Things just keep getting worse for Paris Hilton. On Thursday, a Miami judge ruled in favor of a film distributor that sued Hilton in 2008, alleging that she failed to fulfill her obligations to promote the DVD-only comedy "Pledge This!" in which she played a snobby sorority president. Worldwide Entertainment Group alleged in its suit that Hilton collected a $1 million fee and agreed to make the full publicity rounds, but then canceled interviews with U.K. and Russian publications. Worldwide Entertainment said Hilton's actions cost them $8.3 million. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said Hilton probably owes the company about $160,000, but he wants to review the contract in more detail before finalizing the amount. Hilton's rep had no immediate comment, but she's been busy lately.
Speaking of which -- the excuse she used when she was arrested a week ago for having cocaine in the Chanel purse she was carrying -- that it wasn't her purse -- seems to be unraveling. The purse that she was carrying at her arrest, which contained the drugs, looks identical to the black purse with silver studs she photographed and showed off on her Twitter page July 15 under the headline: "Love my new Chanel purse I got today :)." But whether it was her handbag or not doesn't matter, a Las Vegas police spokesman told EOnline. "She's being charged with possession, so it doesn't matter if it's hers or someone else's," Officer Jay Rivera told E! News. "She's the person in possession of it, so it doesn't matter."
The on-again, off-again deal for Jennifer Lopez to join "American Idol" is said to be on again. Sources tell TMZ that the agreement for her to join the judges' panel is very close to being signed and contrary to some news reports, there has been no drama or diva demands. "It's been typical negotiating," the source said. If there are no last-minute problems, which TMZ calls "highly unlikely," Lopez could sign a contract as early as next week. "Idol" sources say producers believe J-Lo is the key to re-energizing the show.
Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses stormed off stage in Dublin Wednesday night after people in the audience refused to stop throwing liquid-filled plastic bottles onto the stage after an ultimatum.Twenty minutes into the concert at the O2 arena, after several bottles hit the stage and the rowdy crowd shouted abuse at the band, Rose stopped mid-song and said, "All right, here's the deal. One more bottle, we go home. It's up to you. We would like to stay. You want us to stay? We want to stay. We want to have some fun. You want to have fun? If you don't want to have fun, all you gotta do is let us know, and we got no problem, we'll go on our way." When the missiles resumed after the band began to play, Rose said, "Have a good evening," and led Guns N' Roses offstage. After an hour delay, during which many audience members left, the band returned, as required by contract, and finished its set, ending the concert around 1 a.m. Promoters and O2 issued a statement defending the band: "No artist should be subjected to missiles and unknown substances being thrown at them."
A day after her representative denied she had suffered complications endangering her pregnancy, singer Celine Dion's photo appeared on the cover of Canada's 7 Jours (7 Days) magazine. In the family portrait, left, which includes husband Rene Angelil, their 9-year-old son Rene-Charles and their dog Charlie, Dion, 42, looks healthy. She is expecting twin boys in November, which were conceived during the couple's sixth try at in-vitro fertilization.
-- Anne Neville
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