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HITS & PITS 1996

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ROSIE O’DONNELL

HITS: I loved the ER episode with the baby in the car accident — I was almost hysterical crying. And the Chicago Hope episode when Christine Lahti’s father died. Those shows are such wonderfully acted pieces, like mini-movies. THE PITS: Striptease. I saw it at a Planet Hollywood screening. We had so much fun laughing at it, it was almost enjoyable.

MEL GIBSON

HITS: Shine. Also, winning two Oscars wasn’t too bad. THE PITS: Malibu fires.

KRISTEN JOHNSTON (3rd Rock From the Sun)

HITS: The success of indepedent movies like Big Night and Swingers, and the fact that general audiences are now being exposed to and actually seeing them. THE PITS: The O.J. reenactments on E! You can’t get any grosser than that. Just stop it.

BARBRA STREISAND

HITS: All the Sunday- morning news shows and CSPAN. The First Wives Club was fun. THE PITS: People asking if I want too much control, and if I’m a perfectionist. Would you ask your doctor if he’s a perfectionist?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

HIT: I loved Independence Day. It was a great spectacle. It was big and great. THE PITS: Stars who complain about being famous. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. If you like it, go all out and support your movies.

GLENN CLOSE

HITS: I loved Secrets & Lies. And The First Wives Club was sick-funny. THE PITS: When these puppy dalmatians would take one look at me, put their tails between their legs, and slink away. I felt like a monster!

PHIL HARTMAN

HITS: The Kerri Strug moment at the Olympics. Also, Chris Reeve’s speech at the Oscars. THE PITS: NewsRadio being moved to Wednesday night.

TOM EVERETT SCOTT (That Thing You Do!)

HIT: Breaking into something I’ve always wanted to break into — the film business. THE PITS: The Kiss tour didn’t hit my town.

MATT DILLON

HIT: Lone Star and Big Night. And Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. THE PITS: Using great songs for bad commercials and the exploitation of dead people to sell products.

GENE SIMMONS (Kiss)

HIT: The Kiss tour rules! Independence Day, mom, and apple pie. THE PITS: The Macarena and all disco music.

MERYL STREEP

HIT: Watching Unstrung Heroes on video. It’s a gorgeous movie. THE PITS: One of my daughters wants to be famous. I’m like, Oh, no.

DENZEL WASHINGTON

HIT: Phenomenon. I really enjoyed it. THE PITS: I still don’t understand what happened in Mission: Impossible. I looked at my wife and said, ‘Am I stupid?’

MING-NA WEN (The Single Guy)

HITS: George Lucas is coming out with a Star Wars prequel. And The Rosie O’ Donnell Show. She has a wonderful, infectious, positive energy. THE PITS: Blue nail polish. It makes you look like a slut.

ANTHONY EDWARDS

HIT: Cirque du Soleil’s new show. It’s fantastic; it’s unbelievable. THE PITS: That Melrose Place is on every night [on E!]. My wife watches it every night.

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