Bernie Mac, who stars as fictitious baseball star Stan Ross in the comedy Mr. 3000, has come a long way from the cheap seats of his Chicago childhood. For his first big-league game, the comic says, "I watched the White Sox. We couldn't afford the Cubs. They were way northside—they were the elite. The White Sox was the hood. When you went to their games, your car was broken into [and they'd leave] a note reading, 'Sorry.' " Mac's family cheerfully endured other inconveniences. "We sat up on the roof all the way up there, and I'd have my baseball glove," says Mac, 46. "I'd say, 'I'm going to catch something.' What I didn't know was that I was going to catch a cold."
Her Cups Runneth Over
It took more than just a push-up bra for Selma Blair to get into character for her role as an absurdly endowed go-go dancer (stage name: Ursula Udders) in director John Waters's campy adult comedy A Dirty Shame
. The actress had fake breasts, each bigger than her head, glued to her chest. "The Teamsters on-set thought they were real. I wasn't recognized there [in Baltimore], so they just assumed that John found a girl who had abnormally large breasts," says Blair, 32. "These old ladies who were visiting the set whispered, 'Oh, that poor girl-she is deformed. Don't say anything. You'll hurt her feelings.' They were so big I could rest my plate on top of them. And I couldn't kiss my husband [Ahmet Zappa] because they stuck out too far."
A Little Knowledge
"I love a good conspiracy theory," says Julianne Moore, 43, who stars as a woman who suspects diabolical forces are playing with her memory in the thriller The Forgotten. "There are so many things we don't understand. I don't think we really know half of what's going on. There is a space museum at Cape Canaveral, and whenever I come out of there, my head hurts with the quasars and black holes. Every time we think we know something, such as 'Leeches are the answer,' we discover that it's not true."
Having played Ray Romano's harried wife on Everybody Loves Raymond
for nine seasons, Emmy nominee Patricia Heaton says the secret to a successful TV marriage is a dose of authenticity. "The show reflects our own marriages, which makes it real. As Ray says, both his wife and I are making a lot of money off of him and neither of us is having sex with him," says Heaton, 46. It also helps that their onscreen bickering is true to life. "Ray is always making me look at weird growths on his body. He's like, 'Feel that-does that feel like cancer?' " she says. "And I'll say, 'Ray, I'm not touching that thing. Let's get on with rehearsal.' "