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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

February 15, 2000

Memo to 'Hannibal' producers: Get Najimy while the getting's good

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Everyone knows that Jodie Foster has declined to re-create her "Silence of the Lambs" role as FBI agent Clarice Starling for the sequel, "Hannibal." What everyone doesn't know is who she will be replaced by, and the signs out there are very confusing, not to say contradictory.

For instance, on Feb. 9 Liz Smith claimed that Angelina Jolie, who has emerged hotter than ever from 'Girl, Interrupted,' may be the one to step into Clarice's pumps. On the other hand, the Feb. 14 issue of USA Today is pretty categorical in saying, "The ubiquitous Julianne Moore is in final negotiations" to do Clarice.

If either or both of those fine actresses were to fall through, there's always Kathy Najimy.

HOW DO YOU SPELL HER NAME? That's K-a-t-h-y N-a-j-i-m-y, who, as you know, has been filling a supporting role on the TV sitcom "Veronica's Closet" for the last few seasons. As fate would have it, she's leaving the show after this year.

"There's no scandal here," she says. Of course there isn't, there's only scandal when someone leaves a good show.

MORE CASTING NOTES: Fans of Mark Wahlberg should be very, very happy indeed to learn that their boy is replacing Brad Pitt as the lead in a movie titled "Metal God," about heavy-metal rockers. For the role, Mark is walking around these days with hair that comes down to here. Is it real hair, though?

"He's had some hair extensions," a "source" tells the New York Daily News. "They're painful. He's had trouble sleeping. And it gets into his mouth. But he wants to live the role." Hair extensions are painful?

LET 'EM EAT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS' WORTH OF CAKE: And here's the Daily News with an item that has Adam Sandler treating a group of 65 friends, "including Edward Norton, Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, Dana Carvey, Ozzy Osbourne, Harvey Keitel and Henry Winkler," to dinner at a Beverly Hills bistro to the total tune of $5,300. (Ozzy Osbourne?)

CAMPAIGN SHOCKER: Then there's a story making the rounds that presidential candidate Al Gore, much to the chagrin of other paying customers at the Sheraton New York Hotel, rather high­handedly caused a treadmill to be moved to a private room for his personal use during a recent stay there.

Fortunately, a reporter manages to track down one of Al's reps, who explains that the move was undertaken as a security measure.

"Sometimes he has a treadmill sent up to his room," this person goes on to elaborate, "sometimes he uses a gym, and other times he runs outside. It all depends on his schedule." Fascinating.

INCIPIENT CELEBRITY PARENTHOOD: Music and fashion fans will be transfixed upon learning that David Bowie and his wife, the beautiful Iman, have announced that they expect Iman to produce a child in less than nine months.

"It's been a long and patient wait for our baby," David says in a statement, "but both Iman and I wanted the circumstances to be absolutely right and didn't want to find ourselves working flat-out during the first couple of years of the baby's life." It's a good thing he told us.

UNDER THE SIGN OF LEO: Speaking of People magazine, here's Virginie Ledoyen - she co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Beach" telling one of its doughty reporters that Leo, despite his extraordinary fame, is actually a regular sort of person.

"He's just a nice guy," she observes. "Like any guy of 25. Sweet. Playful. He makes jokes. He's very simple. He doesn't act like a superstar. He's really normal, I swear." So those stories about the webbed feet aren't true, we guess.

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

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