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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

September 19, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

TAKE TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT - PLEASE!: It's hard to count all the ways in which it would be great to have real estate billionaire Donald Trump as our president or, at least, as a serious candidate for the office, but surely one such boon would be having his current concubine, model Melanie Knauss, as his newest wife - for Donald and Melanie have made it pretty clear that if he does throw his hat in the ring, he will turn her into Mrs. Trump III in no time flat.

But USA Today, always looking for the psychological angle, asks Melanie whether it bothers her that the man to whom she is so seriously considering becoming married is thought by everyone with any sense to have an oversize ego.

"Everybody needs to have an ego, if you want to be a success or be president," Melanie observes. "I don't see how much he has an ego."

Nor will she deny that the idea of living in the White House as mistress of the household appeals to her sense of glamour.

"I think every woman, every girl would," she says. "Yes, I would, why not? I will put all my energy in it, and I will support my man." So the free world can rest easy.

HIGH PRAISE INDEED: The New York Post, having gotten a gander at the USA Today item mentioned above, gets Donald himself on the blower in hopes of gleaning a comment or two from him. He obligingly allows that Melanie "is a woman of great style and elegance," and puts the finishing touches on his encomium with this sentence: "She's very poised and gracious and able to get along with everyone." And what a body!

COLOR HER DEMANDING: The latest word on this deal where Barbra Streisand is going to do a New Year's gig at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is that she wants to install a whole mess of her personal bric-a-brac in the backstage area!

"She wants it to feel homey," an  “insider" tells the New York Daily News. "She's having furniture and paintings and rugs shipped from her home in L.A."

But that's just the tip of the Babs Iceberg.

"She's also assessing the acoustics at the hotel's theater," this person goes on. "She's talking about pulling up seats and re-insulating the room so the sound is perfect. The MGM people are saying, 'You want us to do what?'" So they're hard of hearing? Or the acoustics really are that bad?

FURTHER NON-NEWS FROM BARBRA'S WORLD: Which reminds us that those recent rumors saying Minnie Driver is going to get married to Josh Brolin, who is the male offspring of Barbra's current husband, James Brolin, are apparently just that - rumors, and groundless ones to boot. Minnie herself is spiking them.

THAT MAY-DECEMBER THING: Which in turn reminds us that a friend of Minnie's named George Waud reportedly is pitching woo with Jerry Hall, until recently the wife of Mick Jagger. Not only is George, who happens to be several years younger than Jerry, a friend of Minnie's, he's a friend of Elizabeth Hurley's.

THAT MAY-DECEMBER THING - THE SAGA CONTINUES: Speaking of somewhat older gals who get mixed up with men who were attending Cub Scouts meetings up until a couple of weeks ago, here's a print report saying that Diandra Douglas - once married to Michael Douglas, who is now famously dating Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones - is hanging big time with an artist named Sascha Newley. The story we're looking at strongly implies, without getting into the specifics, that Sascha is younger than Diandra, and that's good enough for us.

THAT MAY-DECEMBER THING - THE FINAL CHAPTER: Meantime, Julianne Phillips - the very same Julianne Phillips who used to be married to Bruce Springsteen until he threw her over for an older woman and who also once starred in the TV show "Sisters" - is cohabiting in Toronto with an Italian-Canadian photographer named Frank Tata who is six years her junior. "He's sexy in every way," Julianne tells an Inquiring People person. "He's older than I am on many levels." In every way, in fact, except chronologically.

HIGHER MATHEMATICS: Those who assume, quite unfairly, that Melanie Griffith is not terribly bright, just because she got married to Don Johnson not once but twice will be edified by a recent remark she made about her efforts to learn Spanish because that is the language spoken by her current husband, Antonio Banderas, and his family.

"I speak maybe 30 percent of Spanish," Melanie explains to a reporter. "I have 70 percent to go till I make 100."

HARD LINES IN THE WRITING GAME: Finally, we're interested to note that an unnamed publishing insider says that "Dutch," Edmund Morris' new biography of Ronald Reagan, which critics have been looking at with a jaundiced eye because of the liberties Ed takes therein, was a far more egregious piece of work when first turned in to the editors at Random House.

"You should have seen it," the insider says, "before we fixed it." That's what our editors say about this column, but we can't tell the difference.

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

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