It was a family affair for Nicolas Cage at the Los Angeles premiere of Snake Eyes: He was joined by his wife, Patricia Arquette, as well as his in-laws David and Rosanna Arquette and his father, August Coppola. Cage says the toughest part about playing police detective Rick Santoro was getting a lot of dialogue out in a small amount of time. "Speaking very quickly is against my natural rhythms," he told me. His other challenge was to take a character of questionable ethics and make him likable. His solution was to make him a bon vivant. Says Cage: "Even if they are rogues, people are attractive if they are happy to be alive."
Gen-X actor Ben Stiller has gotten used to being upstaged by his dad, comedian Jerry Stiller, ever since the latter enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity playing George Costanza's father on Seinfeld. By his own admission, Stiller père can be overly enthusiastic about hogging the limelight. "I have a tendency to become the center of attention," says Jerry. "Someone will ask a question, and I'll go into the history of my life. Ben will say, 'Dad, they asked me the question.' "
Thirtysomething alum Peter Horton, who will star this fall in Brimstone, a new drama on FOX, continues to hire inner-city kids to work for his production company, as he has done for the past six years. Generally, the hires have worked out well, Horton says, but adds, "It's terrifying for them. They've grown up with no hope, and when they find there's hope, there is no more rationalization. Suddenly their success or failure is up to them."
Saturday Night Live's Colin Quinn tells me that SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels is helping to foot the bill for Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake, which is expected to begin a four-week run at Manhattan's Helen Hayes Theatre on Aug. 25. Michaels saw Quinn's one-man play in Aspen and loved it. "I offered to get two jobs to pay for it," says Quinn, "but Lorne coughed it up."
Camryn Manheim, whose role as Ellenor Frutt in The Practice recently won her an Emmy nomination, has something else to celebrate. She just signed a deal with a division of Random House to write a book called Wake Up, I'm Fat. But Manheim, who stands 5'10" and weighs more than 200 pounds, doesn't have a problem in the dating department. In the last few months, she has gone out several times with lithe dancer-actor Gregory Hines.
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