Though she announced some of the nominees for AOL’s Moviefone Moviegoer Awards, it seems Will & Grace star Debra Messing doesn’t go to many films. Or so it would seem, as she had trouble pronouncing three of the movie titles. Hotel Rwanda became “Hotel Rwinda,” Spike Lee’s She Hate Me came out “She Hates Me,” and The Polar Express turned into “The Polar Bear Express.” The latter, she said, is due to her 9-month-old son, Roman, whose favorite book is Polar Bear, Polar Bear. Messing appeared at the L.A. event with Dermot Mulroney, her costar in the upcoming romantic comedy The Wedding Date – and though it doesn’t open until Feb. 4, she was already on the lookout for an award at next year’s ceremony. “We could be nominated next year for best screen kiss, perhaps,” she said. Mulroney said jokingly: “There’s at least one (kiss), let’s put it that way. There might be four or five. I lost count after three.” Of her costar appearing on Will & Grace, Messing said, “He’s very elusive. But I would love to have him on the show. I would love any opportunity to work with him again.”
Speaking of redheads, we caught up with That ’70s Show’s Laura Prepon, and got the skinny on her new show, Hollywood Poker Night, airing in March on E!. Get the lowdown, and find out why her friends call her the “Red Dragon.”
What’s your involvement with Hollywood Poker Night?
Well, I created the show. It’s awesome. Basically, I play a ton of poker. We have a home game at my house almost every night. I watch a ton of poker. I watched Celebrity Showdown. I watched World Poker Tour, and those shows are rad. I love them. But I always wished they would show what really happens in a home game – the trash talking, the fighting and the laughing and everything that goes on. I always wished I could see that, so I created it myself and here we are. So we go into a celebrity’s house with him and his friends and they play for $10,000. Winner takes all. It’s not for charity. It’s good because you get to see the regular Joe, so to speak. Most celebs don’t need the money as much as their friends do. I have friends who come to my house and gamble their tip money to make their rent. One of them slept at my house for about two weeks. But, you know, whatever. It’s all in good fun.
Who else is playing?
There’s a bunch of people. I’m hosting a game. Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis and Seth Green are doing a game. We have Andy Dick hosting a game with Sara Rue. I want to get really cool, fun people because it’s not just sitting around a table hibernating like bears and not talking. It’s actually an amazing game. It’s super fun and I just want to show that.
So why are you the Red Dragon?
They say it’s because I’m scary at the table. But it’s only because I can hold my own and I can play.
Caught in the Act
• Pam Anderson with beau Stephen Dorff, Jenny McCarthy, Keri Russell and Rashida Jones, getting a SpaRitual manicure at Fred Segal Beauty at Village at the Lift during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival. But the celebs the daily crowds were most excited to see? Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder (Napoleon) and Efran Ramirez (Pedro), who pleased fans by chatting them up in character.
• Tim Robbins, dining with his theater group, The Actor’s Gang, at Morton’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Robbins, who indulged in the 24-oz. Porterhouse steak and raw oysters, used the gift certificate he got for winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last year (for Mystic River) to cover most of the meal.
• By NICK WHITE, DANA MELTZER and MARISA LAUDADIO