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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

August 3, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

WALKIN' THE TALK: Fresh from running The New Yorker magazine even further into the red than it already was, Tina Brown is currently getting media attention all over the country for starting up a brand-new mag called Talk. So much the publishing gal of the minute is she that gossip dowager Liz Smith sits down with her for a very newsworthy, quotable tete-a-tete.

For one thing, Liz wonders aloud if there's any truth to the rumor that Tina is on the outs with Graydon Carter.

"Indeed, I am not feuding with anybody," says Tina, who (as you can probably tell) is British. "All I've done is try to start up Talk, and this summer has been the summer from hell for my poor family. I am not feuding with Graydon Carter, who succeeded me at Vanity Fair. Forget it."

Forget what?

ANOTHER TON FROM TINA: The conversation becomes especially interesting, though, when Liz gets Tina to say something substantive about her fledgling periodical.

"I am trying to create new writing voices," Tina explains. "I can't just use all the same people who are already out there - although I admire their bylines and helped create some of them."

And no doubt they're all very grateful for having been so created.

"I'd like the magazine to have a private view in public," Tina continues, not very understandably,"'like the sort of things a writer e-mails to his pals."

Tina, we get a lot of e-mails from our writer pals, and we can assure you it's nothing you want to build an expensive magazine around.

"I'd hope we can escape a lot of bureaucratic, corporate editing!" Or maybe just dispense with editing altogether!

UNUSUAL CELEBRITY QUOTES: Tamerlane Phillips is one of the extended John Phillips clan that includes Chynna Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips, Bijoux Phillips and others. Chynna and her husband, Billy Baldwin, have this deal going where they're supposed to star in a movie titled "Skyscraper," whose producers want to use a song of Tamerlane's on the soundtrack. Tamerlane's asking price? A cool $10 million direct to the Hare Krishnas, even though, according to the New York Post, he isn't a Krishna himself.

"I actually asked one to marry me last week," Tamerlane recalls, "but they're very celibate people." That would put a crimp in the wedding night. "She was able to walk away from me ... I love heavy detachment and desirelessness. I love the whole concept of just walking away from huge offers." We just like being able to move on to the next item, especially in cases like this one.

A REMINDER: How many months passed with reporters saying Billy Bob Thornton and Laura Dern were a romantic item while flacks for both stars denied it vehemently? We lost track, but we offer the following quote from Billy Bob to illustrate how radically things have changed since then.

Asked by a columnist how he likes to spend a Saturday night, the thespian replies: "Lying on the couch watching TV, eating fat-free chocolate cake with syrup on it and drinking coffee with fat-free Coffeemate, with Laura Dern."

DISTAFF WRESTLING: Far be it from us to intrude on the beat of serious sports writers by going into the Sable brouhaha in any depth, but suffice it to say the beleaguered lady grappler, having freed herself from entanglements with the World Wrestling Federation, is not shy about her hopes and dreams in the realm of acting.

"A lot of acting projects and endorsement opportunities are coming my way," she assures a reporter. "I've been offered guest spots on the TV shows 'Walker, Texas Ranger' and 'Martial Law,' along with others." Can "Titus Andronicus" be far behind?

POP QUIZ: In what appears to be an effort to assuage the disappointed feelings of the stars of the NBC program "Will & Grace," who cruelly were not nominated for Emmys, the network has showered what gift item on all four of them, according to USA Today?

  1. A popcorn popper.
  2. A bowling trophy.
  3. A pound of gold bullion.
  4. A Porsche.

The answer is (4). If you guessed correctly, go buy yourself a popcorn popper and send NBC the bill.

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

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