Newsmakers: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Whitney Houston

In her latest movie, "Sherrybaby," she plays a recovering addict and mother. In November's "Stranger Than Fiction," she's a baker--and the apple of Will Ferrell's eye. She spoke with Devin Gordon.

[ Laughs ] Yeah, Peter [Saarsgard] and I made that up. I don't know what it is about pregnancy that causes it, but there's a kind of fogginess in my brain. I'm always looking for exactly the right word to describe what I mean, and now I lose the most basic, obvious words all the time. But it's actually been nice to let my brain float away a little bit. [ Laughs ] I'm sure it'll come back. I hope so.

Well, I didn't quite say that. I used to feel like I didn't care if anyone saw my movies. I would just choose things I thought were interesting, and if no one saw them, fine. I don't feel that way anymore.

Yeah, I am. If you make movies about people who are struggling and make bad choices but are well intentioned--to me, that's a way of practicing compassion. That's important to me. Also, it's a teeny-tiny little movie that was made for nothing, literally--no trailers, pizza for lunch. I've made movies like that before but ... um ... oh, there goes my pregnant brain. Sorry.

Well, we usually paid for the pizza ourselves so we could have mushrooms if we wanted.

After fourteen years, the curtain has finally come down on the "Masterpiece Theatre" marriage of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Houston filed for legal separation last week after years of speculation about an impending divorce. Even amid drug arrests (Brown) and multiple trips to rehab (Houston), the pair had pledged their solidarity. They sat together for an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002, and a year later, Houston accompanied Brown to the police station after he turned himself in for assaulting her. In January Brown again denied breakup rumors and insisted in interviews that he and his wife were going to be together for a long time. Not so. They all said it wouldn't last. Turns out, they were right.

--Jac Chebatoris

Did Anyone Truly Think a Guy Named Tucker Could Dance?

How is reality TV better than real life? There's always a winner--and a loser. Last week offered plenty of both. A selection:

Big Brother: Men can sleep their way to the top, too. Mike Boogie had a "show-mance" with Erika, dumped her and won $500,000.

Survivor: Tribes divided by race--scandaldous! Too bad the premiere was still so boring. Dancing With The Stars: Tucker Carlson (right) lost his bow tie, but not his two left feet.

Rock Star: Lukas wins, and goes on tour with Tommy Lee. That's a prize?