Bringing Down The House

2003, Movie, PG-13, 105 mins


I have to admit that I'm pretty...

  I have to admit that I'm pretty new to the Las Vegas scene, but the bright lights and Love Boat-style guest stars have me wanting more. This week former Idol contestant Tamyra Gray stopped by the Montecito for a little bit of karaoke goodness (and wore an itty-bitty waitress outfit). I was more excited about the main plot concerning a slightly shady card-counting ring that pretty much brought to life Bringing Down the House (the book about the MIT kids, not to be confused with the Steve Martin movie.) I totally loved that it was Danny's professor who was behind the whole thing — nice twist. All in all, this lighthearted show has some good gambling scenes, nice eye candy for both guys and girls, and a pretty d read more

Today's column was written by Matt Webb Mitovich.


Michael Vartan

It's the news Alias fans have been waiting for. As reported exclusively in today's Ask Ausiello, Michael Vartan has sealed a deal to return to ABC's spy drama. For more on his big comeback — plus breaking casting news, er, poop on ER, Charmed, The Shield, Everwood, NCIS, House and Gilmore Girls — read today's fresh AA. (There, Mike, was that plug shameless enough for you?) read more

Any House news?

Question: Any House news?

Answer: The House-Stacy story is going to move to the forefront during November/December, building to Sela Ward's departure in January. Take it away, David Shore: "We have a fun episode coming up where House is going to have to kill a rat in her home, but House ends up curing the rat instead of trapping it. He deduces at some point that the rat's actually sick. But as a result of this, we throw House and Stacy into a domestic situation together. And in the episode right before that, House is going to find out through — I'd have to say — illegal means, how Stacy feels about him. He's going to do something incredibly unethical and inappropriate and learn something about her feelings toward him."

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What is the scoop, er, poop ...

Question: What is the scoop, er, poop on the possible relationship between Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron this season on House? I have been seeing a lot of different spoilers floating around — one-night stand, nothing at all, etc.

Answer: According to exec producer David Shore, their hookup comes out of a crisis. "Cameron deals with a patient who's made very different lifestyle choices than she's made, and she starts to wonder whether she's made the right life choices," he says. "So, for a moment, she decides to embrace life and, specifically, Chase." And how does she feel the morning after? "In many ways, she regrets it right away," he says. "But on the other hand, it was good."

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Queen Latifah's Next Move

For those who miss the early, funny Steve Martin, you'll get to see that "wild and crazy guy" onscreen again when Bringing Down the House hits theaters March 7. At least, that's what co-star Queen Latifah thinks. "This is Steve Martin at his best to me," she tells TV Guide Online. "It's funny and edgy. It's like The Jerk!" In the film, Martin plays a straight-laced attorney whose workaholic ways have driven away his wife (Jean Smart) and two children. Newly single, he meets a woman over the Internet and invites her to his house for a romantic dinner. When he opens the door, however, he discovers his dream date is actually an escaped convict — played by Latifah, of course! — who wants his legal services. In return, she gives him lessons in c read more

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