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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: 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

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 Ally Hunk Playing the Field

Note to Ally McBeal's man-hungry Elaine (Jane Krakowski): There's a new hunk in town — and he's available. Josh Hopkins joins the cast of the Fox dramedy tonight during the show's fifth season premiere playing lawyer Raymond Milbury. But Elaine better be willing to share: Hopkins tells TV Guide Online that he doesn't want to see his alter ego settling down with any one of Cage and Fish's comely counselors.

"I want to be dating all of them at the same time and not have any of them know it," winks the actor, whose credits include playing Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in the TNT film Pirates of Silicon Valley and a recurring role on the WB's Jack & Jill. "You can't really go wrong. They're all beautiful and talented, so just point me in read more

Kevin Kline Seeks The Force

Having worked with two Jedi insiders in the past year, you'd think Kevin Kline could sneak us some preview tidbits about Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones (due in May 2002). This summer, Kline shared the stage with Natalie Portman — aka Queen Amidala — in a New York production of Chekov's The Seagull. And in Life as a House (opening today), Kline co-stars with Hayden Christensen, the newcomer tapped to play Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in George Lucas's next two Star Wars films.

Yet, despite read more

The Fresh Prince of K-PAX?

On the planet of "coulda-shoulda-woulda," you'd find Will Smith playing Prot, the quirky fellow who claims to be an alien in K-PAX (opening today). Instead, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey aptly fills the character's gravity boots. Indeed, during its seven years in the making, K-PAX wended its way through quite a diverse casting process — to say the least! — that altered the film completely.

Screenwriter Charles Leavitt actually envisioned actor John Cusack as the lead alien while adapting Gene Brewer's novel for film. But it was Men in Black spacebuster Smith who originally became attached read more

Howard Stern's "Wife" Returns

Best known as Howard Stern's wife in Private Parts, Mary McCormack has followed up that role with a string of second-banana spouse and girlfriend parts. But this Friday, she enjoys more prominence in two competing films, K-PAX and High Heels and Low Lifes.

In K-PAX, McCormack feels she's once again typecast as the strong, dependable wife of Jeff Bridges. Grateful for the work nevertheless, she tells TV Guide Online: "You just do your job and you accept the size of your part and have fun with it. You see people who have really tiny parts making soup a meal and you're like, 'Oy! It's just soup. Just read more

Hayden Christensen's Jedi Journey

Having nabbed one of Young Hollywood's most coveted roles — he'll play Anakin Skywalker in the next two Star Wars flicks — Hayden Christensen knows his destiny is forever linked to Darth Vader's. Still, the level-headed 20-year-old hasn't gotten carried away by the celebrity that came with joining the "Dark Side."

"You need to give it the credence it deserves — which is not too much," says Christensen, who also co-stars with Kevin Kline in Life as a House (opening Friday). "I just don't take it too seriously. As long as I leave my ambitions where they were before all of this, it'll be alright."

As a relative newcomer to Tinseltown, the Canadi read more

Downey's Ally Cohort Promoted

When Ally McBeal kicks off its fifth season on Monday (9 pm/ET on Fox), Regina Hall's legal eagle Corretta Lipp will be sans her trusted associate, Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry Paul. "It's a whole new ballpark for ol' Corretta," admits the actress, now a series regular. "She's got a new [job at Cage and Fish] and a new attitude."

Hall says that she hasn't spoken to Downey since he abruptly exited the Emmy-winning dramedy last spring following his drug-related arrest. "It was basically a professional relationship," she concedes. "He's in my prayers for a continued recovery... [He'll] definitely be missed."

Downey isn't the only Ally castmember MIA this season: Taye Diggs, read more

Keri Russell's Red Hot Summer

It was just the kind of summertime drama the tabloids live for: Felicity heroine Keri Russell and sexy Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis — enjoying a swim off the coast of San Diego last June — are pulled to rescue by lifeguards after getting caught in a riptide! Within hours, the rumor mill was spinning out of control with talk that the Golden Globe winner's near-death experience blew the cover on her hush-hush romance with the rock star. Sadly, Russell insists that her seaside scrape wasn't nearly as riveting as press reports indicated.

"There was no drowning. I'm actually a fabulous swimmer," the 25-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online, adding that, despite what people may have read, she and Kiedis were not alone at the time. "I was with [Felicity co-star] read more

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