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Steven Weber: Still Cursed?


Steven Weber doesn't blame NBC's seemingly hexed post-Friends timeslot on Thursday nights for the demise of The Weber Show — formerly titled Cursed. He blames the sorry show itself.

"I think the show failed for reasons other than that it was in some timeslot with a bad mojo on it — I think that's crap," Weber tells TV Guide Online. "If the network finally has some balls and puts a show there that is good, appeals to an adult audience, takes a chance and [they stop] bemoaning why audiences are fleeing the network and going to cable, then that mysterious Bermuda triangle of an 8:30 timeslot suddenly won't be so bad."

The 40-year-old actor and recent first-time father says his series's problems began early on, thanks to network tinkering. "From the beginning, the original idea was kind of misunderstood or [the network execs] were afraid of it," the former Wings star says. "[It] was read more

Jeremy Northam's Bachelor Woes


By all outward appearances, Jeremy Northam — the dashing Brit who's had reel-life romances with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma), Cate Blanchett (An Ideal Husband) and Uma Thurman (The Golden Bowl) — should have no trouble finding a real-life leading lady. Not so, he says, launching into the kind of singleton's lament you'd expect from a Sex and the City gabfest. Eligible ladies, listen up!

"Every now and again, I think, 'Well, I'll just be happy being the slap-happy bachelor,'" he shares. "But ultimately, I k read more

Julianne Moore's Cold Comfort


The good news? Lovely Julianne Moore plays Wavey, the single mom romanced by Kevin Spacey's Quoyle in the movie version of The Shipping News. The bad news? This entailed weeks of frosty filming up in Newfoundland. "It's a beautiful place, but very rough and wild," she says. "It got very, very cold and raw. The weather was constantly changing... In the middle of a scene, you could go from fog to sun or rain. It would be a tough place to live, [which] made me appreciate the resilience of the woman I played."

Moore recalls she could always count on Spacey for comic relief on the rough days. For while Spacey was emotionally withdrawn as the troubled Quoyle, he was anything but when the camera stopped rolling. "Kevin is very light-hearted," she smiles. "I think it was [co-star] read more

Benson and the Beast


Ten years after its original release, Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back on the big screen — and we mean big! Starting Jan. 1, the spruced-up epic love story begins playing on the enormous IMAX screens it has been reformatted to fit. And nobody could be more pleased about that than the gruff Beast himself, Robby Benson.

"From that first shot, [you think], 'This is the most vivid, beautiful thing I've ever seen,'" Benson tells TV Guide Online. "It's just phenomenal what the artists have done."

Though his actual face never appears onscreen, the actor admits to having had some opening night jitters at Beauty's premiere a decade ago. "You know, when you see something for the first time, no matter what kind of movie you're in, you're uptight, you can barely breathe and you don't see the movie," he says. "It just ends. T read more

Julianne Moore's Cold Comfort


The good news? Lovely Julianne Moore plays Wavey, the single mom romanced by Kevin Spacey's Quoyle in the movie version of The Shipping News. The bad news? This entailed weeks of frosty filming up in Newfoundland. "It's a beautiful place, but very rough and wild," she says. "It got very, very cold and raw. The weather was constantly changing... In the middle of a scene, you could go from fog to sun or rain. It would be a tough place to live, [which] made me appreciate the resilience of the woman I played."

Moore recalls she could always count on Spacey for comic relief on the rough days. For while Spacey was emotionally withdrawn as the troubled Quoyle, he was anything but when the camera stopped rolling. "Kevin is very light-hearted," she smiles. "I think it was [co-star] read more

The Un-Posh Kristin Scott Thomas


When Kristin Scott Thomas got a script in the mail from director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, The Player), she agreed to do the role before even opening the envelope. Moments later, however, the Oscar-nominated star of The English Patient says she sighed with disappointment.

"I was thinking, 'Oh, why can't I be one of the scullery maids?'" admits the elegant British thesp — who instead plays a slain aristocrat's widow in Altman's 1930s whodunit, Gosford Park (opening Dec. 26). "I always get cast as this standoffish, distant rich person. Very glamorous, very aristocratic and the rest of it. I should take it w read more

Julianne Moore's Cold Comfort


The good news? Lovely Julianne Moore plays Wavey, the single mom romanced by Kevin Spacey's Quoyle in the movie version of The Shipping News. The bad news? This entailed weeks of frosty filming up in Newfoundland. "It's a beautiful place, but very rough and wild," she says. "It got very, very cold and raw. The weather was constantly changing... In the middle of a scene, you could go from fog to sun or rain. It would be a tough place to live, [which] made me appreciate the resilience of the woman I played."

Moore recalls she could always count on Spacey for comic relief on the rough days. For while Spacey was emotionally withdrawn as the troubled Quoyle, he was anything but when the camera stopped rolling. "Kevin is very light-hearted," she smiles. "I think it was [co-star] read more

Benson and the Beast


Ten years after its original release, Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back on the big screen — and we mean big! Starting Jan. 1, the spruced-up epic love story begins playing on the enormous IMAX screens it has been reformatted to fit. And nobody could be more pleased about that than the gruff Beast himself, Robby Benson.

"From that first shot, [you think], 'This is the most vivid, beautiful thing I've ever seen,'" Benson tells TV Guide Online. "It's just phenomenal what the artists have done."

Though his actual face never appears onscreen, the actor admits to having had some opening night jitters at Beauty's premiere a decade ago. "You know, when you see something for the first time, no matter what kind of movie you're in, you're uptight, you can barely breathe and you don't see the movie," he says. "It just ends. T read more

Meet Sean Penn's New "Daughter"!


When Dakota Fanning learned she'd be playing Sean Penn's daughter in I Am Sam — opening Dec. 28 — she reacted like any seven-year-old would. "We had such a small apartment that there wasn't anywhere to run around," she recalls, "so I jumped up and down on the bed! And then I called my grandmother."

If Fanning keeps snapping up plum parts — she just wrapped Kevin Bacon's 24 Hours and is now shooting Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon — the tyke will need a good long-distance plan! Of course, her thespian ambitions are no surprise to Granny. "I've been a ballerina since I was two," she smiles, "but I've always wanted to read more

The Un-Posh Kristin Scott Thomas


When Kristin Scott Thomas got a script in the mail from director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, The Player), she agreed to do the role before even opening the envelope. Moments later, however, the Oscar-nominated star of The English Patient says she sighed with disappointment.

"I was thinking, 'Oh, why can't I be one of the scullery maids?'" admits the elegant British thesp — who instead plays a slain aristocrat's widow in Altman's 1930s whodunit, Gosford Park (opening Dec. 26). "I always get cast as this standoffish, distant rich person. Very glamorous, very aristocratic and the rest of it. I should take it w read more

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