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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

Gossip queen goes to bat for Talk mag

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

WALKING THE TALK, AND VICE VERSA: For reasons we find elusive, gossip dowager Liz Smith seems to have made it her mission in life to act as a champion on behalf of Talk magazine, the periodical loosed upon the American public by ex-New Yorker editor Tina Brown.

Implicitly taking umbrage with media observers who believe the mag is conspicuously uninspired, Liz gets Tina to respond to such cavils in the following manner.

"We paid attention" to the critics, Tina says, "and decided we were a bit visually confused. We wanted Talk to feel more modern and to have a lot of snap!"

SNAP! CRACKLE! POP! Liz deems Tina's efforts along those remedial lines fruitful, citing the fact that the current ish features a big photo of one big celeb, as opposed to previous covers, which have each been divvied up among images of a number of the great and the near-great.

And who is that one celeb? Here, let Liz herself tell you.

"It is Leonardo DiCaprio in an amazing Aaron Lathan article about Leo's relationship with his father!"

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TRUTH: A Parade magazine reader puzzled by George Clooney's decision to end his romantic relationship with a Frenchwoman named Celine Balltran based on his own "Intimacy Issues” asks our man Walter Scott to find someone who can explain what in the world George means. Accordingly, Walter gets self-help author Steven Carter ("Men Who Can't Love”) on the blower.

"This beautiful woman spoke a different language," Steve explains, "and was from a different culture, so she became a blank slate - a perfect symbol for his fantasies of perfection."

That doesn't sound so bad, but read on.

“Claiming 'Intimacy Issues' is just a new way of ending a relationship when the real reasons are narcissism, defensiveness and a terror of connection,” Steven goes on. "And let's face it; Hollywood is the capital of narcissism." Do we have to face it?

TRUMP BACK IN CIRCULATION: Meantime, Donald Trump has let it be known that he has issued walking papers to Melania Knauss, the supermodel with whom he has been keeping company the last few weeks or months.

"She's a great girl," a source close to Trump tells the New York Post in the strictest confidence, but Donald has to be free for a while. She didn't want to get hooked." Neither do we, so we’ll move on to the next item without further ado.

REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT NEWS: The Post's arch-rival, the New York Daily News, recently printed a report that former presidential aide and current talking head George Stephanopolous has got a mutual thing going with Bebe Neuwirth, the "Chicago" Broadway star who used to appear on "Cheers."

THE OTHER SHOE: However, on the very same day the Post goes straight to the source and gets George to string together a few words on the matter.


"I don't comment about my personal life and I'm not going to start now."

What a killjoy

ANNALS OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: Indeed, many celebrities and/or their flacks recently have been responding to such queries with similar protestations, claiming it is not their practice to make remarks on personal topics.

Thank goodness Catherine Zeta-Jones' rep, a fellow named Todd Adair, takes a more expansive view when reached by a journalist for comment about word that his client is now officially engaged to Michael Douglas.

Todd freely admits that Catherine is now in possession of a "big diamond ring" purchased for her by Michael, and that "it's very nice. She's ecstatic, thrilled and very, very happy." Thanks, Todd, we'll see what you have to say in a year or so.

PUFF DADDY AND JENNIFER: Never mind all this bootless talk about Sean "Puffy" Combs, his girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, and the little matter of weapons charges. Liz Smith has the real nitty-gritty on the pair in the form of reliable information that Jennifer recently bought Sean a treadmill worth $6,500.

A FINAL PIECE OF ROMANTIC CELEBRITY NEWS: Reports in more than one news organ have it that Billy Joel and his girlfriend, artist Carolyn Beegan, decided to hang it up immediately following New Year's.

"It was mutual, friendly," an “East Ender" tells a reporter. They were together six years. She's only 34. She was tired of reading about herself as “Billy Joel's girlfriend.” So now she can read about herself as "no one in particular."

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

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