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  January 02, 2003
Men In Black: Back for Thirds?
By Michael Ausiello

Jason Patric Regrets...
By Sabrina Rojas Weiss

The gritty Detroit cop drama Narc marks Jason Patric's second role as a troubled undercover narcotics detective. His first was Rush, back in 1991. For an actor whose big releases are few and far between, this kind of repetition could be seen as risky. Then again, Patric knows his career path has always been screwy, so why stop now?

"I don't work often enough to repeat myself!" grouses the 36-year-old, whose last film was 1998's disturbing Your Friends and Neighbors. "Rush was over 10 years ago," he reminds us. "I was 24 years old. I'm a different man now, with different things to show."

Older and wiser, Patric definitely hopes not to repeat mistakes like his big-budget flop, Speed 2: Cruise Control. "That was just a miserable experience," he groans. "Doing Speed 2 was really about getting me to the foreign markets where my other movies just don't play. I succumbed to the pressures of what everyone wanted me to do.

"I was doing independent movies since before there was an independent movement," he continues. "But the truth is, the idea of me working every two years like I used to do was not cutting it any more. I'm glad that [Speed 2] didn't do well. I don't think bad movies should make money."

A Chicago Star Is Born
By Ethan Alter

Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the stars of the film version of Chicago, but it's veteran character actor John C. Reilly who really steals the show — and the moviegoer's sympathy — as Amos Hart, the cuckolded husband of Zellweger's "scintillating sinner," Roxie.

The high point of his Golden Globe-nominated performance comes when he tears into "Mr. Cellophane," one of the musical's best-remembered numbers. It's a perfect match-up between actor and song: Not only does Reilly deliver a soulful rendition of the tune (which has been performed by such Broadway legends as Barney Martin and Joel Grey), but in a way, "Mr. Cellophane" encapsulates his career to date. Although he's been working steadily on stage and screen for the past 15 years, people still tend to remember him as "the guy who was in that movie last year."

The connection isn't lost on Reilly himself. "I feel a little like Mr. Cellophane [at times]," he tells TV Guide Online, "but I think it's by design. I'm not one of those people who is myself for a living. I deliberately lose myself in the roles I play."

That last part is certainly true. Whether he's portraying a lonely cop (Magnolia), a doomed fisherman (The Perfect Storm) or Jennifer Aniston's husband (The Good Girl), Reilly seems to reinvent himself in each film. While his chameleon-like acting style has made him a favorite with directors — particularly Paul Thomas Anderson, who has cast Reilly in all his movies except for the recent Punch-Drunk Love — and critics, he admits it has its drawbacks. "You start to think, 'I'm fighting for every job because no one knows who I am!' It gets a little tiring."



  January 02, 2003
SUDDENLY PREGNANT!
Actress Brooke Shields and writer-hubby Chris Henchy are expecting their first child in May. "Getting pregnant was not easy," the 37-year-old former sitcom star (Suddenly...
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Singer Diana Ross ended 2002 on a low note. The 58-year-old ex-Supremes diva was arrested early Monday at a Blockbuster store in Tucson on suspicion of DUI after a witness...
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A Montana man who legally changed his name to Jack Ass in 1997 to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving is suing MTV parent company Viacom claiming the TV and movie...
POTTER CHATTER
Warner Bros. is denying reports that British actor Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) has been tapped to replace the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in the next...
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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne belatedly commemorated their 20th anniversary as husband and wife by renewing their wedding vows on New Year's Eve. Hundreds of guests, including...
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