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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 5, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

WE THINK HARRISON FORD SHOULD JUST DO ACTION PICTURES: Sydney Pollack, who just got done directing Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas in "Random Hearts," is pretty pleased with how the project turned out. He's especially thrilled with Harrison's performance.

"There's always three or four things going on all the time in a scene," Sydney tells USA Today, "and he does it beautifully. It always makes me crazy when somebody says, 'Well, I think Harrison Ford should just do action pictures.'" Cops, sorry.

ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PRONOUNCE 'HILFIGER'? Not long ago, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted ace designer Tommy Hilfiger as follows:

"My children don't wear my clothes. I don't want them wearing my clothes. I like my son dressed well, as opposed to baggy jeans and sweatshirts."

Apparently finding this statement both provocative and surprising, the New York Post gets an unnamed "rep for the all-American designer" to issue this disclaimer.

"What he said was that his kids don't wear the designs that have his name emblazoned on them," says "the rep." "And they don't wear his clothes to school, because they wear uniforms. Somehow, it got all mixed up. But certainly, the kids wear his clothes. Why wouldn't they?" Because his clothes look dumb?

ANOTHER ITEM ABOUT YOUNG PERSONS: Speaking of conflicting accounts of public behavior, here we have a whole stew of reports saying that songstress Britney Spears is going steady with Robbie Carrico of Boyz n' Girlz Unlimited, some kind of heart-throb group, just because the two of them were photographed recently cheek by jowl at a New York premiere.

"Absolutely not true," objects Britney's spokeswoman, whose name is Sonia Muckle. "That's her friend. She's been hanging out with him lately."

But then what about the state of Britney’s relations with Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync, whom she was also said to be dating?
"She's not dating him, either," Sonia says. "She's not dating anyone right now."

ELECTORAL KOOKINESS: Absolutely anyone can simply report that Cybill Shepherd is thinking about running for president, but it takes a columnist of Cindy Adams' caliber fearlessly to go in and get a quote from Cybill herself.

"Well, I didn't exactly make an announcement," the ex-star of "Cybill" explains, "but, yes, I am absolutely serious. The only woman running is anti-choice. I am an advocate for women's health. There are issues that must be addressed and I want to serve the American public. Where it's going to go next, what actually might be my next step, I don't know. I only know I am committed, deadly serious. Right now, all I can say is I'll wait to see what I must do." But are operators standing by?

WHAT'S HIS MOTIVATION? Another thing that happened recently is the premiere of a movie titled "Mystery, Alaska," which stars, among other people, Burt Reynolds. Yet Burt apparently left the screening before any images had actually been projected on the screen. Why, one wonders?

"Burt never sits and watches his own movies," his "rep" tells a New York Daily News columnist. "It makes him really uncomfortable." He's not alone.

EX-MARITAL NEWS: Did you know that Geraldo Rivera and his most recent wife, C.C. Dyer, have broken up? Well, they have - and here's Geraldo telling a journalist how he feels about it.

"This has been a very upsetting time for the both of us," the "newsman" remarks. "And it's especially difficult for someone as decisive as me to be in a position of not knowing how all this is going to turn out." In the game of love, it’s a truism that decisive people have two strikes against them.

EX-MARITAL NEWS IN A DIFFERENT VEIN: Maybe Geraldo and C.C. should take a leaf from Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's book of post-connubial relations. In the continuing wake of news that the superannuated rocker and his ex-model wife are getting divorced come yet more indications that the entire matter is almost unbelievably amicable.

"They get along terrifically," an unnamed "friend" tells a reporter. "There's no bitterness involved - they're even staying in the same townhouse, and he'll sneak down to her room in the middle of the night." Then what?

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

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