The 15 hottest topics the week of June 9, 2000

By Jim Mullen
Updated June 09, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

1. Matthew Perry
A tabloid says he may need a liver transplant, which he has firmly denied. But we hear he’s going to get a second tabloid’s opinion.

2. Croupier
A small indie flick about a casino heist is getting rave reviews. Finding a theater where it’s playing is Mission: Impossible 3.

3. Grass
A film on the social history of marijuana narrated by Woody Harrelson. Tickets are $300 a quarter ounce.

4. Clerks
ABC’s prime-time cartoon about life in a convenience store. There’s something about making change that always cracks people up.

5. Everybody Loves Raymond
9,600 tapes meant for Emmy voters were stolen. Somebody really loves Raymond.

6. Survivor
Eating rats on a remote isle for 39 days may win you $1 million. The good news: It’s less stressful than day trading.

7. Kenny Rogers
The 61-year-old is the oldest performer to have a No. 1 country single with ”Buy Me a Rose.” And some Metamucil.

8. Stanley Cup finals
Nothing says June like ice hockey.

9. It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime
Is this new game show going to be the next Millionaire? (A) No Way (B) Yeah, right (C) They wish (D) If they kidnap Regis.

10. Big Momma’s House
Cop Martin Lawrence goes undercover as a fat grandma. Working title? Call Me Mrs. Tibbs.

11. Eminem
The rapper’s album broke the record for first-week sales for a solo artist. Other labels are now desperate to sign upstarts Snkkerz, *-Birst, and P-Nut Eminem.

12. Britney Spears
She’s burning up the charts with her brand of gutsy, innovative, lyrically complex pop tunes. Or am I thinking about ‘N Sync?

13. Home runs
There are lots of theories why there are so many this year. That the new players are better than the old players is not one of them.

14. Ruby slippers
A pair from The Wizard of Oz sold for $666,000. Nice that Dennis Rodman’s keeping busy.

15. Martha Graham folds
To see bizarre, experimental dance now, you’ll just have to go to a Backstreet Boys concert like everyone else.