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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

September 21, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

THE DIVA AND HER CONSORT: Presumably because she's got a brand-new album coming out, Barbra Streisand - normally a bit too big for her britches to talk to the press unless there's an excellent reason to do so - is not shy about telling publications like USA Today some of the dynamics behind her choice of such tunes as Gershwin's "Isn't It a Pity (We Never Met Before?)."

"It has a lot of meaning for us," the Streisand woman says, with reference to her current husband, former "Marcus Welby, M.D." second banana James Brolin, "because we both wish we had met years ago."

But then we wouldn't have such good stuff to put in the column now.

THE DIVA AND HER CONSORT - LOUDER AND FUNNIER: Meantime, James Brolin-Streisand himself talks to USA Weekend about his and his wife's recent extracurricular activities.

"We just had the first 30-day vacation of our lives," James recalls, adding that they spent those days in England and Ireland and that the trip made them lust for further adventures in a travel vein.

"What if we took a house somewhere, like in Tuscany, for three or six months?" James says they asked themselves. "We love to travel, but we don't mind going back to the same places; we're easy." And not just easy but very, very rich.

AERODYNAMICAL NEWS: It seems we've done little recently except keep you apprised of the amateur airplane-pilot activities of wealthy stars like John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And here we have word that Cruise has purchased for himself a couple of high-ticket aircraft, namely a Gulfstream Jet and a World War II fighter plane. For you it would be a luxury; for Tom it's a bare-bones necessity.

TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP: When it, comes to the wonderful, if somewhat delusional, world of real estate billionaire Donald Trump, we scarcely know where to begin. For one thing, Donald is not only still toying with the concept of running for president of the United States, he has a book coming out that will put his political philosophy in a nutshell for avid readers.

"I am the American Dream, super-sized version," he writes in the tome, according to the New York Daily News. "I'm going to do everything I can to see that regular Americans can fly as high as their wings will take them."

Nor is this all, for Ivana's ex-husband also sees fit to offer samples of his foreign-policy thinking.

“North Koreans and others are building nuclear bombs.... They're not building those weapons for the hell of it," he observes. "They're going to use them if they can. We have to face the fact that the best thing may be a surgical strike to disarm them."

TRUMP, TRUMP, CONTINUED: The really exciting Trump-related news, however, is that Donald's most recent former missus, Maria Maples, says she's going to get married to someone named Michael Mailer.

Did we say "someone"? How thoughtless of us, since Michael, being the male offspring of Norman Mailer and a filmmaker in his own right, is, like Maria herself, a dyed-in-the-wool celebrity.

Our friends at the New York Post, rather than waste time on less central matters, get right to the essence by contacting Donald for his views on the union.

"I am very, very happy for them both," he says. "I met him briefly and he seems like a nice guy. And he's getting a very nice woman." In other words, no "strike" is called for, surgical or otherwise.

'RASHOMON' REVISITED: Speaking of the Post, a recent ish contains an item suggesting that screen siren Salma Hayek either is or is not becoming romantically involved with Tony Lord, who is her director on the film project "Shiny New Enemies."

Salma's flack: "They are not dating, they're friends."

The Post's "spy": "I've seen them in the hotel bar together in the evening, and when they leave they take the elevator to the rooms together."

CELEBRITY JOURNALISM: We have our moments when we still harbor the strange, very reactionary notion that magazine editors are the persons best qualified to edit magazines. Once again showing us how wrong we are is news that Demi Moore is going to helm Marie Clare mag's special millennium issue.

MORE NEWS THAT MAKES VERY LITTLE SENSE: Speaking of women and/or magazines named Marie, here's a report that Marie Osmond is planning to star in "Annie Get Your Gun” next summer.

ENGLISH AS A THIRD, FOURTH OR EVEN FIFTH LANGUAGE: We leave you with a quote from Melina Kanakaredes of the TV show "Providence," from an interview she has given Self magazine, with regard to her decision early in her career not to change her name or her hair.

"I want to be me who got there," Melina explains, "not some other girl with some other name." Believe us, Melina, it's you who got there.

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

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