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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 12, 2000

Douglas poses with Zeta-Jones, and baby makes three

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY PROBLEM-SOLVING: What do you do if you're Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and everyone in the world wants to take pics of you and your new bambino? If you're smart, you simply give up all thought of eluding the photogs and instead stand still for authorized pictures as taken by London's OK! Magazine.

Then the question is: What do you ask the publication to give you by way of emolument? Rumor has it that Michael and Catherine (and we'll assume the baby boy, Dylan, gets his cut) were rewarded by the mag to the tune of $1.2 million. However, a "rep" of Michael's tells USA Today that figure is off the mark, even while tacitly admitting that the pair were in fact paid for their posing pains.

PEEKABOO: This year's Emmy Awards are but a misty memory, except for the extremely fetching and very-close-to-transparent dress that Geena Davis wore to the gala affair.

A reporter who finds the subject especially fascinating contacts Pamela Dennis, the fashionista who designed the dress, to glean this comment.

"They (meaning Geena and her handlers) gave me some parameters," Pamela recalls, "but really, they said they just wanted Geena's dress to be a "Wow!'"

By the way, rumors that Geena's parameters have been surgically enhanced are without merit.

HECK TO PAY: The fine folks who run the Venice Film Festival reportedly were good enough to provide supermodel and former David Copperfield flame Claudia Schiffer with a private jet so she could appear at the fest in conjunction with a short film in which she has a role. Alas, the festival's good effort went pretty much for naught, because Claudia was late anyway.

"We sent a private Falcon plane on Tuesday night for her," a festival "rep" tells a London tab. "The plane had been there all night" while Claudia, apparently, was taking her sweet time about boarding it.

Yet according to Claudia herself the whole thing is a bunch of

"I'm very disappointed that having had such a positive experience at the festival," she tells the New York Post, "I woke up the next morning to read a lot of false information that doesn't reflect what really happened." It just goes to show that beautiful, wealthy women have it worse than anybody.

CHELSEA IN THE MORNING OR WHENEVER: Everyone is pleased as punch to learn that Chelsea Clinton apparently is dating a young fellow named Jeremy Kane, although Chelsea herself and all of her close relations, of course, have nothing whatever to say about it. That being the case, one reporter recently had the brilliant idea of getting a pertinent quote from a former Santa Monica, Calif., neighbor of Jeremy's named Vito Cangemi.

"I saw Chelsea over here once this summer," Vito recalls. "I didn't have a chance to talk to her because there was all this Secret Service with her. But I have said hello to him, and he seems to be a very nice young man." If he's so nice, why the Secret Service?

ANGELS REVISITED: It's not enough that every glossy magazine in the country is running fantastically long articles about the "Charlie's Angels" movie that will star Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, quite as though Orson Welles had returned from the dead to make "Citizen Kane II." It also appears necessary for every piece of newsprint produced in North America to contain some snippet concerning the darn thing. Here, for instance, is Diaz explaining to some rag why she got involved in the project to begin with.

“I wanted to do it," Cameron observes, "because Drew Barrymore is the best saleswoman in the entire world! If you want somebody to buy your product, get Drew to taste it, wear it, use it.... If she likes it, you're sold!" Maybe she can help us get rid of all these exclamation marks we never asked for.

UNMARRIED TO THE MOB: Victoria Gotti, daughter of Dapper Don John Gotti and a highly successful book author in her own right, is all of a sudden going to divorce her husband, Carmine Agnello, who currently is doing time in the Big House behind criminal charges of a federal nature.

"Carmine was jealous of Victoria's career," a "pal" explains to gossip dowager Liz Smith. "He didn't understand why she wanted to be a writer or why she attempted to put a shine on the Gotti family name. He didn't understand why she wanted to work!" More exclamation marks we have to deal with?

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

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