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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

October 12, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY DELUSIONS OF PERSECUTION: You, being an ordinary person, probably imagine that major movie stars never have a thing to worry about. If so, what Brad Pitt has to tell Rolling Stone magazine will wise you up in no time.

"I have someone who's gone out of their way to trash my character," Brad says, "and who's very good at it. I know why the person was doing it - out of defense, to save themselves, really. And maybe I've facilitated that. On the other hand, I don't have the East Coast vocabulary in which all I say is packaging."

His packaging-free vocabulary, really, is probably what got him in so much trouble in the first place.

NUDITY IN THE NEWS: What could be happier tidings than that Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, once very estranged indeed, are not only back together but are planning to get hitched all over again? Even happier tidings, perhaps, would be that they plan to stage the ceremony in the altogether.

"Being naked will make us all aware of how much a part of nature we really are," Pam reportedly explained to a British newspaper. Whereupon the New York Daily News contacts Pam's "rep" for comment.

"Pam and Tommy are engaged," this person confirms, "but anything beyond that I cannot comment on." So why are we even talking to you?

FROM SUDS TO BROADWAY: Susan Lucci, having finally been vindicated as a great actress by winning a long overdue Daytime Emmy for her role on "All My Children," is now ready for things that may not be bigger and better but are, at least, different. Specifically, she tells gossip dowager Liz Smith that she's going to replace Bernadette Peters for a three-week run on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun." Liz wonders aloud if Susan is scared.

"Not so much now as I was at first," Susan says, taking a deep breath. "The idea of taking over for Bernadette Peters, who is so brilliant, and then the audition, which was VERY scary. But I got the job, so I guess those vocal lessons I've been taking since the beginning of the year paid off. And I'm nuts about Tom Wopat.

Who could be scared knowing they're going to work with such a sensational guy?" If we had the faintest idea who Tom Wopat is, we're sure we would agree with her.

MR. MOODINESS: Speaking of Ben Affleck, first we have a report saying he was rude to reporters at a recent New York premiere, where he even had the unbelievable gall to whine that photographers' strobe lights were "bothering" him!

But then, in a textbook Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation, here he is talking very nicely to the New York Post about reports in the National Enquirer that he and Gwyneth Paltrow are going steady again.

"All I can say is that we're broken up," Ben patiently explains, "and we're friends and I'm happy with it that way."

But when he says that's "all he can say," it really isn't all he can say.

"I'm not going to comment on her life," Ben goes on, "and I HOPE she's not going to comment on mine." What if we told you she said you're a big booger?

ROMANCE, CONTINUED: You, like us, will be happy to hear that George Hamilton and the top-selling novelist Danielle Steel reportedly are an item.

But are they? Because here's the extent of what George will own up to when reached for comment by a journalist.

"She's a very, very special and kind person," he reflects, "and I really like her a lot."

A SUPERSTAR SIGHTING: Speaking of Liz Smith, she has it on good authority that no less a great actor than Marlon Brando made an appearance before "assembled guests and insiders of Hollywood" at the Creative Artists Agency not long ago. Not only that, she got someone who was there to say of Marlon, "He was lucid and eloquent as well as 'on fire.'" We were "on fire" once. Thank goodness someone "put us out."

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE: The beautiful actress Salma Hayek has been garnering notice lately for her role in the controversial Kevin Smith film, "Dogma." Someone from USA Today who was at the premiere ran into her and couldn't help remarking how "stunning" she is in the flick.

"I hope so!" Salvia replied. "I did my best - I did go on a diet for a little bit before the movie."

HAIR IN THE NEWS: Finally, here's word that Cameron Diaz was having problems with her hair as she passed through New York en route to a Vanity Fair cover shoot in Paris, a New York Post "spy". describing it as "torched nearly orange." Fortunately, a top hair colorist named Beth Minardi was on hand to set her to rights. "It wasn't really torched," Beth told the Post later. "Let's just say her hair was not singing any songs."

Singing hair? Sounds like a horror movie.

"She's a knockout girl," Beth explains, "she needs knockout hair." And we need a knockout ending for the column, but this will have to do.

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

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