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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

April 27, 1999


THE PLACE: Donald Trump's fabled manse and guest resort, Mar-­A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla.

THE SCENE: Breakfast on the terrace.

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Best-selling co-authors Monica Lewinsky and Andrew Morton, enjoying each other's company over scrambled eggs or whatever.

ACTION: Donald Trump himself comes upon the pair and accepts their invitation to take a load off.

THE UPSHOT: Andrew, who also worked with the late Princess Di on a best-selling book, says he wants to pen Donald's future bio. "It would be nice if they got you right for once," he remarks, according to one report. Also, Donald asks Monica to serve as a judge at the next Miss Universe pageant, of which he is the proprietor. (Later, Donald will deny he issued any such invite, while admitting that the idea is "wonderful.")

THE PLACE: Petra, the ancient monumental city located in Jordan.

THE SCENE: Somewhere amid the tombs, mummies and other brlc-a-brac.

PRINCIPAL CHARACTER: Georgette Mosbacher, super-wealthy cosmetics lady.

ACTION: Georgette's archeological reverie is interrupted by the sound of someone with a lisp crying, "Georgette! Georgette!"
Enter Barbara Walters, who is touring the site in tandem with Queen Noor.

THE UPSHOT: The three gals have a nice chat about the lovely yacht on which Georgette has been seen cruising around the Red Sea, according to a "spy" who then turns around and retails the story to the New York Post.

GIVE OUR REGARDS TO BROADWAY: Now that we've apprised you of the precise means by which people who could buy and sell you many times over tend to put in their time, check out what musical-stage star Patti Lupone has to say about her latest brainstorm - namely, producing a musical-stage version of "The Dead," the James Joyce story already cinematized by the late, great John Huston.

“Everybody who reads it wants to be in it," Patti tells a reporter at the New York Daily News. "But producers are afraid of it. Nobody wants to take a chance. The landowners on Broadway don't have the vision. They'd rather pull shows that have already become successful in London." And they call themselves landowners!

MORE FROM THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Meantime, Pierre Cossette - who is one of the producers of the recent Broadway extravaganza, "The Civil War" - handily fields free-floating objections to the fact that the show's stars wear flesh-covered face microphones to ensure that every syllable they sing or say will reach the folks in the back row.

"Gone are the days when singers like Al Jolson, John Raitt and Ethel Merman would come in and belt out a song with no mike," Pierre observes. "We have 27 musicians in the pit, playing loud, brassy arrangements. If the performers weren't miked, either the arrangements would have to be quieter, or there would be a shouting contest on stage each night.” That sounds like fun. "We certainly can't have that." And why can't we?

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: You know perfectly well that Ed Harris has been tapped to portray the great abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock in an upcoming film, but we bet it's news to you that Val Kilmer has been inked for a cameo role as Jackson's fellow-artiste, Willem de Kooning.

MORE ABOUT Di: We would be remiss if we didn't mention that James Hewitt, the British military fellow who notoriously had an extramarital liaison with the Princess of Wales, has a volume coming out. "The book is not just about his affair with Diana," James' agent points out. "It's his autobiography, and it's a very good story." And that's exactly why we'll wait for the movie.

WORDS TO LIVE BY: We're also noticing a report that Tom Wolfe and Steve Martin recently read aloud from their latest books at some kind of New York do, an occasion upon which Steve made the following observation to an inquiring reporter. “At this point, my worth is not tied to acting - I could take it or leave it," he mused. "I can't say the same thing about writing. If I had to choose, I would say right now that my worth was tied to writing.” Memo to Steve: Just don't let them make you write a celebrity news column.

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

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