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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

November 16, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY CANDOR (1): Whenever we begin feeling downhearted about the lack of trust human beings seem to feel for each other, we are encouraged and inspired to reflect that some of the most famous people in the history of the world are perfectly happy to share their deepest, darkest secrets with the rest of us, usually through the agency of a newspaper, a magazine or a television program.

For example, broadcaster Geraldo Rivera - who recently became estranged from his 73rd wife, C.C. Dyer - is expansive and life-embracing enough to make a comment to TV Guide about the happy fact that C.C. and he are now together again.

"I'm back," he observes. "Things have never been better. C.C. and I have found our way through the storm."

CELEBRITY CANDOR (2): By the same token, you might expect a gigantic singing star like Celine Dion to keep her personal family-planning notions to herself. Instead, she allows her much older husband/manager, Rene Angelli, graciously if somewhat coyly to hint to a reporter that the two of them are way ahead of the curve in the fertility department.

“We took some precautions," Rene explains, "some steps in modern science to be able to have children. We want to have a baby. We're trying right now." During the interview?

CELEBRITY CANDOR (3): And no one, certainly not us, would blame rap star/mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs if he declined to make any public remarks about his relationship with the beautiful movie star, Jennifer Lopez. But upon rumors going out that the two glamorous young people are planning to become married, Sean is large enough to clarify the matter by issuing a statement, to wit:

"Jennifer Lopez and I are not engaged. At this time, we have no plans to marry. We've just started a relationship, and we are taking things day by day." Great, so we don't have to go down to Crate & Barrel for a wedding gift!

CELEBRITY CANDOR (4): Nor would any reasonable person blame Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton if he chose to say nothing whatsoever about any hankerings he might have to produce children in tandem with his current wife, attorney Kathleen Newton. On the contrary, he is so forthcoming with an inquiring journalist that one hardly knows where to start "Kathleen keeps telling me that her biological clock is running out," Wayne says. (Kathleen, in case you're wondering, is 35.) "She has been wonderful with Erin." (Erin, In case you're also wondering, is a 23-year-old daughter of Wayne's from a previous marriage.) "I know she'll be a wonderful mother. If this is something she wants, then I want it, too." And so do we.

CELEBRITY CANDOR (5): Leave it to a "celebrity" far less well-known than Sean, Celine, Geraldo or Wayne to ruin everything by acting as though his romantic comings and goings were his own business and no one else's. Here we have actor Michael Nouri ("Flashdance") responding to suggestions that he's been squiring wealthy women around to the detriment of his wife of record, Vicki: "It's my private life. My job is not to confirm or deny anything." Apparently he just doesn't care if we starve to death for lack of anything to write about.

CELEBRITY CANDOR (6): Then there's Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (CQ), a model whose most recent professional break is to portray superhero Mystique in the movie version of "X-Men," a role for which Rebecca has to undergo considerable and arduous daily prep work. But here, let her tell it:

"Bryan Singer is so secretive," she says, referring to the fellow who's helming the pic. "He doesn't want anybody to know about my costume. I will say that it's a combination of prosthetics, makeup and dye; it takes 10 hours to apply it, two hours to take it off, and when I'm done I can't get all the blue off my fingers and toes." But who are you going to have a baby with?

CAMPAIGN 2000: The New York Post has it on good authority that presidential candidate Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management, has inked a representation deal with a model formerly associated with the Elite company, her name being Filippa Von Stackelberg.

NEWS THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Michael Jackson is going to appear as the author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-tale Heart" in a "big-budget thriller" titled "The Nightmare of Edgar Allen Poe."

SHOW-BUSINESS ANALYSIS: Finally, movie producer David Israel thinks there are good reasons why theaters aren't about to become gridlocked with millennium-themed movies. "I think studios probably looked at Y2K movies as having a short shelf life," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "What's the audience for it after Jan. 1?" None, since the Venusians will have blasted Earth to smithereens that morning.

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

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