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Carrey Goes Extra Green Mile

Jim Carrey knew that Ron Howard was trying to empathize with his suffering on the set of The Grinch the day the director showed up wearing the same claustrophobic, confining latex-and-fur costume. But as the actor explains, Howard's well-intentioned effort fell a tad short.

"It was a cool move of solidarity, but he didn't [wear] the green contact lenses which are really what pushes you over the edge," Carrey tells TV Guide Online. "Once a little artificial snow gets in them, it's all over. Actually, I wanted to make Ron dance around for a while so he'd really understand what I was going through. It was like being buried alive on a daily basis."

Such trauma eventually took its toll on Carrey. In fact, after being encased in the Rick Baker-created Grinch outfit for hours, the Ace Ventura star would lose it. "I'd start to punch myself in the leg," he recalls. "It's like if you give yourself a little extra pain, it takes your focus off read more


Laura Linney, who is generating Oscar buzz for her performance in the Sundance winner You Can Count on Me, is a signature away from co-starring with Richard Gere in The Mothman Prophecies, Variety reports. The film revolves around a reporter (Gere) who investigates a series of X-Files-type events in West Virginia. read more


Jessica Biel's final appearance as a series regular on The WB's 7th Heaven Monday night earned the show its highest ratings in two-and-a-half years. The drama attracted 10.4 million viewers and finished in first place among women age 12-34. — Michael Ausiello with Sabrina Weiss read more


Robert Trout, the longtime CBS News radio anchor who coined the term "fireside chat" to describe President Franklin Roosevelt's national radio addresses, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 91. In 1938, Trout — whose career spanned seven decades — became the first anchor of CBS Radio's World News Tonight. Prior to his retirement four years ago, he was a commentator for NPR. read more


South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going down-to-the-wire scripting tonight's episode, a timely spoof that features a "too close to call" election for kindergarten class president. In the episode — airing at 10 pm/ET on Comedy Central — a celebrity Democrat will step in to preside over the recount. Meanwhile, the ongoing election mess has forced Parker and Stone to delay the casting of Family First, their upcoming live action sitcom set in the While House. The comedy is to be based on whomever is elected president read more


His name is Elton John, and he's a shopaholic. The pop legend, who is suing accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers for $28 million alleging the firm mishandled his funds, told London's High Court Wednesday that he once spent $57 million in the span of 20 months. "I don't have anyone to leave my money to. I'm a single man. I like to spend money," he said. That may come as news to his partner, David Furnish. read more


Rapper Snoop Dogg is in talks to join the cast of John Singleton's coming-of-age flick Baby Boy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. R&B singer Tyrese will make his acting debut playing the film's central character, Jody, a young father shirking his responsibilities. Omar Gooding (Cuba's younger brother) and Taraji Henson will also star. read more


Melanie Griffith has enrolled in a recovery program in Los Angeles to treat an addiction to prescription medication. "My doctor has referred me to the Daniel Freeman Hospital [in Marina Del Rey, CA] to step down from the prescribed medication that I have been taking for a neck injury," the actress said in a statement. "I appreciate everyone's concern, and I am sure that you will respect my and my family's privacy." Griffith — who is married to actor Antonio Banderas and has three children — has battled drugs (as well as alcohol) before; she came to terms with her addictions in 1988 while making Working Girl. read more

Coming Up Necks on Buffy and Angel...

The title characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel better brace themselves: Tonight's crossover event — starting at 8 pm/ET on the WB — features the much-anticipated return of queen vamp Drusilla (Juliet Landau). However, according to co-executive producer Marti Noxon, the ex-lover of Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike (James Marsters) won't be commuting between both shows for long.

"The initial crossover shows her on Buffy, but she's really going to be populating the Angel universe," Noxon tells TV Guide Online. "That's where we're going to be seeing more of her."

Considering the winning chemistry between Landau and Marsters, some Buffy fans will no doubt feel that such news bites big time. But as Noxon explains, Drusilla's services were in greater demand on Angel. "In the Angel w read more

Galecki: Gay for Pay

Johnny Galecki now has two gay roles under his belt — 1998's The Opposite of Sex and the soon-to-be-released Bounce. But the former Roseanne star says he's not a bit worried about getting typecast.

"I'd played the same character on TV for five years (Roseanne's David Healy), so I wasn't concerned about playing two consecutive gay characters," the 25-year-old actor tells The Advocate. "They [are] well-written and very different gay characters. There were more interesting aspects to the characters than their sexuality. In Bounce, it didn't come into it at all."

Bounce writer-director Don Roos tells the magazine that he actually hesitated in calling in Galecki for the role of the meddling office assistant because he didn't want to ask the actor — who is heterosexual — to play gay twice. "I held off. I was being protective and a little homophobic," says the openly gay Roos, who also helmed The Oppo read more

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