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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

November 23, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

SOURCES RELIABLE AND UNRELIABLE (1): One can't help but feel struck right between the eyes by published rumors that ace funnyman Jim Carrey is going to get married to Renee Zellweger, who starred in "Jerry Maguire" and, more recently but less creditably, in "The Bachelor." And while the fact that Jim and Renee worked together on the yet-to-be-released motion picture "Me, Myself, and Irene" is certainly suggestive, even the New York Post gets nowhere fast in its effort to obtain confirmation.

While Renee's publicist apparently denies such gossip, Jim's - and Jim's flack is named Marleah Leslie, in case you keep track of such things - is even less helpful. 'I don't discuss my client's personal life," she sniffs.

SOURCES RELIABLE AND UNRELIABLE (2): Matters are just a bit more satisfactory when we turn to Cher, who is said to have purchased a cemetery plot at the Pere Lachaise boneyard in gay Paree, where it just so happens Jim Morrison is interred.

"It's true," her spokesperson, whose name is not given in the New York Daily News report from which we are pilfering this item. "She did buy a plot. I don't know who it was for." Just as long as it’s not for us. (We have a prior engagement.)

SOURCES RELIABLE AND UNRELIABLE (3): And then there's a story saying that Famke Janssen - a very beautiful woman indeed who has had the honor of appearing in at least one James Bond film - is way on the outs with Tod (Kip) Williams, the movie director to whom she is married. Such intimations do not originate, though, with any employee of Famke's or Kip's. Instead, a reporter relies upon the testimony of an unnamed "eyewitness."

"I saw them making out," this person says, referring to a supposed close romantic encounter between Famke and a professional snowboarder known only as York, "so I asked her friend about Kip and he told me they broke up about a month ago.”

WHEN ATTORNEYS COLLIDE: Let's not forget that CBS talking head Bryant Gumbel's divorce from his wife of 26 years, June, is not the smoothest proposition in the world. For example, June, in the course of a People mag interview she recently sat still for, accuses Bryant of being not just an adulterer but a skinflint – a salvo that gets Bryant's attorney up on his hind legs to make the following remark.

"Bryant and June have been separated for close to three years," says Stanley Arkin (for such is the shyster's name). "Hillary came afterwards." (Hillary is Hillary Quinlan, Bryant's current female companion.) “They fell in love, and they're together now."

Nor is this all. Stanley also strongly implies that any suggestion Bryant isn't holding up his end of the fiscal bargain is so much piffle.

"She has a house in Winchester worth several million dollars, and an elaborate apartment in New York," Stanley says with reference to June Gumbel's accommodations. "But now she's being a total pain." That last is, of course, a legal term.

But June's attorney, the very famous Barry Slotnick, unsurprisingly begs to differ with Stanley's assessment.

"I describe (Bryant's) generosity as not being very generous," Barry says, displaying an impressive command of rhetoric. "Unfortunately, a judge will have to decide the financial issues."

HEROINE WORSHIP: The beautiful Rebecca Romijn-Stamos's career is expanding like yeast. Not only is she closing in on two full years as Cindy Crawford's successor as host of "House of Style" on MTV, she's also going to appear in a movie derived from Marvel Comics' wildly popular "X-Men' series. Yet it's the Cindy connection that still truly inspires her, according to what Rebecca tells USA Today.

"An amazing role model," she says of Cindy, adding that "House of Style" "was really her baby. She was the first model to try the TV thing and host a show. They were big shoes to fill." It's like having to construct buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Some fellow named Roger Friedman who writes for Foxnews.com lends sorely needed perspective to this deal where movie stars think the gala premieres of their movies are put on for THEIR benefit.

"I'm always amused by stars who come to their premieres and think they're at a private party," Roger muses. "Here's my advice: Premieres are WORK not fun. If you want to have fun or visit with friends and family, do it on another night." Or he'll stop writing about you, understand?

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

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