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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
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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

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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

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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

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Spurned by Pitt, Redford pays court to Damon

Celebrity coyness is bustin' out all over

"Detroit Rock City": Kiss of death

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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

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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"

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February 8, 2000

Don't invite Gwyneth and Oscar to the
same party

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: Actually we've sworn an oath to hold off on the latest galvanizing Michael Douglas/Catherine Zeta-Jones matrimony/pregnancy news till later in the column.

What we have for you here is proof that being Gwyneth Paltrow isn't necessarily the dream come true that peons like you probably imagine it to be.

"I had this intensely private moment in front of a billion people," Gwyneth tells People mag with reference to her Oscar triumph last year. "So I felt really exposed and embarrassed afterward. I just kind of got in bed and had a fever and was sick. It took me a long time before I thought I could go back out into the world. And I still have, like, post-traumatic stress from the whole thing."

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: Not so fast - next up is another example of celebrity sainthood, this one pertaining to Kirsten Dunst, the "Dick" star who apparently was a regular Mama Theresa during the filming of Sofia Coppola's virgin directorial effort, "The Virgin Suicides," during which Kirsten shared her trailer with lesser luminaries who were appearing in the flick.

"She was an exceptional human being," "Suicides" producer Julie Costanzo testifies. "She taught everyone how to behave." Then for her sake we hope she never has to undergo the horror of winning an Academy Award.

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: But first here's an actor named Adam Farrar talking about what a great guy his stepbrother is, a circumstance rendered pertinent by the fact that his stepbrother's name is Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Just watching his career has been a lesson in itself," Adam, soon to appear in a motion pic titled “Pups," tells USA Today. "What's important is to stay true to yourself, your family and your friends and, above all, stay humble." There's also the opportunity to have intimate relations with a lot of supermodels, but we guess that's not what he's talking about.

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: What we've really got at this point in the column is Madonna Ciccone talking to Jane mag about why she wants to provide her daughter, Lourdes, with a little sibling. "I think Lola (the tot's nickname) should have a brother or sister," she says. "I think she's incredibly spoiled." Who in the world could she have gotten that from?

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: We hate to keep tormenting you this way, but before we go any further we have to share with you the latest on Sarah, the Duchess of Fergie, and her ongoing effort to carve a little security for herself and her daughters out of her global fame. This time, a report says the Duchess and her divorced husband, the Duke, have made arrangements for the two princesses to attend an exclusive boarding school in the Swiss Alps.

"Fergie," the report continues, "is expected to move to Switzerland, so the girls won't have to live at school." Happily, that also gives her a sitcom plot to pitch to the networks.

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: Which reminds us of an item in the New York Daily News concerning a book some guy has written about Rod Stewart in which the author claims, among other things, that Rod "once tried to throw Elton John out of a limo they were sharing."

THE LATEST ON DOUGLAS, ZETA-JONES: Anyone who, against all odds, is still reading this column will be pleased to learn that we do in fact have information that says Michael Douglas is telling W magazine that he had a major thing for Catherine Zeta-Jones, to whom he is currently engaged and who is carrying his bambino-to-be, long before they ever met personally.

"I first saw her up on the screen the way everybody did," Michael tells W with reference to an industry screening of Catherine's cinematic milestone, “The Mask of Zorro." “But to my mind I had not seen anybody since Julie Christie who had all that." All that what? "It wasn't just her looks but her persona (that) came through." Right.

MORE! What's really exciting, though, is word in a different report that Catherine will change her surname to Zeta-Douglas once Michael has made an honest woman out of her. At least, that's what “a friend of the couple" tells the Daily News, for reasons that will remain forever mysterious.

RUNNING OUT OF STEAM NOW: Finally, here's word that the pair will tie the knot at Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Sorry, that's all we've got. Next week: Michael and Catherine order monogrammed tea cozies.

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

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