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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

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 29, 2000

Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the Iglesias odds

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

STARS PLAY FOOTSIE: Here we've got a report saying that Jennifer Love Hewitt, TV nymph extraordinary, showed up for a recent Las Vegas concert by Enrique Iglesias, who proceeded to make goo-goo eyes at her from the stage.

Afterward, according to a New York Post "spy," the two were seen billing and cooing, and Enrique is said to have squired Jennifer to lunch the next day.

And how, you might wonder, did Jennifer manage to get to Las Vegas from L.A. in the first place? Why, Enrique reportedly flew her in on his private jet - that's how.

This, mind you, not long after Enrique was supposed to be hot and heavy with Christine Aguilera.

Cold water comes crashing down, however, as Jennifer's "rep” lodges this disclaimer: "They're just friends."

HOLD ON, THOUGH: Then we see a photo in the New York Daily News of Jennifer cozying up with tennis star Andre Agassi. At this point, what is one supposed to think?

That Jennifer, contrary to possible first impressions to the contrary, is in fact as pure as the driven snow, because her thing with Andre is merely about some charity effort both are involved with, according to the little bitty type that accompanies the image.

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: What top female celebrity does musical-stage creator Jerry Herman want to star in the upcoming TV version of his Broadway chestnut, "Mame"?

A:            Jennifer Love Hewitt.

B:            Farrah Fawcett.

C:            Cher.

The answer is Cher. As a matter of fact, Jerry is so eager to get the late Sonny Bono's first wife to star that he's making all kinds of immoderate statements for the record.

"I love her," he tells a reporter. "I think Cher is the best idea since sliced bread. I want her to play Mame so badly. I have never worked with Cher and I would love to."

Jerry, let us make sure we've got this right: You want Cher for the role, is that it?

"I pray every night that she'll say yes."

OM: Word is that Dennis Quaid, presumably still reeling from the fact that his missus, Meg Ryan, recently dumped him in favor of Russell Crowe, will soon be hying himself off to a fancy-schmancy yoga retreat along with a bunch of his (male) yoga friends. Pick the location of the retreat:

A:            Nepal.

B:            Beijing.

C:            Tuscany.

The answer is Tuscany. That's all assuming, of course, that there is some substance to these rumors. All Dennis' "rep" will admit is that he's going over to Europe to tout his film, "Frequency," which is only now being shown there.

"What he does after that,” says this person, whose name is Lisa Kasteler, "I have no idea." So yoga in the Italian countryside isn't out of the question.

TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT: We are looking at a print report that says Denzel Washington was having dinner recently in Toronto with Farrah Fawcett when a photographer appeared more or less out of nowhere and snapped a pic of the pair in mid-gnosh. Following is a brief narrative by Mark Burg, who, as Farrah's business associate and producer of a film Denzel is appearing in, was also present.

"Farrah looked at Denzel and said, 'Call your wife now - that picture is going to turn up somewhere.' So Denzel called Paulette (that's his wife's name) when he got back to the hotel and warned her." Denzel is a real gent, and very tactful, too.

PRODUCTION NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Patrick Swayze, he of the adorable little tiny earlobes, hasn't had a movie hit for some time. In fact, he hasn't had ANY kind of hit for some time. That's why it's encouraging to hear that he and his wife, whose name is Lisa Nemi, have a his-and-hers movie project in the works, with the two of them going halvsies on the writing, directing, producing and starring chores.

"It's a story of three concert dancers whose careers ended in a very bad way all at the same time," Patrick tells our favorite New York Post columnist, Cindy Adams, "and they have one more shot at a dream. Title is "Without a Word," although it might be "Last Dance."

Or how about "A la Recherchez du les Temps Perdu" ("In Search of Lost Time")? No?

"If the actors strike is over," Patrick goes on, quite as though anyone cares, "we start shooting in the fall. In Winnipeg." Which is in Canada, where a lot of people speak French, so maybe our idea for the title isn't so stupid after all.

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

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