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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

February 1, 2000

True or false: Douglas, Zeta-Jones don't even know each other

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

EDITORIAL COMMENT: It seems like only yesterday, although it was, in fact, a few months ago, that Michael Douglas' flacks were swearing up and down that their client and the beauteous, much younger Catherine Zeta-Jones were not an item.

After the furious backpedaling that ensued when it came to light that the two stars were indeed keeping company, it then fell to their PR persons to insist all over the place that the pair were not mulling matrimonial plans.

Once it became ungainsayable that the pair are altar-bound, suddenly what their reps were saying was that, no, Catherine was not pregnant with Michael's bambino-to-be, no matter how many rumors claimed that she was.

Now that it is official that Catherine is pregnant with Michael's and her incipient progeny, the lesson for journalists is unmistakable: Print gossip now and ask questions later, if at all.

CELEBRITY LOVEBIRDS, CONTINUED: Here's People mag explaining that some of Barbra Streisand and James Brolin's neighbors in Malibu, Calif., are unhappy with the aforesaid couple's plans to "build a 6,700-square-foot barn-like structure on the three-acre compound where they live," to borrow not just the gist but the exact wording of People's report.

Not surprisingly, one of Barbra's public-relations employees weighs in with a pertinent remark: "(Those opposed to Barbra's and James' building plans) are saying it's 12,000 square feet, but that includes the basement, and you don't include that." It's right there in the rules on the back of the box.

TRUMP NEWS FROM ALL OVER: No one could accuse us of giving short shrift lately to news that Donald Trump, on the eve of his presidential candidacy, decided to give his babe-of-record Melania Knauss the heave-ho. Nor will we neglect to advise you that USA Today is retailing rumors, as broadcast on MSNBC, that the two have mended their fences and are back together again.

Don't get your hopes up, though. "I was surprised about the story," Melania observes in a statement, "and I didn't know anything about it."

Then the New York Post gets into the picture with a report that rumors of a Donald-Melania rapprochement to the contrary notwithstanding, the billionaire was recently seen at a famous Manhattan restaurant known as 21 kissing a female companion whose name is neither Melania or Knauss. Specifically, the item says Donald's smooching partner was "the tiny and delectable Connie Young," and more than that we cannot or, at least, will not tell you.

NON-NEWS, CONTINUED: Then there's this deal where Mariah Carey appears in Rolling Stone magazine in the form of great big photographs that show off her skin, decolletage, etc. Accordingly, some snipes are sniping that Mariah’s breasts must have been surgically enhanced, so sumptuous do they suddenly appear to be. Fortunately, a Mariah spokeswoman named Cindi Berger is ready, willing and able to set the record straight with a comment to the New York Daily News: "She's just lost a lot of weight." That explains everything.

BUSINESS AND THE ARTS: It's been pretty clear for some time now that the Planet Hollywood franchise was not long for this world, and now it's official as shill Arnold Schwarzenegger decides not to renew his five-year contract with the chain eatery-and-drinkery.

"Of course," Arnold says in a statement that is nothing if not perfectly redundant, "I am disappointed that the company did not continue with the success I had expected and hoped for."

LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS: If you still don't believe that gossip dowager Liz Smith is omniscient, consider her report that rocker­turned-actor Jon Bon Jovi lately is working 10 to 13 hours a day on his next album.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS, CONTINUED: By the same token, here's a reliable report - reliable because it originates with our favorite columnist, Cindy Adams - that supermodel Cindy Crawford (no relation) was recently given a set of china by the Manhattan nightspot Nirvana in appreciation of her regular attendance at that popular bistro.

NO DANCING ALLOWED: Most people seem to be very happy that the Oscar awards this year will be telecast sans dance numbers.

“It seems to be a very popular decision," Oscar’s producer Richard Zanuck tells a reporter. "We've gotten bottles of wine and letters saying, 'Thank God you cut the dance numbers.' We just didn't think the dance numbers fit in. It's a celebration of films and film music."

Wait, though - Bruce Villanch, the guy who writes a lot of the funny stuff you hear on the telecast each year doesn't seem to have gotten the message. Here's Bruce expressing his delight that Billy Crystal has been inked to return as host: "He sings, he dances. Traditionally, most of the hosts just come and emcee and do jokes. Billy does it all." Then someone better tell him: both feet on the floor at all times.

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

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