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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

May 25, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

INSIDE BROADCASTING: Now that the very last episode of “Melrose Place" has come and gone, USA Today is at pains to let you know that producer Aaron Spelling was really taken by surprise when the folks at Fox let him know a few months back that they were shooting his popular and lucrative program in the noggin.

"I didn't see it coming," Aaron ruefully admits.

Network honcho Doug Herzog elucidates the matter as follows.

"Creatively, it had run its course. ... Clearly its ratings heyday had passed. The show is far from dead, but the key is to get out while it still has life. People expect Fox to be fresh." No, people expect Fox to be garbage, but that's just our quibble.

CELEBRITY UNHAPPINESS: Most likely you're already perfectly aware that the producers of the Broadway revival of the Irving Berlin chestnut "Annie Get Your Gun" were reportedly at loggerheads with Rosie O'Donnell, who supposedly didn't want to let the show's cast come on her talkfest and sing songs about firearms, the availability of which she is adamantly opposed to. But you may not know what Rosie's flack, the redoubtable Lois Smith, had to say about the whole thing.

"You don't change Irving Berlin," Lois points out, "and Rosie would never think of asking anyone to do that. I have great respect for the press, but I don't understand stories being twisted and turned."

It gives us something to write about, Lois - you, of all people, should know that.

MORE 'ANNIE' NEWS: Meantime, speculation has been running rampant that Bernadette Peters, currently appearing in "Annie Get Your Gun," may eventually be replaced in the role by Dolly Parton. However, it seems to be just that - speculation, and bootless speculation withal.

"I don't believe Dolly has any interest in doing a musical," says "Annie" producer Barry Weissler. "Hopefully, we can do something else with her in the future." Like send out for pizza.

INSIDE MOTION PICTURES: Obviously, shooting the big-budget remake of "The Mummy" was no bed of roses for the cast and crew - witness the testimony in People mag of actor Arnold Vosloo, who essayed the pic's title role, with regard to scenes in which the Bandaged One is interred.

"When you're buried alive," Arnold reflects, “strange thoughts go through a man's mind. Honestly, I prayed to God there wouldn't be an earthquake because they would forget about me." As it is, we've already forgotten about him anyway.

FEAR OF FLYING: Among successful, wealthy celebrities who are scaredy-cats about getting into an airplane and taking off in it, Whoopi Goldberg is one. Here's Walter Scott in Parade mag explaining to a reader that the Whoopster therefore opts to travel from East Coast to West, so that she can appear in the new version of "The Hollywood Squares," by means of a fancy­schmancy bus outfitted with her comfort in mind.

"It's a relaxing time for Whoopy," a "friend" of hers tells Walter. "She's a voracious reader and takes a stack of the newest books to pass the time.” None of those lame old books by people like Chaucer and Shakespeare, we're relieved to note.

EEK!: Let's listen in as Geena Davis tells a rapt reporter about one of her upcoming projects, namely a film version of the E.B. White children's classic, "Stuart Little," about the adventures of a plucky rodent.

"I've seen scenes now with the finished mouse,” Geena says. "He's so adorable, you can't believe he's not a live mouse. His little ears are translucent; you can see the veins and his little whiskers." Geena, stop, you're scaring the heck out of us.

LIFE IMITATES ART, THOUGH INEXACTLY: Remember a few days ago when news broke that a cruise ship went down off Malaysia? Happily, all aboard were rescued - thanks in part to the crew's familiarity with the movie "Titanic," according to Capt. Sven Hartzell.

"Perhaps they knew they were working at sea," the captain opines, with reference to his underlings' viewings of the cinematic blockbuster, "and what they saw in the movie could well happen to them."

Sort of like real-life astronauts watching "Apollo 13" and coming away with a fresh appreciation of the inadvisability of breathing in outer space.

Wait, though, there's more.

"The water had come in," Hartzel says of his foundering vessel. "I don't know from where, but it went into the ship.” If you watch "Titanic" again, Captain, you'll see the water actually comes in from the ocean.

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

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