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Felicity Role Is Kid Stuff for Newbie


Like most kids, Christopher Gorham once longed to be seen as a grownup. However, now that the actor is building a reputation as Hollywood's go-to guy when adolescent sweethearts are being cast, he has realized that there are benefits to having a baby face.

"It was hell to live with while I was in school," the 27-year-old tells TV Guide Online, "but in my profession, it's great!"

This season, Gorham graduated from high-school high jinks as virginal Harrison John on the WB's flunked dramedy Popular to co-ed canoodling as lovable lab rat Trevor on the collegiate serial Felicity. Yet the real-life husband (of Popular cheerleader Anel Lopez) and father swears that he's no more concerned with shedding his dorky Popular persona than he is with nabbing more mature roles.

"I hadn't given it a thought," he insists. "In the film I just did [The Other Side of Heaven, a saga abo read more

Survivor's Lindsey: Call Me Crazy


During her stay in Kenya, Survivor: Africa castoff Lindsey Richter, 27, had enough mood swings to make Anne Heche look sane. That's hardly an attractive quality, but she seems quite proud of herself. "I was phenomenal!" the Jerri Manthey wannabe tells TV Guide Online. "You love to hate me, admit it. I tell ya, I just don't know how fun it's going to be to watch, now that Silas and I are gone."

Well, we do miss his pecs — but if we wanted to watch women fly into weepy, neurotic rages, we'd just go home for Thanksgiving, now wouldn't we? Defending herself, the drama queen says: "Out of 72 hours [of footage shot] per episode, they picked my worst moments to showcase. At first, it was a stab in the heart because I came home thinking, 'I wasn't manipulative, I didn't backstab anyone, I was really nice t read more

Carrie's Mother on Law &#038 Order: SVU!


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored a November sweeps coup by casting three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie in tomorrow's episode, "Care" (airing 10 pm/ET on NBC). Best known as the psycho mama to Sissy Spacek's psychic teen in Carrie, she'll play an earthy grandma caught up in a murder investigation on SVU.

"I always like to do new things — it keeps me alive and on my toes," the L&#038O fan tells TV Guide Online. "I'm even happy that they used such an unforgiving lens on me and [no] makeup! It's not flattering, but I think it adds to the character."

As in Carrie, Laurie also played a crazy shrew in the cult phenom Twin Peaks. "It's great release and great fun to be bad," she enthuses. read more

Ed Burns Returns!


Having starred in big-budget studio films like Saving Private Ryan and 15 Minutes, why would actor/writer/director Ed Burns want to nickel and dime his way through his own indie flick? As he puts it: "I'm sticking to lower budgets so I can maintain [creative] control."

In Sidewalks of New York, Burns takes a documentary-style look at six strangers looking for love (and sex) in all the wrong places. And by using a little directorial ingenuity, he pulled it off for under a million bucks. Recalls Burns: "The idea came out of working on Private Ryan, which was all done with handheld cameras and available light. I was sitting there in one of the foxholes one day, and we were banging out scenes and getting so much work done. I thought, 'If I use nothing but [these meth read more

Carrie's Mother on Law &#038 Order: SVU!


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored a November sweeps coup by casting three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie in tomorrow's episode, "Care" (airing 10 pm/ET on NBC). Best known as the psycho mama to Sissy Spacek's psychic teen in Carrie, she'll play an earthy grandma caught up in a murder investigation on SVU.

"I always like to do new things — it keeps me alive and on my toes," the L&#038O fan tells TV Guide Online. "I'm even happy that they used such an unforgiving lens on me and [no] makeup! It's not flattering, but I think it adds to the character."

As in Carrie, Laurie also played a crazy shrew in the cult phenom Twin Peaks. "It's great release and great fun to be bad," she enthuses. read more

Al Roker: He Loves NY!


When it comes to the extra-tight security at Thursday's 75th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Al Roker is taking a decidedly hands-off approach. "I'm sure there are [added precautions], but I'm not aware of them," admits the Today show weatherman, who will host the NBC telecast (beginning at 9 am/ET) alongside his morning show cohorts, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. "If you really start thinking about that, it takes away from... the parade.

"There are people who are much better at worrying about that stuff than I am," he continues. "Just like the Today show, people always [ask], 'Are you worried for your safety out there [on the plaza]?' I don't think about it. Now, if I see a guy with red tubes strapped around his waist... and wires coming out of his chest, I might shy away from him. But otherwise, you do what you do."

This much seems certain: In light of the ongoing war on terrorism, safety will be a top priority at t read more

Survivor's Lindsey: Call Me Crazy


During her stay in Kenya, Survivor: Africa castoff Lindsey Richter, 27, had enough mood swings to make Anne Heche look sane. That's hardly an attractive quality, but she seems quite proud of herself. "I was phenomenal!" the Jerri Manthey wannabe tells TV Guide Online. "You love to hate me, admit it. I tell ya, I just don't know how fun it's going to be to watch, now that Silas and I are gone."

Well, we do miss his pecs — but if we wanted to watch women fly into weepy, neurotic rages, we'd just go home for Thanksgiving, now wouldn't we? Defending herself, the drama queen says: "Out of 72 hours [of footage shot] per episode, they picked my worst moments to showcase. At first, it was a stab in the heart because I came home thinking, 'I wasn't manipulative, I didn't backstab anyone, I was really nice t read more

Richard Harris: Grumpy Old Man


Veteran actor Richard Harris has starred in more than 70 films to date, but don't ask him which one he thinks he's best known for. "I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that," snaps the grumpy 71-year-old, who's currently entertaining the masses as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care." (But do you care?)

Harris — who earned Oscar nods for 1967's This Sporting Life and 1990's The Field — also isn't a big fan of reminiscing about his storied career. "Once [a film is] over, it's over," he says. "I always say to the cast, read more

Al Roker: He Loves NY!


When it comes to the extra-tight security at Thursday's 75th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Al Roker is taking a decidedly hands-off approach. "I'm sure there are [added precautions], but I'm not aware of them," admits the Today show weatherman, who will host the NBC telecast (beginning at 9 am/ET) alongside his morning show cohorts, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. "If you really start thinking about that, it takes away from... the parade.

"There are people who are much better at worrying about that stuff than I am," he continues. "Just like the Today show, people always [ask], 'Are you worried for your safety out there [on the plaza]?' I don't think about it. Now, if I see a guy with red tubes strapped around his waist... and wires coming out of his chest, I might shy away from him. But otherwise, you do what you do."

This much seems certain: In light of the ongoing war on terrorism, safety will be a top priority at t read more

Survivor's Lindsey: Call Me Crazy


During her stay in Kenya, Survivor: Africa castoff Lindsey Richter, 27, had enough mood swings to make Anne Heche look sane. That's hardly an attractive quality, but she seems quite proud of herself. "I was phenomenal!" the Jerri Manthey wannabe tells TV Guide Online. "You love to hate me, admit it. I tell ya, I just don't know how fun it's going to be to watch, now that Silas and I are gone."

Well, at least he never flew into weepy, neurotic rages. Defending herself, the drama queen says: "Out of 72 hours [of footage shot] per episode, they picked my worst moments to showcase. At first, it was a stab in the heart because I came home thinking, 'I wasn't manipulative, I didn't backstab anyone, I was really nice to everyone out there... for the most part.' And then, they start showing my absolute worst mo read more

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