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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

March 23, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

FAMILY PLANNING: We have come to believe that celebrities are unfairly criticized for being privacy-obsessed because judging by what we're seeing lately, famous persons and those who work for them are nothing if not ready at a moment's notice to talk about the most intimate details of their personal lives.

For instance, here's Elizabeth Hurley - famous as the star of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and as Hugh Grant's steady girlfriend - talking about her innermost feelings on the topic of children.

"I don't think I'm really ready to be a responsible parent right yet," she recently advised the "Good Morning America" TV audience, adding: "I'm sure the urge will ... overtake me soon. Yeah, I'm sure. I'm sure."

FAMILY PLANNING 2: In a similar vein, HBO big shot Michael Fuchs recently had a good deal to tell a New York Daily News reporter about his own familial plans as they pertain to his sweetie, Michelle Charters, with whom he admits he is "discussing marriage."
"We'd love to have children," Mikey says. "I see that as the only reason TO get married."

Michael also is good enough to explain that he and Michelle, if they get hitched, won't waste a lot of time being engaged beforehand.
"I'm 53," Michael explains, "and at my age you don't do the kind of things associated with the normal plans leading up to a marriage."

FAMILY PLANNING 3: Meantime, Parade mag's Walter Scott has gratified another reader by finding out what country warbler Deana Carter is looking to do in the near future. Specifically, Walter asks if children might be in the cards for Deana and her spouse, Chris DiCroce.

"When we feel more settled," Deana says. "I'd like to have two kids by the time I'm 40." (She is currently 33, so that's one child every 3-1/2 years.)

HOUSE-HUNTING: It seems a bit premature for anyone to speculate about what names Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston might give their hypothetical offspring, since they have said nothing about such intentions, but its apparently not too early for People mag to report that a pair of Southern California real-estate agents say they are helping the celebrity duo in a quest for housing.

"They are the salt of the earth," says one agent. Fortunately, the other one goes into more detail about the search itself.

"It didn't suit them," he says of one property, billed here as a "rambling 70-year-old beach house." "They were looking for something a little bit more modern, and they were looking for more privacy, too.” Still, the fellow stipulates that the couple "were delightful, charming and polite."

EXTENDED FAMILY: Speaking of Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow - to whom Brad was once engaged - was seen in the wake of her recent Oscar triumph in the company of an actor named Scott Speedman. Accordingly, speculation abounds.

"Scott has become a very good friend of the whole Paltrow family," claims Steven Huvane, who is employed as Gwyneth's flack. “What you were seeing was a nice, warm feeling of a good friend toward a family. Scott is like a little brother to her." (It seems Gwyneth is three years Scott's senior.)

But an unnamed observer begs to differ with Steve: “They're definitely a couple," this person says.

(Is it worth noting that Scott is playing opposite Gwyneth in "Duets," the movie Gwyneth's dad, Bruce, is producing and in which Brad was originally slated to appear? No? Fine, we'll go on to the next item.)

THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE: Not long ago we regaled you with word that Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, co-stars of the teen movie "Cruel Intentions," are (a) expecting a child and (b) expecting to become married to one another before the due date. Such foreknowledge gives telling context to something Ryan told a reporter about the movie scene in which his character jilts Reese's character.

"The scene I have to break up with Reese in the movie was awful," Ryan recalls. "I actually threw up that day."

WE'RE FEELING A BIT QUEASY, TOO: Finally, it must be worth nothing that John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn have been named the greatest actor and actress, respectively, of this rapidly expiring century - but according to whom? According to a poll by Reuters/Zogby, that's whom. Maybe Reuters doesn't know anything about acting, but everyone knows Zogby wrote the book.

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

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