- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Cable springs ‘Eternal’

The Oscar-winning “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” makes its cable debut on Cinemax this weekend, airing Saturday evening at 10.

The film, starring Jim Carrey and an Oscar-nominated Kate Winslet, follows a doomed couple who choose to have their memories of each other permanently erased. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood round out the strong supporting cast in this mind-bending feature.

“Eternal” nabbed the Oscar for best original screenplay at this year’s ceremony.

Keepin’ it ‘Real’

D.C. residents can line up this weekend for the chance to have the nation watch their every move.

“The Real World,” MTV’s long-running reality show, will hold a casting call Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lulu’s Club Mardi Gras in Northwest.

Aspiring housemates, ages 18 to 24, who hope to impress the Bunim/Murray Productions casting directors should bring a recent photo — which won’t be returned — a photo ID and a willingness to speak their minds.

“The Real World,” prepping for its 17th season, lets a group of seven strangers share a large home together with the expectation that some personal sparks will fly. That usually means heavy drinking, romance or hanky-panky will ensue.

Celebrity ‘Charades’

There’s something to be said for having clout in Hollywood — even if it’s by way of a well-connected Oscar-winning wife.

Just ask Chad Lowe, husband of two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.

Mr. Lowe, the younger brother of actor Rob Lowe, is serving as co-executive producer of “Celebrity Charades,” a new game show on AMC.

Unlike other game-show hosts, however, Mr. Lowe won’t have to rely on the usual C-list stars for support, thanks in part to Miss Swank’s status.

“Celebrity Charades” promises such stars as Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Broadway sensation Hank Azaria (“Spamalot,” “Huff”), “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer, acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar nominee Rosie Perez, famed director Peter Bogdanovich and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Reuters News Agency reports.

In each episode, two teams of 10 celebrities will compete against each other in a game of movie-themed charades, with each star playing to raise money for his or her chosen charity.

Each installment also features the celebs having dinner and mingling between rounds, enabling viewers to catch a glimpse of them on a more personal level. Six 30-minute episodes are set to air on five consecutive nights beginning June 20.

Mr. Lowe also will take turns hosting “Charades” with actor pal Bob Balaban.

Hello, Bob

One of TV’s most cherished sitcoms of the 1970s — or any decade, for that matter — finally arrives on DVD this week.

“The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete First Season” is available in a three-disc set. The show gave the dry comic, starring as Chicago shrink Bob Hartley, the chance to showcase his many strengths, imprinting his indelible style on the long-running sitcom.

The series debuted in 1972 and featured crisp writing and performances that elevated its gentle humor every week during its six-year run on CBS.

Maines unmuzzled

Outspoken Dixie Chick Natalie Maines gets an open forum tomorrow on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Miss Maines, who stirred a political hornets’ nest by criticizing President Bush while overseas in 2003, is one of the show’s panelists. She’ll be joined by failed presidential contender Gen. Wesley Clark and author David Frum (“The Right Man: An Inside Look at the Bush White House”). The show’s scheduled interview guest is New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

“Real Time With Bill Maher” airs Friday evenings at 11 on HBO.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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