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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 19, 2000

Liz Hurley wins in war of words with
Jane mag

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

STOP THE PRESSES? A few weeks ago the big "news" was that Jane magazine had quoted Liz Hurley as saying, in effect, that ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant's lovemaking skills left much to be desired, with Liz subsequently claiming all over the place that she had never issued any such canard and Jane mag top editor Jane Pratt sticking to her guns. Now Jane's guns seem to have come unstuck as the New York Daily News reports that she's done an about-face, conceding for the record that the audiotapes of Liz's interview "contain no derogatory statement by Ms. Hurley about Mr. Grant." Nothing like a call from a high-priced lawyer to enhance the sound quality of such tapes.

TRUMP WOMEN: Meantime, here's a report that lvana Trump was very upset recently when her pet, a 10-year-old miniature black poodle (you'd think Ivana could afford a full-size one), turned up missing. Fortunately, some anonymous do-gooder happened across the pooch and took it to a vet. Even more fortunately, the vet turned out to be the very practitioner who normally cares for the four-legged charmer.

The upshot is that Nana says she wants to reward the rescuer with a cash gift of $1,000 if and when that person steps forward.

MULTIPLE CHOICE: Pick the sentence that actually was printed in People magazine.

  1. “Terminator 2's" Edward Hilton was spotted hanging out with hotel heir Paris Palmas at La Hilton, an L.A. supper club.
  2. "Terminator 2's" Edward Palmas was spotted hanging out with Hilton Paris at Furlong, an L.A. supper club.
  3. “Terminator 2's" Edward Furlong was spotted hanging out with hotel heiress Paris Hilton at Las Palmas, an L.A. supper club.

The answer is 3. If you guessed 1 or 2, your driver's license is hereby revoked.

TV NOTES FROM ALL OVER: As you know, Geena Davis is the latest ex-movie star to throw in the towel and take a job in series TV, obviously figuring that being a big fish in the small television pond beats the heck out of being a small, chronically unemployed fish in that big body of water known as theatrical moviemaking. In any case, gossip dowager Liz Smith happens to run into Geena, who offers this breathless statement about the work involved in her new undertaking.

"It has been so much fun," Geena says. "I had no idea I would enjoy doing television like this. We have five shows in the can and I am ready to go." So are we, but we have to finish the column first.

MORE TV NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Alex Kingston, the British lady who used to be married to no less an art-house stud muffin than Ralph Fiennes, will have a word or two to say in the pages of Parade when the mag hits the sidewalks and lawns of the U.S. on Sunday, especially with regard to "ER," the popular NBC television program in which she plays a doctor who talks funny.

"It's official that we'll be back next year," Alex observes, quite as though everyone in the world didn't already know that. "I hope it goes on and on. And when it ends, I probably won't want to return to England. I'll work there - I'm not washing my hands of my own country. But there's an amazing energy here (in the U.S.). This country is enormous, so many travel opportunities. England is so insular."

Of course, Alex is quite right to say so, because England is an island, and the root of "insular" is "insula," Latin for "island."

"Just compare your cities, L.A. to Chicago to New York, all so different."

Sorry, Alex, we thought you were finished.

"I don't know if I'd apply for citizenship," Alex goes on (and on and on). "But I've been here on a visa. Now I'm applying for my green card."

We hope you'll keep us posted on all that, Alex, and now if you don't mind...

GALS, CONTINUED: Sarah Michelle Geller of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame was supposed to be involved with throwing a big pre-Emmy party at La Boheme in West Hollywood a couple of weeks ago, but she had to deal with one conspicuous no-show - herself.

Kim Catrall of "Sex and the City" was there, as were David Schwimmer ("Friends") and Bill Maher ("Politically Incorrect") - but no Sarah! Someone at People mag therefore contacts Marisa McGrath, a Sarah publicist, in hopes of obtaining information about the star's odd absence.

"She had the stomach flu."

We're going to need to see a note from her doctor.

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

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