Say a little prayer for Michael Pitt. The baby-faced 20-year-old gives a killer performance in Kids director Larry Clark's new drama, Bully (in theaters now), and rocks as the opportunistic love interest of the transsexual title character in John Cameron Mitchell's raucous musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (opening Friday). But while his name becomes known in more households daily, all he wants is to be... anonymous.
"I'm more interested in doing good work than in being famous," the New Jersey native tells TV Guide Online. "The little touch of fame that I have had has been, for the most part, inconvenient. Being a fly on the wa
The almost-famous title character of the mind-blowing glam-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch would probably see the film's opening Friday as her chance, at last, to bask in the spotlight that she has always deserved. But for actor-singer-writer-director John Cameron Mitchell, the occasion presents an altogether different, but no less fervently desired, opportunity: to leave behind his alter ego's glitter make-up and go-go boots, and fade into the background.
The El Paso, Tex., native spent nearly a decade Off-Broadway and beyond developing the role of the East German boy whose life is cut to bits by an endless parade of calamities paramount among them, the bungled sex-change operation that gives his... er, her band its name. So when the time came to adapt the stage show for
Something's gone awry when Saturday Night Live's purest persona, Ana Gasteyer, is trading impressions of Celine Dion for pelvic thrusts, wicked violin solos and orgasmic highs in Broadway's The Rocky Horror Show. What led her to commit such Madonna-esque debauchery onstage?
"They offered," laughs Gasteyer a Rocky castmember as kooky Columbia until August 19, when she'll take a break before returning to SNL. Unfortunately, the actress who was "taken with the concept of being a groupie" found that not even carousing with gender-bending aliens and a dolled-up Luke Perry could spare her a hazing from Rocky's hecklers.
"One time," Gasteyer recalls, "somebody yelled, 'Go back to SNL!' but I incorporated a slam at this guy in Columbia's tirade." Still, while the funnylady easily blows off such nonsense, she acknowledges that Perry (who plays prudish hunk Brad) has taken it
Is comic Chris Elliott's TV career Cursed? He's certainly been cast in more than his share of sitcom stinkers: Get a Life, The Naked Truth and last season's abysmal NBC entry, The Weber Show, were especially odious. "I don't agree with you that [Weber] sucked that bad," Elliott grins to TV Guide Online. "I'm a huge Steven Weber fan, so I did the show for Steven. It started as this concept show called Cursed the title was horrible! I couldn't believe that they had named it that!
"Then, the network got cold feet just before the first episode aired," Elliott recalls. "They wondered how they were going to sustain the concept of this guy who was cursed. So they revamped it, but it never got out from underneath that cloud of uncertainty. Apologizing for the show before it even aired sort of set it up for not lasting."
Fortunately, Elliott who was truly in his i
Puckering up to Jennifer Aniston in girlfriend Melissa Etheridge's new "I Want to Be in Love" music video, former Popular tart Tammy Lynn Michaels looks every inch the lean, mean kissing machine. But despite her timeless, hourglass figure, the voluptuous vixen once was told that she was becoming not a big star, but rather a large one.
"When I first booked Popular, I was very sick with a stomach condition, and I was underweight," she tells TV Guide Online. "After I started taking medication, I was able to put weight back on, and someone that I worked with said that I had a weight problem and had to make it a priority to lose weight.
"This person proceeded to tell me how unattractive my upper arms were... and my hips... and my thighs," she continues. "It killed me. I was so shocked and hurt, and I was really scared, because I don't want to be a skeleton. I don't find that attractive on me
With her nasty role as Reese Witherspoon's Harvard Law rival in Legally Blonde, Selma Blair fears she's "lost any chance of ever being America's sweetheart." Recalls the actress: "I was in a test screening and people were booing at me like I was a killer in a horror movie I was just cowering in my seat. So I've decided I don't want to play the devil to Reese's angel anymore!"
Though they're nemeses in reel life, the two actresses have been real-life pals since co-starring in 1999's campy Dangerous Liaisons remake, Cruel Intentions. "Reese has been the most caring friend to me," Blair says. "She's really taken me under her wing, always making sure I have somewhere to go for Christmas and Thanksgiving."
Given Brad Renfro's recent real-life legal woes, it's uncomfortably ironic to watch his raw portrayal of a troubled teen with criminal tendencies in Bully. Recently, the 18-year-old was fined over $4000 for a botched attempt at boat theft, adding to a litany of transgressions that have included underage drinking and drug possession. Speaking with TV Guide Online via telephone from his front porch in Knoxville, Tenn., Renfro turned tense when we asked him to reflect on his misspent youth.
Said Renfro: "I'll just say, I'm not a bad guy. Period." When encouraged to elaborate on his feelings a bit, it became clear the youngster feels persecuted for his mistakes because of his celebrity. "Well, look," he huffed, "I ain't no different than anybody else. It's just for some reason, people want to crucify me, that's all."
A major contributor to Renfro's shady image
Columbo aficionados know Peter Falk's signature gravelly voice, but they've rarely heard it used for trash talk! Alternately fatherly and fiery as a mob boss in Made which reunites Swingers stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau as two mobbed-up boxers the 74-year-old actor pulls no verbal punches.
"I had no impulse to improvise," Falk says, "because I like the way this guy [Favreau] writes dialogue. But he and Vince, they do a lot of it, so it's contagious." Laughing, he adds: "I didn't do it as much as they did, although I think that one line where I call Vince that terrible word... That was improvised. I say, 'I don't like you, you
Ever since Rick Schroder and his enigmatic Detective Danny Sorenson vanished from NYPD Blue's squad room last season, Rick aficionados have been itching to know: Will the actor return in the fall to wrap up Danny's murky storyline? Though the TV cop plays his cards pretty close to his Kevlar vest, his answer sounds rather like a yes!
"I'd best not talk about it," a smiling Schroder teases TV Guide Online. "I'm sure the producer, Steven Bochco, wants to have a surprise because he left the audience a bit on the edge of their seats. I think that's the way he intended it and the way he wants to keep it, until he decides to tell everybody."
Cheeky hint-dropping aside, Schroder's very definitive about his reason for exiting Blue which he indicates was unrelated to a widely rumored setside feud with co-star Dennis Franz.
"I had a great two and a half years there," he says
Despite winning four Emmys, four Golden Globes and an Oscar, Helen Hunt has had a rocky relationship with the nation's TV-film critics. First, there was the media backlash surrounding Mad About You's final, turgid seasons (for which Hunt and leading man Paul Reiser netted $1 million per episode). And more recently, reviewers crucified the 38-year-old former child star for her participation in last year's poorly received drama Pay It Forward.
Well, just as Hunt has no regrets about extending her honeymoon with Reiser on NBC in the late '90s, she also makes nary an apology for signing on to play a single mom who falls for a disfigured Kevin Spacey in Forward. "This is just my feeling," she sheepishly tells TV Guide Online, "but there are parts of that movie th