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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
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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 5, 2000

Weddings that aren't: Douglas, Zeta-Jones, Madonna, Ritchie

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

WEDDING BELLS? British tabloids are saying that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the mother of Michael's latest child, are going to get married at a new resort in Santa Barbara on Sept. 30, but American rags are just as adamant that this actually is not the case.

"There are plans for a wedding," Cece York, a spokeswoman of Catherine's, tells USA Today, “but it’s not in Santa Barbara, and it’s not on the 30th."

A Michael "rep" named Alan Burry plays a similar tune on his ukulele. "Isn't it ironic," he observes to the New York Daily News, "that that hotel is opening next week? ... They (that is, Michael and Catherine) would love to tell the world when it’s all sorted out. They just had a baby. Give them a breather." Yet another attempt to infringe the First Amendment!

ACTUAL NUPTIALS: And yet Patrick Stewart of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" really did go and get married recently to some woman named Wendy Neuss, who was a co-producer on “Next.”

MORE MURK: Matters become ambiguous again, however, as word that Madonna is going to get married to Guy Ritchie, the father of her latest bambino, and has a ring to prove it, gets spiked by Madonna herself in the form of an official statement:

“The ring is a token of Guy's love," the statement reads, "and the fact that we have just had a baby." After all, it's right there in Emily Post: Give your girlfriend a ring when she has your child out of wedlock.

EVEN MURKIER: Thank your stars you're not Tommy Mottola, the record exec who used to be married to Mariah Carey, because Tommy can't even make a stop at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral to say hi to his buddy, Archbishop Egan, without every gossip on both coasts saying he was there to plan getting married to his latest girlfriend, a Mexican television star known simply as Thalia.                                                          

ANOTHER KIND OF NONMARRIAGE: Did you know that Geraldo Rivera, latter-day successor to Edward R. Murrow, is mulling a run for mayor of New York City? This is an idea of which the current hizzoner, Rudolph Giuliani, thinks very little, and says so. Geraldo insists that he is a viable candidate.

"I'm not asking the people of New York to marry me," he tells Howard Stern. "I want to work for New York." And then later they can get married in Santa Barbara.

TROUBLED ROMANCE: You know quite well that Mariah Carey is supposedly involved with Latino crooner Luis Miguel, so it may come as a shock to learn of rumors that the romance isn't going too well, with one New York Post "snitch" saying that Luis isn't happy about how busy Mariah is lately shooting her movie, "All That Glitters."

"She's stuck up there for three months," this person says, with reference to the film's Toronto location, "and when he comes to visit, there are so many hangers-on and the entourage is so big they can never be alone?

A "rep" of Mariah's, however, characterizes the above as so much piffle. "They go out alone in Toronto," the flack maintains, "and Mariah just met him in Mexico for a weekend." Did she fly or take the bus?

WHERE'S JOLTIN' JOE WHEN YOU NEED HIM? It's no secret that Jerry Hall's turn as Mrs. Robinson in the London stage version of "The Graduate" hasn't gone over too well, with critics there deeming her performance "amateurish" and "wooden." Accordingly, it should come as a shock to no one's system that the show apparently will close as of Oct. 21.

Yet the producers still say Jerry is on board till "the end of October." What gives?

"The reason we are saying Jerry will star until the end of October," producer Alan Hatton explains to a London tab, "is because we don't know if the show will continue longer. We know her availability, and are currently talking to her agents about the possibility of her continuing."

LABOR DAY AFTERMATH: The nation's scribes are beside themselves with news that Jennifer Lopez didn't show up for boyfriend Puff Daddy's big Labor Day bash this year, even though last year's do marked the occasion when the celebrity pair came out in the open with their relationship.

Yet insiders claim that her nonappearance at Puff's mansion in East Hampton is not in the least significant, that she was in fact garnering some much-needed downtime at a resort in Mexico.

"She was exhausted after promoting her movie," a "pal" tells a reporter, referring to Jennifer's big pic, "The Cell." "Puffy didn't want to make her fly all the way up here for the party. She needed a break." And everyone knows flying is hard on the arms.

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

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