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Top Stories for 08/18/06

8/18/2006 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Yes, we'll always have Paris – whether we want her or not.

The lodging heiress' grand plan is to blanket the shelves of every mall in our great land with the Paris brand, and she's putting it on everything from bikinis to energy drinks to wigs to champagne-in-a-can.

And, by the way, Paris says that if you ever see her in a club doing a tequila shot – she's actually drinking water, because she doesn't "like the taste of alcohol. It grosses me out."



Amidst the flurry of promotions in advance of her album "Paris"'s release next Tuesday, Paris talks to the Los Angeles Times' Chris Lee about Paris The Brand and her scheme for worldwide domination. And, along the way, she insists that she hasn't taken money from her parents since she was 18, and that the story of her rise is more akin to an up-from-the-ghetto rapper than a well-cosseted celebutante whose idea of brand-building is dancing on the banquettes at Marquee. We also learn that Paris owns a Ferrari, a Bentley, a Range Rover, and a Benz, and that Paris acolytes will soon be able to dine at an eatery bearing her imprimatur -- she plans to open several restaurants.

Meanwhile, speaking of Marquee, Ben Widdicombe reports that during her album-release party there two nights ago, Paris had the DJ abruptly kill a fellow partygoer's song when he slipped it in amidst the endless spin of "Paris." A Gatecrasher spy says that Paris told the DJ that she was paying him "a lot of money to spin."

Well, you can't fault the girl for her determination: "I don't think there's ever been anyone like me that's lasted," she tells the LA Times. "And I'm going to keep on lasting." Last on, Paris, last on.

Lohan Calms It Down, Again

Nowadays, Lindsay Lohan makes news by laying low. The freckled phenom is, according to a friend cited by Ben Widdicombe, "really taking it easy these days. . .she is focused on work" and her boyfriend Harry Morton. Indeed, TMZ spotted Lohan eschewing a night out at Hyde just this past Wednesday.

The friend also relates that the letter she received from "Georgia Rule" producer James Robinson criticizing her work habits was "a turning point. She realized it was a matter of either stepping up or stepping down." The friend claims that she's been going home early every night and [arriving] at work on time since the letter. We can't dispute her getting to work on time, but as for the whole "going home early bit," well, we think that's kind of a relative calculation.

Stern Explains Absence in Baba Booey's Time of Need

A minor kerfuffle had broken out yesterday when it was reported that Howard Stern had skipped services for the late father of his longtime producer Gary Dell'Abate simply because his girlfriend Beth Ostrosky had suffered a minor injury.

But today, Stern clarifies what happened to Rush & Molloy: Apparently, Ostrosky fell down some steps while getting dressed and fractured the top of her foot and tore several ligaments as well. The shock jock had to look after her while she wass being tended to in the hospital, and by the time they were ready to go, the visitation was over.

Stern says he picked up the tab for dinner for all of Dell'Abate's family and friends, and that he's taking the death "very hard."

Little Richard to Judge Cowell's "Duets"

"Tutti Frutti" madman-genius Little Richard will be a judge on the upcoming Simon Cowell reality series "Celebrity Duets." The Rock 'n'Roll Hall of Famer is joining a cast of characters and slightly worn celebrities that could result in some curious combinations when the show debuts Aug. 29. The contestants include Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, and Lea Thompson, and their professional help will include Peter Frampton, Smokey Robinson, and Patti Labelle. No word on whether Richard's signature "Wooooo" will become the "We got a hot one here tonight!" of the new series.

Goodie Bag: Snakes Finally On The Damn Plane, and Swag Bags Get Taxed

Though it seems that it has already been out for months, "Snakes on a Plane" finally has its theatrical debut today, and it's anyone's guess what its box-office take is going to be. Tracking is somewhere in the high teens, but the Internet buzz could take it all the way up to $30 million. . . Swag bags, as TMZ reported two days ago, are getting the crackdown by the IRS. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the IRS confirmed yesterday they'd reached a settlement on gift-bag income tax, and that celebrities will be expected to pay the taxes on all that "free" stuff.

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1.

Matt    

Can't wait to see the dorks who buy her crap.

2899 days ago
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sherri    

Matt

I totally agree. Yes like Paris doesnt have enough money, lets run out and by her 'champagne', her wigs, bling, and crap.
And BS she doesnt drink - she may not like Tequila but she does drink that is a lie, one of many she does tell.
I still have to laugh when she said "i dont sleep around as much as my friends do" oh ok so that means you are not a slut? you dont steal others boyfriends? In your dreams Paris, there is a reason why you give head as good as you do, and its not because you practise on a banana!

2899 days ago
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jessi evans    

How do you know she gives good head?

2899 days ago
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kathryn    

Ugh, More Paris.

2899 days ago
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Your Mama    

Well, she certainly has an extremely healthy self image. Sadly that is the only positive thing I can think of to say about her.

2899 days ago
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mike    

No she never takes a bad picture especially when she is naked or making a porn movie. That porn movie made her more famous just as it did for Pam Andersen..

2899 days ago
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sherri    

Jessi

ever seen her porno? that might give you a clue

s

2899 days ago
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mlc31    

whore.

2899 days ago
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Alyn Brodsky    

Has this ubiquitous, thoroughly disgusting, marginally ignorant piece of sh*t ever considered donating so much as a nickel of her ill-gotten fortune or five minutes of her time for some worthwhile chaitable venture? (Ditto the publicity-seeking sluts she pals around with.) She is a perfect argument for eugenics (someone should explain the term to her--she'd probably think its a new douche invented by someone named Eugene).

2899 days ago
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caveman    

The best part about this bimbo of huge proportions is the inevitable train wreck that awaits. When she turns 30-35, looks are fading, interviews & paparazzi dry up, we'll get a very desperate bimbo to entertain us...have patience, life is good.

2899 days ago
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mishimon    

gag me with a piece of dog sh*t i dont like the taste of alcohol either but im a alcoholic hmmm maybe she likes the taste of yayo

2899 days ago
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mishimon    

i also think she is living in the sim world make up a fairy tale her

2899 days ago
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duh...totally !    

#9 !

That was GREAT !!!

DITTO !

loved it!
hope she or or friends like bloated Brandon read this and get a smack in the face of reality!

do something Paris! Show the world you are not a dumb B*tch !
We don't need your ugly @ss wigs.....there are children dying over seas !
Feed them !

2899 days ago
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jeff    

Hey paris................BLOW SMOKE UP SOME OTHER INDIANS ASS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a shot with no tequila.....................BULL SHEMP

2899 days ago
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tiffany    

it pisses me off that a REAL artist like me has to work for a fucking break, and this one is only getting face time because her parents happen to be wealthy. I'd bitch slap anybody I catch buying her bullshit.

2899 days ago
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