Monday, February 7, 2005

‘E.R.’ Star Wants On-Screen Romance With ‘Will & Grace’ Pal

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – E.R. and Will & Grace share the same network and the same night and now one E.R. cast member would like her character to share a bed with one of Will & Grace’s cast members.

Laura Innes – who plays lesbian hospital administrator Dr. Kerry Weaver on E.R. – is hoping her character has a romantic relationship soon and admits her top choice is Karen Walker, the wild and crazy character played by Megan Mullally on Will & Grace.

Innes has reasons for wanting the couch potato cross- pollination that are more personal than ratings-oriented: She went to Northwestern University with Mullally and they have been friends for years.

She says her success has been especially gratifying when she’s at an event and sees former college pals like Mullally and Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and C.S.I.’s Marg Helgenberger there as well.

There no plans for Innes and Mullally to get together anytime soon but it’s just as well. Innes is busy acting and directing including an episode of The West Wing that airs this Wednesday (Feb. 9).
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Gigantic Las Vegas Fountain Has Chocolaty Taste

LAS VEGAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You would think dealing with a lot of chocolate would be a fun experience, but for one Las Vegas pastry chef who has designed a three-story high chocolate fountain, it turned out to be a disaster.

Jean-Philippe Maury says it was a “very tough and long process” to create the free-standing fountain of melted chocolate, which is currently displayed at the Bellagio Hotel/Casino.

The mammoth sugary structure took a year and a half to design and build. It stands 27-feet high and circulates nearly two tons of melted dark, milk and white chocolate through a maze of 25 suspended glass vessels.

Maury says it was very difficult to find the right consistency for the chocolate so it wasn’t too thick or thin and to keep the vessels warm enough so the chocolate would flow smoothly.

Still, Maury is proud of what he’s done and says it’s “beautiful” and is “something that has never been done.”

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