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Paris: Don't You Try and Blackmail Me!

9/21/2006 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris on the runway. Slightly vacant, but engaged.Paris Hilton may be a little, um, forgetful from time to time, but there's one lesson her daddy taught her that she always remembers: If you capitulate to a blackmailer's demands, "then you're gonna be paying for the rest of your life."

In police investigations related to a robbery of "Girls Gone Wild" producer Joe Francis, the lodging heiress says that she's not an entirely reliable witness, but reveals that "private tapes" were taken from her home and that mystery callers have been trying to get her to pay up for them.

Hilton had some knowledge of what happened to Francis' house in 2004 (though nothing self-implicating), and Los Angeles Police Department detectives are heard trying to extract it from her in the tapes, which will air on Saturday night on "Dateline NBC." According to Page Six, the clearly put-upon Hilton says, when interrogated, "Like I really ... I don't remember. I'm not like that smart. I like forget stuff all the time." Still, when it comes to her own tapes, Paris says she refused to give in to the alleged extortionists, who haven't been identified.



Angelina JolieAngelina – "Tomb Raider" No More


It's so long to bubble-gum roles for Angelina Jolie: the distaff half of Brangelina has been cast in the lead role of Ayn Rand's iconic novel "Atlas Shrugged" for Lions Gate Films, according to Variety this morning. The actress will take on the challenging, conflicted character of railroad executive Dagny Taggart in the Rand adaptation, a film that other producers have tried to bring to the big screen for years -- Faye Dunaway was once considered for the same role.

And it's just the latest in a run of very weighty, thesp-y upcoming roles for the one-time Lara Croft. She'll be in "Beowulf" and Robert DeNiro's "The Good Shepherd," as well as tackling the difficult job of portraying Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. How about something that Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh can watch their mommy in? Oh, right – Jolie's also lending her voice to "Kung Fu Panda."

Meanwhile, the Jolie-Pitts have created a new charitable foundation that will aid humanitarian causes around the globe, and their first give will be $2 million – half to Global Action for Children, and the other half to Doctors Without Borders.

Naomi Beats Down Apartment Price


Blackberry-wielding supervixen Naomi Campbell doesn't just smack down her employees – she's also taken down the asking price on her duplex apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York Post's Braden Keil. The Park Avenue pad has been re-priced at $4.95 million, down just a bit from the $5.25 million she listed it at in June.

The condo is plenty big (three bedrooms, four baths), but what really caught Keil's attention in the listing was the professiona-grade kitchen (probably not a priority for supermodels) and, in particular, the knife collection mounted on the kitchen wall, which should cause potential assistants no end of fear.

Jacko Wants Leprechaun-Themed Park in Ireland


Apparently Michael Jackson has taken a liking to small, furry men in green hats and pointy shoes: A report in today's Irish Daily Mirror (via MSNBC) says that the erstwhile King of Pop has been spending a lot of time in the Emerald Isles, and would like to open up a leprechaun-inspired theme park

Reports have circulated that Jacko might be looking to be an estate and settle in Ireland, and, indeed, Jacko-spotting has become something of a sport among the Irish: one newspaper even has a Wacko Watch Hotline for readers to call in sightings. Where the cash-poor Jacko would get the money to pay for all of this is unclear, since the park would cost about $635 million to create.


Party Favors: Mario Lopez Dating Dance Partner?, Connie's Got Katie's Back, and SNL Dumps Three


Well, that explains the dance-floor chemistry: Mario Lopez is dating his partner on "Dancing With The Stars," Karina Smirnoff, says Us Weekly, which adds that the pair have been together since August ... Connie Chung says everyone who's nitpicking Katie Couric in her first weeks as the new anchor of "The CBS Evening News" should "leave her alone!" And, she tells Lloyd Grove, even though Couric's getting paid a lot more than she ever did when she shared the job with Dan Rather, Connie says you go, girl: "Roll up the Brinks truck!" ... Faced with budget cuts imposed by NBC, "Saturday Night Live" has given the pink slip to three performers, including longtime cast members Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz, as well as Finesse Mitchell. Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch have left to do "30 Rock." The five cast members won't be replaced, leaving Lorne Michaels with just 11 players.

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Amanda    

Can Paris wear anymore bad makeup? God lord!
Bye Paris. The world hates you!

2865 days ago
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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

I wish paris would do like her sister and not be seen and not heard,her parents should be proud of bringing up a well rounded hoe,a 50 million dollar hoe,she should not be a role model for any young lady,thanks again to her parents,you have quite a little dope smoking little drunk,10 years from now see will look like a janise dickerson

2865 days ago
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No Need For A Name    

Obviously, what ever was on those tapes is not too important to her since she is making no hurry to retrieve them so they can't be all that bad. But in all honesty this girl wouldn't remember her name if it wasn't stenciled on every tabloid.

2865 days ago
4.

Inge    

Everyone else is considered easy, a sure thing, a ho,a walking std, but if your rich & famous changing guys every couple of months is news worthy...
Spanky

2865 days ago
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Ms Kris    

If Paris can remember how to spell her own name THAT would be a miracle.

Like recently some product, SHE IS INVOLVED WITH SO MUCH OVER PROMOTION OF SELLING HERSELF YOU CAN NOT KEEP TRACK OF THEM, SHE COULD NOT REMEMBER WHAT SHE WAS PROMOTING.

AND, OF COURSE, SHE CAN NOT REMEMBER HER FRIENDS NAMES.

Which, OF COURSE, means they are NOT your friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2865 days ago
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varrick    

That c*** Connie Chink is just sucking up to Katie in hopes she'll be employed again. Katie is just plain terrible to watch. I can't take her seriously.

2865 days ago
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RiverRat    

Angelina Jolie has been doing serious acting roles for many years so no surprise that she is geting all these good parts - she can handle them, she's great.
So glad to see Brad and Angelina are starting a foundation that will help people from all countries - they are truely good people.

2864 days ago
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Sheila    

This Mario Lopez guy is hott...break me off a piece of dat... :-)

2864 days ago
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lc    

Angelina needs to dump Brad & get back on the girl's side, you here me?

2864 days ago
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Babs    

I beleive that some of the worlds most charitable people give anonymously. Everytime Brad and Angelina give anything they make it well known. Tell me, before Brad Pitt had an affair with Angelina I never heard anything about his charitable side, only about his love of Architecture. Does anyone in America see the obvious here. He claims he is sick of hearing about himself but he has press conferences and disses other Actors bad behaviour...what about his when he cheated on his wife and if anyone believes them that they didn't get together during his marriage then they need to get a brain.

2864 days ago
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David    

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt makes sure that the world is aware whenever they do charitable deeds. I am sure they have good intentions in giving away the money...but they also love the publicity...they have the machine publicity machine in town actually....Jolie did not have to mention in Anderson that she gives away 1/3 of her income but she made sure everyone knew about it...and whenever they give away money, their spokesperson always sends forward a press release about it...is there any need for that unless you are seeking to craft a certain type of image?

2864 days ago
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Janet    

Nice language Saint Hoover. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

2864 days ago
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duh...totally !    

are these the tapes that Paris made w/ that slob Tom Sizemore???

hope so...it will just confirm even more what a total SKANK she is !
and that Joe Francis is such a disgusting piece of shit of a human, have you seen his 35 million dollar home in Mexico????
He made his money off drunk , barely legal girls on Spring Break! how pathetic !

2864 days ago
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stellarbelle    

I think Paris Hilton is one of the best business person in Hollywood. Just think, everyone knows her name, she has tapped into every aspect of entertainment, and she is an heir to the biggest chain of hotels. America gets mad that she is not setting a good role model for our youth. This is true but then again chances are you'll be watching Desperate Housewives that night. Before you critize think she has to wake up every morning with cameras in her face wanted or not. Be blessed for what you have and be thankful for what you don't.

2864 days ago
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ANDREW    

Funny I thought he was dating Heidi Mueller of NBC's Passions?????

2864 days ago
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