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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 13, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

HAIR IN THE NEWS: Quite suddenly, a singer named Ricky Martin has become the most important person on the planet. That being the case, USA Today devotes several column inches to the crucial matter of his hairstyle.

"When I first met Ricky," recalls his stylist, Jonathan Antin, "he had this really long Tarzan hair. Over the years, we've gone shorter and shorter. It's a classic cut that can go with Armani or jeans, on a skateboarder or a Wall Street broker."

Of course, one of the most extraordinary things about the Rickmeister's 'do' is its gold highlights - a subject on which Jonathan is not loath to comment.

"I wanted his hair to look like he had spent a summer on the North Shore of Hawaii, catching waves," Jonathan explains. "I use a highlight tint or a little bleach and paint it in."

What can males not so affluent as Ricky do to duplicate this tonsorial elegance?

"Let your hair grow out a bit on top," Jonathan advises, then paint the tips with the bleach." OK, but the bleach thing will be hard to do while we're typing.

UNSOLICITED TESTIMONY: For reasons that remain for us unclear, Donald Trump recently was at pains to assure CNBC that he has no intention of running for president.

"Can you imagine how controversial I'd be?" Donald posits. "You think about (President Clinton) and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?" We can, but we don't want to.

THEY CALL THE GAL MARIAH: A woman gamed Cindi Berger, who has the enviable job of serving as songbird Mariah Carey's publicist, is perfectly happy to tell the New York Post that the New York Observer is right to report that her client has finally found a suitable Manhattan condo to purchase. But Cindi is less agreeable on the Observer's quoted price of $9 million.

She didn't pay $9 million," Cindi insists. "It was less than that."
Which scarcely narrows it down.

MORE ON MARIAH: Meantime, the New York Daily News has something REALLY juicy on the Carey woman - namely, that a caller to a radio show claims to have seen her making out with some guy on a cross-country flight, even though she is thought to be going steady with a singer named Luis Miguel.

"That caller must have seen a Mariah look-alike and not the real thing," remarks Mariah's publicist, who apparently doesn't have a name.

MORE NAMELESS FLACKS: Other retiring spokespersons who decline not only to provide their names but to make direct quotes for the record include one who works for Julia Roberts. Latest deal is that wedding plans are rumored for Julia and her boyfriend, Benjamin Bratt, who recently took a hike from the TV show "Law & Order.” Julia's publicist ruins the whole thing by telling a reporter that Julia and Benjy are "too busy" to consider such a move.

Then there's gossip that Mick Jagger and his estranged missus, model Jerry Hall, have been seen getting reacquainted with one another on what appear to be very friendly terms indeed. Yet Mlck's unnamed spokeswoman actually declines to venture any information whatsoever on the notion that the pair are fixing to "patch things up," says the Daily News.

NEWS THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER: Speaking of rumors, here's one that says Michael Douglas and his current girlfriend, Catherine Zeta-Jones, are going to do a remake of the John Updike tale, "The Witches of Eastwick." (Their reps deny it.)

NEWS THAT ACTUALLY DOES MAKE A LITTLE SENSE WHEN YOU STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT: Also we are privy to a report that Johnny Depp is going to star in a biopic about Liberace.

FUN WITH WORDS: Remember Al Roker? He's the worthy fellow who reports the weather on NBC's "Today" show, and apparently some people have been opining that CBS wants to woo him away to be reteamed with his old pal, the underemployed Bryant Gumbel.

"As far as (talking to) anyone else is concerned," Al remarks to a reporter, "I don't want to comment, but NBC has made it be known that they want me to stay."

If anyone out there is curious about the distinction between "made it be known" and “said," good luck to you.

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

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