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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

June 20, 2000

Queen rewards Tina Brown for demoralizing American readers

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND: They say the sun never sets on the Union Jack, but that was before Queen Elizabeth II made Tina Brown - ex-editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, current editor of Talk - a Commander in the Order of the British Empire the other day.

MORE REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: USA Today says that filmmaker Edward Burns' "rep" declines to comment on reports in the New York Observer saying that Ed has recently (a) plunked down $2.4 million for John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Manhattan condo and (b) broken up with his steady girlfriend, Heather Graham, though not necessarily in that order.

ANNALS OF JOURNALISM: Picture, if you will, a New York Post reporter hanging out at a benefit party in New York. Suddenly our reporter spots the beautiful Daisy Fuentes, of "America's Funniest Home Videos," spooning with a man named Matt Goss. An introduction is requested.

"He's a singer," Daisy explains. "His album is being released by Universal in January and it's brilliant."

ANOTHER FORTHCOMING CELEB: Then we have Jane Fonda talking to Oprah Winfrey about the bust-up of Jane's marriage to media mogul Ted Turner, in the pages of Oprah's new periodical, O magazine.

"Sex and intimacy are not the same," Jane says. "You can have sex all your life and never be intimate with a person. There has to be empathy in the relationship. You have to enjoy seeing through their eyes. When you're with them, you're there and you're not thinking about what you're gonna do tomorrow," like speak in an excruciatingly personal vein to a perfect stranger for publication.

SIMPLE EXPLANATIONS: Not long ago, a certain woman was reportedly spotted leaving a Manhattan hotel suite retained by Rob Lowe, of "The West Wing" fame. When the person who did the spotting reached Rob's people in hopes of garnering a comment, here's what was said:

"Rob has three rooms booked in his name in the Ritz-Carlton. His assistant stays in one of them. His assistant has been having an ongoing relationship with this girl." You're sure it's his assistant and not his invisible playmate?

TV NEWS IN THE NEWS: Apparently, some observers are still tittering over the fact that the Fox network covered the '96 elections by running the movie "Beethoven," starring Charles Grodin and a big dog. Now, as the 2000 elections heave into view, Fox has no less a news veteran than Brit Hume on board to assure us that the network has big plans this time.

"We concede nothing to the broadcast networks," Brit says. "Our operation is ready. We've got a team of political analysts that I'm proud of."

MORE CONFUSION: Many onlookers were touched to see Kevin Costner and his ex-wife Cindy having a perfectly fine time in each other's company recently when one of their daughters graduated from 8th grade, although each Costner had a current flame in tow. Things get a bit murky, though, when the New York Daily News says Kevin was overheard introducing his girlfriend, Christine Baumgarten, to friends as "my fiancée."

"Kevin and Christine are dating," a "Costner confidante" objects, "but they're definitely not engaged."

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Urgent press reports say Whoopi Goldberg has inked a pact ensuring that she will continue to serve as the center "square" on "Hollywood Squares" through 2002.

ARNOLD'S LAST DESPERATE GAMBIT: Nothing could be more obvious than that the heyday of well-muscled, middle-aged
action movie stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone is over and done with, but apparently no one has informed Arnold of this fact. Indeed, here he is talking to a journalist about his big plans for future filmmaking, which include not one but two projects with director James Cameron - a second sequel to "The Terminator" and a first sequel to "True Lies."

"A script (for a 'True Lies' project) is being written as we speak," Arnold says. "It's a film that Jim will definitely produce. If he will direct it or not, I don't know yet because he never makes up his mind until the script is all done and perfect."

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

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