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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

April 11, 2000

'Charlie's Angels' movie: Dispiriting news for old-time fans

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

Rumors that Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith - are going to make cameo appearances in the big new theatrical-movie version of the TV chestnut, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, are simply not true. Sorry.

MUCH BETTER NEWS: You remember this thing where Nicolas Cage got married to Patricia Arquette and they proceeded to be seen arm in arm at all the big entertainment functions for a year or two, then it turned out they had actually gotten separated about 20 minutes after telling the justice of the peace thank you very much? Now they're back together, according to what one gossip scribe says in the New York Daily News. On the other hand, Nic's "rep" - who sounds like a truly surly individual -declines to make any comment on the matter.

BACK TO THE BAD NEWS: The latest celebrity medical reports have it that Mariah Carey recently was hospitalized for tummy trouble after eating some marginal clams.

THE NEWS IMPROVES AGAIN, IF ONLY A BIT: Yet according to USA Today, chances were thought to be at least fair that Mariah would be well enough to tape a scheduled VH1 tribute to Diana Ross.

"They (the medicos) have assured us," says Cindi Berger, who makes such statements to the press on Mariah's behalf, "that she will be out of the hospital in time to perform," which is quite a relief.

OOPS, MORE BAD NEWS: Does a report that Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern - whose "reps" denied for ages on end that there was anything romantic going on between them in the first place - have "ended their relationship" counterbalance the good news from the Cage-Arquette household?

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Linda Florentino is appearing in a new movie with Paul Newman called "Where the Money Is." Also, she recently inked a pact to portray Georgia O'Keeffe in an upcoming pic. Georgia O'Keeffe was

  1. The woman who played opposite Walter Brennan in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People."
  2. The woman who played Trixie on "The Honeymooners" before Joyce Randolph came in as her replacement.
  3. A very famous artist based in New Mexico.

GOOD NEWS THAT TURNS BAD ALL OF A SUDDEN: One is tantalized by a report that Leonardo DiCaprio was mulling a part in the next "Star Wars" installment, but one's enthusiasm is almost instantly dashed by this statement from Leo spokesman Ken Sunshine:

"He met with George Lucas," the Sunshine man allows, "but he is definitely unavailable." So the meeting was basically what you might call a farce, it sounds like. (By the way, the answer to the O'Keeffe question is 3.)

THOSE WITH SHORT ATTENTION SPANS NEED NOT APPLY: And here's a longish tidbit concerning this big deal of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's where they want to offer fledgling writers a leg up via the Internet.

"We're putting up a Web site where anybody who has a screenplay can submit it," Matt explains to a reporter. The only rule is that you have to read two other screenplays and rate them. Once we get down to a certain number of finalists, we're going to read them and pick five. They'll shoot five minutes of their movie on digital cameras. The one we choose will get a $1 million budget from Miramax to make their movie." Sounds like a lot of trouble to go through for a measly one mil.

PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: Some people (we don't happen to be among them) are intrigued by rumors that Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey have mended their romantic fences, assuming that they once were a romantic item to begin with, a fact that is not perfectly clear. Regardless, Matthew uses the gossip as an opportunity to expound on certain matters.

"Look, I want to find the love of my life and have a family," he says, "but right now I'm single. I don't understand the whole time-clock thing. Maybe for women, but not for men. And the one thing I've learned about myself is that if there's expectations about when I need to do something, that's the one sure way of getting me not to do it."

Matthew, remember - don't go down to the post office today and send us a check for several thousand dollars in care of this newspaper.

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

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