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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

September 14, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

'FOREVER, BUT NOT THAT KIND OF FOREVER': What with the high level of excitement in the celebrity world lately, epitomized by such gala events as the MTV Video Awards and the Emmy Awards, it's instructive to note that some commentators couldn't help fixating on the fact that high-profile sweeties Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts were spotted at the Emmys wearing what appeared to be matching silver rings.

However, jumping to marital conclusions based on that perception might be unwise, according to one knowledgeable source.

"They've had them forever," Julia spokeswoman Marcy Engelman says with reference to the finger jewelry in question. "They're just rings that they wear. They're not engaged; they're not married." Do they even know each other?

RULES OF THE GAME: Gossip dowager Liz Smith seems to have her work cut out for her when it comes to helping Gloria Reuben - the very lovely actress who stars on "ER" - get up to speed about being a celebrity. Admitting to Liz that she's planning on becoming married in the fall, Gloria remains shy about going all the way, disclosure-wise, even declining to name names.

"You can say I'm getting married," she confirms. "But do I have to talk about him?"

Yes, you do. We're giving you one week.

PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE:It goes without saying that events in East Timor, for example, pale in comparison with the burgeoning primacy of morning network programming in the United States. Accordingly, the recent unveiling of ABC's new Times Square set for its "Good Morning America” show is news of considerable moment. Yet how momentous is it, really, when you stop and think about it?

When all is said and done," ABC News president David Westin comments sagaciously, "no one comes to a TV program to watch a set." Oh, sure, they do.

Today is privy to scuttlebutt to the effect that insiders at NBC News were underwhelmed by the debut of the company's new daytime show, "Later." Yet Jeff Zucker, who serves as the program's executive producer, describes himself as "very pleased.”

"It's incredibly hard to launch one of these shows," he continues, a bit plaintively. "We got it on the air, it had a lot of energy, and it's exactly what we wanted it to be: different from what else is on in daytime."

The program's groundbreaking format, by the way, involves Florence Henderson and two other women sitting around talking to celebrities.

GREAT NEWS: Because Pamela Anderson Lee had the good grace to show up at the MTV Video Awards wearing a gigantic, fluffy pink hat designed by someone named Ivy Supersonic, Ivy's people indicate that they're fielding queries from all over. The unconventional chapeau retails for $2,000.

MORE GREAT NEWS: We are gratified at being able to report that Harrison Ford was allowed to keep the suits he wears in his next film, "Random Hearts."

GREAT NEWS, CONTINUED: According to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, Nathan Lane is developing a movie about Jackie Gleason in which he plans to star.

Wait a minute - that's actually a good idea. Did someone leave the back door open?

THE RISING ANTI-CELEBRITY TIDE: Lately we've taken pains to pass along the latest word about John Travolta's Maine neighbors and their reported unhappiness with the airplanes he may or may not fly too close to their homes, raising all kinds of havoc and ire. Now the New York Daily News expands on that news theme with an item saying that John and fellow celebrity flyboys Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been getting on the nerves of certain peons unlucky enough to live near an airport in Van Nuys, Calif., which the three often utilize. The News regrets to note that a complaint on the matter to the L.A. City Council apparently has borne no fruit.

THE WRITER'S ART, AND WELCOME TO IT: We have it on excellent authority that Deborah Norville, who anchors "Inside Edition," is coming out with a children's book titled "I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight." But how did such a busy woman find the time to pen a tome?

"He wasn't sleeping," Deborah says with reference to her 8-year­old boy, "which meant Mommy wasn't sleeping. I'm such a hyper person anyway, always making grocery lists, writing things down. So I used the time to create an interactive pop-up book." Try drinking a glass of warm milk next time.

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

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