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A Chicago Star Is Born


Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the stars of the film version of Chicago, but it's veteran character actor John C. Reilly who really steals the show — and the moviegoer's sympathy — as Amos Hart, the cuckolded husband of Zellweger's "scintillating sinner," Roxie.

The high point of his Golden Globe-nominated performance comes when he tears into "Mr. Cellophane," one of the musical's best-remembered numbers. It's a perfect match-up between actor and song: Not only does Reilly deliver a soulful rendition of the tune (which has been performed by such Broadway legends as read more

Bonnie Hunt Stretches Her Muscles


Bonnie Hunt's third sitcom effort has done what the others (The Building and Bonnie) couldn't — get asked back for a second season! Of course, the return of ABC's Life with Bonnie — Sept. 26 at 9:30 pm/ET — is no surprise. Much like Hunt herself, the show is smart, funny, and well, just plain affable.

Affability is a good quality to have when juggling the craziness of both home and work life. In the season premiere, Bonnie's two worlds collide when a persnickety co-worker (David Allen Grier) loses his home in a fire, then moves in with her and ends up ruling the roost. Meanwhile, during an exercise segment on her talk show, Bonnie faces a feisty fitness guru — the legendary Jack La Lanne playing himself — who takes quite an interest in the TV hostess's, um, form.

"Jack, I hate to say it, but I forgot my panties," explains the skirt-adorned Hunt as La Lanne insists she lift her leg read more

O.C. Vixen the Next Katie, Not Tori


Some O.C. cast members would sooner drink Coppertone than hear one more time how much their prime-time soap resembles its Fox forebear, Beverly Hills, 90210. But Rachel Bilson? She isn't one of 'em. "It's so flattering!" the actress exclaims to TV Guide Online. "I grew up on 90210. I was addicted to it!" Just don't call her character, ice princess Summer, the O.C.'s answer to Donna Martin.

"I don't want to be the Donna!" she says, mock pouting. "Nothing against Tori Spelling, but Summer affiliates more with Kelly (Jennie Garth) at the beginning of 90210, when she was the BMW-drivin' bad girl. Donna was way more innocent." And the buxom virgin stayed that way for — gulp! — years. "No, no, no, no!" Bilson squeals. "That is not the case with my character at all!"

Down the line, however, the L.A. native hopes that her star will align less with sitcom scene-stealer Garth's and more with that of a certa read more

Frasier Wedding Mystery


Buzz that Frasier will cap its 11-year run in May by throwing a wedding for Kelsey Grammer's lovelorn shrink has everyone speculating about the identity of the future Mrs. Crane. Well, we can pretty much tell you who the radio caregiver won't be exchanging I-do's with: his trusty producer Roz (Peri Gilpin), who, in last May's finale, quit KACL in a jealous rage over her boss's romance with Julia (Felicity Huffman).

"I'll tell you the truth," Grammer confides to TV Guide Online. "We've never actually seen [Frasier and Roz] as the ultimate relationship. It never seemed like the right place to go. But they certainly are the best of friends — and we'll restore that."

But first, the tension created by Roz's lingering feelings will be dealt with in the Sept. 23 season premiere. "We will explore some of the psychological underpinnings as to why Roz acted that way," explains exec producer Christopher Lloyd. "But as far as an read more

Julianne Moore: A Big-Screen Betty Crocker?


In one of a number of heartbreaking vignettes in the Golden Globe-nominated feature The Hours, downtrodden 1950s housefrau Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) decides that the way to her man's heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately, she quickly discovers that baking him a birthday cake isn't as easy as pie.

As a matter of fact, shooting the scene was no cakewalk, either, even with a number of cooks in the kitchen. "We had lots of discussions about what the bad cake should look like versus the good cake [that Laura eventually produces]," Moore tells TV Guide Online. "And [there was talk like], 'Don't be too ridiculous about how bad the bad cake is,' because I make cakes, and I know what a bad cake looks like. I also know what a good cake looks like. They have this thing called the crumb layer, so the read more

Celebs Pick Best and Worst of 2002!


As the feud between Eminem and Moby has taught us, there's nothing more fun than watching celebs pick on each other! Surely 2003 will bring its own share of Hollywood hullabaloo, but first, TV Guide Online asked the stars to review 2002. Looking back on their fellow entertainers' projects and personalities, we asked which they loved the best — and deemed the worst! (Watch your back, Anna Nicole!)

Andy Richter (Andy Richter Controls the Universe)
Best: The Others with Nicole Kidman. It had a great twist ending that I didn't see coming. Oh, damn it, that's 2001. Well, you can just say my show is the best then.
Worst: How about those Subway commercials with that guy who's sort of the love child of Denis Leary and Dennis Miller? Why does he give a s--t what anybody else eats for fast food? He's so smug a read more

Scoop! Chicago's Missing Sequence


From "All That Jazz" to "Razzle Dazzle," Chicago is bursting at the seams with memorable songs. One number you won't be hearing in the long-awaited film adaptation, however, is the second-act showstopper "Class." A duet between jailhouse boss Mama Morton and scheming showgirl-turned-convict Velma Kelly (played in the movie by Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones respectively), "Class" always brings down the house with its ribald observations about modern society's lack of... well, class. So why did director Rob Marshall drop the tune from the pic?

"We did shoot it," Marshall tells TV Guide Online, "and we actually put it in a test screening." Unfortunately, he explains, the song hurt the film's pacin read more

Scoop! Chicago's Missing Sequence


From "All That Jazz" to "Razzle Dazzle," Chicago is bursting at the seams with memorable songs. One number you won't be hearing in the long-awaited film adaptation, however, is the second-act showstopper "Class." A duet between jailhouse boss Mama Morton and scheming showgirl-turned-convict Velma Kelly (played in the movie by Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones respectively), "Class" always brings down the house with its ribald observations about modern society's lack of... well, class. So why did director Rob Marshall drop the tune from the pic?

"We did shoot it," Marshall tells TV Guide Online, "and we actually put it in a test screening." Unfortunately, he explains, the song hurt the film's pacin read more

Billy Elliot Returns... on Crutches!


Jamie Bell — best known for his breakthrough role as a ballet prodigy in Billy Elliot — may not do any dancing in his latest film, Nicholas Nickleby, but his talent for fancy footwork once again takes center stage. Based on Charles Dickens's classic novel, the flick finds the now-16-year-old Brit playing Smike, an abused orphan who's weighted down by a severe limp. As Bell explains, the character's disability required him to return to the dance studio.

"A choreographer worked with me for about two weeks," he tells TV Guide Online. "It was actually quite nice to get back into the flow of working my body, warming up and exercising. I wanted to get [the limp] right to make it look as fluid and natural as possible — because this is so read more

Julianne Moore: A Big-Screen Betty Crocker?


In one of a number of heartbreaking vignettes in the Golden Globe-nominated feature The Hours, downtrodden 1950s housefrau Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) decides that the way to her man's heart is through his stomach. Unfortunately, she quickly discovers that baking him a birthday cake isn't as easy as pie.

As a matter of fact, shooting the scene was no cakewalk, either, even with a number of cooks in the kitchen. "We had lots of discussions about what the bad cake should look like versus the good cake [that Laura eventually produces]," Moore tells TV Guide Online. "And [there was talk like], 'Don't be too ridiculous about how bad the bad cake is,' because I make cakes, and I know what a bad cake looks like. I also know what a good cake looks like. They have this thing called the crumb layer, so the first time you ice it, you get a lot of crumbs in it. The next layer of icing covers the crumb layer.

"But," she adds, "I said, 'Laura wo read more

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