The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on February 23, 1999 · 63
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 63

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Tuesday, February 23, 1999
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on the inside After four years, TLC is out with a follow-up to its record-setting DrqzySexyCool" Tuesday February 23, 1999 Entertainment and leisure every day t k) J T1 - The dark side of the good friend By VIRGINIA ROHAN Staff Writer Once in a while, it's fun to be a bad girl. Just ask Alyson Hannigan, who ventures to the dark side on tonight's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Hannigan's shy, wallflower character, Willow Rosenberg, is about the most loyal, sensitive, and intelligent friend, confidante, and computer whiz that Buffy, or any other harried high-schooler, could ever want. So imagine the shock in Sunnydale when a spell unleashes a second Willow an evil, blood-sucking doppelganger. "Obviously, Buffy and the whole gang has to figure out what to do about this new evil Willow wreaking havoc on the town," Hannigan says. Making the episode was a "blast," though difficult, she says, because she had to interact with herself. Thanks to special effects, the two Willows at times appear to be facing off. "I spent a whole day, just me actingby myself in front of a green screen," she says. "I would do both sides of the scene the good Willow first, then go switch into the bad Willow and they had a stand-in, who would be there for over-the-shoulder shots." Naturally, the evil Willow bares her fangs a few times. "The makeup was actually pretty much the key to the character," Hannigan says. "I always had to check the lipstick and nail polish to remember who I was playing. "It was difficult to memorize the whole scene. But once I actually went through the transformation with the makeup and wardrobe, I said, 'Oh, yeah, I remem- See DARK SIDE Page YT-4 television "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," 8 tonight, WB ' ' ' I The bad Willow doppelganger fights the good Buffy. I i - 1 , " : . s J "Your Friends and Neighbors" Neil LaBute's scathing follow-up to "In the Company of Men" has three men and three women playing musical beds with one another's significant others. Because, visually, the film is more like a play, none of the visceral power of the characters' sexual self-destruction will be lost on the small screen. But hide the knives this peep into the dark side is not a pretty sight, and it'll be sure to spark spirited debate along the lines of 'men are scum" and "if they are, why do women need them?" B08IVRY 5 I ' I 1 i-. Andie MacDowell is the beautiful woman who tries to get ticket scalper Andy Garcia to change his life in "Just the Ticket.' JUST AN OLD-FASHIONED Behind the grit of 'Just the Ticket,' Andie McDowell sees a wholesome romantic comedy By JIM BECKERMAN Staff Writer How to sum up a film about a sleazy New York street hustler who tries to scalp tickets to Pope John Paul II's live appearance that were stolen from a church group? Andie MacDowell has just the word "wholesome." "Altogether, it was probably one of the most wholesome experiences I've ever had," she says. No, MacDowell isn't being naive about her new movie, "Just the Ticket," the gritty comedy-drama by writer-director Richard Wenk, which also stars Andy Garcia. Nor is she turning into the character she played in 1993's "Groundhog Day" the Kewpie doll whose sunny outlook transforms everything, even super-grouch Bill Murray. When she says "wholesome," she's referring less to the film's content than to its creators producer Garcia, who plays the street-smart scalper, and first-time director Wenk. Both are family men: a trait she values supremely. Like MacDowell, they brought their own families to New York with them during the 33-day shoot. "The kids were always around, and they were a priority," she says. The film, which also features Richard Bradford, Ron Leibman, Abe Vigoda, Chris Lemmon, Bill Irwin, Don "Father Guido Sarducci" Novello, Irene Worth, Elizabeth Ashley, and ex-boxing champ Joe Frazier in a cameo role, opens Friday. - "Honestly, I think that's one of the reasons Andy sought me out he understands how devoted I am to my family," she says. "That was an important aspect of me not only how I work professionally, but about me as a person. I think that's one of the reasons I actually ended up in the movie." How important is family to MacDowell? Important enough for her to pack up her three children, her rancher husband Paul Qualley, See ANDIE Page YT-2

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