Back in the early days of television, mothers were portrayed as pearl-wearing masters of the kitchen, content to spend their time at home waiting patiently for their husband and children to return from their days at work and school respectively. Even a former starlet like Donna Reed became desexualized in TV's perfect suburban world.
Eventually, however, moms got the chance to be sexy. And before too long, teen boys were wondering about the strange feelings that they were having for Shirley Jones' pop singing Mrs. Partridge, or Florence Henderson's Carol Brady. The hotness of the actresses that have played mothers since on television is truly stunning. Who are the sexy women that have launched thousands of MILF fantasies? Take a look.
GALLERY: The Sexiest Moms in TV History
Oh, those Brits. We know that our friends across the pond like their dry humor almost as much as they like their tea. And while you've probably seen English comedian Steve Coogan in movies such as Night at the Museum and Tropic Thunder, you may not be familiar with his most famous character, radio host Alan Partridge.
The incompetent DJ has been popular in the UK for over 20 years, starred in multiple radio and TV shows, and now he's getting his shot at the big screen. The full trailer has been released for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which finds Alan trying to negotiate with his former coworker who has taken over the radio station after he gets fired. As you can see, Alan's not the most reliable person to handle such a delicate situation, but watching him try is pretty hilarious. The film hits theaters (or cinemas, as the Brits say) in the UK on Aug. 7.
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Top Story: Paris Hilton Videotape Leaked
Paris Hilton, heir to the Hilton hotel fortune and star of Fox's upcoming reality series The Simple Life, is trying to stop the distribution of a homemade video that reportedly features her having sex with Rick Solomon, who went on to marry former Charmed star Shannen Doherty in 2002. Hilton's spokesperson Siri Garber told The Associated Press the tape was made three years ago while Solomon and Hilton were dating. "Not everybody indulges in that, but couples do it sometimes and it's just for themselves, for fun. She never intended for it to be seen by anybody other than the two of them," Garber said. An unidentified person reportedly distributed the video to some gossip columnists and Hilton's lawyers are trying to determine whether Solomon, 33, was involved in releasing the tape. Solomon, who owns a clothing and DVD company that distributes amateur party videos of scantily clad women, has supposedly split with Doherty but the status of their relationship is unclear, the AP reports.
LAPD Fires Celeb-Tracking Officer
The Los Angeles Police Department has fired a police officer who used department computers to review confidential records on celebrities, including Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Dylan McDermott, the AP reports. Officer Kelly Chrisman, who was fired Oct. 27, said his superiors assigned him to look up the information as part of a project to map celebrity homes to help monitor potential stalkers, but the LAPD says no such project existed. Investigators say they do not know what Chrisman, 35, did with the information he accessed between 1994 and 2000.
Critics of Gibson's Passion Harassed
Two scholars who have criticized Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ said Thursday they have received hate mail in response to their comments. According to the AP, Sister Mary Boys, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Paula Fredriksen, a Boston University professor, have received hateful e-mails from Gibson supporters. The women made the comments at a panel discussion about the film, which centers on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, at a national meeting of the Anti-Defamation League. The Passion of Christ is set for release Feb. 25.
Fox Releases Alien Quadrilogy
Twentieth Century Fox announced it will release Alien Quadrilogy, a boxed set of all four of director Ridley's Scott's Alien installments, on Dec. 2. According to Variety, the 9-disc set, priced at $99.98, contains the theatrical editions of all four movies in the series, including the theatrical version of Aliens, which has never been released on DVD before. Extras include nearly 45 hours of bonus features, directors' cuts of three of the movies and a restored "pre-release" version of Alien3. Double-disc DVD sets of each film will be sold separately beginning Jan. 6 for $26.98 each.
CBS Sings Hilary Duff
CBS has signed a comedy pilot deal with 16-year-old Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff and will develop a starring vehicle for the young actress for the 2004-05 season, Reuters reports. Disney's Lizzie McGuire wrapped production in July 2002 but Duff and her representatives had a public falling-out with the Mouse House after the two sides could not come to terms over a proposed sequel to The Lizzie McGuire Movie. CBS views signing Duff, who starts a national concert tour later this month to support her solo debut album, Metamorphosis, as an opportunity to cater to younger viewers.
VH-1 Updating Partridge Family
Music cabler VH-1 is planning an updated version of the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, which ran on ABC from 1970-74. According to The Hollywood Reporter Sony Pictures Television, which holds rights to the show about a musical family, will produce a reality series for VH-1 chronicling the casting of the family as well as a scripted half-hour pilot featuring the winners. No production date has been set, but the network is aiming to make it a tentpole of its 2004 schedule.
Timberlake Wins Big at MTV Europe Awards
Justin Timberlake was the big winner Thursday night at the MTV Europe Awards, walking away with three top prizes, including best male, best pop and best album for his debut album Justified. Christina Aguilera, who hosted the awards ceremony, was named best female artist. Other winners included Jamaican dancehall reggae sensation Sean Paul, who was named best new act of the year, and Beyoncé, who took the best R&B award, while MTV viewers voted her single "Crazy in Love" best song of the year.
Role Call: Jackson, Arquette, Hershey, Christensen Set for King Thriller
Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey and Erika Christensen have been set to star in Riding the Bullet, an adaptation of the Stephen King e-book, for writer/director Mick Garris, Variety reports. Set on Halloween in 1969, the supernatural thriller follows a 21-year-old New England college student (Jackson), who attempts suicide after his girlfriend (Christensen) breaks up with him. But when he learns that his mother (Hershey) has had a stroke, he hitchhikes through rural Maine to visit her bedside, and is picked up by a mysterious driver (Arquette).
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is pathetic as a comedy. Where it works--in a forced way--is putting across the heartfelt message buried deep within all the silliness: show business can be a hard place to grow up. Dickie Roberts (David Spade) was once a six-year-old '70s TV phenomenon whose trademark line was "You're nucking futs!" But when Dickie lost his baby teeth he also lost his job. Now at age 35 Dickie is a showbiz reject reduced to parking cars for a living and playing a weekly poker game with other former child stars such as The Brady Bunch's Barry Williams The Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce and the guy (Dustin Diamond) who once played Screech on Saved By the Bell and who is still playing Screech on some other sitcom. All Dickie wants in life is to make a big comeback and he thinks his chance has arrived when he finds out about the script of the new millennium. Desperate to get an audition Dickie finagles a meeting with the film's director Rob Reiner (playing himself) who unfortunately tells Dickie he just isn't "normal" enough for the part that he skipped out on the basic foundation of life--a childhood. So Dickie decides he'll just relive one get "real" and get the part. He sells his raunchy autobiography and hires a perfect nuclear family (who are also apparently in desperate need of money) which includes mom Grace (Mary McCormack) dad George (Craig Bierko) pre-adolescent son Sam (Scott Terra) and younger daughter Sally (Jenna Boyd). Dickie moves right in and tries to assume the identity of an average everyday kid. Is it possible this crazy plan could actually work? Will Dickie become a star again? Maybe not entirely how the screwy actor envisioned but at least he learns a few valuable life lessons along the way.
As wacky as this movie allows itself to get let's just say it's a huge improvement over Spade's previous horrendous effort Joe Dirt if that's saying anything. Spade with his own sarcastic way of delivering zinger lines gives Dickie just the right amount of snottiness and shows how Dickie has no concept of how things work in the real world. But unlike Spade's pal Adam Sandler who played a similar part in Billy Madison you feel sorry for Dickie right away--he's such a sad sackwho nonetheless has endless spunk. With his greasy looks little idiosyncrasies (Dickie always wears gloves) and puppy-dog attitude he still tugs at your heart. As the little girl Sally says "Who would have thought someone as weird as Dickie would turn out to be so cool?" Indeed. The rest of the cast is pretty superfluous with only one really glaring error--trying to strike up a romance between McCormack's Grace and Dickie. Doesn't work. Spade has much more chemistry with the two kids Terra and Boyd. The cameos by the former child stars of course is the highlight of the movie with all of them milking it for all its worth. Make sure to stay through the end credits for a "We Are the World" send-up with some of your favorite grown-up child stars of the past.
Director Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle) wants us to believe Dickie Roberts is a balls-out slapstick comedy. See Dickie try the slip and slide without water--and then with oil all over it. See Dickie ride a bike for the first time running into cars and road signs (that's gotta hurt). Sure you laugh but what actually ends up happening is you get caught up in the pitiful reasons why Dickie is the way he is; ie: his stage mother dumped him when he became obsolete and people only saw him as a "product " not as a child. While the film is trying to make you laugh you're sitting there feeling bad because you know it's true for some of the movie's cast. The unfortunate stories of the Gary Colemans and Macaulay Culkins of the world are what E! True Hollywood Stories lives for. Perhaps the intention with Dickie Roberts is to pay tribute to these people but you know once the film ends and everyone goes home those child stars of yesteryear go back to their non-existent acting careers.