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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

Question: Did Steve Burns, of ...

Question: Did Steve Burns, of Blue's Clues fame, quit the show? Someone told me he wanted out of the series. I see him as the Captain Kangaroo for today's kids. If there is a contract dispute. tell Nick to give the man a raise! Looking forward to new episodes! — Dennis, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Televisionary: Unfortunately, Dennis, you heard correctly — and believe it or not for once it's not about money. You may see the beloved Burns as today's Captain, but he sure as heck doesn't. Matter of fact, that was part of the problem.

"I really didn't want to become Krusty the Clown in front of the nation," Burns 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

Question: I remember a weekly ...

Question: I remember a weekly series that used to come on, I think, in the late '70s. I think the name of it might have been The Class of '55. It would show a yearbook being opened, and it had different stories each week. I especially remember one where this young man, I think, was crippled and I remember he sang a song at the end and I think it was The Beatles' "Yesterday." I also think the actor might have been Richard Hatch, who played Dean in The Jan and Dean Story. Then again, I might be crazy. Do you have any info on this show? It doesn't seem like it lasted very long, but I remember I liked it. — TeriLyn

Televisionary: You're thinking of the here-and-gone anthology series Whatever Happened to the Class of '65, which ran on NBC from December 1977 to July 1978. Based on the book by Michael Medved and David Wallechinsky, the series tracked the lives of the 1965 graduates of the fictional Bret Hart High School and mark read more

Question: Hi. I remember a TV ...

Question: Hi. I remember a TV show from my childhood with two women who lived in a trailer near Hollywood. They worked as extras in films and tried to break into movies. I think one was a war widow with a young daughter. I believe Virginia Gibson was in it and it was called So This is Hollywood. Can you tell me if I'm remembering correctly? And do you have any more info on this show? Thanks. — Carol from NJ

Televisionary: Why, you've done most of the work for me, Carol, but I'll add what I can. So This is Hollywood was a sitcom that ran on NBC from January 1955 to August of the same year.

One of the stars was indeed Ms. Gibson, whose extra/actress wannabe character Kim Tracy roomed with stunt woman Queenie Dugan (Mitzi Green). Queenie was already over the star game herself, but devoted a chunk of her time to figuring out ways to help Kim break in. Also on the series were Jimmy Lydon as Andy Boone, Kim's agent, and Gordon Jone read more

Secrets Behind A.I.'s Teddy Bear


One of the biggest questions raised by Steven Spielberg's confounding A.I.: Artificial Intelligence — which pulled in $30 million during its opening weekend — concerns Haley Joel Osment's trusty companion, Teddy. Specifically, what was a cuddly, lovable stuffed bear doing with such a deep, scary voice? It's a quandary that even baffles Jack Angel — the voice behind the plush toy.

"I asked every person on the [A.I.] set if they were casting the part of Teddy, would they have chosen that voice, and everyone said, 'No,'" Angel tells TV Guide Online. "Steven said, 'That's right!' He marches to a different drummer."

But, as Angel first explained to A.I. co-star Robin Williams (who voices Dr. Know), it would be unwise to judge Teddy by his raspy vocals. "Robin was recording his little part, and [he said], 'Teddy sounds so malevolent.' And I said, 'Only because you do read more

Question: I hope you can ...

Question: I hope you can answer this: Who played Nick on The Big Valley? It is killing me and my co-workers! We know that Barbara Stanwick was the mother and Linda Evans was Audra. Lee Majors was Heath and Richard Long was Jarrod. I can picture the Nick character always in black, wearing two guns, with wavy hair and striking good looks. But who is he? Thanks. — Judy

Televisionary: Now just you and your co-workers hang on a minute there, Judy. If everyone who wrote in was as well-informed as you, ticking off names of cast members and all, I'd be out of job. But praise be to whoever kept the face behind Nick Barkley out of your noggin, since you still need the ol' Televisionary to ease your troubled mind.

The man's name is Peter Breck and he is, to my mind, one of the more interesting fellas to sit down with a TV Guide reporter since, to hear his tales, there's not a whole lot of difference between him and his in-you read more

Jackie Collins Sounds Off!


Haven't gotten your fill of fame whores just by watching reality TV? Well then, why not tote the latest Jackie Collins novel, Hollywood Wives, The New Generation, down to the beach this summer? As always, the bestselling author says her fiction is based on real dreamers who've fallen prey to their own celebrity-fueled fantasies.

"I write about people who have nothing and want everything," Collins says. "You take a beautiful young girl: She wins the local beauty contest. She thinks, 'Why can't I be a star? I see Ren&#233e Zellweger — I'm prettier than her. Why can't I go to Hollywood and meet Jim Carrey? Why can't I meet George Clooney?' They come here and what happens is, an attractive older woman will come up to them and say, 'Do you want to sleep with movie stars? Because I can arrange that.' And that's how some of them become hookers. They're being paid to sleep with this guy that they worshipped."

Even if Collins wo read more

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