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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
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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

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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

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June 23, 2000

With straight face, Trump deems Maria's move 'tacky'

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

RING TALE: Marla Maples Trump has decided to auction off the wedding ring her ex-husband, Donald Trump, gave her after he ditched his first wife in order to become married to Marla for about 20 or 30 minutes.

It seems pretty tacky to me," Donald says in response to the news. "It's really ridiculous."

But Joseph DuMouchelle, the auctioneer whom Marla has enlisted to do the honors, has a completely different take on the matter, according to the New York Post.

"It's a gorgeous piece and was made by Harry Winston," he observes. "Mr. Trump has very good taste - not only in jewelry, but also in his companions."

Obviously, Mr. DuMouchelle is a born diplomat. But why is Marla fixing to flog the darn thing in the first place?

"I don't know why," says our pal Joey. "She really hasn't said why. But people who sell these types of items usually feel that time has passed and it is the right time to do so." And maybe she's got a yen to wrap a big wad of money around her finger instead of a ring.

TEMPERAMENTAL CELEBS: Ex-"Saturday Night Live" funnyman Dana Carvey has rather insensitively hired lawyers to take a poor medical practitioner to court. And why? Merely because the sawbones in question went to perform a double bypass on him and allegedly did a number on the wrong artery, like that’s some kind of big deal.

NOT FADE AWAY: Despite the fact that Barbra Strelsand's MGM Grand Hotel engagement in Las Vegas at New Year's failed to transform the universe as expected, it's being said that several top promoters are now vying with each other in hopes of nailing her down for her very last performance, in case she has better things to do with her time. Barbra's spokesman, one Dick Gutman, admits as much, but only up to a point.

"There are many venues that are seeking to host Barbra's final show," Dick tells the New York Daily News. "But as of now, there are no contracts for her to have any further performances."

MORE OBTUSENESS: While were waiting for Barbra to figure out what she wants to do, let's check out rumors that this thing where Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched has left some messiness in its wake, especially as regards Billy Bob's former live-in girlfriend, Laura Dern.

Billy Bob's "rep," Michelle Bega, will only say that these are "private matters," which is a clear violation of the First Amendment.

NEWSWOMEN IN THE NEWS: In case you're not convinced that Barbara Walters' current salary negotiations with ABC are serious, get a load of this: Barbara recently got together and had lunch with ABC top kick Bob Iger at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, and if that isn't serious then the meaning of the word eludes us.

NEWSWOMEN IN THE NEWS, CONTINUED: Then there's the truly burning question: Who is going to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee"?

Here's a report saying that Lisa Ling, who has been gracing the aforenamed Ms. Walters' daytime talk test "The View" for about a year or so, is hot and heavy to be considered.

"She's champing at the bit," claims a "show insider," according to one report.

But then it's also being said that the post is coveted by Florence Henderson.

"Yes, I think I'd be better than Lisa Ling," Flo tells a reporter. "I don't think they should bring in someone too young because it makes Regis look really old. ... Regis is a tough curmudgeon. I'm just the opposite and I'm funny. Plus I didn't sleep around like Cybill Shepherd."

From which we gather that Cyblll, too, has allowed her hat to be tossed into the Regis ring.

"Every woman in the business wants to guest with Regis," says another "insider." And some of them, like Ling and Joan Lunden, are turning the situation into good publicity for themselves."

Whereupon we add Joan to the list, which is getting awfully long.

THE PRINCE FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE: Thank goodness, Prince Rogers Nelson has decided the time has come when he can ditch his unpronounceable interim moniker and go back to being the guy who wrote that old-timey tune, "1999." After announcing that he had done this very thing, Prince apparently was tickled when a reporter in attendance addressed hlm by his new/old name.

"'Hi, Prince,'" he echoed. "That sounds great. I haven't heard that in awhile." That's because you haven't been listening.

A TRUE PROFESSIONAL: Finally, Christopher Lloyd - not, mind you, the Christopher Lloyd who used to be on "Taxi," but a different fellow with the same name who has been one of the top people behind "Frasier" for many years now - has decided to move on.

"It was time for me to go," he tells USA Today. "I felt a little burned-out four years ago, but I stayed another three years." That explains a lot. "I just need a change." He's not the only one.

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

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