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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

March 28, 2000

Top model: Why I gave oldish rocker husband the heave-ho

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

AS THE WORLD TURNS 'N' TURNS: "I looked at this woman, who must have been around 80," says the woman who must be (and, in fact, is) around 30, "and realized that I was going to be like her one day. I suddenly knew that I didn't want to get to her age and have any regrets about what I've done or not done. It was a crucial turning point for me."

Name the person who made the above statement and the publication in which it was printed.

  1. Marie Curie in the Atlantic Monthly, shortly before she discovered radium.

  2. Mia Farrow in Look magazine, shortly before she divorced Frank Sinatra.

  3. Rachel Hunter in the New York Post, giving the reasons she split from her husband, Rod Stewart.

MARITAL MADONNA: The answer is 3. We turn now to a Post columnist who goes way out on a limb to opine that Madonna will soon become matrimonially committed to Guy Ritchie, the British filmmaker who has fathered a bundle of joy upon her: But the columnist of whom we speak (we name no names) doesn't let it go at that.

... as we all know," he says, "flacks lie through their teeth, when a simple 'no comment' would suffice. I wrote six weeks ago that Madonna was expecting, and the denials are still ringing in my ears." They're still ringing in our ears, too, and we weren't even there.

HIDDEN TALENTS: By the way, we have it on good authority that Dennis Weaver - who used to play Chester on "Gunsmoke” - has been branching out into the research-and-development field lately. Name the new product that he is expending his energy upon.

1. A motorized golf bag.

2. An anti-gravity belt.

3. An alternative fuel that costs only 45 cents a gallon.

The answer (again) is 3, although we were hoping it was 2.

THE HEARTTHROB CORNER: The New York Daily News sees fit to report that Chris Kirkpatrick - one of the guys who make up the hit singing group 'N Sync - is currently involved with a certain person of the female persuasion. That lucky individual is named Danielle Raabe, whom the News describes as

  1. "a Rhodes scholar."

  2. "a member of a NASCAR pit crew."

  3. "blond and she has an awesome bod."

MORE ROMANTIC STUFF: The last one (the answer is 3) was obviously too easy, so test your mettle on this. Kimberly Conrad - who, like Rachel Hunter, has lately been living apart from her much older husband, in Kimberly's case Hugh Hefner - was recently spotted pitching woo with a certain someone. Who, exactly?

  1. Wallace Shawn, son of late New Yorker editor William Shawn

  2. Bob Guccione, publisher of Penthouse magazine.

  3. Stefanos Miltsakakis, the villain in Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Maximum Risk."

THINGS GET UGLY: Of more interest is the fact that "Freaks & Geeks," one of those rare television programs that is (or was) actually worth watching, has been cancelled by NBC in favor of putting yet another edition of "Dateline" on the weekly schedule. (We almost forgot - the answer to the last question was 3.) Matters become personal as "Freaks" mastermind Judd Apatow characterizes "Dateline" as "an evil show that takes human tragedy and turns it into entertainment."

Reached for comment, “Dateline" honcho Neal Shapiro has this rejoinder to make: "I think the quality of our work and our awards speak for themselves," which could be construed as begging the question.

WELCOME HER BACK: Fortunately, we have another Madonna tidbit with which to close the column. Here she is talking with gossip dowager Liz Smith, who observes that the public is always expecting wayward stars to repent for any behavior of theirs that may be deemed untoward. To which the Material Matron replies:

"No. I think the media wants that. They feel such a sense of entitlement - you know, 'we made you' --that they feel it's OK to tear you down, and then they want you to apologize for your 'bad behavior.' But I don't think the people really want that."

All right, Madonna, just for that, you can go stand in a corner until you're ready to say you're sorry.

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

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