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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

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"NYPD Blue" opener: The misery continues

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"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
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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Unpleasantville: The awful truth about old-time TV families

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"Lambs," "Beauty": Oscar's love affair with unacceptable behavior

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Letterman bites guest-host bullet: Andrew "Dice" Clay, call your agent

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"Mod Squad" Immortal dishes couple du jour

Brad Pitt's second thoughts about Oscar

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Memo to "Hannibal" producers: Get Najimy while the getting's good

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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

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Ricky Martin on Menudo: Look back in anger

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Tom Cruise puts himself in harm's way, only not really

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1700-1800: Liberty, equality and bloodshed

1600-1700: The earth moves; North America is settled

Trump mulls travel plans, from altar to White House

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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

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Literary mud wrestling, featuring Geri and The Spice Girls

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Spurned by Pitt, Redford pays court to Damon

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"Detroit Rock City": Kiss of death

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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

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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"

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April 25, 2000

Howard Stern, Sly Stallone in bizarre, apocryphal love triangle

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

ROMANCE IN THE NEWS: A "rep" named Shari Goldberg who works for Angie Everhart, perhaps better known as one of Sly Stallone's former gals, obliges the editors at the New York Daily News by handing them a very juicy little tidbit indeed - namely, that Angie and Howard Stern supposedly are an item.

"They've been going out," Shari says. "I don't know about Howard, but she's not seeing anyone else."

Adding that the long-haired radio wizard has given Angie a "friendship ring," Shari adumbrates the matter in the following terms:

"When she's in New York, they're very much together. They do a lot of afternoon movies. She says he's so totally different from his radio personality. He's the nicest, most intelligent man. His apartment is done so tastefully. He's very good to her."

OOPS! The morning after the appearance of the above report, Howard goes on the air to say that it's all a bunch of hogwash. Then, according to those honest folks at the News, Angie confesses that the "friendship ring" had been given to her by someone other than Howard. And Shari?

"I was wrong," she said. "I misunderstood." Oh, don't worry about it; we still got a good lead item for the column.

MORE ROMANCE: Then there are all the stories saying that Padma Lakshmi, the model who is currently being squired about by no less beleaguered a famous author than Salman Rushdie, was at some point involved with Rushdie's fellow scribe, the playwright Tom Stoppard (who, as you know, had a hand in quilling the screenplay for 'Shakespeare In Love'). Reached for comment, Tom issues this disclaimer:

"I don't even know her."

Which makes the whole thing even more shocking.

EDITOR OPRAH: As you know, Oprah Winfrey - on whose hands time must weigh very heavily indeed - recently launched a brand-new magazine called O. A reporter was so bold as to ask
her what or who would be featured on the cover of the mag's second ish. Pick Oprah's answer:

  1. "Leonardo DiCaprio."
  2. "Dr. Kevorkian."
  3. "Maybe a rock, a tree, a river, an ocean."

ORNAMENTS FOR THE ORNAMENT: The answer is 3. Now, Sarah Michelle Gellar - a very lovely young woman who, as you may know, stars in a TV program titled "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - was recently spotted at a retail store in Santa Monica, Calif., plunking down $1,800 for what?

  1. Getting her head shaved.
  2. A hot-rock massage.
  3. A platinum toe ring.

LOVE, LOVE!: The answer, again, is 3. But try your hand at guessing the vocation of Jeff Konigsberg, a non-celebrity who is fortunate enough to have recently become married to Joan Lunden, who used to be a top newswoman.

  1. Private Investigator.
  2. Socialist Party candidate for president.
  3. Owner of summer camps.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!: The answer is 3. Meantime, it's being said by those fortunate enough to have an opinion that George Stephanapoulos and Bebe Neuwirth - admittedly a couple - aren't very serious because George hasn't yet invited her to what sort of function?

  1. A stock-car race.
  2. His favorite strip club.
  3. A holiday dinner with his Greek Orthodox family.

THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE IS 3, TOO: Finally, Barry Manilow recently checked himself in to a Chicago emergency room because he was worried he was afflicted with what condition?

  1. Male pattern baldness.
  2. Sinusitis.
  3. Detached retina.

We tell you straight out the answer is 3. But he didn't (have a detached retina, that is), so it qualifies as a happy ending.

"Barry is a walking medical encyclopedia," says the singer's "rep." "Basically, there was a cloudiness in his eye, so right away he thought he had a detached retina."

ONWARD: Finally, check out the news that Mick Jagger's film company, Jagged, has got a couple of irons in the fire. One, according to USA Today, is a collaboration with Martin Scorsese on a movie about Nazi Codes or something. The other, according to the Daily News, is a film called "Swap" that's supposed to relate the life 'n' loves of a promiscuous rock star. Why they can't be combined into one big movie, we don't know.

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

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