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Kinnear Helps Creek Cutie Bare All


Dawson's Creek babe Katie Holmes, who goes topless opposite Greg Kinnear in the new psychological thriller The Gift (opening wide Jan. 20), counted on the former Talk Soup funnyman to help ease her through her first-ever nude scene.

"I hadn't been involved in anything like that — and she hadn't either — so I think we diffused it with some good humor on the set," Kinnear tells TV Guide Online. "I think something like that is always percolating at total discomfort. And yet, if you can have at least some sense of the silliness of it, [you] can diffuse it a little bit.

"It was a closed set and it was handled with great dignity, I think, by the crew and by [director Sam Raimi]," adds Kinnear, whose character is engaged in a heated argument with Holmes during the pivotal sequence. "I think we set out to make the scene as impactful as we could, but not make Katie uncomfortable. She read more

Will Coens Return to Fargo?


In the 1996 crime caper Fargo, the writing/directing team of Joel and Ethan Coen took filmgoers on a shocking trip to North Dakota. That excursion — peppered with vivid dialects, colorful characters and bloody doings-in — netted seven Academy Award nominations, including wins for original screenplay and lead actress Frances McDormand (Joel's better half), thus making it the Coens's most acclaimed work to date.

As such, it would seem that, by now, the Hollywood machine would have solicited a follow-up to the profitable original. Yet, admirably, its creators insist they have no plans to revisit any already trodden roads. "You know, we've never been tempted — or interested — in going back to doing a sequel to anything that we've done," Joel tells TV Guide Online, before adding with a sheepish laugh, "It's kind of hard, because usually all the characters are dead!"

Instead, the brothers forge ahead with new stories — or, in a read more

PARK STRIKES WHILE IRON IS HOT

Ray Park — whose Darth Maul was the best thing about Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace — will play the title role in a movie version of the Iron Fist comic book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Park stars as Danny Rand, "a Westerner raised in a mystical secret temple who can channel his life force into his fist and strike with the force of iron. As an adult, Rand returns to the United States to seek revenge for his parents' murders." Artisan Entertainment — the studio bringing the Marvel Comics character to life — is still looking for a director. read more

SCI FI CHANNEL ON EDGE

The Sci Fi Channel has committed to airing 13 episodes of the drama series News from the Edge, about a journalist who takes a job at a tabloid and finds out that the outlandish stories it prints are true, Variety reports. NBC — which had been considering Edge for a midseason slot — officially rejected the project last fall. The cast includes Melrose Place alum Rena Sofer, who recently was tapped for a multi-episode stint on NBC's Ed. read more

ALMOST A WINNER

The Online Film Critics Society named Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous the best film of 2000. Tom Hanks nabbed best actor honors for Cast Away, and Ellen Burstyn won best actress for Requiem for a Dream. — Michael Ausiello read more

MULDER RETURNS

When David Duchovny returns to The X-Files on Feb. 25, he will have company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Annabeth Gish (Double Jeopardy) is joining the Fox drama for at least three episodes with an option to return as a series regular next fall. Gish will play an FBI agent with ties to John Doggett (Robert Patrick). "She is quite unlike any of the other agents," executive producer Chris Carter says. "She has been neither a firm believer nor a major skeptic, either." Doggett summons Gish's yet-to-be-named character to help on a case connected to the disappearance of Mulder (Duchovny). read more

CLAIRE DANES IN LOVE

Claire Danes has been tapped to star in the romantic pic It's All About Love, to be helmed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg — the filmmaker behind the acclaimed Cannes darling Festen (The Celebration) — Variety reports. Danes was attached to star in the Jodie Foster-directed Flora Plum, but that film is on hold due to Russell Crowe's shoulder injury. read more

SHE'S HAVING A BABY

Former Ellen actress Joely Fisher — recently seen as John Goodman's sis on the failed Fox sitcom Normal, Ohio — is expecting her first child with cinematographer-hubby Christopher Duddy in June, Liz Smith reports. read more

MORE GREEN FOR GRINCH

ABC and the Disney Channel have acquired shared-broadcast rights of 2000's top-grossing flick, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. According to Variety, the $60 million, 10-year pact allows the two networks to alternately air the film beginning in fall 2004. read more

MUSIC'S BIG DAY

Dr. Dre, Eminem, Destiny's Child and Madonna were the big winners when nominations for the 43rd annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. With five nods, pioneering rapper Dr. Dre tied Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child as the most nominated artist. Destiny's Child members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson and current member Kelly Rowland won four nominations, as did Eminem, whose controversial Marshall Mathers LP is up for Album of the Year. Newlywed Madonna picked up three nominations for her hit single "Music." Also receiving three nods: 'N Sync, U2, Macy Gray and Steely Dan. Rival pop divas Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears will face off in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for "What a Girl Wants" and "Oops!... I Did It Again," respectively. Vying for Record of the Year are Destiny's Child ("Say My Name"), 'N Sync ("Bye Bye Bye"), Madonn read more

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