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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

Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Prince Charles, Maj, Ronald Ferguson, Fergie, Miranda Richardson, Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Axl Rose, Stephanie Seymour

April 13, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

OOPS: We feel awful because last week we passed along scuttlebutt to the effect that Barbra Streisand's people were in the middle of nailing down a $20 million deal whereby she would play a couple of New Year's sets at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The reason we feel bad is that here's Babs' main Guy, Marty Erlichman, expressing a bit of unhappiness over such rumor-mongering.

"There's no contract yet," Marty explains to a reporter at USA Today. "The negotiations are not finalized. I don't know why people won't understand and accept that. I have no history of lying ... but I never give out numbers.”

Nor is this the extent of Marty's fulmination.

"If we make a deal," he goes on, "and I believe we will ... then you marshal your forces to let the public know everything at the same time. This piecemeal stuff is inaccurate, and it's disturbing." Kind of like "Scream 2," only less bloody.

SUPERMODEL ROMANCE: Speaking of rumors, here's a good one saying that Naomi Campbell is lately pitching woo with an "Italian industrialist" named Flavio Briatore who is no less than 50 years of age as compared with Naomi's 28. Reached for comment by a diligent journalist, the top mannequin has only this disclaimer to file:

"'I went out with someone much older than my boyfriend when I was 18."

This means she was two-timing her then-boyfriend with some old guy?

"I'm very happy in my relationship."

We wish we were happy with her syntax, but we're not.

HOUSING NEWS: We're sure you’re perfectly cognizant of the fact that media gazillionaire Rupert Murdoch has his 17-room L.A. manse on the market, but your specific knowledge may not extend to the fact that film director Richard Donner and his wife recently walked through the place with a view to making an offer on it.

"The warmth of the house - it's hard to describe," says Richard. "It's an emotional experience. But then the Realtor told us the asking price. And we said, 'Oh, my God, it's beyond us.' "

In case you're wondering, the asking price is $19.5 million.

CELEBRITY ROMANCE UPDATE: We've attempted to be especially reliable about keeping readers posted on the latest developments on the love affair that may or may not be evolving between songbird Mariah Carey and Latin crooner Luis Miguel. The latest piece of information to cross our desk is that the two recently spent some quality time together at a fancy-schmancy resort in Cabo San Lucas, where Luis got a free stay by selling more Saturns than the other guys at his lot.

CELEBRITY METAPHORS: Probably by the time you read this, Cate Blanchett of "Elizabeth" fame will be appearing in a movie titled "Pushing Tin" opposite John Cusack. The film was helmed by director Mike Newell ("Four Weddings and a Funeral"), who waxes poetic in his assessment of Cate's performance, which he implicitly likens to a precious stone.

"She takes herself out of the black velvet setting," Mike rhapsodizes, "and holds different facets of her talent up to the light."

MORE ROMANTIC NEWS: Now that her former husband is thoroughly embroiled in relationships with goodness knows how many beautiful actresses, starlets, and models, Maria Maples Trump is perfectly at liberty to bill and coo with any person she desires - so who does she desire? According to the New York Post, the woman who is compared to a peach at least as often as Cate is identified with a diamond is dating Michael Mailer, a film producer whose honor it is to be the male progeny of novelist Norman Mailer.

BUSINESS NEWS: According to the financial pages of some of this country's most distinguished journals, previously lucrative entertainment and food franchises like Planet Hollywood are in the process of going the way of the stegosaur.

"The themed restaurant concept is dying," warns one observer. "It's going to be very tough as consumer demand wanes." So we were right to put our money in vacuum tubes.

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

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