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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

August 10, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY BEEFCAKE: As Ricky Martin continues to be the most important human being in history, the latest deal is that the current ish of W magazine is offering photos of the Latin lothario in a state of at least partial deshabille.

“This is Ricky at home," the singer tells the mag by way of commenting on the spread. "I go home to purify and not to feel judged. At home, it's T-shirts and slippers. Onstage it's much more makeup and gel, if you know what I mean." We don't, but that's fine with us.

FLACK'S JOB HANGS BY A THREAD: One day recently, a man who does publicity work for Michael Douglas and is named Allen Bury decided to be coy with the New York Post over whether his client and his client's latest girlfriend, Catherine Zeta-Jones, are going to announce engagement plans when they throw themselves a dual birthday bash in September.

"Well, September's a long way away," Allen said.

FLACK'S JOB HANGS BY A THREAD, PART 2: The very next day, Allen apparently felt constrained to clarify matters in the pages of USA Today.

"They're celebrating their mutual birthdays," Allen says, in a markedly different tone of voice, "and that's it. They're not engaged ... and have no plans to become engaged."

PROPER CELEBRITY ATTITUDE: People, like us, who make a living by providing the public with non-news on big celebrities should give an award to Brooke Shields, who continues to cooperate by airing her ex-marital laundry in a most gratifying manner.

"I'd come home from work and want to rant and rave about what happened on the set that day," Brooke tells Mirabella magazine with reference to her problems with soon-to-be-ex-husband Andre Agassi, "and it would be just noise to him. Meanwhile, he'd come home, and there'd be nobody in the hotel room." Surely there was a mint on his pillow, at least?

CELEBRITY ATTITUDE THAT LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED: We wish we could offer a similar endorsement of Keanu Reeves, but he is letting us all down when it comes to information about his impending fatherhood. While admitting that such a blessed event is in the pipeline, so to speak, he directs his spokeswoman to name no names.

"She's not a public figure," that person says of the pregnant person in question, "and there's no need to draw more attention than necessary to her at this time." Apparently Keanu and his people have never heard of a little thing called the First Amendment.

NEWS THAT MAKES LITTLE, IF ANY, SENSE: A report crosses our desk to the effect that Paul McCartney has plans to be in Hollywood Sept. 18 for the purpose of giving a Linda McCartney Award for work on animal rights to Pamela Anderson Lee.

CRUISE 'EYES' HIGH ELECTIVE OFFICE?: Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, creator of "Boogie Nights," is understandably pleased to have received a telephone call from Tom Cruise, saying he might like to appear in Paul's next flick, "Magnolia."

"It's like getting a phone call from the president," Paul tells a reporter. "If he hadn't called I just would have assumed he wasn't gettable for me."

TALK, TALK, TALK: One famous person who was especially conspicuous by his absence at Tina Brown's Talk magazine launch party on Liberty Island a couple of weeks ago is Donald Trump. That's not to say, though, that he wasn't invited - far from it.

"I've got my invitation in front of me," he assures a columnist. "They called me four times asking if I'd come. But I wouldn't - because I'm a huge fan of Rudy." (Apparently Donald's reference is to Rudolph Giuliani, currently the mayor of New York City and a possible competitor if and when Talk cover girl Hillary Clinton runs for senator.) "They're just trying to hype this party even further."

MEDICAL NEWS: By the way, Madonna was spotted at the Talk fest with one of her ankles out of commission, having, she said, "twisted it at Sting and Trudie's house in Tuscany."

Sting and Trudie who?

“I wasn't looking when I was walking down the steps." An old medical adage comes to mind: Don't do that.

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

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