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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"

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Madonna in denial, and rightly so

"Suburbia": The continental subdivide

Howard Stern, Sly Stallone in bizarre, apocryphal triangle

Easter video viewing: "Spartacus" to "Harvey"

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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

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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

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Charlie Brown, Pogo and me

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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

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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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December 21, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

HAIR AND MAKEUP IN THE NEWS: There's a good reason why you seldom read anything about Jodie Foster in this column: she's an intelligent, talented woman who very rarely says or does anything stupid. Even in the present case, it's not Jodie herself but her underlings and associates who have let themselves in for a spot of examination.

It seems Jodie, in the throes of touting her latest big motion picture, "Anna and the King," recently made an appearance on CBS's "60 Minutes II," whereupon the network was presented by her people with a hair and makeup bill totaling $12,000.

"It took us by surprise," "Minutes II" executive producer Jeff Eager admits to USA Today. "But apparently it took about 3-1/2 weeks to put her makeup on. ... We're going to keep looking into it."

HAIR AND MAKEUP IN THE NEWS - THE SAGA CONTINUES: Upon being reached for comment by the USA Today folks, Jodie's publicist, Pat Kinglsey - who, like a handful of other great flacks, is only slightly less well known than her celebrity client - at first issues a categorical disclaimer.

"We had nothing to do with it," she says.

However, Pat does go on to say she has ascertained that the bill in question ought to be in the amount of $7,500.

"Somebody," she whispers, "is conceivably padding the bill."

HAIR AND MAKEUP IN THE NEWS - SOMEONE GET THE COPS: In the nick of time, "Minutes II" producer Rob Wallace enters a conciliatory word to the effect that everything, after all, is relative. He even remembers his days back at ABC, when interviews Barbara Walters did with Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor resulted in makeup bills of $5,000 per day per diva.

"It's not outrageous for that business," he says. "It's just outrageous from our point of view."

HAIR AND MAKEUP IN THE NEWS - A SURPRISE ENDING: Jodie then proceeds to muddy the waters by making a subsequent appearance on NBC's "Tonight" show that apparently has excited no fiscal controversy.

We pay for the limo and a portion of the hair and makeup bill," an NBC spokeswoman tells the New York Post, sounding, at this point, like a female King Solomon, "and the rest is the studio's responsibility."

But this development doesn't seem to have any ramifications for the problem at CBS.

"We need more information before we can pay the bill," that network's publicist says.

So we're through here?

ROMANCE IN THE NEWS: The New York Daily News has gone to press with an item that Edward Norton, who starred in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and subsequently kept romantic company with his "Flynt" co-star, Courtney Love, is currently pitching woo with screen siren Salma Hayek.

Newsworthy as this notion may be, Salma's "rep" doesn't respond to the News' requests for clarification, while Edward's - a flack named Brian Swardstrom - is rude enough to tell the rag that his policy is to make no comment about his client's personal life.

GREAT FLACKS REVISITED: Since the beginning of the column, we've had the uncanny feeling that top publicist Pat Kingsley was going to come in for not one but two citations this time out.

Sure enough, here she is talking on behalf of one of her other clients, Tom Cruise, who has been accused of wanting to distance himself from the upcoming movie "Magnolia," in which he plays a sex guru.

"It's true that Tom did not want this perceived as a Tom Cruise movie," Pat allows, "but the issue was never a contract issue."

THE INSIDE DOPE: This Sunday, Walter Scott of Parade magazine will satisfy an inquiring reader who wants to know why "King of TV" David E. Kelley's program, "Snoops," is such a stinker, helpfully buttonholing Danny Nucci, a young actor who appears in the show, for his views on the matter.

"David is always looking for ways to improve it," Danny says, "and he's available to the cast if we want to suggest something." Or even if they want to take over writing and producing it altogether, we'll bet.

ON A SAD NOTE: Walter adds that ABC announced, just as Parade was going to press, that "Snoops” will be euthanized as of January. Sorry, Danny!

WORDS OF WISDOM: Here we have a news report in which all kinds of people involved in the making of "The Talented Mr. Ripley," a new movie starring Matt Damon and directed by Anthony Minghella, say every imaginable sort of charming thing about that him and about life: in general.

We choose to pass along to you something said by Sydney Pollack, a noted director in his own right who served as executive producer on the project and characterizes "Mr. Ripley" as "a risky movie. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but if you just played it safe all the time, you'd fall asleep."

Thanks, Syd, for closing the column. (Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...).

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

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