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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

September 28, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

TALKING CELEBRITIES (1): Taking our luminaries in order of descending importance and clout, we start off with that gigantic movie star, Kevin Costner, who makes this remark to People mag regarding his new baseball film, "For Love of the Game."

"When I first read this," Kevin recalls, referring to the original script for the pic, "It didn't track right. But when I was ready, I took it, and hopefully you like the end result." We haven't seen it yet, Kevin, although it's way up there on our list of things to do.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (2): Now that Bruce Willis has pulled an Amazing Kreskin with his faltering career by starring in the mega-successful, very thoughtful motion picture, "The Sixth Sense," he gets to keep gossip dowager Liz Smith apprised of his doings.

"I haven't worked since July," Bruce tells Liz, "and I intend to take the rest of the year off." Sounds rough.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (3): Meantime, no less a movie star than Michael Douglas talks to a New York Daily News reporter about the mother and father of his current light of love, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

"Catherine's family has such a thick Welsh accent," Michael says, "that I don't think I'm going to be able to understand a thing they say."

We wonder what part of "You're awfully old and jowly to be going out with our beautiful young daughter" he'll find unintelligible.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (4): Next up is noted Shakespearean actor turned run-of-the-mill movieland doofus Kenneth Branagh, who, on the occasion of an advance screening of his latest work, "Love's Labor's Lost," makes a statement about this deal where he and his girlfriend, actress Helena Bonham Carter - for whose sake, you will recall, Kenneth ditched his wife, Oscar winner Emma Thompson - have decided to call it quits.

"It's very sad," Kenneth observes. 'It was mutual, no one else involved. We remain great friends."

We feel much better, then.

"That's the truth"

Ken, we believe you. Calm down.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (5): It may very well be that Sting is a much bigger star than Kenneth Branagh and accordingly should precede him in this column - but since we don't care much either way, you're getting Sting now.

Specifically, the high-profile rocker tells an inquiring journalist that he's planning to spend New Year's, appropriately enough, in New York.

"If you're going to be in the countryside for New Year's Eve," Sting reflects, "there are many choices. But for a city there's simply no other choice. I'm an Englishman in New York."

TALKING CELEBRITIES (6): In terms of clout, etc., we're already approaching the bottom of the barrel as we bring you a remark Mathew Modine recently made to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, who ran into him at a screening of "Double Jeopardy," even though Mathew doesn't even appear in said flick.

"I seldom go to these openings,' Mathew claims. "I live in a quiet area upstate and go to the little neighborhood theater to see my movies. That's the fun, to see it with strangers. Look, I live very simply. I don't even have a TV set." Well, we're not giving you ours.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (7): Can it get any worse? Yes, it can. Here's someone named Michael Bergin, who appears on the television program "Baywatch" - or rather, here's an unnamed friend of his talking to a reporter about Michael's prospects as a father.

It seems Michael had a "brief fling with a makeup artist" who now is great with his child, according to what this person has to say.

"Michael doesn't think of her as his girlfriend," the friend explains, "but he is excited about the baby and he'll be a wonderful father." Sometimes it's actually better for the child if the mother and father barely know each other.

TALKING CELEBRITIES (8): Mick Jagger, in propria persona, would appear way up on our list of top celebs, but the mother of his most recent out-of-wedlock child, model Luciana Morad, doesn't rate nearly as highly - thus her position here at the bottom of the column.

"I think it's very sad when any couple breaks up," Luciana says when asked for her views on Mick's divorce from Jerry Hall, a distressing event that roughly coincided with the revelation that Luciana was having Mick's baby, "especially when there are children involved. But I don't think a marriage breakup is due to one factor. I wouldn't think I was responsible for their breakup, and, anyway, I don't think their marriage is any of my business. I really don't think about it." Not thinking
about it doesn't seem to preclude talking about it, which is as it should be.

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

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