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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 6, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MOVIE STARDOM: In its current ish, People mag very gently points out that Brad Pitt's film career hasn't been doing so well lately, what with the ignominious (not to say embarrassing and humiliating) failure of such Brad movies as "Meet Joe Black," "Seven Years in Tibet" and The Devil's Own."

Understandably, then, there are those who feel some misgiving at the news that the theatrical release of Brad's next project - "The Fight Club" - has been delayed, quite as though it, too, were a stinkeroo just waiting to happen.

Fortunately, unnamed Individuals who are supposed to be hip to what's really going down assure the periodical that the movie is looking fine.

"It's just not ready," one such person explains.

"We could have made the Aug. 6 date," a "studio rep" offers. "But the film would not have been ready until right before release." Sort of like finishing a term paper back in high school, we guess. "We're excited about this movie and want to screen it well in advance for critics." We're excited, too, but not about that.

HISTORY IMITATES ART, WHICH IN TURN IMITATES LIFE: What we're excited about is this deal where Britain's Prince Edward, in the course of getting married not long ago to Sophie Rhys-Jones, managed to have the title "Earl of Wessex" added to his pre-existing list of honors. The fascinating thing is that the title came straight out of the movie, "Shakespeare in Love."

"The Queen was initially somewhat taken aback" by Ed's asking to have the title bestowed upon him, a Buckingham Palace "source" admits to the Times of London. "But Edward made an effective case for taking the title." Like that otherwise he'd hold his breath till he turned blue?

THE LATEST WORD ON MICHAEL DOUGLAS'S LOVE LIFE: We've been stringing you along for some weeks now with late-breaking developments in the on-again, on-again romance between the middle-aged Michael Douglas and the 29-year-old movie goddess Catherine Zeta-Jones. This time out, we're in a position to pass along something really sweet the Zeta-Jones woman said to a British magazine.

"Michael has given me a lot of support when I've needed a friendly helping hand," she says. "He's a charming guy and a real gentleman."

THE DOUGLAS DYNASTY: We interrupt the foregoing item to mention in passing that Michael's dad, the inimitable Kirk Douglas, is due to have a Los Angeles high school named after him. However, rumors that the actual name of the place will be Stark Raving Psychotic Movie Anti-hero High School are completely untrue.

FOOD AND FAME: As you know, Bernadette Peters has been tearing up the pea patch the last few months with her performance in the Broadway revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun." The question arises: How does she gird her loins for such ongoing high-octane stress?

"I'm on the zone program," Bernadette explains to a New York Post columnist. "The foods delivered home in a cooler, dry ice. I take it to the theater - 40 carbs, 40 proteins. Very balanced so it raises the insulin level. I don't drop. My energy's up." Not dropping during a musical show is always a great idea.

DEPARTMENT OF CLARIFICATION: Ron Silver is an interesting guy, a fine actor, the president of Actor's Equity, a co-founder of the Creative Coalition and a true old-school liberal of the sort who stands in solidarity with trade unionism. So he was distressed to read an account in the New York Daily News suggesting that he recently crossed a picket line to attend the PEN Literary Gala at a Manhattan eatery.

"I went around the back of the restaurant," Ron explains to the Daily News, "and was escorted in by four policemen. And I walked out the same way. Maybe it was a lapse in judgment being there at all, but I did not cross a picket line, and never would." We get the distinction. (Actually, we don't, but other news beckons.)

BODY DOUBLE: Finally, here's Leslie Stefanson telling a reporter about all the fun she had portraying a dead woman in the big John Travolta movie, "The General's Daughter."

"For the long shots, when John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe are looking at me, they made a replica of my body," Leslie recalls. That way I wouldn't be too embarrassed. I had to do a full body cast. That was strange, because you're locked into these clay molds, and they actually make another you. When I got on the set, I found out my new 'body' had been hand-painted to look authentic." How creepy. "It freaked me out a little." We bet. "Many people have asked if I kept It." And did you? "I didn't." We don't blame you.

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

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