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Nic Cage's Need for Speed

Sexy Nicolas Cage, now starring in Gone in Sixty Seconds, a remake of the 1974 cult film, is no stranger to fast cars; he has 10 of them, actually! "When I was 4 years old I would plant my Hot Wheels collection in the hopes that they would grow into big cars," Cage tells TV Guide Online. "So I've always been obsessed with cars."

Cage adds that he did a lot of his own stunts in the action film. "I did 80 percent of it, which, you know, was tricky. It was scary and it's not something that I enjoy doing. I'm not the guy who goes out to the Safeway parking lot and spins donuts, you know, but that's essentially what they needed me to do ? 360s and 180s."

Sounds like risky business to us. "The only people that didn't want me to do [the stunts] were at the studio, because they saw how fast I was going and they knew it was me. They said, 'You have read more


Judd Rose, a TV newsman known for his work on ABC and CNN, died Saturday in New York at age 45; AP reports that he died of brain cancer. Rose won four Emmy awards, including honors for his coverage of Princess Diana's funeral. At CNN Rose anchored Newsstand, while at ABC he worked on several programs, including Nightline. read more


Jessica Lange is taking aim at Hollywood's penchant for commercialism and casting aging action heroes opposite ingenues. "I'd like to point out one of the best things about being 50 in this industry, and that is the absolute concrete assurance that women my age will never be considered for a role in one of those macho, airhead, testosterone action films — and for that I am grateful," she said Friday at the 24th annual Women in Film luncheon. What do you really think, Jessica? read more

Lily Tomlin's Nashville Memories

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Robert Altman's Nashville, an American allegory that helped define the '70s, and wacky comedian Lily Tomlin is taking the opportunity to fondly recall her unorthodox role and the eventful, angst-filled making of the film.

"I found out sometime later that Louise Fletcher was supposed to have been Linnea [the gospel singer with deaf children]," Tomlin tells Premiere. "Louise's parents were deaf, and she knew sign language. Ironically enough, Michael Douglas came to see me around that time for Nurse Ratched [in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which Douglas produced]. I never got the part; Louise got the part. And somehow I wound up with Linnea.

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So long, Anthony LaPaglia! Variety reports that the Tony-winning actor has been jettisoned from the cast of John Goodman's upcoming Fox sitcom Don't Ask as the series undergoes a makeover. Goodman's character will still be playing a gay father, but he won't be living with a straight roommate (LaPagila); instead, he'll now live with his sister and son. Other characters from the pilot episode are also being cut, and casting is underway for new characters for the series, which will air Wednesdays this fall. read more


Amadou Diallo's mother plans to thank Bruce Springsteen in person for his controversial song recognizing her son's shooting at the hands of New York City police — possibly tonight at The Boss's Madison Square Garden concert. "Of course I would like to meet with him," Kadiatou Diallo said yesterday. "He's here for 10 days; we will have time for that." Diallo said it would be great to hear Springsteen do the song — "American Skin" — in person. "It keeps his memory alive," she said of her slain son. Without mentioning Diallo by name, the song references key elements of the case — "41 shots," a person lying dead in a vestibule and confusion over whether something is a knife, gun or wallet. —New York Post read more


Busy Mark Wahlberg is in conversations to star in the new movie Criminal Conversations as a mob boss who falls for a district attorney's wife. Variety reports that the actor is also set to join George Clooney and a slew of other A-level stars in the remake of Ocean's 11. read more


The Powerpuff Girls are headed for the big screen! Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network are teaming up on a feature-length film version of the popular Cartoon Network series. The film, supervised by series creator Craig McCracken, is expected to hit theaters in summer 2002. read more

Jennifer Ehle Hits the Mother Lode

Life is just a bowl of cherries for actress Jennifer Ehle these days. She recently picked up a Tony Award for her riveting performance in The Real Thing, and her turn in the film Sunshine has "Oscar nomination" written all over it. Who knows? Maybe she'll compete with her own mother, Rosemary Harris, again. Ehle and Harris competed against each other at the Tonys and share the same role in the Ralph Fiennes drama ? but, Ehle tells TV Guide Online, she's not stalking her mother.

"Istvan Szabo [the director] said to the casting director, 'I might want Jennifer Ehle [to play young Valerie],' and he said to Ralph, 'Do you have any ideas for the older Valerie?' And he said, 'What about Rosemary Harris?' Neither of them knew that we were mother and daughter at that point. The casting director read more


The team of Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie proved to be unbeatable as Gone in Sixty Seconds led at the box office this weekend; the flick grossed $25.5 million and pushed Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 2 into the No. 2 slot. Big Momma's House, Dinosaur and Gladiator rounded out the top five.

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