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Nolte Works Cheap


Trixie writer-director Alan Rudolph has found the perfect collaborator in Nick Nolte — an actor who knows how to deliver the goods and do it cheaply.

"Nick is this guy who was making seven figures and was probably the first male actor to get into that category, and then he turns his back on it," Rudolph, who previously worked with the actor on Afterglow and Breakfast of Champions, tells TV Guide Online. "Afterglow was a decidedly low-budget movie and he worked for a tenth of what his normal salary was. And then the next movie we do is Breakfast of Champions [and] he works for a third of what he did on Afterglow. And now we do Trixie and he works for a third of what he did on Breakfast!"

"Bruce Willis told me this about Nolte: he's the most influential actor working today because he turned his back on the basic franchise," adds Rudolph. "Nick decided that his real chances and real intere read more

Van Der Beek's Strip Club Etiquette


Dawson's Creek kid James Van Der Beek says he's tired of being known as his alter ego, the sensitive Dawson Leary. He just wants to be himself — especially in a strip club.

"When people shout 'Dawson,' I completely ignore them," the actor tells Flaunt. "Dawson's not me — Dawson has a lot of flaws, and I have to play him nine months out of the year. There are days when you're just not in the mood for it. People act like you're obligated. Like I owe them. The kids I don't mind. I just have no patience for rude, pushy adults."

Even when I go to a t---y club, all [the strippers] want to do is talk about their innermost problems," Van Der Beek laments. "How can I watch them strip when they're being so vulnerable? It's not hard to feel sorry for them."

But Van Der Beek says he's no playboy. "There are a lot of starf----rs. It's amazing the perspective you get when you have no interest in f---ing them. Now I keep all the blood in my head. I'm gra read more

De Niro's Funny Side


Robert De Niro seems resigned to the fact that he'll always be associated with the line, "You talking to me?"

"It's crazy, but what can you do?," says De Niro, who first uttered the line as crazed Travis Bickle in 1976's Taxi Driver. "It must have struck something with people. I think a lot of people probably do that. It's something that anybody can relate to."

De Niro himself actually gets a chance to poke a little fun at the famous line in his latest pic, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. He utters the line as Fearless Leader and winds up getting one of the biggest laughs in the movie.

"When [director] Des McAnuff asked me if I wanted to do that, I said, 'All right, let me try, what the hell,' " he tells TV Guide Online. "So I started studying the scene to see how I had actually said it. I did it verbatim, you know."

While De Niro's best known for his dramatic roles, the actor says it was "fun" getting to play in a read more

PLAYBOY'S SURVIVOR PIX

Which Survivor star would Playboy fans most like to see nude? Jenna the college student so far is the top pick among visitors to playboy.com with 41% of the vote, according to The Toronto Sun. Other top choices are Colleen (33%), Stacey (14%) and Kelly (13%). read more

FOX PREPS HIP-HOP OZ

Fox next year plans to debut a new hip-hop version of The Wizard of Oz, tentatively titled The O.Z., starring Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Little Richard, Patti LaBelle and Ginuwine. The made for TV movie will find Dorothy as a successful but lonely hip-hop music producer in Los Angeles whose life is turned upside-down by an earthquake, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

Bullock's Dating Rules


After failed relationships with Matthew McConaughey and Tate Donovan, Sandra Bullock says she's through with dating her co-stars.

"You're thrown into a situation where you have to create this artificial intimacy with the guy you're co-starring with," the 28 Days star tells McCall's. "It's unnatural because you spend more time with this person than you would with your significant other. In the beginning you think, 'Oh, he's so sweet and attentive.' Then you realize it says he has to be that way in the script."

Although McConaughey dumped her after two years, the actress has no hard feelings toward her A Time to Kill co-star. "Of course it's more fascinating to have a horrible breakup where you end up hating each other, but that's just not the case here," she claims. "We consider ourselves good friends."

Bullock is still looking for love and says she's finally feeling prepared to have children. "It's taken me a long time to be com read more

SOPRANOS STARS WANT MORE $$$

Soprano stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco want more bucks for their respective roles as a mobster's wife and a mobster's shrink, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources said Falco, who won an Emmy for her role on the hit HBO mob drama, and Bracco are seeking a per-episode increase to the mid five-figure range by the time production on the new season begins in early August. read more

MEG'S MYSTERY MAN?

Gladiator star Russell Crowe is rumored to be the new man in Meg Ryan's life following news that the actress has separated from long-time hubby Dennis Quaid. The British tabloids are reporting that Crowe and Ryan grew close while working together on the upcoming romantic drama Proof of Life. "Meg and Russell are extremely close and incredibly fond of each other," an unnamed source tells Britain's Sun. "They just click. She feels young again and they've been having a wonderful time in London." read more

Van Der Beek's Strip Club Etiquette


Dawson's Creek kid James Van Der Beek says he's tired of being known as his alter ego, the sensitive Dawson Leary. He just wants to be himself ? especially in a strip club.

"When people shout 'Dawson,' I completely ignore them," the actor tells Flaunt. "Dawson's not me ? Dawson has a lot of flaws, and I have to play him nine months out of the year. There are days when you're just not in the mood for it. People act like you're obligated. Like I owe them. The kids I don't mind. I just have no patience for rude, pushy adults."

Even when I go to a t---y club, all [the strippers] want to do is talk about their innermost problems," Van Der Beek laments. "How can I watch them strip when they're being so vulnerable? It's not hard to feel sorry for them."

But Van Der Beek says he's no playboy. "There are a lot of starf----rs. It's amazing the perspective you get when you have no interest in f---ing them. Now I keep all the blood in my head. I'm grateful to h read more

Norman Lear Wins Auction

Veteran TV producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude) has purchased one of the last privately owned original copies of the Declaration of Independence for $7.4 million, according to AP. Auction house Sothebys.com did not name Lear as the buyer but sources close to him confirmed that he was the buyer. read more

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