WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Bob Newhart wants to get a laugh, he does stand-up. But when he's starring in a sitcom, he's content to let others get the laughs.
In a recent interview with AP Radio, Newhart, 71, said he told his TV wife Mary Frann that without them, "Newhart" would be "just a bunch of zanies running around doing crazy things."
"We're the glue that keeps it working," he said.
"The Bob Newhart Show" -- on which he played psychologist Bob Hartley -- ran for six seasons during the '70s. Then he was innkeeper Dick Loudon on "Newhart," which was on the air for eight years. Two later series were comparative duds: "Bob," which ran for 33 episodes, and "George & Leo."
"Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man" is the title of an A&E Biography airing Sunday. Newhart stars in "How Doc Waddems Finally Broke a 100," a satire about the rules of fair play in golf and life, which also airs Sunday on Showtime's new anthology series "The Sports Pages."
Zeta-Jones didn't mind making movie pregnant
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Catherine Zeta-Jones says she wasn't afraid to make Steven Soderbergh's drug-war drama "Traffic" while she was six months pregnant.
In fact, she told reporters recently, the experience "liberated" her.
"I called Steve and said, 'Look, I have some private information to share with you. Firstly, I would love to do the movie, but secondly, I'm pregnant and you can't tell anybody. But what about me playing the role pregnant?'
"He went away, came back within a few hours and said, 'I think you're right. We could really use it. It would give her a vulnerability and up the stakes."'
Zeta-Jones, 31, plays the pampered wife of a San Diego drug kingpin who doesn't know what her husband does for a living.
Her real-life husband, Michael Douglas, also stars in the film, which expanded nationwide Friday. The two never share the screen, though.
Coen looking for animal rights people
NEW YORK (AP) -- Where were the animal rights people when the frog was being squished in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" That's what director Joel Coen wants to know.
Turns out the frog that John Goodman clobbers in the movie wasn't a real frog anyway. But Coen said the Humane Society was worried about a cow that is hit by a car. The cow wasn't real, either, but Coen said he had to prove it was computer-generated.
"The cow was completely created digitally," he said. "The special-effects company studied rodeo films of cows being roped and then dragged down on the ground to see what would happen if it got hit by a car."
Beck to remake Bowie song for movie
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Beck is remaking a David Bowie song for the upcoming film "Moulin Rouge."
He'll do a cover of "Diamond Dogs" for the Baz Luhrmann movie, which takes place in turn-of-the-century France but features modern music. Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor star.
"It's supposed to be completely fun and outrageous and strange, totally new," Beck said about the movie in an AP Radio interview Wednesday. "I haven't seen it yet, but I'm excited."
Beck's "Midnight Vultures" is nominated for a Grammy for album of the year.
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