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Keanu's Sex Scenes Snipped


Some steamy sex scenes shot for the upcoming Keanu Reeves&#150Charlize Theron romance Sweet November (opening Feb. 16) have wound up on the cutting-room floor, and the pic's leading man is peeved with Warner Bros. for bowing to pressure from the MPAA.

"We shot them, but the studio wants to make a PG-13 film, so it's all been cut down," Reeves tells TV Guide Online. "I trust Pat O'Connor, the director, and he says [the cuts don't] compromise what we did. But I think you lose something."

One of the re-edited sequences involves Reeves playfully dipping below the water during a bubblebath with Theron. The studio suits were okay with showing both actors covered in bubbles, but they decided that the suggestive dive had to go. "That's a drag," he sighs, "because I think it shows a nice intimacy and humanity."

Reeves — who's currently starring in the Sam Raimi-directed psychological thriller The Gift (opening wide on Jan. 20) & read more

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE MISSION'S CROWN

It's official! Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas has surpassed Mission: Impossible 2 as the top-grossing film of 2000. As of Tuesday, Jim Carrey's Grinch has taken in $216.4 million, besting M:I-2's final $215.4 million haul. read more

MANIACS' MAN DIES

Rob Buck, the lead guitarist for 10,000 Maniacs, died of liver failure Tuesday, some three weeks after he collapsed at his New York home, Reuters reports. He was 42. "He thought he had the flu," his publicist, Blair Woods, said. "And then about three weeks ago, he collapsed and his mother found him. He was very near death then." — Michael Ausiello read more

Ryan's Hope: More Movies!


Jeri Ryan — who got TV Guide's vote as one of the "Sexiest Stars in the Universe" for her provocative performance as Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager — recently had a chance to slither out of her form-fitting alien costume to play a TV reporter in Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000. As the actress explains, the role couldn't have come at a better time.

"It was a chance for me to get my feet wet in the feature world now that we're in the last season of [Voyager]," Ryan tells TV Guide Online, adding that she's in denial about the series ending in May. "We still have a few months to go, so it hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm sure I'll be very sad, because I'm going to miss the people I've been working with for the last four years."

As far as what's ahead for Seven of Nine in Voyager's closing episodes, Ryan reveals, "She's been experimenting with her sexuality and experienc read more

GLOBETROTTERS

Billy Elliot, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, Sunshine, Traffic and Wonder Boys will vie for best dramatic motion picture of the year at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards. Nominations were announced this morning, and Gladiator, the Russell Crowe Roman epic, and Traffic, the drug-war drama starring newlyweds Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, led the pack with five nods each. Stephen Soderbergh received two best director nominations for his work on Traffic and Erin Brockovich. In the best motion picture comedy or musical category, the nominees were Almost Famous, Best in Show, Chicken Run, Chocolat and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Best dramatic actor nominees were Tom Hanks (Cast Away), Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys), Geoffrey Rush (Quills) and Russell Crowe ( read more

SPIDER-MAN CAST GROWS

Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons have joined the cast of Spider-Man, Columbia's eagerly anticipated live-action film based on the Marvel comic book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robertson and Harris will play Uncle Ben and Auntie May, the guardians of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (played by Tobey Maguire). Simmons, meanwhile, will appear as Parker's boss at the Daily Bugle. The Spider-Man cast also includes Kirsten Dunst as Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane, Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, James Franco as the Goblin's son Harry, and Bruce Campbell as a ring announcer. The film is slated to be released on May 3, 2002. read more

MOVE OVER DICK CLARK

MTV is giving Dick Clark a run for his money. The music channel is hosting its own party in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve with live performances by Marilyn Manson, BBMAK, XZIBIT and Papa Roach, Variety reports. TRL hottie Carson Daly and She's All That actress Rachael Leigh Cook will host the festivities, which reportedly will include a 12-hour dance-off. read more

BEATLES STILL RULE

The Beatles held on to the No. 1 spot on the album charts last week as their greatest hits compilation, 1, sold another 823,000 copies — easily beating the No. 2 album, the Backstreet Boys's Black & Blue. Since being released five weeks ago, 1 has sold 3.3 million copies. read more

FORCE OF NATURE

Sandra Bullock has become the latest victim of the treacherous winter weather plaguing much of the nation. A small private plane carrying the Miss Congeniality actress and her boyfriend, Bob Schneider, skidded off a runway near the resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Wednesday while trying to land during icy conditions, Reuters reports. Bullock and Schneider, as well as the two crew members, were not injured, but, according to the New York Post, the aircraft's nose cone and one wing were crushed. An investigation is underway. Ironically, Bullock's 1999 romantic comedy, Forces of Nature, features her and Ben Affleck falling in love after their plane skids off a runway. read more

Turturro Tackles Howard Cosell


Reviewing John Turturro's canon of film characterizations — among which are a racially charged pizzeria employee in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a wannabe pool hustler in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money and a geeky contestant in Robert Redford's Quiz Show — it's easy to imagine him in most any role.

Yet, picturing this curly-haired, affable actor as gravelly lawyer-turned-sportscaster Howard Cosell is, admittedly, difficult. Nonetheless, Turturro is preparing to bring the now-deceased broadcaster to life in Monday Night Mayhem, an upcoming TNT movie based on the Monday Night Football exposé co-authored by Bill Carter (The Late Shift).

"I'm very excited, because I 'grew up' with Howard," Turturro tells TV Guide Online, referring to the man who for 14 years lent his unique brand of controversy-stirring reporting to ABC's hallmark football program. "I feel like a d read more

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