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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

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August 8, 2000

Liz Hurley denies dissing ex-beau

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

A WOMAN SCORNED AND/OR MISQUOTED: Liz Hurley and her longtime boyfriend, Hugh Grant, famously agreed to go their separate ways a few weeks ago, but now someone at Jane magazine is rude enough to "quote" Liz saying that Hugh was "less than adequate" in the sexual-performance department.

Liz is very eager to state that she never said, or, indeed, thought, any such thing.

"He is fantastic in bed," she tells The Sun, a London tabloid.

But she gets much more demonstrative when talking to her namesake, gossip dowager Liz Smith.

“That statement is an utter lie!” she shrieks via trans-Atlantic phone call. "I would never, ever say one unkind word about Hugh, who I still love almost more than anybody in the world. I mean, the article said Hugh watched TV in bed. We don't even have a telly in the bedroom!”

"I am terribly upset, but mostly for Hugh's sake. He was always fantastic. And I will get to the bottom of this, I promise you.” Hey, don't look at us.

THE NEW FAMILY: You know, of course, that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are not only expecting a child together but have definite plans to become married sometime after the bambino comes to light. What you don't know, maybe, is what Michael's son Cameron, age 21, has to say about the whole thing.

"I'm so happy for my father and Catherine that I don't care if it's a boy or a girl," Cameron tells a reporter. "I don't think they've really set the (wedding) date yet. I think Catherine wants to slim down first before she puts on a wedding dress.”

THE WRITER'S ART: Novelist Jay McInerney may not write the best books in the world every time he sets pen to paper, but he is pretty unsurpassed at getting mentioned in the New York tabloid press. For instance, here we have the New York Post observing that Jay recently decided to give up on the Cuba‑themed novel he's been working on - but why?

“I wanted to work a time theme," Jay explains, "with Cuba frozen in 1959. But I think I missed my chance. You can have the most authentic 1950s vintage cars sweeping down a crumbling Havana boulevard, but if the passengers are yipping away on cell phones, it really ruins the nostalgic atmosphere." So falsify your material like other writers and quit whining!

MODERN DIVORCE: More proof that famous and/or royal persons don't have to stay at daggers drawn once they put the quietus to their marriages comes in the form of word that Sarah Ferguson and her former husband, Prince Andrew, currently are availing themselves of the services of the same fitness expert, Josh Salzman. People mag even says Fergie 'n' Andy's sessions with Josh sometimes follow hard upon each other.

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Fresh from his quasi-triumph in the moderately successful movie "The X-Men," Patrick Stewart - he of the hairless pate and stentorian manner, both of which served him well on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - says he's talking to filmmakers about maybe starring in the movie version of those highly popular "Harry Potter" tales, but not, presumably, as the boy wizard of the title.

ROMANTIC GOSSIP: Matthew McConaughey hasn't been much in the news since the time he was arrested playing the conga drums while unclothed, but now we're hearing that he's got something going with a woman named Salli Richardson.

In light of the fact that reps for both these beautiful young people strongly deny that their clients are anything more than "friends," we would like to invoke a few pertinent names.

Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern

Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Reps for every single one of them issued similar denials when word of each pairing was first bruited. We leave the matter to you.

READY FOR THE POP QUIZ?: Name the TV show in which Matthew's "friend" Salli appears each week.

A:           "The X-Files."

B:           "Survivor."

C:          "Family Law."

The answer is C, but don't get complacent. Harder questions are in your future.

EEEEKKK!: Now that Michelle Pfeiffer is appearing in the scary film "What Lies Beneath," it's no surprise that she's got something to say to a reporter about her long-term experience with movies of that genre.

“Just ask my husband,”  Michelle says, referring to David E. Kelley, mastermind of "Ally McBeal” and "The Practice." "I'm such a good target at horror films. I'm so gullible. I've actually been the only one in a crowded audience to let out a blood-curdling scream.” That must be awfully embarrassing for poor David.

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

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