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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

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August 17, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Ordinary people like the ones who read this column probably think there's nothing simpler than to come up with an idea for a movie, decide on the appropriate actors, shoot the darn thing and get it into plexes.

That's why Robert Redford's current experience with a film project based on a golfing book titled "The Legend of Bagger Vance" is instructive.

According to the New York Daily News, Robert's original idea was that he himself would play the tale's central duffer. Then, belatedly realizing that he's far too old for the part, the resourceful Sundancer got his people to approach Brad Pitt's people about the role. There ensued a number of weeks during which Brad's people kept Robert's people hanging, finally to decline any involvement in the project.

Next Robert sent out feelers to Matt Damon. As of this writing, Matt hasn't given the project the nod one way or the other.
"We're hoping to go forward with Matt," a Redford rep says, with touching hopefulness. "Right now it's all a matter of scheduling."

ROMANTIC NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Jerry Hall, having disembarrassed herself of philandering rocker husband Mick Jagger, reportedly has gone on a yachting trip with Microsoft multibillionaire Paul Allen.

BABBLING BROOKE: Once again we are indebted to Brooke Shields for giving the lie to the idea that a celebrity's personal business is none of ours. This time she's telling Mirabella mag all kinds of intimate stuff, such as the following remark about her views on single motherhood.

"'I don't have a moral issue with doing it on my own, if I have to," she observes. "I grew up with a single parent, and though it's not my ultimate goal, I would definitely do it alone."

Nor is this the extent of Brooke's candor.

"Every time I go to the doctor," the "Suddenly Susan" star continues, "I say, 'Can I still make a baby, can I still make a baby? How much time do I have? What am I going to do, find a sire?"

THE TRAVOLTA TIMES: Here's word that John Travolta has raised the hackles of some of his Maine neighbors by allegedly flying his jet far too low and too close to their domiciles.

"He was not 500 feet from my windows," neighbor Agatha Cabaniss tells a reporter. "Everyone's entitled to make some noise once in a while, but this was egregious."

THE TRAVOLTA TIMES, CONTINUED: Equally if not more egregious is the unfortunate fact that John had a spot of bother on the set of his new sci-fi movie, "Battlefield Earth," not long ago. According to a report, he began laughing about something and proceeded to topple over on the futuristic 2-foot-high platform shoes the scenario calls upon him to wear.

"He just started laughing hysterically and stumbled in his boots," Travolta spokeswoman Pamela Godrey admits. "He didn't hurt himself, and he's fine." Tell him he shouldn't fly so low, though.

THE NEWS, MERCIFULLY, IN BRIEF: Meantime, rocker Sting tells Esquire mag why he finds it advantageous to stay faithful to his wife: "It just makes you more attractive to women if you're not necessarily open game." But then, what's the point?

TRENCHANT POLITICAL ANALYSIS: Far be it from the New York Post to miss an opportunity to point out that Al Gore won't necessarily have the Hollywood vote in the bag when election time rolls around next year. Indeed, the rag is rather gleeful about opining that actor-producer-director Warren Beatty might well throw his hat in the ring, thereby draining a good deal of Tinseltown support away from our current veep.

"It doesn't look like Gore has a lock on Hollywood at all," the Post gets political analyst Holly Bailey to surmise. "Everyone looks at Hollywood as Clinton-Gore country, but it's really always been more Clinton country than Gore country."

WHERE'S A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER WHEN YOU NEED ONE? Perhaps our favorite reason of all time for shutting down a production company comes from Michelle Pfeiffer, who gives Premiere mag the following rationale for shutting down hers: "I just don't want to be that busy." Neither do we. Can we, stop writing now?

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

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