Friday, January 29, 2010

Celebrity Q&A, Jan. 29

Q: I really enjoyed Jaden Smith’s performance in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Does he have any more projects coming up? — Shirley K., Lady Lake, Fla.

A: The 11-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith wowed audiences with his dramatic performance in the 2006 tearjerker. Next up for Jaden is the remake of the 1984 martial-arts classic, “The Karate Kid,” which opens this June. Jaden plays the role of Dre Parker, a young boy who moves to China with his mother (played by Taraji P. Henson) and is bullied by kids at school. Dre seeks help from Mr. Han (played by Jackie Chan), a maintenance man who is secretly a kung fu master.

Q: What is the name of the young actor who played the main character in the movie “Witness,” and has he been in any other movies? What is he doing now? — Patricia H., Newport, Tenn.

A: Lukas Haas, 33, played the young Samuel Lapp, an Amish boy who witnesses the brutal murder of an undercover police officer in a railway station restroom. Lukas has since played characters on the big and small screen, including the feature films “Mars Attacks!” “Everyone Says I Love You” and “Material Girls,” and TV shows “24,” “Entourage” and “Criminal Minds.” He recently wrapped the movie “Inception,” a big-budget sci-fi thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page. It’s scheduled for release in July.

Q: I love the SOAPnet show “Being Erica,” and am anxious for its return. When does Season Two start? — Avis S., Venice Fla.

A: Season Two of the Canadian time-traveling dramedy started Jan. 20. Just like the first season, in every episode, Erica Strange (played by Erin Karpluk) goes back in time to relive a regret from her past in order to come back and make a positive change in her present. I spoke recently with Erin, who gave me some clues as to what to expect this season: “The show is much sexier and edgier this season, and more forward-thinking. Erica uses what she has been learning and applies it in her own life, and also uses it to try to help others.”

Q: What happened to the show “Find My Family”? Will it be coming back, and if so, when? I love that show. — Carrie F., Englewood, Fla.

A: The reality show “Find My Family,” which features reunions of long-lost family members — usually one member was given up for adoption and now wants to find his/her birth family, or vice versa — debuted on ABC in late November. The show is slated to return this year; however, according to a representative for the show, no decisions have been made as to exactly when.

Check this Web site often, as I’ll keep readers posted on the status of the show as soon as I hear something. You also can find lots of other up-to-the-minute celebrity news and interviews on the site.

Q: My family and I watched “Four Christmases” on DVD during the holiday and thought it was absolutely hilarious, especially Vince Vaughn (as usual). What does he have coming up next that we can enjoy him in? — Faith D., via e-mail

A: First, a big congratulations is in order for Vince: The consummate bachelor, who has been linked to actresses Jennifer Aniston and Joey Lauren Adams, got married on Jan. 2 to real-estate agent Kyla Weber in a small, private ceremony in Vince’s hometown of Lake Forest, Ill. His upcoming professional projects include the feature films “Sunny and 68,” “Realtors” and “The H-Man Cometh.” Hmmm … I wonder if he met his wife while researching his role in “Realtors”?

Q: I saw Richard Chamberlain in a movie years ago about an airline pilot who crashed up north (based on a true story) and had to survive the cold weather until help came. Do you remember it, and is it out on DVD? — Cate, via e-mail

A: You’re thinking of a made-for-TV movie called “Ordeal in the Arctic,” which originally aired in 1993 on ABC. The film is an adaption of the nonfiction book “Death and Deliverance,” and it also starred Catherine Mary Stewart and “Thirtysomething” alumnus Melanie Mayron. While production of the DVD has been discontinued by the manufacturer, copies can be found online at sites like and

Q: I watched “Panic Room” with Jodie Foster the other night, and I wondered if that was Dwight Yoakam playing one of the robbers? He looked older, but his voice sounded just like Dwight’s. — Linda K., Columbus, Ohio

A: That was indeed the country singer-turned-actor playing the part of Raoul, the most lethal of the band of robbers who threaten Jodie and a young Kristen Stewart in the 2002 thriller. If you like what you saw in “Panic Room,” you can also catch Dwight in “Hollywood Homicide,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Four Christmases,” to name just a few of his acting projects.

Q: What has “That Thing You Do” actor Johnathon Schaech been up to lately? I haven’t heard much about him since his divorce from the wonderful Christina Applegate. — Holly J., via e-mail

A: He’s been busy falling in love. Johnathon, 40, popped the question to actress Jana Kramer, 26. The two met while filming the 2008 thriller “Prom Night.” They got engaged on Dec. 22 in Schaech’s hometown of Edgewood, Md. This will be the first marriage for Jana, who presently plays Alex Dupre on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” She previously played Portia Ransom on the new “90210.”

Q: I am already upset to learn that Oprah Winfrey will be ending her show in 2011, and now I hear that Tyra Banks is ending her talk show as well. Is it true? — Wilma W., Madison, Wis.

A: What you’ve heard is indeed true. Tyra recently announced that the current fifth season of “The Tyra Show” will be the final season. She does, however, plan to stick with “America’s Next Top Model” and has plans to form a movie-production company. Of her time spent hosting the popular gabfest, Tyra stated, “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years.”

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