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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

August 31, 1999


By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1999: Media pundits, gurus, analysts and wizards all were flabbergasted recently over news that NBC talking head Jack Ford has inked a deal to join ABC, where he will team up with Connie Chung as co-anchor for the Monday edition of "20/20."

But USA Today is in possession of even more galvanizing word to the effect that the opportunity to share an on-air desk with Maury Povich's wife isn't the extent of Jack's good fortune. Indeed, the rag reports that the time will come - perhaps a few months from now - when the whole world will know that Jack has been named as Charles Gibson's "permanent substitute" on "Good Morning America," taking over from Charles altogether sometime in 2000.

FERTILITY IN SYNDICATION: Meantime, the upcoming ish of USA Weekend has Ricki Lake assuring a reporter that her marriage, which features a 2-year-old son, is going swimmingly, although she's not absolutely certain whether she'll continue her talk-show hostess duties beyond next year. "If I didn't have this job," she says, a bit mystifyingly, "'I wouldn't have had children."

EVERYBODY'S A MUSIC CRITIC: Rather notoriously, Whitney Houston has been canceling one concert appearance after another of late, apparently because of sudden attacks of poor health. Fortunately, though, she did manage to fulfill a performance obligation in Poland, where Jolanta Kwasniewski - who is married to the president of that country - got a chance for a brief tete-a-tete with her and afterwards remarked, "She has a phenomenal voice."

ALLOW US TO BUTT IN: At the risk of sounding pompous, we'd like to advise the New York Post's Cyndi Adams - one of our favorite columnists - that she erred recently when saying the actress Kate Beckinsale is slated to appear in a new film version of "Henry James' turn-of-the-century novel 'The Golden Bough.’"

Henry James wrote a novel titled "The Golden Bowl." “The Golden Bough," by contrast, is a classic anthropological study of European mythology written by Sir James Frazer, a work that T.S. Eliot acknowledged as an inspiration for his great poem, "The Waste Land." This was, of course, long before Henry James replaced Gabby Hayes as Roy Rogers' comic sidekick.

HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES: While you were doing the laundry a few nights ago, all kinds of top celebrities got together in Manhattan for the premiere of Albert Brooks new film, "The Muse," starring Sharon Stone. Among these luminaries were Lauren Bacall and Keith Richards, who shared a table during the reception.

USA Today reports that Betty (that's what all her oldest and dearest friends call Lauren) said to the grizzled Rolling Stone, "You remind me of Bogie." (Her reference, of course, was to Humphrey Bogart, the great film star who was her first husband.)

Not to be outdone, the New York Daily News says Betty hit Keith up for some nutritional advice. "He said that he eats a raw onion every morning," Betty says.

CELEBRITY INJUSTICE: By the way, the Daily News also has a report that Liv Tyler - the beautiful young actress who is the progeny of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler and the model Bebe Buell - is lately upset that some makeup person is going around claiming credit for her eyebrows, whereas Liv swears up and down that the only person who plucks them is herself.

MATURITY IN THE NEWS: Recently we mentioned that neighbors of John Travolta's in Maine were irked that the airborne star had flown too low over their houses in one of those big old jet planes he's famous for piloting on his days off. Now the New York Post retails a rumor that those neighbors "plan to hire a plane comparable in size to Travolta's 182-seat behemoth to fly over the star's house low enough to rattle his windows."

ANOTHER CRISIS IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY: The Post also is privy to word that the people who put out Jane magazine are not at all happy with Keri Russell of TV's "Felicity," because Keri went and cut off a lot of her hair after doing a photo shoot with the mag but before the pictures hit the street.

"All anyone is talking about is her new hair," a Janist complains, "which makes the cover look really dated."

MEDIA WATCH: Every broadcast entity in the world is turning out promos and skits spoofing "The Blair Witch Project" - so much so that it might be deemed too much of a good thing. But Ron Scalera, a creative director at CBS who is himself responsible for at least one such takeoff, is far from feeling ashamed of himself. "We're in business to get attention," he remarks to a reporter. "If I can use this to get you for a few seconds, I've done half my job." What's the other half?


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

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