Cool Unplugged Duet: Not Rod Stewart and Ron Wood on ”Maggie May.” Nor Soul Asylum and Lulu on ”To Sir, With Love.” Try Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs and former Talking Head David Byrne (barely recognizable with long locks) on Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s rollicking ”Dallas.”
Cool Alternative to Network TV: Back-to-back reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Nick at Nite from 10-11 p.m. Chuckles the Clown lives!
Cool Kiss-Off Line: ”Gravity’s a bitch, ain’t it?” — spoken by Sly Stallone’s second banana, Michael Rooker, as a bad guy plummets off a mountain to his death in Cliffhanger.
Cool Fight Scene: Jason Scott Lee’s back-alley brawl with four cleaver- wielding Chinese-restaurant chefs-set to the tune of Booker T. and the MG’s ”Green Onions”-in the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
Cool Hobby: Gardening. Demi Moore did it in Indecent Proposal. Gabrielle Anwar (Al Pacino’s tango partner in Scent of a Woman) broke her foot doing it in real life. It’s a growing trend.
Cool Sportswear: Clothes bearing the insignia of expansion teams — young NBA clubs (Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets) and rookie baseball outfits (Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins) — have replaced the tired L.A. Raiders gear in vogue a few years back. Whether garb from Disney’s Mighty Ducks hockey team will follow suit remains to be seen.
Cool Golf Clubs: Callaway’s oversize drivers and fairway woods, which match the ego size of Hollywood’s heavy hitters.
Cool Ethnic Heritage: Irish, as in director Neil Jordan, actors Stephen Rea and Gabriel Byrne, rock god Van Morrison, bar band Black 47, and rappers House of Pain. Even Conan O’Brien’s luck seems charmed. (We won’t mention Sinead O’Connor.)
Cool Cottage Industry: David Greenberger’s The Duplex Planet, a late-’70s underground publication of poetic interviews with nursing-home patients that has inspired a new comic book and an alternative-music album.
Cool Left-Field Right-Wing Hit Single: ”Bad Boys,” the theme for Fox’s reality show Cops, by reggae-pop band Inner Circle. The flip side of Ice-T’s ”Cop Killer.”
Cool Coffee-Table Kids’ Book: William Wegman’s Cinderella, featuring more than a dozen dogs dolled up as everyone from the Evil Stepmother to the Prince.
Cool Genre: Crime-spree flicks. From Thelma & Louise to Reservoir Dogs to the coming slew of True Romance, The Getaway, Kalifornia, Killing Zoe, and Natural Born Killers. Truly, they slay us.
Cool Excuse: ”I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve got it on tape.” The video version of ”I haven’t read the book, but I bought it.”
Cool Casting: Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as husband and wife in Rob Reiner’s film North. Seinfeld’s George and Elaine get married — not that there’s anything wrong with that.