HAVE GUITAR, WILL SAMURAI
In his new afternoon series, SuperHuman Samurai Syber-Squad, which begins airing next month, Matthew Lawrence, 14, portrays a guitar-playing computer genius who can enter the digital realm of cyberspace to fight evil viruses. In real life the Mac-owning younger brother of Blossom heartthrob Joey Lawrence knows the lay of the alternative landscape; he’s an avid fan of futuristic shows like the Discovery Channel’s Beyond 2000. “On the show, my character, Sam, is a leader of a group of kids who have a band and a normal life in school. He also has a separate life, where he can transform into the digital world and cap viruses. With a guitar he can Samurai and do just some normal stuff, like fly.” Oh.
ARNOLD ON ARNOLD
Tom Arnold’s career wasn’t the only thing that got pumped up from filming True Lies, the $120 million blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Arnold gave me advice on everything from diet to finances,” says Tom, 35, suspected of being professionally defunct after two canceled sitcoms and his recent split from wife Roseanne. “The best thing about Arnold is he’s got the most positive attitude of anyone I’ve ever met.” And the worst thing? “You walk on the set in the morning, and he looks at you and says, ‘You gained two pounds last night.’ Damn if he isn’t always right. Even when I tried to lie, he got me to admit I’d snuck some cookies.”
She’s been anointed Hollywood’s Sexiest Woman over 40, but actress Susan Sarandon, 47, says she doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. “I wonder at all these questions of ‘How can you still be sexual?’ ” says Sarandon, the mother of three (Eva, 9, Jack Henry, 5, and Miles, 2), who stars in the film version of John Grisham’s The Client. “If you went out and did a poll, you’d think that people find it outrageous that people over 40 still [do it]! There are so many people my age—if you tell me we stop having sex, I just won’t believe it!”
LOOK WHO’S TALKING
The logo for their new show reads simply George & Alana. Or, below that, Alana & George. Whatever. “I think that says everything,” muses Alana Stewart, 48, who’s reuniting with George Hamilton, 55, for a syndicated daytime talk show airing in September. Since divorcing in 1977 after four years of marriage and one child (son Ashley, Shannen Doherty’s ex), the two have been much better friends than spouses. “We work together all day, then go to our separate houses,” says Alana, who later married and divorced Rod Stewart. “We don’t have to deal with each other. It’s the perfect relationship.” Now that both are single, might the flame burn anew? Says Alana: “If the ratings are down, we might consider it.”