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Pop Culture: Articles for the Scripps Howard News Service & "Seen, Heard, Said"

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Gregory Corso: My encounter with a Beat legend

Golden Globes: Sleazy and proud of it

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"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
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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

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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

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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

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She married a monster from outer space

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Spurned by Pitt, Redford pays court to Damon

Celebrity coyness is bustin' out all over

"Detroit Rock City": Kiss of death

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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"

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January 4, 2000


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

SPICE MARRIAGE GOES SOUTH: It is our sad duty to begin the new millennium by reporting that Spice Girl Mel G, who changed her name from Mel B way back in 1998 to coincide with her marriage to someone named Jimmy Gulzar, whose baby she was about to give birth to, is exchanging ambulating papers with the aforenamed Jimmy.

We insert no pantywaist adverbs like "allegedly" or "reportedly" into that sentence for the excellent reason that the info comes from a statement issued by the ex-lovebirds themselves to such news organs as USA Today.

According to that journal, the note thoughtfully explains that the pair decided to separate "after a considerable amount of discussions and attempts to make the relationship work." When even a considerable amount of discussions don't do the trick, you know it's time to divvy up the Tupperware.

A HUGE RELIEF: Recently rumors went around that ex-Miss America Phyllis George and her sweetheart of several years, Charles Gargano, were no longer keeping company with one another. The beautiful pair thereupon contacted a columnist at the New York Daily News to set the record straight.

"We've been together the last seven days and haven't left each other for a minute," Charles relates. "And we spent New Year's together with family and friends on Long Island."

"I don't generally like talking about personal things," Phyllis adds, a bit unbelievably, "but Charles and I are very close. We spend a whole lot of time together. Is the relationship cooling? No. Do we have busy lives? Yes. We are all over the place. We are busy, high-profile people and we're terrific. When we can be together, we are." And here we thought it was all none of our business.

MAJOR CHANGES: Ricky Martin, who became the most famous person in the world last year because he can sing and dance pretty good, went wild just before Christmas and dyed his hair blond. Then he was spotted riding a Jet Ski off Miami Beach on New Year's Day.

"I think," his rep explains to a reporter, "the Jet Ski was a Christmas present from someone." OK, but what about the hair?

IRRESPONSIBLE GOSSIP: Someone has had the incredible gall to suggest that pop siren Britney Spears likes to exchange cozy letters with Britain's Prince William. Once again, a professional publicity representative rides to the rescue with a disclaimer, to wit; "It's not true. They are not (writing letters to each other) as far as I'm aware."

That's according to Britney flack Colleen Harris. A different Britney spokeswoman, this one named Lizzie Grubman, takes the topic to a whole different level: "Britney never comments on her personal life."

IZZATSO? And yet down at the bottom of the same column of type in USA Today we glean this interesting bit of verbiage, attributed as a direct quote from Britney.

"I'm a Christian," she tells Teen People mag. "I go to church. But my mom taught us, 'don't be ashamed of your body. It's a beautiful thing.'" Well, after all, there's really nothing very personal about your religion and your mom, is there?

CELEBRITY DOUBLETHINK: No inception of the millennium would be complete without a nice item from the pages of the New York Post, the newspaper of the future.

Accordingly, here we have "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" star Melissa Joan Hart answering allegations that she was out of line to pose seductively for photos in Maxim mag when her TV character is presented to the nation's youth as a role model.

"It wasn't intended to change my image," Melissa objects. "Someone asked me if I wanted to be on the cover of a magazine. It happened to be a magazine geared toward men and there were certain things I had to do in order to be in it. I like the pictures."

So do we, Melissa. By the way, we hear the editors at Biker Babes in Bondage want to talk to you.

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

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