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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

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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November 9, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

MICHAEL DOUGLAS IN THE NEWS: Papers, tabs, mags and rags love nothing better these days than to give a breathless recounting of every coming and every going engaged in by film star Michael Douglas and his light of love, Catherine Zeta-Jones. For instance, here's USA Today going to considerable lengths to inform readers that Michael and Catherine recently attended an Al Gore dinner hosted by Tina Brown of Talk mag, even though Catherine's first choice would have been to go to the premiere of "The Insider" instead.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS IN THE NEWS - THE SAGA CONTINUES: We turn now to the New York Daily News, where a doughty reporter prevails on Michael to give his opinion of the vice president's showing at Tina's do.

"I'm an Al Gore supporter," the son of Kirk Douglas admits. "I like Bill Bradley, too. But I give Gore the nod because of his experience."

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: That's nothing, though, compared to another item on the same page of the Daily News that goes into some detail about the ongoing effort to finish casting the big-screen version of the old TV chestnut, "Charlie's Angels."

Latest reports have it that one of the people being considered for one of the "Angel" roles is Lucy Liu of "Ally McBeal."

Yet the flick's producer, Leonard Goldberg, freely confesses that the gal he'd really like to ink for the job is Ashley Judd.

"Ashley would be fabulous," Leonard opines. "But she's been working non-stop. Even beyond the accident, I know she wants to rest."

Of course, the "accident" to which our man refers is this thing where Ashley broke her fibula during a jet-skiing accident in Australia. Thus Lucy's candidacy.

"Production starts Dec. 6," Leonard observes. "We're talking to a lot of people, and we still have time." That's what we used to think.

BIGGEST NEWS EVER, CONTINUED: Of course, the three networks ongoing struggle for primacy in the early-morning arena is far and away the most crucial issue facing the American public since women's suffrage, and one thing we all need to bear in mind is that Steve Friedman - the producer of "The Early Show," Bryant Gumbel's new offering - is taking a very optimistic view of his program's chances.

"What we did this week (i.e., the show's first week on the air) was get on the playing field," Steve says. "Now we have to start taking on the people on the playing field. But nobody here underestimates what a long, hard struggle it's going to be. We've got to get people to say, 'We watch CBS in the morning' - and they haven't said that in 45 years."

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE: For years, magician David Copperfield and supermodel Claudia Schiffer took a lot of heat for being romantically involved with one another, for reasons about which we were never clear. Now that Claudia has considerately clarified the matter by dropping David like a hot rock, it's interesting to note that her former beau is currently squiring another supermodel around, this one named Terri Holladay, of mixed American-Vietnamese ethnicity. While we can't pretend to give you a lot of insight into Terri’s hopes and aspirations, we can report that merely being a model isn't going to satisfy her ambition. "I want to be a spokesperson," she tells a reporter. "... That's what I find challenging."

BREAKING AND ENTERING? Speaking of women, here's word that Susan Lucci - the very same Susan Lucci who has starred in "All My Children" since the close of the Boer War and won an Emmy for her pains only last year - is going to replace Bernadette Peters in the New York revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" for three wondrous holiday weeks, having presumably scared the bejeebers out of "Gun” producers Fran and Barry Weissler by auditioning for them in their living room. (That's what happens when you forget to activate the alarm system.)

ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING: We admit that we have been lax in supplying you with blow-by-blow news over controversy, surrounding the fact that songbird Mariah Carey elected to delete a duet she sang with her current boyfriend, Luis Miguel, from her current album. In the wake of much supposition to the effect that the move signaled the end of connubial happiness in the Mariah-­Luis department, Mariah herself puts the entire thing in a nutshell for an inquiring journalist.

"It just wasn't the right song," she explains. "We do sing together in private. That's much more important to me than trying to exploit a relationship by doing a duet." Exploiting a relationship by talking to a reporter about it is, apparently, a different story.

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

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