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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 15, 2000

What's in a mane? Blond women in
the news

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

BLOND WOMEN IN THE NEWS 1: First up, we hear that Cheryl Ladd - she used to be one of "Charlie's Angels" - is going to replace Bernadette Peters in Ethel Merman's old Annie Oakley role in "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway.

BLOND WOMEN IN THE NEWS 2: Then we've got Bo Derek telling our favorite New York Post columnist, Cindy Adams, about her new line of doggy cosmetics.

It seems Bo, having noticed that her own canine companions tend to get a bit rank after she's been romping with them, decided to do something proactive about it.

"So I came up with shampoos, conditioners, fragrances, air fresheners, silk pomades - $10 a bottle," Bo explains. "I'm doing it all myself. My own money. And I don't have all that much of it. I'm the vendor, the manufacturer. It's been four years in the making and I'm also starting a doggy dental line...."

BLOND WOMEN IN THE NEWS 3: No one could be much blonder than Melanie Griffith, who comes by it genetically - her mom is Tippi Hedren, who did that blond ice-princess thing for Alfred Hitchcock in "The Birds" and "Marnie."

In fact, here's Melanie talking about being blond in the pages of Paper.

"I don't care if people think I'm a dumb blonde," she says, "or stupid or an overage actress or over the hill. I'm going to have a very successful Internet company and I'm going to have $100 million in the bank and I don't really give a (darn) what anybody thinks." Maybe she can front Bo some operating capital.

BLOND WOMEN IN THE NEWS 4: When we weren't looking, Meg Ryan went and spilt up with her husband, Dennis Quaid, and got romantically involved with Russell Crowe. That's fine, but now here's the New York Post retailing online rumors to the effect that "moles in Crowe's camp" are saying Meg’s "days are numbered" and, indeed, that Russ is "already starting to look elsewhere." What we find impossible to fathom is that both Meg's and Russ's "reps" decline to comment! (What do they have to hide?)

BLOND WOMEN IN THE NEWS 5: Gossip dowager Liz Smith recently had a tete-a-tete with actress Morgan Fairchild, who, generally speaking, is as blond as the law allows.

"I've seen a lot," Morgan tells Liz, "I've dated many fascinating men, I've experienced the best and worst this business can shovel out. But I do think it should be a business of camaraderie and good manners. To tell my story (in a tell-all book), I'd have to hurt people. Why do that? What's the point?"

The point would be to make money and become more famous, but if we have to explain that it's hopeless.

MODERN ROMANCE: Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn's movie-starlet daughter - is she blond? We don't know; all we know is that she's currently sporting a diamond ring given to her by her boyfriend, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.

What does the ring signify? Kate explains to a reporter that it "means that one day he will be my husband, I'm sure."

So they're engaged, is that the gist of it?

"We don't really believe in that," Kate sniffs. "It's kind of like it already is." Now she's lost us.

CELEBRITY JOURNALISM: We're interested to note that Graydon Carter, who used to be an editor at Spy mag and more recently is the top ink-stained banana at Vanity Fair, reportedly is breaking up with his wife of 18 years, whose name is Cynthia. This in and of itself, of course, is of no interest to you, but when we add that Graydon has been spotted in the company of Kate Driver, whose claim to fame is that she is Minnie Driver's sister, it's a horse of a different color, now, isn't it?

TRUE, FALSE, WHAT EVER: One of the two following statements is true, the other isn't. Guess which is which.

- Robert Downey Jr. has been signed to appear in a recurring role as a "mysterious stranger" on the Fox dramedy, "Ally McBeal."

- Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has been signed to appear in a recurring role as Richard Belzer's father on the NBC policier, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Answer: The Downey item is the real deal. Keith, on the other hand, doesn't need the money.

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

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