Dan Jewel
March 26, 2001 12:00 PM

Dharma Goes Digital

Jenna Elfman fills her Web site with plenty of karma and leg

Most official celebrity Web sites get little input from the stars they promote. But at jennaelfman.com, the kooky half of Dharma & Greg posts many entries herself, including occasional musings on her life. “I try to update it at least once a month,” says Elfman, 29. (A recent example: “Any person who seeks to attack, harm, suppress, nullify or invalidate an artist’s abilities is seeking to destroy the single most important type of person that exists.”) “Most times,” she notes, “I’m writing at 3 a.m. with the dogs running all around me.” For $9.95 a year, fans get access to extras like message boards—”I just see the nice ones; if there’s anything offensive, it won’t be posted,” says Elfman—and a photo gallery. “It’s one way,” she adds, “that I can say this is who I am. People get the real me.

My Favorite Sites

Edward Burns

Even an actor-director needs a cheat sheet on the movie business, so Burns, who plays an arson investigator in 15 Minutes and directed the upcoming Sidewalks of New York—starring himself and Heather Graham—uses the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) to research potential coworkers. “You look at a cast member, you can look up their résumé,” he notes. (Who is this Robert De Niro guy, anyway?) Crew members? “You can punch in a name. Costume designers, see the work they’ve done.” Or he can just revel in his own stellar credits.

Internet Manners

I set up an e-mail account under a false name and want to e-mail someone without his knowing who I am. But I can’t find his address. Can you help?

No, because the first part of your message creeps us out. Do you hope to send a secret-admirer note? Pull a prank? Don’t do it—if you’re not a stalker, you’ll sure seem like one. There are only a few legitimate reasons to send e-mail anonymously: blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, for instance. And while anonymous e-mail services exist, using a fake name on a regular account violates most services’ rules—and may not hide your identity. Your messages include information about the computers you log on from, making your identity traceable.

How do you end an instant-message conversation? My friends and I say goodbye but then can’t stop chatting.

Just refuse to get trapped in that I-won’t-hang-up-until-you-hang-up loop. Type your favorite chat capper, whether “Ciao,” “L8R” or “bye,” and then sign off.

Today the Grammys, Tomorrow a Grandma

Do you have a twisted urge to see Britney Spears covered with wrinkles and flab? You can either wait 30 years or immediately check out Britney 2032. The four-minute film, one of the most popular downloads at warnerbros.com, imagines the pop princess at 50, forlornly signing her memoir Oops! I’m Still Alive for a smattering of elderly fans (who still confuse her with Christina Aguilera). The movie’s writer-director, Marc Sedaka, 34, knows about pop star fizzle: He’s the son of former teen heartthrob Neil Sedaka, 62, who scored in the early ’60s with hits like “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” then slid towards obscurity. “It was really hard on my dad,” recalls Marc. “After his teen years, the Beatles came into vogue, and he kind of faded.”

Still, Sedaka, who writes for the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, says the film is no slight against Spears. His dad had a comeback with 1974’s chart-topping “Laughter in the Rain,” and he gives her a happy ending too: She runs into a pudgy, still-curly-haired Justin Timberlake, and they walk off hand in hand.

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