The 15 hottest topics the week of March 26, 1999

By Jim Mullen
Updated March 26, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

1 The Academy Awards
Millions of people in more than 100 countries will be watching. And wondering what Billy Crystal has done to his hair.

2 Spring
We saw the first robin today. It was frozen solid.

3 True Crime
Reporter Clint Eastwood tries to prove the innocence of a man who’s about to be executed. Even if he has to kill a few people to do it.

4 The Eyes Wide Shut Trailer
It’s Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise nude, in front of a mirror fondling each other, looking like they enjoy it. Now, that’s acting.

5 Hef
The 72-year-old publisher says Viagra is why he’s dating two beautiful sisters. It’s best taken with a few million bucks and a big mansion.

6 Mega Mac
One McDonald’s sold a hamburger that had 790 calories and 41 grams of fat. Buy 10 and get a free defibrillator.

7 Dow 10,000
Wall Street’s biggest winners plan to give something back. Every Christmas they’ll give stock tips to the needy.

8 Dennis Rodman
He’s acquired a stalker. He should be very careful — there are a lot of strange people out there.

9 Susan Lucci
She received her 19th Daytime Emmy nomination. For acting like she didn’t mind losing last year.

10 Monica’s Lipstick
The shade she wore on TV is flying off the shelves. Even though Halloween is seven months away.

11 Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
There will be a made-for-TV movie about them. Out of respect, producers waited a half hour before cashing in on his life.

12 The Barbara Walters Special
With Elizabeth Taylor, even though she has nothing to promote. A television first.

13 Elia Kazan
The director who named names during the McCarthy era is getting a special Oscar. Is Linda Tripp the presenter?

14 Air Traveler’s Bill of Rights
You have the right to remain silent — in an upright position with your tray table up.

15 Geena Davis
She’ll be greeting the stars as they arrive for the Academy Awards: ”Oh, look, it’s Renny Harlin and his new girlfriend.”