items at flea markets or in museums, but many others are created by local artists and fans of the show. Either way, they're not for the network to use beyond what you see each week.
I was going to suggest that you contact the engineers at Goodyear for help in radial design, but it's just that kind of crack that got my ears boxed and knuckles thwacked in grade school. So the best real
suggestion I can offe
Question: On the Batman TV series, every Batman and Robin wanted to slide down the Batpole, they would flip up the head of a bust just outside the hidden door. Who was the bust of? Kevin
Televisionary: Holy setup, Kevin! Why do I get the feeling you know the answer to this and are simply trying to stump me? I usually avoid such questions because I like to help out those who really need to know something, but this time I'll bite since I grew up with that show and have a soft spot for it.
To gain access to the Batcave, either Bruce Wayne (Adam West
) or Dick Grayson (Burt Ward
) would push a button in a bust of William Shakespeare
Question: I've read some columns where you helped people find out what songs are from TV commercials and I have two requests for you. The first one: On the Lee Dungarees commercial, is that Johnny Cash singing the song? I know the question sounds sort of stupid, but it's been bugging me for weeks. The second one is, what band sings the song for that Mercedes C coupe commercial? The only lyrics I know are about a guy singing about driving in his car and I really like the song. Thanks! Salom
Televisionary: I exist to serve, Salom. Now, to answer your second question first because I'm a contrary kind of guy, the Mercedes song you seek is Geggy Tah's "Whoever You Are" and it's from their 1996 album Sacred Cow. (Before you ask, the name comes from how founding members' Greg Kurstin and Tommy Jordan's little sisters mispronounced their respective names.)
As far as the Lee Dungarees ads go, that's The Dave Matthews Band