Clutching the hand of her estranged half sister Lorna Luft, Liza Minnelli was released from a Fort Lauderdale hospital Monday after a bout with viral encephalitis. "I didn't mind nearly dying now that it's brought me back with my sister," the 54-year-old entertainer told the New York Post. Minnelli and Luft, who hadn't spoken in six years, reconciled earlier this month when Minnelli fell ill.
Question: I made a bet with a friend but I can't seem to get any proof that I'm right. My friend says that Mushmouth from Fat Albert wore a giant pink stocking cap that he pulled down over his face, and had punched two holes in it so he could see out. I know for a fact that he is talking about Dumb Donald. He probably thinks I'm wrong because of a Saturday Night Live skit in which Chris Rock played Mushmouth but dressed as Dumb Donald. Could you please confirm to my friend that I am right? Charlie Brown
Televisionary: Sure, uh... Charlie. (C'mon, really?) You are indeed correct. Print out this page and show it to him.
Donald was the one with the bright pink hat pulled down over his face (though as a kid I thought it was a big seashell or something), while Mushmouth wore a red knit cap and a scarf.
As an aside, may I add that Fat Albert helped me get through college? Thanks to the episode where the gang staged a t
Question: Hello, I need help. I am desperate to know the name of the closing song from the Oct. 19 episode of ER and who performed it. I would love to purchase it if possible. I have searched all over the Web trying find this information. Could you please help me? Thank you. Georgia
Televisionary: The song you're seeking is Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Sand and Water," which served as the title track from her 1997 album and the title of the ER episode in question. You can find that and her Greatest Hits collection, which also includes the song, at Amazon.com.
You're not alone in wanting the details on the song, which played on the show as a baby was baptized and doctors took heroic measures to prolong the life of a dying woman; many a reader asked for the name of it.
And many a producer has picked up on its appeal. "Sand and Water" has been featured
Question: There's a commercial advertising Lexus cars that's currently running on TV. The camera follows the car driving through a foreign country and the people it passes lip-synch to the lyrics of the featured song. What is the song and who is singing? My best guess is Dinah Shore. And for those of us who never travel, what country is it filmed in? Thanks. Marsha
Televisionary: Good ear, Marsha. The disturbingly catchy "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," featured in the ad for Lexus's new LS 430 sedan, is indeed a Dinah Shore recording. You can find it on her album 16 Most Requested Songs, available at various online music stores, as well as on a variety of compilation CDs. (I'm betting everyone reading this now has that tune stuck in their heads.)
According to a Lexus spokesperson, that particular ad was shot in the Italian countryside. The picturesque Italy also provided the backdrop for the companion LS 430 commercial featuring Lyle Lovett
Question: I wanted to ask a wise man, but I'll ask you instead. Which show came on TV first, The Addams Family or The Munsters? Second, is it true that the girl who played Wednesday grew up to do drugs and porn? Sorry to insult you. I just wanted to get your attention. Thanks. Warren
Televisionary: Ah, to bask in the love and respect of my public. I'll answer your questions, Warren, and not just because you flatter me so.
It's a tie. In keeping with the Hollywood tradition of throwing shows with similar concepts at the audience in the same season, The Addams Family and The Munsters both debuted in the fall of 1964, the former on ABC, the latter on CBS. (Technically speaking, The Addams Family launched first, six days before The Munsters, but let's not get too caught up in the details, huh?).
The two had quite a bit in common. Both were about monstrous families with pretty, spooky moms (Carolyn Jones's Morticia Fr
The Blair Witch phenomenon is officially dead. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the much-maligned follow-up to last year's indie success story The Blair Witch Project, was beaten at the box office over the weekend by the seemingly-unstoppable Meet the Parents. The Robert De Niro comedy spent its fourth consecutive week at No. 1, grossing another $15.1 million. (It's 24-day total stands at $100 million.) Witch 2, meanwhile, opened at No. 2, grossing a paltry $13.1 million. (By contrast, the original earned $29 million during its debut weekend.) Despite the disappointing haul, a spokesperson for Artisan Entertainment tells USA Today that plans are still underway for a Blair Witch 3 dubbed as a prequel to the original. Two newcomers, the kiddie flick The Little Vampire and the John Travolta dark comedy Lucky Numbers, failed to cast a spell on moviegoers either. Vampire, starring Jonathan Lipnicki, op
Park Overall, who played feisty, opinionated and down-home nurse Laverne Todd on the NBC sitcom Empty Nest, says she squawked and ruffled quite a few feathers during the show's seven-year run (1988-95).
"I was extraordinarily difficult," Overall admits in a Lifetime Intimate Portrait, airing tonight (7 pm/ET). "But [executive producer] Paul Witt was able to handle me."
Overall let it be known from the get-go that Laverne would not be portrayed as yet another stereotypical Southern country bumpkin. "I had a hard time with what I call "not reality-based stuff" things that [the writers] would make me do that were just hillbilly stuff, which drives me completely over the edge. I would fight to keep some integrity to the kind of character I was playing and keep it from being Hee Haw, which I did. But it wasn't easy."
Her tenacity paid off, and Laverne emerged as one of the show's most beloved characters Tennessee acce
According to final ratings, the New York Yankees-Mets subway series ranks as the lowest-rated World Series on record.... MTV News reports that Christina Aguilera canceled several concert appearances over the weekend after being diagnosed with a viral syndrome associated with exudative tonsillitis. It's like the flu duh! Michael Ausiello
Funny guy Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) was so eager to get cast as a heroin addict in the acclaimed drama Requiem For A Dream (currently in limited release) that he took the Stanislavski route during the audition process.
"I didn't wash for two days," he tells TV Guide Online. "One of my best friends came up to my house and I had Jimi Hendrix music playing. He said, 'Yo, Dog! You all right?' I opened the door and my eyes were all red and I was smoking, and I don't smoke. He said, 'I don't know what's wrong with you and you stink!'
"I was deep in this character," Wayans adds. "I really wanted the role, so I stayed in the mind set of a heroin addict."
So intent was Wayans on making his portrayal realistic that when filming began, "I started shooting heroin. It was natural," he deadpans, before adding seriously, "I hung out with some kids in my neighborhood. I did everything but try heroin. I watched through other people's experiences. My Mom and
Four years after wowing audiences as exuberant athlete Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. is still having trouble distancing himself from his Oscar-winning role. Gooding couldn't even escape Tidwell on the set of Jerry Bruckheimer's upcoming WW II epic, Pearl Harbor.
"I was acting my heart out in an intense combat scene in the middle of the harbor," Gooding tells TV Guide Online. "I was surrounded by about 1,200 men, 700 of them playing dead. There were explosions, so much smoke you could barely see, and we were being dive-bombed by Japanese fighter planes. At one point, there was a little lull in the action, and a voice from somewhere cut through all the noise yelling, 'Show me the money!' All the dead and dying extras totally broke up. I'm like, 'Kill that guy!'"
It was just one more reminder to Gooding that those words he uttered in the 1996 hit film, and repeated in his Oscar acceptance speech, will haunt him forever. "Othe