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Ethan Puts Uma to Work

In the new film Tape (opening tomorrow), Ethan Hawke stars as a man who's still hung up on his high-school sweetheart, played by real-life wife Uma Thurman. Off screen, Hawke seems rather hung up on the idea of collaborating with his bride, as he cast Thurman in his upcoming directorial debut, Chelsea Walls.

"It worked out pretty good actually," winks the 30-year-old auteur, who currently appears opposite Denzel Washington in the hit cop drama Training Day. Hawke adds, however, that it wasn't all smooth sailing for the happy couple — who have a three-year-old daughter, Maya Ray. "To work with somebody you' read more

Freddy Krueger Returns!

Robert Englund has played more than 60 roles in film and on TV, but to horror fans, he'll always be Freddy Krueger. And while most actors gripe about being typecast in a part, the Nightmare on Elm Street villain confesses that he long ago made peace with his cult celebrity status.

"I [decided to] just relax and enjoy it because I know you can't fight it," the 52-year-old classically trained actor-director tells TV Guide Online. "When the fans fall in love with the character, you really can't control it.

"The worst thing you can do is pull a Shelley Long and walk away," adds the spooker, who portrayed the sharp-fingered fiend in seven Nightmare films, "because they're still going to remember you from Cheers and you m read more

Scared Silly: A Conversation with Elvira

Come sundown, as party ghouls across the country pour themselves into Elvira's low-cut black dress, they are sure to raise hell, wondering how the voluptuous vamp fills out the form-fitting costume's dangerous curves. At the same time, in a dressing room at Knott's Scary Farm in Southern California, the mistress of the dark herself — Cassandra Peterson — might also let fly a curse or two, for she'll be submitting to 90 minutes in the make-up chair prior to performing her Vegas-style revue for a packed house of thrill-seeking tourists. And if the Manhattan, Kansas, native is feeling a little, er, witchy, well, who could blame her? It has been two decades since the ex-showgirl first squeezed into her signature shmata and had her skin painted the color of moonbeams. "By now, I've probably spent two years just getting into drag," she marvels. "That's a scary thought." Ev read more

Question: I have a question ...

Question: I have a question about a movie I saw a long, long time ago. I don't know the name of it, but I do know some details. It is about two girls who, while taking a trip, are stopped by a sheriff who arrests them and sends them to prison. They don't see much of each other while in prison, but when they do, they talk about how they were framed and how they both want to escape. I must note that these girls were pretty and I think this is why the sheriff arrested them, because in this movie the warden and staff would use the girls in the prison at their own parties, forcing them to wear evening gowns and "entertain" their guests. As the movie progresses, these two girls finally plan a way out. While picking potatoes, they both decide to make a run for the fence or bushes. One girl gets away, but the other gets shot and killed. That is all I know about this movie. I really hope that you can come up with a name for me as I have been looking for a very long time to no avail. I think read more

Tony Winner Driven to Distraction

Almost every actor has at least one project they would like stricken from their resume, and Broadway star Robert Sean Leonard is no exception. The Dead Poets Society bookworm — currently headlining the Great White Way's revival of The Music Man — confesses that his role as Kip Pardue's manipulative business manager-brother in last summer's car wreck of a movie, Driven, was a career low.

"I haven't even seen it," the 32-year-old thesp sheepishly admits to TV Guide Online. "I mean, I [finished] it and it was like I got out of the car [and] pretended it never happened. I walked away from the accident. I didn't even call the police."

After a string of flops and direct-to-video releases (Ground Control, anyone?), read more

Question: I can't believe ...

Question: I can't believe we're having this argument, but our excuse is it started after a few beers during a football game. My buddy and I don't agree on exactly what was bionic in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. Can you lay it out for us? They could both run fast and one had super eyesight, as I remember. And didn't he have super hearing? Thanks. — Charlie G., Syracuse, N.Y.

Televisionary: Why the shame, Charlie? Wear your fascination with the trivial proudly — it beats watching the game.

For the record, astronaut Steve Austin (Lee Majors), "a man barely alive" after his test plane went kerflooie in the March 1973 TV movie that spawned the show, was made "better than he was before — better, stronger faster" when he was given bionic legs, a right arm and a left eye that allowed him to see great distances. During the serie read more

Question: A few years ago, ...

Question: A few years ago, William Shatner hosted a special for TV Guide going through most of the sci-fi shows that had been on over the years. I believe that it was called TV Guide's Best of Sci-Fi or something to that effect. Is it available on video and, if not, what is the name of the old children's sci-fi show that starred Ruth Buzzi as a lost space person travelling from one planet to another? Do you know? Thank you.

Televisionary: Why, of course I do. The program in question, TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction, features Shatner presenting highlights from such notable shows as Lost in Space, The X-Files, Planet of the Apes and others. You should be able to find it on VHS and DVD at local video stores and onl read more

New Vampire Slayer Wanted?

Where's the Watchers Council when you need it? Historically, every time that one Slayer is killed on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, another is magically drafted for active duty. Heck, back in the first season, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) only stopped breathing for a matter of seconds before a successor, Kendra (Bianca Lawson), was dispatched to Sunnydale. So, after Buffy spent the entire summer pushing up daisies, how come no new Slayer has been called to arms? Has the show forgotten its own mythology?

"We actually have an answer for that," executive producer Marti Noxon tells TV Guide Online. "It's a technicality. The reason [Buffy's demise didn't activate another vampire hunter] is that when she died the first time, a Slayer was called, so she's already had her read more

Question: Who was the actor ...

Question: Who was the actor that starred with Peter Brown on the western called The Lawman? — Lawrence R.

Televisionary: That was John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop, Lawrence. Brown played his young deputy, Johnny McKay, and Peggy Castle was Lily Merrill, the lovely lady who ran the Birdcage Saloon.

The Lawman ran on ABC for five years beginning in October 1958.

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Jeff Bridges: Amateur Paparazzo

Of all the roles Oscar-nominee Jeff Bridges has played in his 30-year career, one of his faves is that of behind-the-scenes celebrity photographer!

The actor first turned shutterbug back in high school, prompting dad Lloyd Bridges to build his son a darkroom in their home. Later, the younger Bridges took to snapping candid photos of his movie co-stars strictly for his private collection. But in 1984, Bridges tells TV Guide Online, his Starman [co-star] "Karen Allen had the idea of making a gift book for cast and crew."

That was ages ago, but these yearbooks (of sorts) have been printed for almost every one of Bridges's films since. His latest book is for K-PAX & read more

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