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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 29, 2000

'Mod Squad' immortal dishes couple du jour

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY SPY: The legendary Clarence Williams III once occupied the exalted show-biz position of portraying "Linc" on the old "Mod Squad" show, inspiring several generations of hipster wannabes to hunker down behind shades and look impassive.

Now he's sunk so low that we find him making the following report to People mag concerning the time he spent on the set of "Reindeer Games," starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron.

"Ben's lady Gwyneth flew in to see him all the time on the set," observes Clarence, with reference to Ben's on-again-off-again gal pal of record, Gwyneth Paltrow. "They would be standing in the snow holding hands. People would gasp because it was like the Golden Couple had arrived. Standing there were two Oscar winners."

Clarence, really, don't you have a better way to put in your time?

"They're gorgeous, they have lots of money and fame. You almost want to bow to them." No, we don't. OK, yes, we do.

ANCIENT HISTORY: It seems like eons ago that an award show known as the Grammys was keeping everyone on tenterhooks about who would win, who would show up mostly undressed (Jennifer Lopez, as it turned out), and which superannuated hippie would take home most of the marbles (Carlos Santana).

Only now, though, does word leak through to us that certain well-known musicians attending a post-Grammys party in honor of Arista records top dog Clive Davis had substantive remarks to make about this deal where Clive's bosses at BMG want to push him into retirement.

A New York Post reporter made the rounds at the do and got former Band mate Robbie Robertson, among others, to reflect on the matter.

"He (i.e., Clive) was there when I was the guitar player in Bob Dylan's backup band," Robbie recalls, "so I know Clive for a very long time. He will do well however all this plays out. You've heard of 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina.' Now you can add 'Don't Cry for Me, Clive Davis.'" Robbie, you might want to consider taking that particular bon mot back to the drawing board.

THE IMPENDING DOUGLAS/ZETA-JONES NUPS: Of course, no column would be complete without some fresh intelligence about the matrimonial plans of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Accordingly, here we have word via the New York Daily News that Michael has ordered 134 ounces of caviar and 362 bottles of Dom Perignon for the reception. The News, very helpfully, goes on to break down those quantities in terms of U.S. currency, to wit: the caviar will cost about $25,000, the bubbly $75,000. You do the math on how that boils down in terms of cost per unit.

THAT WHICH IS TRULY IMPORTANT: Meantime, word is going around that Lisa Kudrow of "Friends" fame is agitating with the show's producers to shoot the award-winning sitcom in the noggin after another season or two for the excellent reason that the young folks in the cast are getting less young all the time, thereby presenting credibility issues in terms of their broadcast personas as aimless, shallow 20somethings. But at least one of Lisa's people is hesitant when it comes to the concept that Lisa feels more strongly about this than anyone else.

"I know Lisa does believe this," her "rep" admits. "I understand the others feel the same way. I don't know that she's necessarily the ringleader, but I think she wants this to end in a credible way rather than just continuing on because of the money." Once again, the name of the planet Lisa hails from?

TINSEL AND SNOW: For us, it’s a dream come true to learn that John Travolta is going to portray a TV weatherman who gets mired in a lottery scam in an upcoming movie titled "Numbers," and the fact that his missus, Kelly Preston, is a co-star makes the circumstance all the sweeter.

Interest is heightened by a report that the producers arranged for some scenes to be shot with artificial snow in Hollywood instead of with the real white stuff on location in Harrisburg, Pa., in an effort to accommodate Kelly, who is pregnant.

Lest anyone imagine that this was a matter of celebrity high-handedness, though, studio spokesman Peter Silverman wants you to understand that, although "part of the reason (for the phony snow) was to accommodate John and Kelly ... John did shoot some scenes in Harrisburg. And he never said, 'I won't do this.'" Peter goes on to observe that it's easier to act when it's not 30 below. (Hey, try writing with mittens sometime.)

A PARTING SALVO: And then there's ace filmmaker George Lucas, who, according to an item in USA Today, recently gave a talk at the University of California at Berkeley during which he made certain rather immoderate and even unequivocal remarks about the Fourth Estate, specifically characterizing the entertainment media as "shallow, full of a lot of erroneous assumption and sensationalized to the point of being fabricated ..."

Next week: George fails drug test, banned from baseball.

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

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