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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

August 22, 2000

It's raining books by and about Trumps

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

TRUMPS AND BOOKS: Now that her restaurant and various other ventures have gone belly-up, it seems that Marla Maples Trump has a new dodge in the works - penning yet another book.

The title is supposed to be “Not Everything that Glitters Is Gold," but we think that's kind of awkward. Here are some alternative suggestions:

- "Everything that Glitters Isn't Gold, Necessarily"

- "If it Glitters, Don't Go Assuming its Gold"

- "Gold? Glitter? What's the Diff?"

- "I Got Divorced from One of the Richest Men in the World and All I Have to Show for it is This Stupid Book Contract"

TRUMPS AND BOOKS, PART 2: That's nothing, though, compared to word that some woman named Gwenda Blair is all set to publish a book titled "The Trumps: Three Generations that Built an Empire," and that Donald isn't at all happy with its contents.

For instance, here he is commenting on a bit of Blair prose that says he more or less forced Ivana, his first wife, to undergo cosmetic surgery, then didn't care for the results.

"That's total nonsense," Donald tells the New York Daily News. "Ivana always looked beautiful to me. How would a woman that I don't know be able to write such garbage?" it’s easy, Donald - you take the dust cover off the keyboard and start typing.

SALARIES OF THE STARS: Someone will write in to Parade mag's Walter Scott this Sunday and ask if it's true that Katie Couric and Matt Lauer of the "Today" show don't get along, and Walter will counter by insisting that they do. Then he'll admit that Katie pulls in $7 million per annum from NBC, while Matt garners the drastically less munificent sum of $3 million.

A network "insider" assures Waiter that the pay discrepancy doesn't pose a problem in Katie-and-Mattland.

"He doesn't begrudge Katie her salary," this nameless individual insists, "She's a nice person, and he knows he'll be getting big raises. Matt considers himself a lucky guy."

AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL: Jennifer Lopez - merely the name makes you think of a bodacious movie siren who hangs out at dangerously glamorous nightspots with a top rap dude (a.k.a. Sean "Puffy" Combs). But what, according to People mag, is uppermost in Jennifer's mind these days?

"I want a family," she says. "That would be the ultimate goal for me."

Nor would she even consider having "a family" with the Puffster, or, presumably, anyone else, without benefit of legal sanction.

"I wouldn't have a baby out of wedlock," she confirms. "My parents would kill me." We can see the headlines now: MOVIE STAR MURDERED BY MOM, DAD.

HAIR NEWS: According to an item in the New York Post, Vogue magazine recently got a mess of models to cut their hair short for the cover of an ish about short hair, which makes perfect sense. But that has resulted in rumors that Vogue is on some kind of oppressive regime of forcing its mannequins to trim or go somewhere else for print exposure.

"We definitely encourage girls to get their hair cut," a Vogue "rep" offers by way of clarification, "but 'encouraged' is not 'forced.'"

ROMANCE NEWS: Rolling Stone, the publication that once provided the youth of America with cutting-edge coverage of the late '60s outlaw rock 'n' roll scene, wants you to know that superstar Beck is currently going steady with Winona Ryder, having come to a parting of the ways with previous Beck baby Leigh Limon, a hair stylist.

BROADCASTING BRAINSTORM: Someone over in the Mother Country has hatched the brilliant scheme of creating a TV show for the BBC called "The Human Face," with the first episode focusing on the famous physiognomies of Catherine Deneuve and Leo DiCaprio, and Liz Hurley to be paid a half a million U.S. dollars to do the hosting chores for all six episodes.

NOW, BOYS: Haley Joel Osment, the adorable youngster who starred with Bruce Willis In "The Sixth Sense," and Jude Law, the somewhat older boy who played opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "The Talented Mr. Ripley," are going to star in the movie project Steven Spielberg plans to finish up for the late Stanley Kubrick, "Al" (which stands for "artificial intelligence").

Accordingly, the two actors recently got together with Steve and his wife, Kate Capshaw, for dinner at an eatery in West Hampton, N.Y., and a good time was had by all - until Steve had to send Haley and Jude to their rooms for flicking bits of tuna casserole at each other.

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

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