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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

October 26, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CELEBRITY DERRING-DO: One can scarcely turn around without seeing yet another report about Tom Cruise doing something heroic, usually involving saving some child from harm. This time out, what we have is Tom insisting on doing his own high-altitude stunt on a Utah mountaintop and almost coming to grief as a result.

Fortunately, Tom's publicist - the estimable Pat Kingsley - is able to provide the New York Daily News with a very reassuring narrative concerning this near-tragedy.

"He did slip once," she admits. He lost his footing and was hanging by his hands."

The stunt, incidentally, was designed for inclusion in "Mission Impossible II," now being lensed under the aegis of director John Woo.

"Paramount was concerned it could be a bit risky," Pat continues, lending perspective to the question whether Tom should have been endangering himself in the first place, "but everybody there is happy with the footage." And, really, isn't being happy with the footage what it’s all about?

A footnote: Tom was, it says here, secured from real danger by an emergency wire. (Is it too late to choose another item to open the column?)

MORE CELEBRITY DERRING-DO: One of our favorite topics the last few weeks has been the exploits and peregrinations of such airborne stars as John Travolta, the aforementioned Cruisemeister, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford, all of whom are wont to purchase and pilot flying vehicles of various descriptions. This time the theme leads to what could have been a very unhappy ending indeed, for we see by a report that Harrison (currently starring in "Random Hearts") had a spot of bother recently when the helicopter someone was teaching him to fly almost crash-landed. On the other hand, the actor and his instructor were in the middle of a lesson on emergency landings, so maybe it turned out for the best - especially since only the chopper sustained any damage.

HAIR IN THE NEWS: People magazine has it on good authority that rumors saying Jennifer Lopez's hairdresser for the movie "The Cell" took a hike because the star wouldn't communicate with her except through an intermediary are all wet. The real deal, according to Julio Caro, the pic's producer, is that the hairdresser didn't work out because her knowledge of wigs was insufficient, and Jennifer's role calls for a lot of them (wigs, that is).

"There's a big difference between hair and wigs," Julio observes sagely. "Jennifer is quite accessible. She has an assistant on the set, but we all communicate directly with her."

MORE RUMORS: Then the National Enquirer prints a story alleging that Kevin Costner has got a romantic thing going with a woman named Tawny Little who once served as Miss America.

"A similar story ran two years ago in another tab," Kevin's unnamed "rep" tells a reporter. "It's about as accurate now as it was then. Kevin and Tawny are friends but they're not dating. He's not seeing anybody seriously." One assumes that last sentence is code for "He's having ad lib sexual relations with any woman who happens to catch his eye," but that's just our interpretation.

PARTY NEWS: Thank goodness for the New York Post, which reports that a producer named Richard Perry recently feted Mick Jagger with a big do during a visit Mick paid to Hollywood. Among those in attendance at this function were Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher and Penny Marshall. Presumably a fine time was had by all. (Farrah Fawcett?)

FEMALE MUD-WRESTLING IN PRINT: You may not know this, but not every person who lives in New York is wild with enthusiasm about Hillary Clinton's plans to run for senator of that state. For instance, a top New York society gal and a big Republican named Georgette Mosbacher tells a Big Apple reporter that she's appalled by the idea that she would support the first lady strictly because of her gender.

"To suggest that women vote for another woman is sexist and insulting to women," Georgette says, her nostrils flaring. "We are not mindless beings that just herd with our own."

FEMALE MUD-WRESTLING IN PRINT, PART 2: Apparently figuring that this statement of hers was not categorical enough, Georgette favors a different reporter with a different statement in a similar but not identical vein.

"I don't think parachuting into New York to run for Senate or putting on a Yankee cap is a credible start," she says. "New Yorkers are not that stupid." Yet parachuting into New York would probably win any candidate a vote or two.

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

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