Pop Culture
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

January 18, 2000

Third party cited in Trump-Knauss breakup

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

REVISIONIST HISTORY: Last week, the world was agog with news that real-estate billionaire/presidential candidate Donald Trump had summarily gotten rid of Melania Knauss, the beautiful supermodel whom he had publicly mulled turning into America's next first lady.

This week, the world is riveted by new revelations to the effect that the earlier thing wasn't the real deal - specifically, that Melania dumped Donald, not the other way around.

But why would she do such a thing? Because, reports continue, she supposedly caught her wealthy boyfriend in flagrante delicto with an old sweetheart of his named Kara Young.

Following are quotes from various players in the drama as gleaned from a two-page analysis in the New York Post.

TRUMP HIMSELF: "It's false. It's (expletive). It's not correct."

AN UNNAMED FRIEND OF KARA'S: "Kara and Donald are friendly. They are really tight. It hasn't always been that way. Whenever a man has an ex, the other girl's never happy the ex is around. Kara saw Melania once and Melania didn't exactly give her a big sloppy kiss."

AN UNNAMED FRIEND OF DONALD'S: "It (the story that he was caught red-handed with Kara) could have come from a hundred different places. Donald heard that one himself; he's heard 15 different reasons for the breakup. He doesn't care, it's not like he's married. But there's no Kara involved, there's no anyone involved."

LITERARY NEWS: Which reminds us that Marla Maples Trump, Donald's most recent ex-wife, is supposed to be getting ready to produce a tome about their relationship, to be shepherded through the rigors of publishing by celebrity editor Judith Regan.

"Marla has been working on this for a while," Judith explains. "She's also done a lot of work on herself, and she's not afraid to say she's made mistakes."

TRUMP HIMSELF: "Whatever she's going to write, she'll write," says Marla's ex-husband when his input is solicited by the New York Daily News. "I have no idea what she's doing."

DAVID COPPERFIELD'S LOVE LIFE REVISITED: Heaving a sigh of profound relief, we turn to the matter of magician David Copperfield, who, during the whole time he was keeping intimate company with supermodel Claudia Schiffer, was constantly barraged by media speculation that the relationship was some kind of sham.

Now that those two have gone their separate ways, and now that Dave is being linked to a Belgian model with the enviable if not very believable name of Ambre Frisque, our colleagues in the print medium for some reason are taking a different tack, merely quoting a “friend" of the pair as follows: "They're just having a great time together."

THE MARRIAGE RACQUET? Then there's recent gossip saying tennis deities Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have gotten themselves hitched. So far, confirmation of the union is not forthcoming, but that doesn't stop bystanders from insisting that it has taken place.

“They played in the same arena for all those years,” a "friend” tells an inquiring journalist, "but only in recent months realized they were made for each other. I believe they have married quickly and quietly so as not to waste any more time."

(Everyone knows that the publication of "news" based on the beliefs of unnamed persons is the wave of the future.)

INCISIVE INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: One thing you have to say in favor of ABC talking head Chris Wallace - he doesn't try to capitalize on the fact that his dad is CBS talking head Mike Wallace. Also in Chris favor is the fact that he's approaching his new assignment at ABCnews.com with an attitude of sincere enthusiasm, buttressed by what appears to be a cogent grasp of the venture's true significance.

“I absolutely believe this is the future," Chris tells USA Today. "When you look at the AOL-Time Warner deal, it shows that TV-quality broadcasting on the Internet is not some distant dream, but right around the corner." After that, the anti-gravity belts they were promising us 40 years ago are sure to materialize, too.

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

back to top