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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
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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

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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

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September 7, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

A WAR OF WORDS: The New York Post is so confident that it knows what it's talking about when it says ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's new tell-all book has got her former Spice gal pals all in a lather that it starts its report in big type. The very same report also stipulates that the Spices have their own book on the drawing board, purportedly a riposte to Geri's gibes. By the time the type has gotten smaller, though, the following disclaimer is seen sneaking in through the side entrance:

"Geri did send a copy of the book to the group before it went to print as a courtesy," the rag quotes a Geri spokeswoman as saying. "They all came back and said it was fine."

But what does the Spice camp say?

"The book (that the Girls have in the hopper) is not yet complete," the group's unnamed flack explains. "But as far as I know, it will be a coffee-table book with a lot of photographs. I'm sure there are words in there, but I couldn't confirm what they are." Do any of them start with "b"?

ANOTHER WAR OF WORDS: That reminds us, and should remind you, too, that Eddie Fisher - singer of an earlier age who is famous for having been married to female stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds - has published a book titled "Been There, Done That" that really does seem to have the people discussed in its pages feeling a bit steamed.

For example, Barbara Berkowitz - an attorney whom Liz Taylor has on retainer-characterizes Eddie's tales as "insulting" and "defamatory" in a letter Barb sent to the National Enquirer suggesting in the strongest terms that it rethink its decision to run excerpts from Eddie's opus.

Other luminaries who may or may not be unhappy with Eddie's writing include Juliet Prowse, Mia Farrow, Joan Collins, Angie Dickinson, Stephanie Powers, Kim Novak, Mamie Van Doren, Michelle Phillips, Peggy Lipton, Abbe Lane and Bill Frawley. No, wait - Bill goes in the next item.

JOLTIN' JOE AND BOFFIN' BILL: Norman Brokaw was an agent who worked for the late Marilyn Monroe wayback when, and right into the ear of a New York Daily News journalist he emits the following priceless anecdote.

"We were at the Brown Derby In L.A.... Nobody knew who she was," Norman recalls. But another one of my clients, Bill Frawley, who played Fred Mertz on 'I Love Lucy,' came over to our table and said, "I'm with Joe D. He's a little shy, but he'd like to meet this lady with you."'

Norman, we're perfectly well aware that Bill Frawley played Fred on "Lucy." How stupid do you think we are?

She said, 'Who's Joe D?,'" Norman continues, paying us no heed. 'To her, baseball was a ball and a stick. Anyway, on the way out, I introduced her to Joe. He said, 'Norman, I'm going to give you a buzz tomorrow.'

"I said, 'Marilyn, he's going to ask me for your number.' She said, 'Give it to him."'

And then what happened?

$25,000 AN HOUR: That's what a marketing wizard named Darren Prince reportedly says it will cost you to have Pamela Anderson Lee show up in person at your nightclub, disco, bash, do, kegger or cotillion, with a two-hour minimum. Yet Ann Israel, who serves as Pam's personal publicist, seems to think Darren may be getting a bit ahead of himself. "I guess it's possible," Ann says, but  I doubt it."

CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES: With the big success of “The Sixth Sense" and now the imminent release of the supernatural thriller "Stir of Echoes," with Kevin Bacon, stars like Paul Sorvino are unveiling their personal scary anecdotes at social events.

"About 20 years ago I walked into a house and I heard a boom like a whole room had just dropped 12 Inches," Paul relates to a reporter, "But when I went to check out what the crash was, it was as if nothing had happened."

Maybe nothing HAD happened.

"There are beings out there," Paul adds, "we don't know anything about."

And there are other beings, known as celebrities, about whom we know far too much.

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

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