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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

August 24, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CRONKITE AND TRUMP IN NEW YORK SHOWDOWN: It was bound to happen sooner or later - that Walter Cronkite, the most trusted individual in this part of the galaxy, and Donald Trump, one of the most heavy-handed real-estate billionaires in history, would find themselves at loggerheads.

The deal is that Donald is behind the idea of putting a great big new edifice in a Manhattan neighborhood near the U.N. building, a project to which Walter is adamantly opposed.

"Our lawyers and our zoning people say there were failures in the process of gaining permission to build," the former CBS News god tells the New York Daily News, doubtless in those famous avuncular tones. "There are also problems of a construction nature ... There exists a serious set of violations that could pose a physical danger to persons unlucky enough to be in the vicinity while work is going on."

Reached for comment, the former husband of Ivana Trump and Maria Maples Trump characterizes Walter's strictures as "totally preposterous."

"I've got my building permits," he goes on. "The building is well under construction, and we've sold a vast amount of units. If a building permit was ever taken away after it was issued, no bank in the world would ever invest in New York City again, and the city would have huge liability.”

And, really, Walter, isn't that what it's all about?

A FASHION FOE PAW: The editors at Ello and Mirabella magazines must have egg all over their faces at the realization - its right there in USA Today for all the world to see - that Ashley Judd (on the cover of Elle) and Mira Sorvino (inside Mirabella) are shown wearing Gucci outfits that,if not identical, are very, very similar.

"Certain things stand out in collections," explains Mirabella fashion director Michelle Morgan, "especially when you're dressing celebrities, and Gucci is perfect for them in every way, shape and form. Right now, from models to celebrities, there's a resurgence of glamour, sex appeal and sophistication in a very '70s way and, overall, Gucci just reeks of sex." Maybe room freshener will help.

ON THE VERY SAME PAGE OF USA TODAY: Here's nutritionist-to­ the-stars Carrie Latt Wiatt reflecting on all the top celebrities she's helped get slim, among them Dennis Quaid, Sela Ward, James Cameron, Kate Winslet, Heather Locklear, Alfre Woodard, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen and Jennifer Aniston.

"Jennifer Aniston lost 30 pounds with me six years ago," Carrie recalls. "This was before 'Friends.' She had to look a certain way to go out and audition, like every actress. On my program, Jennifer lost all the weight in three months. Here was an actress who wanted to work. I think she looks great" So do we!

MILLENNIAL, MOPERY, DOPERY: One recent matter of at least slight interest was word that Sarah, the Duchess of York, wanted to get the job of dropping the ball at midnight in Times Square on New Year's Eve - a rumor that excited many guffaws in New York. But reliable intelligence suggests otherwise.

"Fergie is not pursuing it," says her publicist, Howard Rubenstein (He calls her "Fergie"?)

INCIPIENT MATERNITY NEWS: You already knew that Molly Ringwald recently got spliced to her longtime light-of-love, writer Valery Lamenigere, but maybe you didn't know that some are saying Molly is also currently great with child. Fortunately, her manager - a fellow named Jason Weinberg - is not loath to confirm the rumor.

"They are both thrilled," he says, referring, we suppose, to Molly and Valery (though he doesn't specify).

HARD NEWS THE HARD WAY: A Daily News columnist is very excited to tell everyone that TV talking head Jack Ford, currently employed by NBC, "expects to join ABC very soon."

Reached for comment, Jack says: "It looks that way."

Apparently deeming this too soft a response to so earth-shattering a piece of news, the columnist in question presses for something more definite.

"I can't say anything yet," Jack replies. "I'd rather wait for the official announcement." That clinches it!

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

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