Pop Culture
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 27, 2000

Sampras to take a stroke at wedding bells

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

MIX 'N' MATCH, SEE IF WE CARE: Following are the names of four beautiful young people who have recently become involved with one another matrimonially in one combination or another. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to match the names correctly.

PETE SAMPRAS: Tennis star, 28 years old.

KEVIN RICHARDSON: Backstreet Boy, also 28 years old.

KRISTIN WILLITS: Essentially a nobody, but a great-looking nobody, 29 years old.

BRIDGETTE WILSON: Played opposite Adam Sandier in "Billy Madison," once served as Miss Teen USA, 26 years old.

THE ANSWER: For your information, Pete and Bridgette have become engaged, although they haven't set a wedding date. Kevin and Kristin have gotten married, with Kevin's fellow Boys in attendance, at the Cathedral Domaine in Lexington, Ky.

CUTE FACT: Kevin and Kristin met when they were both working at Disney World.

BOTH SIDES NOW: The New York Daily News is in possession of somewhat contradictory reports concerning Martin Scorsese's project, "Gangs of New York," in which Leonardo DiCaprio is starring.

On the one hand, an unnamed "insider" says Leo got crosswise with Marty by making too many suggestions. "Marty is used to actors genuflecting before him," this person observes.

On the other hand, a "rep" for Marty begs to differ: "Marty wants an actor to participate."

Leo's own "rep" sounds a similar note: "Leonardo has long dreamed of working with Martin Scorsese. He's very committed to his vision."

ANOTHER COUNTRY HEARD FROM: Andy Rooney, a curmudgeon on and off camera, says that CBS “Early Show” anchor Julie Chen is out of line portraying herself in a series titled "Big Brother."

"It's wrong," Andy says. "It's a further deterioration of news standards."

However, Julie is experiencing nary a qualm, describing herself as "totally comfortable with doing it. I look at it as an extension of my job on 'The Early Show.'"

HEALTH NOTES: A women's footwear magnate named Steve Madden says that women should put on socks before they go to the fashion store to try on new kicks.

"It is very easy for warts to be transferred from one person to another by wearing shoes without socks," he explains. "The story of Fergie giving Princess Diana foot warts by borrowing her shoes is not far-fetched because people often underestimate how long the wart fungus can live in a shoe and still be very contagious."

A STAR ON THE HORIZON: A Belgian singer named Lara Fabian is, according to at least one press report, poised to assume the position in the hearts of the North American public heretofore occupied by Celine Dion.

Lara doesn't find the comparison odious in the least.

"It's only human," she says. "You compare refrigerators when you buy them, so why wouldn't you compare singers when you encounter two that you think have something in common?"

THINGS WE DIDN'T KNOW: We didn't know that Arthur Penn, the genius filmmaker who directed "Bonnie and Clyde," had been serving of late as head of the Actors Studio in New York. Nor did we know that Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Ellen Burstyn had been called into play to replace him. But above all we hadn't the faintest suspicion that Arthur was slated to become executive producer of the TV series "Law & Order."

CELEBRITY LESSONS: We are alarmed to see that Kelsey Grammer, the "Frasier" star who recently took an abortive stab (if you will) at playing Shakespeare's Macbeth on Broadway, apparently does not have a firm grasp of the etiquette appropriate for famous persons.

"We're folding up the tent," Kelsey says with regard to the fact that the show has been canceled in the wake of less than glowing reviews. "We put it out there and they didn't like it. It's just the way things go. A lot of people are coming and enjoying it, so I wouldn't have traded it for the world."

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

back to top