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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

July 4, 2000

This just in: Donald Trump is not a dope

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

DONALD TRUMP RECONSIDERED: "Donald develops the best buildings,” a real-estate wizard named Steve Witkoff tells a trade pub called Property Week, with reference to the notorious ex-husband of Marla and Ivana. "It's a fact of life. No one wants to give him credit for that. Every single building that this guy ever does comes in under budget - that's remarkable. His buildings don't lose value.”

BEGGING THE QUESTION: A few days ago the New York Post had the gall to suggest that Kelsey Grammer (a) was "chatting up" a couple of good-looking women at a Manhattan restaurant and (b) once could have been characterized as "a womanizer." Kelsey, who not only stars in TV's "Frasier" but just finished a run as Macbeth on Broadway, rang up the Post in an effort to set the record straight.

"Was I a womanizer?" he said. "My wife is standing right here beside me."

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER: Katie Couric certainly has a little happiness coming to her, which is why it's pleasant to see that gossips are making her into an item with Tom Warner, one of the people behind "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show.”

"They were set up by friends and she has been out with him at least six times,” says a "spy." "It's a bicoastal relationship, but they really like each other."

So what comment does Katie's "rep" have to make about this story? None whatsoever.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH: Rumors have been running rampant lately that Vanna White, the ace letter-turner of "Wheel of Fortune” fame, is either (a) going to get unspliced from her husband, a restaurateur named George Santo Pietro, or (b) going to move with him from L.A., where "Wheel" is produced, to New York, where George can get his hands on all kinds of groovy artworks to install in the eateries he owns. Such rumors have been fueled by the fact that George bought a five-story mansion on Madison Avenue.

"As far as I know, George is not moving," Vanna's publicist tells the New York Daily News. "Nor is his family. The kids go to school in Los Angeles, 'Wheel of Fortune' is in Los Angeles, they will remain residents of Los Angeles. George does a lot of dealing with Italian art, so the place in New York is very convenient for that."

JUST LIKE HER DADDY, MAYBE: Thus far, Lisa Marie Presley has been known mainly as the daughter of Elvis Presley, on the one hand, and the ex-wife of Michael Jackson on the other. According to reports, though, she may soon be known as a top musical artist in her own right, if what's being said about the new CD she has in the works is anything to go by.

"She writes about things from her life," a "source" tells a reporter. "Any songwriter would. It's an interesting peek into a woman who hasn't given many interviews."

"She is inspired by her roots," a "friend" chimes in. "The songs are earthy and heartfelt. At the same time, the music has a modern, commercial sound. It rocks."

LIZ 'N' HUGH, THE INSIDE STORY: It took Elizabeth Hurley all of about 30 minutes to spill her guts in the pages of Talk magazine once her split from longtime boyfriend Hugh Grant had become public knowledge.

"I initiated the breakup with Hugh," Liz claims, "but the final decision was mutual. Even though I felt like I was amputating my left arm, I needed to try life without Hugh."

But what if they get back together?

"If we were planning to reconcile," Liz says pensively, "we would never have gone through the agony of splitting up. I'll never stop loving Hugh, and if were meant to get back together again, we will. Otherwise, I hope we'll both find happiness elsewhere."

DID SOMEONE SAY 'TALK'? Meantime, Tina Brown - the genius behind "Talk" - is happy to provide gossip dowager Liz Smith with her recipe for helming a successful celebrity-besotted magazine. Specifically, Liz wanted to know how Tina had been so fortunate as to nail down the rights to screenwriter Joe Esterhazs' tell-all Hollywood memoir.

"By being very aggressive," Tina says. "Everyone wanted this and, today, there are so many avenues for the same dishy celebrity stories. When I started Vanity Fair there wasn't much else. There wasn't even Vanity Fair. Now every magazine wants hot, hot, hot, gossip, gossip, gossip. As does every newspaper and TV news program. ... The job is relentless. There's always the next issue. It takes aggressive measures." The New Yorker must surely rue the day it let this sensitive woman of letters slip through its fingers.

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

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