'N Sync was a bit out of step before making the new commercial (their first) for Chili's restaurant chain. The five bandmates were to arrive in the Bahamas one night in December to shoot a scene from a distance aboard a 110-ft. yacht at sunrise. Just one problem: Justin Timberlake got stuck in Louisiana attending the wake of girlfriend Britney Spears's grandmother. Although Timber-lake had a private jet, the Nassau airport is closed at night, and the band was scheduled to board the boat by 5:30 the next morning. There was no chance that he would arrive in time, so at 9 that evening director Rob Pritts sent out a search party to find a Timberlake look-alike before settling for one of his own production assistants. Then he had to get a hair salon to open at 11 p.m. to dye and curl the stand-in's hair. It was all for naught, however. The morning light didn't cooperate, allowing Timberlake to make it.
On the Jan. 31 episode of CBS's The Agency, Gil Bellows's character ends up in a coma after getting shot. But there's more to this turn than meets the eye. Bellows was, in fact, at a hospital but not the one in the episode. When his wife, actress Rya Kihlstedt, expecting the couple's second child, went two weeks past her Dec. 3 due date, Bellows realized he would need some unscheduled time off, which created havoc with the show's production deadlines. I'm told that the writers scrambled and came up with the coma plotline, while the crew created a dummy that looked like Bellows to place in the hospital bed so that he could be with his wife for the birth of their son, whom they named Giovanni.
Jodie Foster, who premiered her new drama The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys at the Sundance Film Festival, had a hard time leaving her children—Charlie, 3, and Kit, 4 months—at home in L.A. The three days she spent in Park City, Utah, says the single mom, marked the first time she had left Kit. Foster says she had "to pump, like, 110 ozs." of breast milk in order to make the trip. Admitting it's "very difficult having two close in age," Foster says the pleasures far, far outweigh any difficulties: "The times when they're both sitting in the backseat and one of them's looking around smiling and the other's singing, it's just the best."