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Question: I missed the ...

Question: I missed the episode in question and have been unable to find the answer on the Internet: What was the storyline reason that was given for the departure of Benjamin Bratt's character on Law &#038 Order? Could you please help me out!? — Jessica

Televisionary: That's why I'm here, Jessica. (Well, for that and for annoying my colleagues by humming to the songs coming through my headphones.)

Bratt's character, Detective Reynaldo Curtis, joined the long-running NBC hit drama in 1995 and left in 1999 (the end of season nine) to care for his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. In reality, Bratt — until recently the main squeeze of mega-hit mainstay Julia Roberts — wanted more time to pursue a movie career. Je read more

Question: Hi. Me and my mom ...

Question: Hi. Me and my mom have been discussing this question for a week or two. How many Baldwin brothers (and/or sisters) are there? I say there are four and my mom says five. Thank you. — Megan

Televisionary: Y'know, since the Baldwins are an American treasure owned by both TV, film and, well... all of us, I briefly considered handing this off to that big-screen babe, FlickChick. But then I figured we no longer work in the same office and I don't get to swipe candy from the dish on her desk anymore, so I'm keeping this one for myself.

You might think that with careers that have touched such popular properties as The Hunt for Red October and Knot's Landing (Alec), The Usual Suspe read more

Practice Star Goes Blonde


Looks like The Practice's Holland Taylor is raising the bar on her on-screen law career. An Emmy winner for her randy role as Judge Roberta Kittleson, she also plays Reese Witherspoon's cantankerous Harvard Law professor in the summer comedy, Legally Blonde (opening Friday).

"They probably got the idea to use me in this role because [of] The Practice," Taylor concedes, adding wryly: "But that's where the comparison stops — I haven't slept with any of the undergraduates in this film."

Indeed, Taylor takes pride in her libidinous Judge Kittleson, who's indulged in naughty fantasies about Dylan McDermott's Bobby, bedded Michael Badalucco's Jimmy — and s read more

Score One for Bassett


Despite Hollywood's attempts to let go of gender and race clich&#233s, Angela Bassett confesses that she was shocked the powers that be had the open mind to cast her as Robert De Niro's girlfriend in the heist flick The Score (opening Friday).

"I never thought I would have the chance in my life to work with De Niro," admits Bassett, best known for playing strong-willed heroines such as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It and the fictional Stella Payne in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. "[I guess] I've gotten past that stage where I could [only] say, 'Mr. De Niro, Joe Blow is on the line for you,' as his secretary."

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Sex's Mr. Big Talks Fashion


Sex and the City hunk Chris Noth — who plays Sarah Jessica Parker's erstwhile flame, "Mr. Big" — says the appeal of HBO's saucy comedy is simple: "It's about sex and clothes," he tells TV Guide Online. "That's why people love the show."

On Sex, Noth's alter ego personifies the sexually free but emotionally unavailable Gucci-wearing Manhattanite. But he's well aware that viewers aren't tuning in to check out the guys's designer duds. "This show is all about the girls," he concedes, "we're just bait."

In fact, the double standard even extends behind-the-scenes. When informed by TV Guide Online that Sex's leading ladies are allowed to purchase their favorite frocks worn on the show for bargain basement prices, he responds with mock disgust: "See what I mean? They don't care about the guys. I think they're working on some sort of deal for me with Fruit of the Loom."

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Melrose Vamp Takes It to the Limits


Having played vexing vixens on such sudsy fare as Melrose Place and Savannah, Jamie Luner is accustomed to flashing her flesh. But how does she feel about exposing herself?

"That's a little scary," admits the actress, who tells TV Guide Online that her upcoming episode of The Outer Limits (airing August 4 at 10 pm/ET on the Sci Fi Channel) will reveal more to fans than any skimpy outfit she's donned in the past. "I'm more myself in this than anyone has ever really seen."

This time around, her character doesn't just play doctor... she is one. "It was a lot easier to hide behind the character of the sassy, sexy vixen," she says, "whereas this time, I did a lot more tapping into my own feelings, and allowing that to come through."

Having already mastered the art of on-screen seduction, the soft-spoken actress hopes people will welcome this change with open arms. "I know they're going to compare it and say, 'I like her bett read more

Meet The Real World's Evil Eye


Not since Alicia Calaway's finger-pointin' showdown with Kimmi Kappenberg on Survivor: The Australian Outback has a physical quirk caused such a fuss: During Tuesday's 10th-season premiere of MTV's pioneering reality soap The Real World, African-American spitfire Coral responded to sheltered housemate Mike's racist comments with a simple — yet menacing — stare. It was enough to send the sheltered Ohio frat boy begging for her forgiveness.

However, Coral insists that her gaze of terror is not some secret weapon she uses to punish her enemies. "When I was watching [the episode], the face feels familiar," the 22-year-old San Franciscan tells TV Guide Online. "But I've never really had anyone say, 'Coral, you've got that stare like you want to kill me!' I've never had that happen."

Well, there's nothing like an ignorant remark to bring out the worst in people. "It hurt and it p----- read more

Bridget Fonda's Leap of Faith


Bridget Fonda was so anxious to work with writer-producer Luc Besson on his new film Kiss of the Dragon (in theaters Friday) that she took the role before a script was even completed.

"I thought I was never going to get a chance to work with him," says Fonda, who starred in the 1993 action flick Point of No Return, a remake of Besson's La Femme Nikita. "When I [met Besson] he said, 'I don't have any script, it's still being written and all I can tell you is that she's a junkie hooker. Are you interested?'

"Luc's characters... are all different, [but] what they have in common is an inner strength of some sort," continues the 37-year-old actress. "I ju read more

Meet The Real World's Evil Eye


Not since Alicia Calaway's finger-pointin' brawl with Kimmi Kappenberg on Survivor: The Australian Outback has a physical quirk caused such a fuss: During last night's 10th-season premiere of MTV's pioneering reality soap The Real World, African-American spitfire Coral responded to sheltered housemate Mike's racist comments with a simple — yet menacing — stare. It was enough to send the Ohio frat boy begging for her forgiveness.

Surprisingly, Coral insists that her gaze of terror is not some secret weapon she uses to punish her enemies. "When I was watching [the episode], the face felt familiar," the 22-year-old San Franciscan tells TV Guide Online. "But I've never really had anyone say, 'Coral, you've got that stare like you want to kill me!' I've never had that happen."

Well, there's nothing like an ignorant remark to bring out the worst in people. "It hurt and it p----- me of read more

Jet Li's Hidden Promise


Action star Jet Li turned down an opportunity to star in last year's Oscar-winning crossover smash Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in order to focus his energies on a different project: the birth of his daughter with second wife Nina Li Chi.

"I said [to director Ang Lee], 'Right now is wrong time, because I promised my wife [I would stay home]," the Romeo Must Die star reveals to TV Guide Online. "[Lee] understands. He says, 'Jet do it. I can wait. Or I can find another actor to make the movie.'"

Lee eventually opted for the latter scenario, casting Chow Yun Fat to star opposite Michelle Yeoh in the $127 million blockbuster. Still, Li insists he has no regrets about his decis read more

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