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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

July 17, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY HOUSING NEWS: Word is circulating that Woody and Soon-Yi Allen are (a) planning on putting their fancy-schmancy Manhattan duplex penthouse on the market and (b) trying to get someone to pay them $15 million for it. Some experts apparently regard this as unrealistic.

"That price range is what a five-or six-bedroom pre-war grand space is selling for on Fifth Avenue in an A-plus building," an anonymous real estate broker sniffs to the New York Post. "And this is a B building."

What else?

"This building was built in 1940," she continues (for apparently we do know the broker's sex). "It's not pre-war, it's late Art Deco, which means lower ceilings, smaller rooms and maybe five or six apartments on the average floor."

In other words, $15 million may be a bit steep?

"It's his apartment," the broker admits, "and that will be a calling card for a lot of people who care. Perhaps someone who is star-struck will come up with that kind of money. It will make someone feel close to the star himself." Quite a selling point.

CELEBRITY HOUSING NEWS, PART 2: Meantime, Donald Trump made the egregious tactical error of inviting the Post to come into HIS palatial lodgings and snap a mess of pix of its grandiloquent interior. Then the editors asked a psychotherapist to take a look at the images and offer her impressions.

"He wants people to see him as an emperor," observes Sheenah Hankin (for such is the therapist's name). “The painted ceilings and glided furniture invoke Versailles, while the pillars add a Greco-Roman edge - as if Trump himself were as powerful as Julius Caesar."

"But I think this man deep down is insecure - otherwise why would he need an apartment so opulent?" As a tax write-off?

NEWS FLASHETTE: Speaking of alpha males in luxury surroundings, one print report says that Boris Yeltsin has himself a villa in Cap d'Antibes in the south of France.

ANOTHER NEWS FLASHETTE: Xavarian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., is very pleased to announce that its first annual Joseph P. DiMaggio Award will go to Henry Kissinger.

SECRETS OF THE ACTING TRADE: Here's the very lovely Courtney Thorne-Smith telling Parade mag's James Brady about life on the "Ally McBeal" set.

"We work about eight days per episode," Courtney explains. "David (Kelly, the series' creator, who also helms "The Practice" and is married to Michelle Pfeiffer) will write an eighth of a page, something like, 'Girls have a cat fight,' and we work out what that means and how to do it."

So basically Courtney doesn't do any work at all, to speak of.

"It's a long day for the crew and Calista (Flockhart, the title woman, who has been roundly harried in the press with allegations that she's too skinny). But some days I don't have to be there at all. Which is great."

And, really, isn't not having to be there what it’s all about?

SECRETS OF THE ACTING TRADE, PART 2: The New York Daily News wants you to know that a movie titled "15 Minutes" is currently lensing in downtown Gotham, with Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" in one leading role and Robert De Niro in another. Worth noting is the irony that Bobby, notoriously anti-media himself, plays a guy who loves nothing better than talking to reporters.

"Bob is a very private person," John Herzfeld, the pic's writer/director, explains. "But he separates himself from his character. That's why he's a great actor."

ANOTHER BIG STAR, BUT NOT NEARLY AS BIG AS DE NIRO: Taye Diggs, who played opposite Angela Basset in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," is quite forthcoming about telling USA Weekend that he doesn't mind it a bit that some persons of the female persuasion regard him as physically attractive.

"I'm not saying, 'Don't just see me for my body,'" Taye says. "Brad Pitt should be thankful if people like to look at him." We're not sure how Brad got into this, but OK.

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

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