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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 7, 2000

Seinfeld eyes East Hampton manse: Where's the welcome wagon?

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE: You can stop worrying that Jerry Seinfeld is barely managing to make ends meet now that he's no longer permanently employed, because here's word that he and his bride, Jessica Sklar, are fixing to purchase Billy Joel's place in East Hampton. The spread comprises 12 acres, and they're highly expensive acres, too - the buzz is that the place comes with a price tag in the $40 million range.

Fortunately, a Jerry employee is on hand to tell the New York Post that the whole thing is on the up and up. "Yes, Jerry is buying Billy's house," says Elizabeth Clarke, who apparently is on a first-name basis with both stars.

The only possible fly in the ointment is the fact that Billy's ex-­neighbors-to-be seem to have conceived a powerful fondness for him.

"We like that Seinfeld is coming," says East Hamptonite Steven Gaines, a book author (just don't ask us what books he's written because we don't have any idea), "but Billy Joel is really beloved out here. He lived here quietly and happily. Nothing against Seinfeld, but we'd rather have them both." Maybe if Jessica goes in search of greener connubial pastures (it's happened before), Jerry and Billy can room together.

CELEBRITY PRINCIPLES - A CASE STUDY: Sela Ward not only has a big TV hit series on her hands with "Once and Again" but recently starred in a TV movie titled "Catch a Falling Star." As if these didn't constitute enough professional triumphs for any one woman, she also helms a Lifetime documentary on women and aging called "The Changing Face of Beauty" that is scheduled to air March 19.

Sela, as you know, is 43 years old and looking great.

"We need to embrace whatever age we are and own it," she tells USA Today. "We live inauthentically and do violence to ourselves when we lie about how old we are."   
But wait - a mere two or three paragraphs later, she's equivocating on the subject of plastic surgery.

"I don't know that I have the courage NOT to have plastic surgery," she reflects. "The thing for me is not deciding to have it or not. It's about how we feel inside - that strong center of knowing that I'm OK no matter how old or thin I am." In other words: If you wake up one morning on the operating table, don't fight it.

CELEBRITY DENIALS: Jeannette Walls, one of our gossip colleagues who is on staff at MSNBC, has been exciting a lot of pother lately with her book, "Dish," in which she apparently digs up a bit of dirt on all kinds of famous persons. Among those feeling stung, according to an item in the New York Daily News, is editor Harold Evans, who takes exception to certain allegations Jeanette makes in "Dish" concerning the nature of Harold's courtship with his wife, Tina Brown of "Talk."

"Tina did not 'stalk' me with passionate love letters," as Jeanette implied, Harold says in a letter to her publisher. "The implication is wrong and malicious. We both wrote to each other over a long period when we were on different continents." That was before e­mail.

CELEBRITY REVELATIONS: Speaking of books and the people who write them, a scribe named Tom King is drawing some attention with a tome he has written titled "David Geffen: A Biography of the New Hollywood," which purports to give the seamy side of David's phenomenal success as a show-biz entrepreneur, as encapsulated by Tom as follows:

"It became clear that Geffen would do or say almost anything to wangle introductions, build relationships and win clients." Isn't there a federal statute against building relationships?

CELEBRITY POP QUIZ: On the occasion of the release of her new movie, "The Next Best Thing," Madonna sees fit to speak candidly to People magazine about her real-life love affair with British film director Guy Ritchie. Pick the correct quote below and win a big prize.

  1. "It's no big deal. Mainly we're attracted to each other physically, and even that's starting to wear off. And he's a skinflint."
  2. "It's a serious relationship. It's excellent. I have an enormous amount of respect for him as a person, his work, his talent. He's very bright."

Of course the correct quote is 2. If you chose correctly, you will be receiving a prize from Publishers Clearinghouse in the mail tomorrow or the next day.

CELEBRITY CANDOR: Several generations of men have habitually paid court to women to the musical accompaniment of Barry White, so the question is: What does Barry White listen to when he's pitching woo?

"I don't need no music for no seduction," Barry recently advised the TV show "20/20 Downtown." "I just get in the mood, and get my lady together, and we're gonna go to work."

Barry, take our advice - try one of those pre-assembled ladies, it’s much less time-consuming.

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

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