Ramin Setoodeh


Q&A: ROD STEWARTRod Stewart has a new album called "Still the Same ... Great Rock Classics of All Time." He spoke with Nicki Gostin.I am lazy. I've admitted that since 1971.

Technology: Kickin' and Streaming

Let's say you missed Thursday's episode of "Ugly Betty" because you were too busy watching "Survivor." (Dumb move, but who are we to judge?) In the olden days--i.e., last year--your best shot, after TiVo, would have been to buy the episode for $1.99 on iTunes.

Travel: Packing Light

Breathe a sigh of relief: your shampoo and mouthwash are legal again. Last week the Transportation Security Administration loosened its carry-on ban on liquids, allowing travelers to bring some toiletries on domestic flights. (International policies vary, so check with your airline.) But here's the catch: you've got to pack the toiletries in a clear plastic one-quart zip-lock bag.

Harvard Opts Out

While many educators fretted over Harvard's announcement last week that it was rescinding its Early Admissions policy, Azusa Pacific University stood firm.

Movies: Hot Feet (And Abs)

Of the top 10 most searched actors on Yahoo last week, a new guy busted a move. Channing Tatum, star of the upcoming dance movie "Step Up," has developed a cult following--even though he has yet to open a movie (he's had supporting roles in "Coach Carter" and "She's the Man").

The Design Dozen

Minneapolis: Design CityMinneapolis took root on the Mississippi where St. Anthony's Falls powered the city's early industries. A French missionary had named the falls after his favorite saint--and now another Frenchman has laid claim to the riverbank with the spectacular Guthrie Theater.

Celebrity News. In Haiku.

The never-ending lava flow of celebrity journalism has long troubled us. This week, in a new feature devoted to our artistic side, we relate the hottest possible news in the fewest possible words.

Here's That Girl

Marlo Thomas broke ground in the 1966 television series "That Girl." As the first to feature a single woman lead character, it helped pave the way for Mary Tyler Moore and a new generation of woman stars on the small screen.

He's Goode to Go

When Matthew Goode first starred in "Chasing Liberty," opposite Mandy Moore, he was called the next Brad Pitt. But now, a few roles later, he's beginning to seem more like the next Hugh Grant. (Maybe it's the British accent.) In Woody Allen's "Match Point," Goode plays a wealthy Englishman who dates Scarlett Johansson's Nola Rice before she sleeps with a married tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).


One of hollywood's reluctant hotties, Hartnett can be seen in the quirky crime-boss comedy "Lucky Number Slevin." He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh.

Food: Bean There, Done That

Jelly beans are known for their fruity flavors. But now they're starting to taste like other kinds of candy, too. We investigate (each bag costs $2 to $4): Life Savers jelly beans arrive in classic and pastel flavors, like cotton candy and banana.

Where's the Artistic Freedom?

Hollywood legend Mel Brooks has too many credits to name, but here goes. He directed 1968's "The Producers" and was the producer of the 2005 remake. He was creator of the 1965 series "Get Smart" and returned to TV in a recurring part on "Mad About You." His films are classics: "Blazing Saddles," "High Anxiety," "The Twelve Chairs," "To Be Or Not To Be," "Young Frankenstein," "Spaceballs," "History of the World: Part I" and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights." With the Mel Brooks DVD boxed set coming to...

From Silly to Serious

One of today's most serious twentysomething actors started out on a silly sitcom about aliens: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played the teenage earthling Tommy Sullivan on "3rd Rock From the Sun," has transitioned—very nicely, thank you—into edgy independent-film roles.

At Home: American Masala

At 21, Amit Sharma has a resume that would impress most parents--just not his own. After graduating as the valedictorian of his high school in Carbondale, Ill., he entered the University of Chicago, where he majored in biology.

Lost in Translation

The audience for foreign films is a loyal and passionate one. It is also increasingly embattled, prone to nostalgia and regret. "When I was an undergraduate, I lived for foreign films," says producer Mark Johnson ("Narnia"), who chairs the Oscar committee that selects foreign-language films. "In fact, it's where you took girls to impress them with how smart you were.

'I Got Paid a Lot'

Bruce Vilanch is back writing again for this year's Oscars ceremony—making it his 16th telecast. The comedian also launched a reality TV career on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" (Sunday at 9 p.m.) He spoke to Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh about the upcoming awards show.


Mary Tyler Moore returns to TV as a bitchy talk-show host on "That '70s Show." She spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh. Mary Tyler Moore: I'm in upstate New York.

Unknown to Hit

Ben McKenzie was an unknown when he was cast in "The O.C." But after the show became an overnight hit, so did the actor--especially with the program's female viewers.

Fast Chat: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal is Hollywood's sexiest man--despite what the editors at People say. The actor took a break from his heartthrob duties to speak with Ramin Setoodeh.Honestly, I'm feeling more like maybe we should.I don't think I could give you a coherent reason.