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Interview

Howie Mandel: The Real Deal

“I was the last one on board the idea train,” says Howie Mandel of the national phenomenon Deal or No Deal. “I thought I’d be the laughing stock. I thought it would be the last nail in the coffin for my career.” Far from the case (no pun intended), for Deal or No Deal is ratings gold, and Mandel’s a big reason why. The 51-year-old comedian, who’s starred in several hit TV series (most notably St. Elsewhere and Bobby’s World), hosted his own talk show and still performs stand-up acts worldwide, gives us the inside scoop on the show, the […]

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7 Questions With...

8 Questions With … David Cross

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? This is strange in the surprising category. But I was on a boat, like a ferry, on the Bosporus in Istanbul, and I was sitting on the boat with my legs kind of dangling out and this guy came over and he spoke broken English. He said his son, who didn’t speak any English, recognized me, liked me, and his son was like 11 and they were from Lima, Peru. And I thought, “That is weird, I’m on a boat on the Bosporus, in Istanbul, being recognized by an 11-year-old who doesn’t […]

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Comedy

David Cross Draws On His Friends For Comedy Central’s “Freak Show”

David Cross, the actor and comedian best known for HBO’s hilarious variety show Mr. Show With Bob and David and FOX’s brilliant-but-canceled Arrested Development, takes on a new TV project with the Oct. 4 Comedy Central premiere of Freak Show, an animated comedy he co-created with H. Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist). Cross says the idea for Freak Show originated as a way to get back home to New York in case Arrested Development met an untimely end (which it did last season). “After the first season of Arrested Development and being out in L.A. and being away from […]

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Food TV

Noshing With Nigella

Best-selling author and British television personality Nigella Lawson, who has appeared on programs in more than 20 countries around the world, comes to Food Network for the first time in her career. Lawson brings her unique signature style to home cooking in Nigella Feasts, where she explores the world of cooking with a refreshing sensibility because Lawson, like many of her viewers, has neither a culinary degree nor the time to make extravagant feasts. Nigella Feasts comes off of the stove and onto viewers’ tables beginning Sunday, Oct. 1. What do you think people find most surprising about your style […]

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Horror

Wes Craven Says The Roots Of Monsters Are Within Us

Wes Craven has made an entire generation of moviegoers cringe with such groundbreaking horror films as The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street and the darkly humorous Scream series. But Craven never intended to pursue a career making scary movies. As a matter of fact, having been raised in a fundamentalist family in Cleveland, he never even saw any movies at all until he was in his 20s and never saw a horror film until after he made what has become a classic of the slasher genre: The Last House on the Left. This month, Craven joins fellow […]

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Magazine Archive

Ice-T Tries To Teach Privileged Prep-Schoolers How To Rap

Last year, VH1 borrowed the British series Gene Simmons’ Rock School — itself an adaptation of Jack Black’s 2003 film School of Rock — in which rock legend Gene Simmons instructed a class of uptight, privileged kids on the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll. Now, the network is giving the show a hip-hop makeover complete with a new teacher, Ice-T. Here’s what the rap legend had to say about Ice-T’s Rap School, which premieres Oct. 17, immediately following the third annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, hosted by Ice-T himself. What made you want to do reality TV? Ice-T: I […]

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Magazine Archive

Jamie Bamber On His Big Guns, A Bigger Belly And The Biggest “Battlestar” Season Yet

When last we left Lee “Apollo” Adama and the Battlestar Galactica gang, a year had passed since the citizens found what they believed to be a safe, inhabitable planet — right up until the Cylons swooped in and took over. What happened in that year? What will happen next? And where’s the hunky commander we fell in love with? We caught up with star Jamie Bamber for the scoop on the Oct. 6 Season 3 premiere of SCI FI Channel‘s hit series. Have you always been a fan of science fiction? Jamie Bamber: I think all boys growing up are […]

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Magazine Archive

Megan Mullally Gets Her Very Own Talk Show

After eight seasons as the wisecracking socialite Karen Walker on NBC’s Will & Grace, Megan Mullally says it just “felt right” to be hosting her own daytime talk show. Filmed live to tape in Los Angeles, the NBC-syndicated The Megan Mullally Show (airing weekdays beginning Sept. 18) features celebrity and noncelebrity guests, comedy sketches and Mullally’s uncanny wit. Mullally explains that this is a daytime show with a late-night feel. “I’ve gone through and thought about all the shows that I’ve really loved over the years and what my favorite elements were, and then I’ve stolen them.” At age 47, […]

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Comedy

Mary-Louise Parker Discusses The Second Season Of “Weeds”

The pot selling business that widowed mom Nancy Botwin began in season one of Weeds is growing and so is the critical acclaim of the Showtime hit series airing its second season on Aug. Mondays. Recently, Mary-Louise Parker, who plays Botwin, discussed playing this role and the trials Botwin will be going through as she struggles to expand her illegal business and pursue a bit of romance. It promises to be another heady — and occasionally dangerous — season. Does your character perhaps enjoy the pot business a little bit? Mary-Louise Parker: I think she enjoys the adrenaline of it […]

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Magazine Archive

A New Series Reveals The Family Life Of KISS’ Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons will be the first to tell you that he is a rock god. What Gene Simmons Family Jewels reveals is that he is also a loving father and — as much as he might protest — a devoted, if not completely faithful, companion to girlfriend Shannon Tweed, to whom he has been “happily unmarried” for more than 20 years. The series, which premieres Aug. 7 on A&E, takes a look at the personal life of the Demon, who’s known around the globe as a member of the band KISS and for his legendary pursuit of women (he recently […]