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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

March 9, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

INDUSTRY NOTES: Not the least interesting tidbit to arise from that thing a few days ago where Barbara Walters gave Monica Lewinsky a good going-over on TV was a subsequent rumor that the former intern might be tapped to replace Debbie Matenopolous as a commentator on Barbara's daily TV hen session, “The View."

"I think she'd be great in the co-host's seat," no less an authority than "View" executive producer Bill Geddie maintained at the time. "She's the right age, and has the right experience - and it's seriously crossed our minds ... If she is interested."

ON THE OTHER HAND: Unfortunately, it wasn't long before Barbara herself was directing a serious stream of cold water on this idea.

"There is absolutely no way Monica will become a part of 'The View,’" she informed a scribe at the New York Daily News.

"View” co-host Star Jones, Barbara explained, "said something on the air about Monica joining, and it was a joke that took on a life of its own. But I can promise you, Monica is not going to be on 'The View.'"

CELEBRITY YOUNGSTERS: Let's look over gossip dowager Liz Smith's shoulder as she gets Freddie Prinze Jr., star of "She's All That," to talk about the nature of his existence now that stardom has dawned. For instance, Liz wants to know, has fame 'n' success changed his life and the way his friends treat him?

"No, not really," Freddie says. "My friends are solid people, and we all love each other. As for me, I still play video games and miniature golf and watch the Cartoon Network." However, he only wears footie pajamas on school nights.

CELEBRITY YOUNGSTERS, CONTINUED: Did you know that Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe, co-stars in the new film "Cruel Intentions," are not only a hot-and-heavy item but expecting a child? Admittedly, this news won't likely go over real well with the hurray-for-chastity crowd.

"They're planning on getting married in the next few months," offers Reese's spokesman, much to everyone's relief.

ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE HUMANITIES: TV producer Peter Isacksen is understandably proud of his recent Fox program, “Opening the Lost Tombs: Live From Egypt," during which excavators brought to light a skeleton and a mummy, obviating invidious comparisons to Geraldo Rivera's unhappy effort with Al Capone's safe a few years ago.

"We'd love to do a second special," Peter tells USA Today, adding that this first go-round "was very important for network TV. We put on an event that sugarcoated the education pill."

And, really, isn't sugarcoating the education pill what it's all about?

"The numbers grew through the evening," Peter goes on. "That means there's more to TV than just merely pushing the pleasure button." But the latest crop of sitcoms already proved that.

A FOOTNOTE: Speaking of Geraldo, here's an item saying he wants to take six months off from his standoff with Tom Brokaw to sail around the world in his 70-foot yacht, with his wife and kids along to batten down the hatches and reef the mainsail, etc.

ANOTHER FOOTNOTE: Speaking of patently unsavory individuals, word is that former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato is going to write an advice-to-the-lovelorn column for some magazine.

NEWS UPDATE: Years have gone by since Sarah, the Duchess of Fergie, was photographically caught in flagrante delicto with a Texas financier who showed a special interest in her toes. Now, at long last, Sarah has something to say about the matter.

"I was legally separated at the time," she points out in an interview in Ladies Home Journal. "We weren't doing anything wrong. It wasn't sordid, it wasn't awful." Well, it was maybe a little bit sordid.

WORDS OF WISDOM: You remember Shannen Doherty as the vixenish young woman who made a big splash years ago on the TV show "Beverly Hills 90210” and at the same time was constantly popping up in columns like this one as the author of one bizarre piece of public misbehavior after another. Today, as the star of "Charmed," she seems to have turned over a new leaf.

"Not working as much for the past five years was really important to me," she tells a reporter. "I needed to gather myself, focus on who I was and who I wanted to be and how I wanted to conduct myself. I don't think you can do that when you're consumed by work every single day, because that gives you an excuse to hide within yourself." That's what we keep trying to tell our editors, to no avail.

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

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