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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

November 2, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

HARD LINES IN THE CELEBRITY BUSINESS: We know what you're thinking - that a huge star like Ricky Martin has it made and has always had it made. But that's because you assume that starting out in life as a member of the teenybopper group Menudo is necessarily a cushy kind of deal. Judging by what Ricky tells the upcoming issue of USA Weekend, however, that's far from being the case.

"My personality was sabotaged in the band," Ricky charges. "We were told what to sing and what to wear, what haircut to have. I didn't know who I was. When I left the band in '89, I had to think, 'Do I like this haircut? Do I like these jeans?''' It's amazing he can still feed himself.

HAIL TO THE BILLIONAIRE: Don't forget, now, that Donald Trump is seriously mulling a White House run and may need your support. His latest brainstorm along those lines is that, if elected, he will appoint himself as U.S. trade representative, in which case he would practice a bit of tough love with certain allies of ours who are better known for eating snails than for having a lick of business sense.

"France just doesn't respect this country," The Donald opined on a Fox TV news show recently. "France is a terrible partner … They are a very disloyal group in terms of their government and I think they have to be taught respect." Sounds like a good thrashing may be in order.

A REPUTABLE SOURCE OF DISREPUTABLE NON-NEWS: We're very pleased to see that gossip dowager Liz Smith is willing to go on the record with word that multimillionaire trash novelist Danielle Steel is billing and cooing with tanning god George Hamilton. Liz even gets an unnamed "onlooker" to say, "She can't keep her hands off him."

MORE FROM LIZ: Which does not exhaust the contribution Liz has to make to the national discourse this week, for she has also returned from a luncheon with trash novelist Victoria Gotti with a snappy quote.

"This one is about Hollywood - old and new," Victoria says of her next book, which will hit the stalls soon. "And I know already the press will only be asking me questions that have nothing to do with the book." Like what? "But I'm ready for them!"

THE NEWS JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER: If you've been wasting away for lack of fresh reports concerning Barbra Streisand's fairly new marriage to James Brolin, buck up - relief is on the way, in the form of a big pair of Babs-and-Jimmy interviews in the pages of McCall's mag.

For one thing, the diva sees fit to admit that she and her husband often don't bother with clothes during a typical relaxing weekend.

"We hardly ever get dressed," she says. "We like to spend time in nature. We read to each other out loud."

The McCall's offering gets even more interesting, though, as Jimmy recalls how close he came to wimping out on his first date with the woman.

"I had my cell phone in my hand, he recalls, and I was going to call and cancel. I thought, 'I need this like a hole in the head.' I had so many disappointments in my life, I saw no future in romance."

LIFE UNDER THE BIG TOP: So many exciting things are happening lately that a lot of people seem to have forgotten that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in the middle of a squalid divorce in which "another woman" plays a role. In fact, the legal machinery pertinent to the dissolution continues to grind, and Newt's squeeze - her name is Callista Bisek - is due to sit for a deposition.

"They can come in and ask any questions they want to ask," says Randy Evans, a lawyer who is on the Newt retainer. "... We don't have anything to hide. We just want to put an end to the circus atmosphere surrounding that deposition." Can we get some cotton candy first?

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

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