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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
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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

August 1, 2000

Barbra tix bankrupt fans

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

BARBRAMANIA: Word having gone around that Barbra Streisand will put on four "farewell" concerts, two in New York and two in L.A., her fans turned out in droves the other day to snap up ducats for her Madison Square Garden shows, which are scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28. The tix were gone in two hours.

"I just wasted my total bank account to see her," one woman told a reporter after shelling out cash for two seats priced at $1,500 apiece.

We hereby call on Barbra, who is enormously wealthy, to give this impecunious fan a rebate.

TIGER RAG: Recently we mentioned that Elizabeth Hurley was in dutch with the Screen Actors Guild for appearing in an Estee Lauder commercial shoot while the guild was on strike. Now we hear that golfing phenom Tiger Woods is also in trouble with the union, in his case for appearing in a General Motors ad.

“It was an extremely tough situation," Tiger says in a statement, "but I have relationships to uphold with my sponsors who have supported me over the years. This is in no way a stance against the union." It's merely a conscious decision to cross the picket line, and that, somehow, is different.

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AND THE STARS: We are accustomed to sharing items with you about how this or that celebrity has ordered up, say, $9,243.33 worth of top-of-the-line exercise equipment, the better to keep those high-profile abs and pecs in the best possible shape. The New York Post puts a new wrinkle (if you will) on the subject by rumoring that Jessica Sklar, a.k.a. Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld, recently took delivery of 1,000 pounds of the stuff.

In tenuously related news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Courtney Love recently ran afoul of her exercise equipment, resulting in an ankle injury that has sidelined her from the upcoming production of "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars," in which Courtney was to appear in a dual role as Eleanor Roosevelt and Indira Ghandi.

IS IT GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS? YOU BE THE JUDGE: It is gossip dowager Liz Smith's sad duty to report that Joe Eszterhas, the "Basic Instinct" screenwrlter who recently got back on the cultural radar with a tell-all tome titled "American Rhapsody," had to cancel his tour in support of the book because the docs said his pregnant missus has to take it easy.

SOCIAL AWARNESS, ETC.: And then there are those who think Rebecca Romijn-Stamos looked entirely too naked in "X-Men," even though she was quite thoroughly covered in expensive body makeup. (It just so happened the purpose of the body makeup was to make her look naked.)

"I felt very covered up actually," Rebecca tells People mag. "I didn't feel naked, even though I looked naked. It's just how Mystique (that's the name of her X-character) prefers to be. In terms of her morphing capabilities, clothes would get in the way. So it’s a convenience thing."

Yet Rebecca hastens to add that it shouldn't be a trick-or-treating thing.

"I'm actually trying to convince mothers not to let their daughters go out as Mystique this Halloween," she observes.

NAME THAT POOCH: Here's a report saying Kate Hudson, whose mom is Goldie Hawn, is currently pitching woo with Chris Robinson, who is the frontman for the Black Crowes, the world's most highly paid Led Zeppelin cover band. Chris even accompanied Kate to the Santa Monica, Calif., set of her upcoming pic, "The Cutting Room," along with Kate's dog.

What is the dog's name?

A: Courtney Love.

B. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

C: Clara Bow.

Nice try, but the answer is C

KATHIE LEE AFTERMATH: Kathie Lee Gifford having bade adieu to all the fans she's garnered during her years in syndication with Regis Philbin, here's a report saying that some woman named Julie Moran who does on-camera turns for "Entertainment Tonight" spent Kathie Lee's last couple of days madly trying to position herself as the next first name to be linked in a title to Regis's.

What the New York Daily News reports is that Julie interviewed Kathie Lee on Monday but was still making a pest of herself around the set on Wednesday, even managing to wangle a few precious moments of air time.

"Julie is not positioning herself for anything," ripostes Julie's "rep," whose name is Leslie Sloane-Zelnik, "because she's very happy at 'ET.' Her friend Kathie Lee gave her an exclusive interview and asked her to spend the week here. Regis brought Julie on stage because that's what Regis does."

CELEBRITY DERRING-DO: We gaze into our crystal ball to see that this Sunday a person named Lloyd Edwards will write in to Parade's Walter Scott wanting to know if it's true that Tom Cruise did his own hazardous mountain-climbing stunts in the summer semi-blockbuster, "M:I-2."

"Tom did all his stunts on that scene," Walter gets executive producer Terence Chang to explain, "hanging off a cliff 2,000 feet up. John Woo (he's the fellow who directed the movie) wanted to do the shot in one take, but Tom made him do it eight times. Sometimes he was assisted by a wire, which was removed digitally in the editing. Usually, a studio won't let a star do dangerous stunts, but Tom was the producer of the film, and he insisted. He loves heights? And loves being stupid, we guess.

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

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