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Pop Culture: Articles for the Scripps Howard News Service & "Seen, Heard, Said"

Why the top-365-songs list isn't a stupid idea

Actors sink their teeth into vampire roles

Gregory Corso: My encounter with a Beat legend

Golden Globes: Sleazy and proud of it

In the offing, Clinton continent looms

"NYPD Blue" opener: The misery continues

 New movie genre: Reclusive authors anonymous

"West Wing," "Ally," et al.: Words, words, words

When TV shows outstay their welcome

Film critics dig their own graves with "Angels" review

Great Robert Altman films you never
heard of

Famous folk, next week in the arts, show business briefs

"Time regained": Proust in the multiplex

Glitterati is dead, long live Popfocus

Carl Barks: The man who put the ducks in Duckburg

"Almost Famous": Lester Bangs rises from the dead

Liz Hurley wins in war of words with Jane mag

Douglas poses with Zeta-Jones, and baby-makes three

Weddings that aren't: Douglas, Zeta-Jones, Madonna, Ritchie

The Emmy War: A half-century of coast-to-coast feuding

Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the Iglesias odds

It's raining books by and about Trumps

What's in a mane? Blond woman in the news

Liz Hurley denies dissing ex-beau

Rock Hall of Infamy: Anti-heroes from Elvis to Eminem

Barbra tix bankrupt fans

Laurels for Kathie Lee to rest on

Hillary "In bed" with De Niro, Cruise, Kidman

How "Sopranos," "West Wing" will divvy up awards

This just in: Donald Trump is not a dope

Walter Matthau: A rumpled old dog in the heart of the city

Sampras to take a stroke at wedding bells

Who wants to host "Monday Night Football"?

Queen rewards Tina Brown for demoralizing American readers

How the Korean War cane to TV land 20 years late

Ivanka Trump: From catwalk to commencement line

Lester Bangs: The troublesome punk who wouldn't die

Rags clash over Ted Turner "romance"

With straight face, Trump deems Marla's move "tacky"

"Friends" re-up for another season of top ratings, top money

Madonna in denial, and rightly so

"Suburbia": The continental subdivide

Howard Stern, Sly Stallone in bizarre, apocryphal triangle

Easter video viewing: "Spartacus" to "Harvey"

Billy’s in the news: Bob, Joel in love but not with other

"Charles's Angels" movie: Dispiriting news for old-time fans

Innovative career move for 'NYPD Blue' co-star

Top model: Why I gave oldish rocker husband the heave-ho

Unpleasantville: The awful truth about old-time TV families

Tina Brown held captive in desert by demanding children

Anybody's Oscar: Unusually suspenseful awards show looms

Oscar telecast: Looking for a few good hosts

"Lambs," "Beauty": Oscar's love affair with unacceptable behavior

Brad Pitt, Oscar to be in same room at same time

Letterman bites guest-host bullet: Andrew "Dice" Clay, call your agent

Seinfeld eyes East Hampton manse: Where's the welcome wagon?

"Mod Squad" Immortal dishes couple du jour

Brad Pitt's second thoughts about Oscar

Mike McCurry praises "West Wing": It's not entirely demeaning,,,"

Memo to "Hannibal" producers: Get Najimy while the getting's good

Don't Invite Gwyneth and Oscar to the same party

True or false: Douglas, Zeta-Jones don't even know each other

Ex-Clinton honcho linked to ex-"Cheers" costar

Third party cited in Trump-Knauss breakup

 Gossip queen goes to bat for Talk mag

20th century's No. 1 hit: "Satisfaction" hits the spot

Statement: Spice girl's marital problems insoluble

Charlie Brown, Pogo and me

From Howdy to Charlie Brown, we hate to say goodbye

The Beatle George: While his guitar gently weeps

Jodie Foster's people in mild tiff with CBS

A Peanuts trivia Q&A

Publicist: Boyle still joined at hip

There's video in your future and future in your video

"The future is now": Hit rewind

Whitney Houston presides over confluence of talent

Jim Carrey's flack earns A "D," Cher's A "B-minus"

Geraldo: bye-bye, doghouse

Michael Douglas does nothing much, reporters go wild

Ricky Martin on Menudo: Look back in anger

How to outsmart Halloween crowds at the video store

Tom Cruise puts himself in harm's way, only not really

1800-1900: Steaming towards revolution

1700-1800: Liberty, equality and bloodshed

1600-1700: The earth moves; North America is settled

Trump mulls travel plans, from altar to White House

"Faces of Impressionism" Time machine made of canvas, paint

Major quakes aren't personal unless they happen to you

Brad Pitt gracious about character assassination

Director insists Harrison Ford is not a brainless hulk

Costner, Willis, Douglas. Branagh, Sting_ in that order

Streisand: Color her ready to plug her new album

Julia and Benjamin's rings devoid of significance, flack says

Literary mud wrestling, featuring Geri and The Spice Girls

Urgent news: Ford to replace Gibson on "GMA" eventually

She married a monster from outer space

Never mind Godzilla VS. Mothra, Here's Trump VS. Cronkite

Spurned by Pitt, Redford pays court to Damon

Celebrity coyness is bustin' out all over

"Detroit Rock City": Kiss of death

Talk is cheap? Not with Tina Brown at the helm

The Beats: Remembered, Lionized and Unread

Real estate beat, starring Woody Allen and Donald Trump

Mood Music, or how we learned to stop worrying

Sex in the cinema: From "Last Tango" to "Eyes Wide Shut"

Two easy steps to looking exactly like Ricky Martin

Close encounters of the Muppet kind

Upcoming Brad Pitt movie not garbage, insiders say

Kathie Lee's eyewear excites Islanders' ire

Back to the future, continued

"Wild Wild West": Buck Rogers in the 19th century

Sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein: Fun, Fun, Fun

An expert's verdict:" Austin Powers" is pretty neat

Click here for pointless celebrity gossip

P. Dempsey Tabler of the jungle: The many faces of Tarzan

Kirk Douglas' Ex tells all about Errol Flynn fling

New twist in TV programming: Ax profitable shows

Private jet fees spell the end for another celebrity union

Killer serials: "Flash," "Buck" and a boy named George Lucas

Top nonfiction books: A message from two old men

Celebrity Dream dreams: Monica, Donald, Barbara, Georgette

Two divas, publicist form bizarre show-biz triangle

Johnny Cash tribute: Ring of fire, ring of friends

Streisand employee really upset about rumors

Grande Dame Eyes MGM Grand Gig

Secretive celebs? Not by a long shot

NBC honcho bristles at notion that Brokaw is not a saint

Barbara Walters not keen on daily dose of Monica

"Seen, Heard, Said"

David Letterman, Donald Trump, Eddie Murphy, Elton John

Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Prince Charles, Maj, Ronald Ferguson, Fergie, Miranda Richardson, Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Axl Rose, Stephanie Seymour

June 15, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

BOX-OFFICE BONANZA: Everyone knows that "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" has turned into one of the year's biggest movie success stories, even acing "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" off the top of the charts.

Lest any presumptuous laypersons feel themselves tempted to wax analytical about it, though, USA Today is sagacious enough to go out and find a certified expert to say something.

"Austin Powers” is going to hold really well because this is a word-of-mouth picture," says Paul Dergarabedian, who works for a box-office tracking firm called Exhibitor Relations. "The movie is outrageous, so you want to see it again and drag other people to see it."

"People go to movies to escape," Paul goes on owlishly, "and 'Austin Powers' is providing the perfect escape. It's a character that has become an icon and has really captured people's imagination, old and young."

Thanks for your insight, Paul. One question: How do you spell "Dergarabedian"?

FASHION NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Gemutlichkeit czarina Martha Stewart raised some well-plucked eyebrows not long ago by showing up at a White House state dinner dressed in a rose-pink pantsuit.

"Martha felt it was appropriate," Susan Magrino, who is employed by Martha as a spokeslady, explains to a reporter, "and she said a number of people complimented her on it.”

Nor is this all.

"She's not running for office," observes W magazine editor Merle Ginsberg. "She's not Hillary Clinton; she doesn't have to play by the rules. How cool is it for someone of her stature, who lives in a relatively conservative universe in terms of her image, to have fun!" So, really, it's the feel-good story of the year.

CELEBRITY CLOSURE: Ordinary people like the ones who read this column may imagine that it's no one's business what Brooke Shields thoughts are concerning her separation from Andre Agassi, but gossip dowager Liz Smith and Brooke herself are wise enough to know that the public has a right to be made privy to such things.

"Andre and I really do love each other," Brooke tells Liz for the record, "and are so very close. We speak each day and are entirely supportive of one another. Our decision to end our marriage was mutual, and although it seems sad for now, it is for the best."

Thanks, Brooke, we feel much better.

"We have grown up together."

Brooke, stop, you're making us cry.

NEWS THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER: Now that Heather Locklear's old show, “Melrose Place," has gone the way of the stegosaur, word is that she's on the verge of inking a pact to appear as a regular in “Spin City.”

MORE NEWS THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER: According to one of his spokeswomen, Cristyne Lategano by name, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is trying to get publishers interested in paying him to write a diet book. "He's taken weight off and kept it off," explains Cristyne.

NEWS REPORTING PAR EXCELLENCE: A "well-placed source" assures the New York Daily News that Michael Douglas' current romantic obsession is with Catherine Zeta-Jones, the comely thespian now appearing in theaters opposite Sean Connery in "Entrapment." Not only that, but the same source says Michael is getting his old pal Danny DeVito to tell Catherine what a great guy he is.

Accordingly, the News gets Danny's flack, Stan Rosenfield, on the blower for a comment.

“I can't believe Michael Douglas would have any trouble expressing himself to her," Stan says.

On the other hand, Stan does allow that "Danny is one of Michael's best friends, so I don't imagine he'd mind saying something nice about him."

THE LITERARY LIFE: Now that her 22nd book, "Dangerous Kiss," is safely ensconced on bookstore shelves, what is Jackie Collins doing for relaxation and to recharge her batteries preparatory to writing No. 23?

"I just watched six years of 'Party of Five' episodes over the past month," she tells People mag. "I taped them all from 1994, but never had the time to watch because I was busy watching 'Beverly Hills 90210,' 'Melrose Place,' 'Friends,' 'Seinfeld' and 'NYPD Blue,' but now I'm up to date. I watched three a day, when I was having a bath or whatever. I became totally hooked." Which is exactly how William Faulkner took a breather when he was getting ready to write "Absolom, Absolom!

Roger Anderson is arts and entertainment editor at Scripps Howard News Service.

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