Chuck Barris: Confessions of a Dangerous Novelist

Barris created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show. But since his retirement he's become a writer best known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. His novel Who Killed Art Deco just came out in -paperback. He spoke with Nicki Gostin.

Matthew McConaughey's Many Girlfriends

Matthew McConaughey has wooed Kate Hudson, Penélope Cruz (in real life, too) and Jennifer Lopez in movies. In "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," he's after Jennifer Garner. He spoke with Nicki Gostin: ...

Talking to Placido Domingo

On March 15, Plácido Domingo celebrates his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. He spoke with Nicki Gostin. ...

Fast Chat: Fashion Icon Valentino

Legendary designer Valentino is the subject of a new documentary, "Valentino: The Last Emperor." He spoke with Nicki Gostin about the fashionable life. Excerpts: ...

New HBO Sitcom Stars Australian Comic Chris Lilley

Ja'mie King is a spoiled teen princess who calls her friends "skanks" and makes sure to tell poor people, as bluntly as she can, how much she pities them. Jonah Takalua, a monosyllabic Pacific Islander, is a delinquent who bullies his schoolmates, torments his teachers and draws sophomoric graffiti (penises, usually—he's not very good) on every open surface. Mr. G is an egomaniacal drama teacher who has seized control of the school's latest production, which he rechristened "Mr. G—The Musical." Together, they are the stars of the new HBO sitcom "Summer Heights High," a faux documentary in the cringe-comedy tradition of "The Office" set in an Australian high school. If Ja'mie (that's "Jeh-may"), Jonah and Mr. G look eerily similar, it's because they're played by the same actor: Aussie superstar Chris Lilley, a protean comic who is swiftly emerging as his country's Peter Sellers.Back home, Lilley, 33, is a bit of a cipher. Despite his ballooning fame, he's media shy and soft-spoken. ...

Saving Private Ryan

Ryan Phillippe stars in "Stop Loss," a movie about soldiers forced to serve an extra tour of duty in Iraq. He spoke with Nicki Gostin: ...

Nicole Kidman: The Lady in Waiting

Nicole Kidman packs a one-two punch this fall with the indie "Margot at the Wedding" and the big-budget fantasy "The Golden Compass." The actress spoke with Nicki Gostin. Excerpts:"Margot's Wedding" is about a dysfunctional relationship between two sisters. You have a sister. Could you relate?In our early teens we were a little combative but subsequently we've become joined at the hip. I'd kill for her. In "The Golden Compass" you play a baddie. Was that fun?Yeah, I prefer the word "villain"—a little classier, right? Did you practice being mean in the mirror?No, no. When you play mean you don't focus on being mean. You focus, I suppose, on the motives behind it. It seems recently you've opened up about your personal life.Not really. In the last year there have been some things in my personal life that have been privy to the whole world and I haven't denied them. So you're like the queen of Australia.No, Cate Blanchett is. I'll be the lady in waiting.

Mariska Hargitay, Off the Cuff

Mariska Hargitay is back for her ninth season as Detective Olivia Benson, one of the toughest women on primetime, in "Law and Order: SVU." She spoke with Nicki Gostin. ...

Will Oscar Finally Toast Peter O'toole?

It's a bit of a shock when Peter O'Toole enters a room. He's unsteady on his feet--he's 74--and his piercing blue eyes are rheumy with age. You get the feeling that a strong wind might knock him down. But his shirt collar is at a jaunty angle, he's sporting a lovely ascot and when he opens his mouth to talk, you melt. The voice is still strong and sonorous. The edifice may be crumbling a bit but it's still standing. O'Toole is back in an all-too-familiar role: best-actor nominee. In "Venus," he breaks your heart as a once handsome thespian who develops a complicated relationship with a young woman. It's O'Toole's eighth Oscar nomination--he hasn't won one yet--and if he doesn't win, well, let's hope he never gives up trying. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. Excerpts: ...

Q&A With Steve Carell

Steve Carell talks about 'The Office,' about keeping the elephants happy and about how to use irony in a sentence.

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