- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Arnold’s ‘Run’

A&E dramatizes Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise from bodybuilder to Cah-lee-fawn-yah governor in a new made-for-cable biopic bowing this weekend.

“See Arnold Run,” starring Roland Kickinger as the youthful bodybuilder and Jurgen Prochnow as the modern-day governor, debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday. The film, which co-stars Mariel Hemingway as Maria Shriver, takes a rushed approach to Mr. Schwarzenegger’s otherwise fascinating life story.

NASCAR’s best

Country Music Television (CMT) puts the pedal to the metal tonight to showcase the best the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has to offer.

“CMT 40 Greatest NASCAR Moments” gathers the wins, wrecks and rivalries that make the sport must-see TV for the nation. Veteran race announcer Ken Squier is your guide for the new two-hour special, which airs at 8 p.m.

‘Perfect’ Partridges

ABC’s under-the-radar comedy “Less Than Perfect” lines up a pair of Partridges for tonight’s original episode.

Too bad the network isn’t telling us just how Danny Bonaduce and David Cassidy run into star Sara Rue and her pals. What we do know is Owen (Andy Dick) helps Jeb (Patrick Warburton) learn ballroom dancing to prep for his wedding day.

“Less Than Perfect” airs at 9:30 p.m. Friday nights on ABC and co-stars Will Sasso and Andrea Parker.

‘Paparazzi’ profile

Ever wonder how the paparazzi culture came to be?

The Discovery Times Channel tries to decode the sorry situation with this weekend’s “Snap! A History of the Paparazzi” documentary.

The special, airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, traces the paparazzi’s growth and increasing influence from the late 1950s to today.

The special details the shutterbugs’ maddening chases in pursuit of the late Princess Diana and infamous intern Monica Lewinsky. We also learn some tricks of the trade from actual paparazzi, like American photographers Ron Galella and Phil Ramey.

Single Stamos

It’s hard to feel too sorry for a suddenly single John Stamos.

The actor, the go-to heartthrob first on “General Hospital” and then “Full House,” finds himself on the market again in real life and on his new ABC sitcom.

“I’m very uncomfortable dating,” Mr. Stamos told Associated Press, referring to his split from wife Rebecca Romijn-Stamos last year. “I have no moves whatsoever anymore. I don’t like it.”

To be fair, he still has the “Hello, I’m John Stamos” move, one 99 percent of men would be glad to have in their repertoire.

The actor puts his dating ambivalence to work soon in the new comedy “Jake in Progress,” which follows a New York playboy who discovers indiscriminate hookups aren’t what they’re cracked up to be.

“Ed” actress Julie Bowen will be one of his romantic interests, a role Mr. Stamos likens to a female Mr. Big from “Sex and the City.”

Mr. Stamos has filmed 13 episodes of the romantic comedy. Although ABC has promoted the show to television critics, it still hasn’t found a place for it on the prime-time schedule.

Cattrall’s new pose

We might get “Sex” in the cinema after all.

“Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall appears to be softening on the possibility of a big screen version of the HBO series, Reuters News Agency reports.

The 48-year-old actress says she would consider doing such a movie but only if the script is good enough and she is paid handsomely for her efforts.

“I mean everyone’s scheduling would have to be put into consideration, and of course a wonderful script, and of course I think we should all be very well paid for it,” the stunning actress said. “We all worked very hard for six years, all of us.”

Miss Cattrall currently is in London, where she’s playing the paralyzed lead in “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

“I feel like I’m home,” the English-born actress says. “I can’t wait to get out there and tell my story every night. I’m very excited.”

Hollywood trade newspapers have reported that Miss Cattrall wanted the same fee as co-star Sarah Jessica Parker to appear in a feature film version of “Sex and the City,” a project that has now been put on ice.

Miss Cattrall says that there is more in common between her new character and Samantha Jones from “Sex and the City” than meets the eye.

“I think there are very strong traits in both of these characters — very strong, very courageous, funny, and sexy. Claire is sexy even though she can’t move. Sex starts in the brain, it doesn’t start anywhere else.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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