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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
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"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
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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
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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
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Queen rewards Tina Brown for demoralizing American readers
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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"
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Innovative career move for 'NYPD Blue' co-star
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Tina Brown held captive in desert by demanding children
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Oscar telecast: Looking for a few good hosts
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Brad Pitt, Oscar to be in same room at same time
Letterman bites guest-host bullet: Andrew "Dice" Clay, call your agent
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"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
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Gossip queen goes to bat for Talk mag
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Jodie Foster's people in mild tiff with CBS
A Peanuts trivia Q&A
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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
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Tom Cruise puts himself in harm's way, only not really
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1600-1700: The earth moves; North America is settled
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Brad Pitt gracious about character assassination
Director insists Harrison Ford is not a brainless hulk
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Literary mud wrestling, featuring Geri and The Spice Girls
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Celebrity coyness is bustin' out all over
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Close encounters of the Muppet kind
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Kathie Lee's eyewear excites Islanders' ire
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Sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein: Fun, Fun, Fun
An expert's verdict:" Austin Powers" is pretty neat
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Killer serials: "Flash," "Buck" and a boy named George Lucas
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Two divas, publicist form bizarre show-biz triangle
Johnny Cash tribute: Ring of fire, ring of friends
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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
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June 15, 1999
AN EXPERT'S VERDICT: 'AUSTIN POWERS' IS PRETTY NEAT
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
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