Jason Alexander, who played quirky George Costanza on Seinfeld for nine years, could have earned combat pay for playing Boris Badenov in the upcoming flick The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. As Alexander tells it, "Rene Russo [who plays Natasha Fatale] and I had to do a lot of running through a whole bunch of fields where they said, 'We think we got most of the rattlesnakes out,' "Alexander recalls. "And I said, 'What do you mean, most of the rattlesnakes?' " They were filming at a ranch north of Los Angeles and, Alexander explains, "They sent a bunch of guys through and picked out, like, five, six, seven [rattlesnakes] and then sent us running through tall grass. We're like, 'Oh, this is great!' "
Dharma & Greg's Jenna Elfman may have looked cool as a cucumber when she met Sting backstage at VH1's Men Strike Back music special, which aired April 18. But I hear that when Sting went onstage to perform, Elfman breathlessly exclaimed, "I can't believe I met him!" And he wasn't the only performer she enthused over that night. "Now all I have to do is meet [soul singer] D'Angelo, and all my goals have been accomplished."
Film and music producer Tracey Edmonds, wife of R&B artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, feels that the networks are finally opening their eyes to the lack of diversity on television. But she's glad Soul Food, her new one-hour series about an African-American family living in Chicago, will debut on Showtime this summer. ER's Eriq La Salle directed the premiere episode of the show, which is based on the 1997 film of the same name. "The networks are hesitant to do one-hour dramas carried by a minority cast," says Edmonds. "At Showtime we didn't have to sugar-coat things the way we would if we'd gone the-normal network route."
Fast Take: To hone the giggle of Betty Rubble for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, the prequel due April 28, Jane Krakowski got Rosie O'Donnell
, who played the role in the '94 Flintstones film, to coach her on her chuckle. In fact, O'Donnell even taped her Rubble laugh so that the Ally McBeal regular could practice while she was simultaneously filming her TV series and the upcoming comedy.
- Hugh McCarten.
Apparently actor Chad Lowe has no hard feelings that his wife, Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry), forgot to mention him during her Oscar acceptance speech. At a recent fund-raiser benefiting the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, the couple got up to introduce the theater's artistic director Larry Moss. "This night reminds me quite a bit of the Oscars, actually," Lowe said. "I'm looking through my program here, and I couldn't believe it. There's Michelle Danner, Hilary Swank, Michael Clarke Duncan, Larry Moss...." Then he paused, looked at the program and said, "They forgot my name!" It's true: His name wasn't there. He turned to his wife onstage and asked playfully, "Did you write the program?"