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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 1, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

A SLIGHT DISCREPANCY: One is thrilled to learn that Michael Douglas' mom, Diana Dill Douglas Darrid, who, of course, once was married to Michael's dad Kirk, has managed to write a tell-all tome about her steamy life as a Hollywood actress of yore.

It’s especially interesting to find that among the many adventures she recounts in the narrative - titled “In the Wings" - is a fling she says she flung with Errol Flynn.

The Errol Flynn thing I didn't know anything about," Michael tells USA Today, "till she showed me the galleys."

We are a bit perplexed, then, to see Diane herself telling the very same reporter in the very same column of type, "So I let both my sons read the first draft, and they said, 'Go ahead, Mom. What the heck, it's your life.'"

Those of you who, unlike us, are not publishing professionals may not know that a "first draft" and "the galleys" are far from being the same thing, but such is the case.

A NEW REASON FOR UNIVERSAL HAPPINESS: Just last week, or maybe it was the week before last week, a singing combo called the Backstreet Boys made history by scoring a record: breaking 1,134,000 sales of their new album, "Millennium." Accordingly, a reporter gets Barry Weiss - the president of the Boys' label, Jive Records - to comment.

"It's a wonderful week for pop culture," Barry observes. "You've got the Backstreet Boys and "Star Wars."

So, really, "wonderful" is probably far too weak an adjective.

"This is a great thing for the record industry," Barry goes on. "It shows when you make records that appeal to a wide demographic, you can still create a phenomenon."

It follows, then, that the obverse must also be true - that when you make phenomenal records, you can still appeal to a wide demographic. No matter how you slice it, it spells big moola.

NUPTIAL NEWS: We are pleased to note that Sofia Coppola took some time off from touting her directorial movie debut, "The Virgin Suicides," at the Cannes film fest last month to comment on the fact that she's going to get herself spliced to a young filmmaker named Spike Jonze.

"I've known him for six years," recalls Sofia, who, as you know, is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola. "People get nervous about planning weddings, but I figure if you've done a movie, it's easy to do a wedding." Except with a movie you don't have to worry so much about Uncle Harry showing up drunk.

A CELEBRITY SETBACK: Here we have the New York Post noting that Hugh Grant and his gal, Elizabeth Hurley, bought a fixer-upper in London's Chelsea district as long as two years ago, and that it’s still not habitable. Even though Hugh admits that the pair has sunk $400,000 worth of work into the place, he says they haven't been able to move in "because of a succession of lazy, inept, pretentious builders." That's always our problem, too - contractors who can't stop quoting Proust.

TRUTH IN FLACKING: Speaking of the New York Post, here we have the tab mentioning that supermodel Amber Valletta was spotted recently gadding about town with the assistance of a cane. Spiking fears that she had actually broken one of her splendid legs, agent Didier Fernandez says her client merely suffered a bad sprain. "It was a stupid accident," Didier said. "She tripped on the street." Watch for Didier to make an appearance on the unemployment line, unless "stupid" has taken on some slang meaning we're unaware of.

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: Meantime, People mag gets Blair Underwood to recount how inconvenient, even demeaning, it was for him to go through mock boot-camp training in preparation for his role in the upcoming war film, "Rules of Engagement."

"Did I sign up for this?" Blair recalls thinking. "I must have lost my mind."

Then, presumably, he remembered that he is, after all, Blair Underwood, who has barely seen a day's work since "L.A. Law" went off the air, and who should be on his knees thanking the gods that he's got something remunerative going even if it does involve peeling potatoes and digging latrines.

THE WRITER'S ART: Finally, here's Minnie Driver reminding Parade magazine that she's not only an actress but a writer whose work has been published in Vogue.

"I'll do it again," she predicts, "but not for magazines. Maybe a book. I write a lot now, but it's private, and I don't know if I'll show it to anyone. I enjoy writing, but I hate being edited with all those semicolons being put in."

Do like us, Minnie; make them put a "no semicolon" clause in your contract. Then refuse to finish writing your column if they violate it.

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

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