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Names in the news - April 10, 2007

April 10th, 2007 12:06 am by Staff Report



NEW YORK - Tobey Maguire, star of "Spider-Man 3," isn't sure he'd play the superhero a fourth time.


"I appreciate movies from a standpoint of entertainment and distraction, and I also love when people make movies that help raise awareness," says the 31-year-old actor, whose films also include "The Cider House Rules" and "Seabiscuit."


"I don't really have a lot of formed ideas. It's more just thoughts," he tells Men's Journal in its May issue, on newsstands Tuesday. "I might do another ‘Spider-Man' movie - I don't know."


Maguire says "Spider-Man 3" has a "fresh story" for his character.


"The public is adoring him, and it goes to his head. He's behaving arrogantly and is self-involved, which changes the feeling of the character for me. And it just gets darker from there," he says.


Maguire says he talks to the media to publicize his movies - "I don't feel compelled to share anything."


"I used to prepare to go to battle with journalists," he tells the magazine. "Now I don't have my feet planted. I won't talk about what I won't talk about, but I'm more relaxed about it."


Maguire says he began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 19 because his life had become oddly predictable.


"I have an addictive nature," he says, "an obsessive-compulsive nature - well, I don't know that's what it is clinically. But I go to addictive extremes, and before I got sober, that became routine."


Maguire is engaged to Jennifer Meyer, a 29-year-old jewelry designer. They have a 5-month-old daughter, Ruby Sweetheart.


"When she smiles, it's the most fantastic thing ever," he says. "But it's not like I didn't expect that. I expected to fall completely in love with my child."


Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man 3" opens May 4.


LOS ANGELES - Kevin James, who stars on "The King of Queens," credits the success of the long-running sitcom to staying under the radar.


"It may have worked for us because people kinda left us alone," the 41-year-old actor said in a recent conference call. "You know, when they tapped us on the shoulder and we looked up, it was nine years later. We never really were that shiny show, but we're a simple show - and that's something that I'm proud of."


The 200th episode of the blue-collar comedy, which stars James as deliveryman Doug Heffernan and Leah Remini as his secretary-wife, Carrie, was to air Monday night on CBS. The series ends next month.


"It didn't really hit me until shooting the last episode, I gotta be honest," James said. "It was a nice milestone, the 200th episode, but it doesn't really affect you until you realize that you're not going to be seeing these people on a regular basis."


James said the series, which shows the Heffernans as they cope with life in the New York City borough of Queens, is relatable.


"We just had a magical combination in the way that we had everybody in the right place at the right time," he said. "It was a simple story, and for some reason, people identified with it."


Producers opted against any special anniversary theme for the 200th episode. The Heffernans find out how their best friends can afford a vacation home when they can't.


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