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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

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June 13, 2000

Ivanka Trump: From catwalk to commencement line

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

TRUMPS IN TROUBLE: People magazine was on the case recently when it became known that Ivana Trump failed to fly in from London for the high-school graduation ceremony of her supermodel daughter, Ivanka, although Ivanka's famous dad was present and accounted for.

Ivana's "rep," one Catherine Saxton, was very eager to put Ivana's nonappearance in the best possible light.

"She had her flight booked," Catherine says, perhaps in a somewhat defensive tone, "but she had an inner-ear infection and her doctors told her she wasn't allowed to fly.'

Thanks, Catherine, that explains everything.

"Ivana was disappointed that she couldn't be there," Catherine goes on. "She called Ivanka several times that day."

Were they collect calls?

"She understood," Catherine says, apparently with reference to the girl. "Ivanka is leaving for London to spend the summer with her mother," who, one hopes, will be sufficiently recovered from her earache to take the child out for burgers or something.

ENRIQUE IN THE HOT SEAT: Also, a strong rumor making the rounds lately is that Enrique Iglesias - the Latin heartthrob warbler whose dad is none other than Julio Iglesias - actually can't sing worth beans, witness an audiotape that purports to reveal him straining, without success, to carry a tune in a bucket. However, Enrique's people say the idea is absurd on its face.

"Enrique has many times demonstrated his vocal ability through many live television performances in the United States that do not allow artists to lip-sync," Enrique's publicist, John Reilly, tells a reporter. "In fact, we always choose that he does sing live, with a fully live band, even if given the option of playing to track."

Thanks, John, for that very thorough and persuasive disclaimer.

"I have attended numerous live concerts and TV performances by
Enrique," the flack elaborates, and always witnessed him singing live, I'm sure numerous TV talent bookers and concert promoters would verify."

Have them give us a call, and thanks again.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A while back, Arnold Schwarzenegger let it be known that he was bailing on his financial and personal involvement in the bankrupt Planet Hollywood chain, which raises the question: Is Arnold's fellow muscle-bound has-been, Sly Stallone, following suit?

Apparently not.

"My own life is comebacks and redemptions," Sly tells a New York Daily News columnist with reference to Planet Hollywood's vicissitudes, "so I love this stuff. Everybody gets knocked down. The talent is in how fast you come back up."

Assuring everyone that the company is now in good financial shape despite its earlier reverses, Sly goes on to offer cogent analysis of the chain's troubles.

"It grew too big too fast," he observes owlishly. "There was no way to nurture all those places at one time. The restaurants have been pared down to the few lucrative ones that will work. There were way too many, almost 100.... There were not enough celebrities to plug them all. It was becoming impossible. Now, they're down to 28."

So there are fewer of them? Great, we knew there was good news somewhere in this item.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? PART 2: But Arnold himself has gone way, way beyond the old Planet Hollywood thing, instead offering to a reporter his current views on gender relations, especially as they pertain to his marriage to Maria Shiver.

"I don't have to be in touch with my feminine side," Arnold says, "because I try to have a total understanding of what a woman's needs are, specifically Maria's. You need to have ultimate respect and love for your wife. Even though we're so different, that to us is the key. I might not agree with her. I might find certain things she does annoying."

Arnold, take our advice: Quit while you're ahead.

"There are a lot of things that are important to her that aren't important to me," Arnold goes on, ignoring us. "But we always try to support and love each other." Well, we'll see.

BELEAGUERED HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVES: Finally, here's the New York Post offering a big two-page article about how mean Tinseltown liberals are to performers who think the GOP is just as grand as it is old.

"They are very adamant and almost militant about their views,“ says Bo Derek, who places herself on the conservative side of the aisle. "It's tough to have a nice, open conversation of any kind. People get really angry and they treat me as though I'm some hateful monster."

What else, Bo?

"I have been told that I’ll never work again." Well, they seem to be making it stick so far.

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

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