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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

June 22, 2000

'Friends' re-up for another season of top ratings, top money

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY TRANSLATION: Happily, the wonderful young people who star in "Friends" have inked a pact to reappear in the highly successful TV program come next fall, with each of them receiving emolument to the tune of $750,000 per episode. And here's what NBC entertainment president Garth Ancier says about the deal, which follows several weeks of tense negotiations.

"We're more than pleased, and we anticipate upcoming strong seasons from a 'must see' cast and producing team that's still at the top of their game in creating appointment television."

LEARN BY DOING: As a service to our readers, we herewith provide a version of the above statement minus its cliches, redundancies, corporate slogans and general throat-clearing.

"We are pleased."

ARF, ARF! Wouldn't you know it - just because Elizabeth Hurley decided to go on a Caribbean photo shoot without her famous boyfriend, rental-car customer Hugh Grant, some are suggesting that she has in fact forsaken Hugh in favor of a billionaire named Ted Forstmann. Fortunately, Hugh is above such malicious hypothesizing.

"Teddy is a very old friend of ours," Hugh tells a reporter, "and anyone who thinks there is anything between him and Elizabeth would be barking up the wrong tree." Whatever you say, Hugh.

CASTING CALL: If you've been thinking that David Hasselhoff had taken a permanent powder from his world-famous syndicated TV show, "Baywatch," you're very wrong.

"I still own a piece of the show," David explains to a People magazine columnist. "I don't want people to think Mitch is gone."  

(Note: "Mitch" is apparently the name of the "Baywatch" character David plays when the crew allows him on the set.)

"I'd like to appear once in a while."

Since he owns a piece of the show, that shouldn't be any problem, should it?

Indeed, a "source close to the show" tells People: "The door is always open. Our story lines will be different next season. It's just a matter of whether it will work out." Or whether he'll continue to own a piece of the show, maybe.

'BAY WATCH; CONTINUED: And then there's Jason Brooks, an actor - he happens to be a good deal younger than David - who is currently strutting around the "Baywatch" beach like the vigilant, good-looking lifeguard he was in fact hired to portray.

A person writes in to Walter Scott at Parade magazine wanting to know how Jason's career reached this zenith. Walter explains that Jason started out working in "the food industry."

"I wanted to pursue something more creative that got my juices flowing every morning," Jason himself advises Walter.

"And don't write off Hasselhoff," Walter goes on. "We expect "Baywatch's" star and co-creator to continue playing key roles both on and off camera." Especially since he owns a piece of the show.

CASTING CALL, CONTINUED: A London paper trumpets the "news" that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are going to appear live in director Sam Mendes' upcoming production of the Tennessee Williams play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - "news" that derives particular interest from the fact that Sam not only directed Nicole a while back in "The Blue Room," to much acclaim, but now has an Oscar on his mantle for helming "'American Beauty."

But on this side of the Atlantic, journalistic integrity prevails as USA Today fields reaction from Tom and Nicole's "rep," Pat Kingsley, who says: "They haven't any real plans to do theater right now." Which means they may be hatching some unreal, or even surreal, plans (we hope).

WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE: Luciana Morad, the beautiful Brazilian who became impregnated by Mick Jagger and is now trying to sue the pants off of him for child support, just can't understand why some people - you, for instance - assume that there's some kind of bad blood between her and the Mickster.

"Everyone seems to think we're not friends," observes Luciana, "but that's not true. We just have different ideas what our child needs."
Specifically, Luciana's idea reportedly is that the child needs $35,000 a month to keep body and soul together, while the child's famous dad's idea is that the boy need less; far less, maybe nothing.

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

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