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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

January 25, 2000

Ex-Clinton honcho linked to ex-'Cheers' costar

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY ROMANCE: Did we mention the rumor that former White House aide George Stephanopoulos and Bebe Neuwirth, star of TV and Broadway, are supposed to be an item? Now a source characterized by People mag as "an ABC insider" (keep in mind that ABC is the network that currently pays George's head to talk on the small screen) confirms said gossip, going so far as to say that the pair is "hot and heavy." Scanty as this information is, it's still far more than we need to know.

CELEBRITY ROMANCE, CONTINUED: And did we mention rumors that Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle (of TV's "The Practice"), previously an acknowledged couple, had decided to go their separate ways? Yet now the New York Daily News reports that the two showed up arm in arm at "an L.A. dinner party hosted by Douglas Wick, producer of Nicholson's “Wolf.'" (Your own invitation to Doug's party probably got delayed in the mall, as did ours.)

A Daily News "spy": "They were all over each other." Again, this exceeds our need-to-know requirements.

CELEBRITY MOOLAH: Wouldn't you know it? Some jealous person has been going around saying that Donald Trump - the real-estate billionaire who's mulling a run for the White House - has a much smaller fortune than the one he is forever bragging about.

"It's pretty irrelevant," Donald tells the New York Post, "whether I'm worth $2 billion or $5 billion."

It's not irrelevant to someone you owe $4 billion to, though.

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, TAKE NOTE: "I'm doing great right now," Donald continues, as usual paying us no heed. "I have many assets that haven't even been reported because they are private."

CELEBRITY MOOLAH, CONTINUED: Now we have USA Today going with a report that Mel Gibson was paid 425 million to appear in a movie titled "The Patriot," due in plexes June 30.

Mel himself, reached for comment, says his policy is never to discuss salary specifics in public.

"That's someone else's job," he explains.

And how much is that person paid?

MORE ON THE SAME TOPIC: Undeterred, the USA Today folks contact "Patriot" producer Dean Devlin and solicit his two cents on the matter.

"It's justified," Dean says of the gigantic emoluments typically earned by stars of Mel's caliber, "because they usually bring that kind of money, especially worldwide. To me, a guy like Mel or Harrison Ford or Torn Cruise is a wash as far as the money goes." We infer that being "a wash” is a good thing, in this context, at least.

BIG CELEBRITIES, BIG PLANS: Speaking of Tom Cruise, here's Steven Spielberg answering a reporter's queries about his own possible plans to make a motion pic out of the very popular Harry Potter books for kids.

"Right now, 'Minority Report' is next," Steve says, with reference to a project based on the paranoid ravings of the late Philip K. Dick. "Tom Cruise spent three hours at my house today talking with me about the movie. Of course, with movies, you never know what can happen to bring about a delay. If a delay were to happen, then I would do 'Harry Potter' next. But right now, it's 'Minority Report,' then 'Harry."

Whereupon Tom butts in with his own thoughts and reflections.

"This is a dream," Nicole Kidman's husband observes, "to be able to work with Steven. I can't wait to get on the set with him just to see how he does it. He is such a visionary." Thanks, Tom, but don't lay it on too thick.

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN: The general feeling seems to be that Brad Pitt's spell as the biggest male motion picture star in the world came to an end back when gals started salivating over Leonardo DiCaprlo instead. Tending to substantiate this perception is the fact that Brad's flack actually gets back to a reporter who's heard that Brad wants to portray Jack the Ripper in a film called "From Hell."

"It's something he has talked about," Brad's PR person says, "but it's nowhere near a deal." Have Brad give us a call when he makes his mind up, OK?

LITERARY INSIGHTS: And then there's Anthony Minghella, director of "The English Patient" and, more recently, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," who's fixing to create a movie based on Charles Frazier's Civil War novel, "Cold Mountain."

"It's an amazing story," Tony says. "One friend of mine was so upset by the ending of the book that he told me he literally threw the book across the room when he was finished." That's certainly our test of a stimulating read. "I'll be writing the screenplay soon." But will you throw it against the wall when you're finished?

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

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