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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

April 6, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

A WHOLE HEAP OF AULD LANG SYNE: Most urgent entertainment word is that Barbra Streisand's people are in the midst of nailing down a deal whereby the premier chanteuse will perform a couple of New Year's sets at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas come December/January to the tune of $20 million.

The New York Daily News columnist who disseminates this scuttlebutt explains that Babs' previous idea of performing at Madison Square Garden for New Year's got belayed because the Vegas venue is so much closer to her home in Malibu, meaning, we assume, that she can ride her bike to the show.

“We have no signed contract yet,” says Marty Erlichman, who manages the Streisand woman's performance engagements. “Could it fall apart at the last minute? Yes. Do I think it will? No. Then can we move on to the next item? Good.

DONALD TRUMP'S SEX LIFE: Assuming our subhead hasn't got you turning to the lunar tables in the sports section, be advised that a gal named Melania Knauss wants the world to know (via a statement she made to USA Today) that she is not only steady dating the Trumpster of her own free will but thinks she is wise to do so.

“He's the smartest, sexiest, funniest man," she says, with what we have to assume is a straight face.”… The connection between us is unbelievable."

We wish this were all, but it’s not.

“We are both busy through the day” Melania says, “but we always and time to talk to each other. And then we're together at night.” Adios, appetite.

A SPACE ODYSSEY, SORT OF: Are you wondering why Madonna hasn't made any plans this year to bring some kind of mega-spectacular touring show to a football stadium near you? Someone puts that very question to Parade mag's Walter Scott, who, in turn, gets an unnamed “friend” of M’s to provide the following explanation.

“There simply wasn't enough time between the film and preparing to go on the road,” this person says, with reference to a motion picture Madonna is lensing with Rupert Everett. “When Madonna tours, it's a tremendous undertaking - very taxing. She really creates all the concepts from start to finish, does all the choreography and gets involved in the stage design. If she does tour, it won’t be until the year 2000.” And by then we’ll have a man on the moon.

MONDO MADONNA, REVISITED: Speaking of Rupert Everett, that thespian tells W magazine that Madonna has gotten an unfair shake in terms of her movie career.

“I totally believe in her as an actress and as this character in the film; he says. "She's been disparaged as an actress because we're all so conscious of her other image." So it’s our fault she can’t act?

CELEBRITY ALIMENTATION: In other blonde bombshell news, Sharon Stone was spotted in the company of her husband, Phil Bronstein, and a couple of friends eating pea soup at a Manhattan restaurant the other day.

CELEBRITY CASTING NOTES: In the wake of the fantastic box-office success of “The Mod Squad,” someone is going forward with plans to make a gigantic movie version of “Charlie's Angels" starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Angelina Jolie.

A RELATED ITEM: Speaking of Angelina Jolie, here's a report saying she backed out of starring in a movie about supermodels because she was leery of the "talent' she might be teamed with.

“Angelina was worried about acting opposite models who can’t act," a “spy” tells a “reporter." “Even though she's already a great actress and she’d look even better by comparison, she balked.” A remake of “Charlie’s Angels," then, is the only sensible alternative.

A BIT Of BRITISH VERBIAGE: Those of you who don't believe that our English cousins speak more eloquently than we do should give a listen to something Helen Mirren recently said to two of gossip dowager Liz Smith's underlings, who asked her if she likes visiting New York.

“Oh, yes" says the star of “Prime Suspect,” who soon will take the title role in an Ayn Rand biopic. “Every time I enter Manhattan I see this clutch of steles, like some great fortress, sitting before me. The light is never the same. Sometimes it is misty, or foggy. Often the sun is setting behind those towers. But most times, everything glistens in the clear sunlight casting Edward Hopper shadows - so indigenous to New York.”

If you're wondering what “steles" are, we can't help you, but we're pretty sure Edward Hopper is the guy who used to live upstairs from the Cramdens in "The Honeymooners.”

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

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