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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

June 29, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

COMMUNITY STANDARDS: Some of Kathie Lee Gifford’s neighbors on Nantucket are displeased enough with her public comportment to make certain withering remarks to the Boston Herald.

“She jogs around wearing her lime green sunglasses trailed by at least four bodyguards," an unnamed "source" tells a Herald reporter. "It's quite a scene. And there are a lot more important people over here and they don't run around with bodyguards." On the other hand, those important people don't have neighbors who criticize their choice of eyewear in the public prints.

COMPLICATED MAY-DECEMBER RELATIONSHIPS: You probably know that Kimberly Conrad Hefner, who became famously married to septuagenarian Playboy playboy Hugh Hefner a few years back and later bore him two or three children, took a hike from the union last year.

In a parallel universe, a beautiful model named Rachel Hunter got spliced to Rod Stewart - a rocker who, though not quite as superannuated as Hef, is way up there in terms of years. A while back, of course, Rachel took a powder from Rod.

Matters became mildly interesting when Rod and Kimberly started keeping romantic company with one another. But now there's word that Rod recently came back to the Manhattan hotel room he was sharing with Kimberly to find that she had checked out and left for the airport - and not, one presumes, because she had suddenly conceived a hankering for airport food.

HOPE FOR TOMORROW: But a happy ending may be in the works as Kimberly borrows the ear of a USA Today columnist the better to disseminate the information that she still thinks Rod is quite a guy, and that her sudden leave-taking from their love nest was nothing personal.

THE SUBPLOT: Meantime, a New York Post columnist has it on good authority that Rachel Hunter - that's Rod's estranged missus, in case you mislaid your scorecard - is "pursuing an acting career."

ONE-SENTENCE NEWS (1): Ted Turner recently took time off from being one of the biggest broadcasting entrepreneurs in the history of the world to purchase a 34,187-acre ranch on the Nebraska-South Dakota border to the tune of $6.8 million, according to the New York Daily News.

ONE-SENTENCE NEWS (2): Kyle MacLlachlan, the actor whose romantic breakup with supermodel Linda Evangelista a while back garnered a fair amount of ink, is now purportedly pitching woo with a publicist named Desiree Gruber who works for such high-profile gals as Naomi Cambpell and Lisa Marie Presley, again according to the Daily News.

ONE-SENTENCE NEWS (3): Sarah, the Duchess of Fergie, still struggling to find herself and pay her bills in the wake of her divorce from Britain's Prince Andrew, is said to be in line to appear as a regular monthly contributor on NBC's "Today" show, according to USA Today (no relation).

ONE-SENTENCE NEWS (4): Sylvester Stallone was a guest at Jean-Claude Van Damme's wedding to Gladys Portugues, to whom Jean-Claude was previously married, according to the Annual Report of the U.S. Agriculture Bureau.

REVERSE GENDER-BENDING: Some members of the entertainment community can't help but wonder if it's really appropriate for an openly gay actor like Rupert Everett to portray a straight man in an Oscar Wilde scenario, as Rupert currently is doing in the new film "An Ideal Husband." Accordingly, one reporter gets Rubert's co-star, Julianne Moore, to offer her thoughts on the subject.

"I don't think it matters what an actor is personally," says the "Boogie Nights" star. "The point is that we are who we play. Think about Rock Hudson, think about Montgomery Clift." OK.

THE BLABBERMOUTH ORACLE: We feel not just honored but chastened at the opportunity, the second week in a row, of passing along impromptu remarks made for the record by CBS news deity Dan Rather, who here says pooh-pooh to rumors that he's spreading himself too thin with his ancillary assignments for "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes II."

"But I don't know anybody who thinks I am," Dan tells a reporter. "Most of that I don't pay any attention to." Neither do we, Dan, especially not when we're dutifully thinking about Rock Hudson and Montgomery Cliff.

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

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