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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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16.

duh...totally !    

you are right, there is a lot of garbage out there....and I do not watch Desparate Housewives...but loved Melrose Place back in the day....

anyway..... I first saw Paris on Celebrities Uncensored ( E ! )...she became 'famous' for posing & having rich parents ......and that is what she still does...yes she has tried acting and music...but stinks at both--admit it.....she also loves and thrives on the attention she recieves from the media....if she put it to good use, I could have some respect for her...but she seems to just be a spoiled, little shit starting brat !

2850 days ago
17.

marianne.    

BABS

only an idiot like you could change a story about Angelina's acting abilities and generosity into a rant about cheating(like it's all you know to talk about).
what's even more redicuous is tha fact that you chose to question THEIR morals when PARIS HILTON is on the same page!!!!!

2850 days ago
18.

Q    

Um -- Mario Lopez dates Daytime dummy Heidi Mueller who play Bitchay oh um my bad Kay

Plz do your homework

2850 days ago
19.

jack..yeah right    

we can all see through brangelina's hypocrisy.

what happened to environmental causes, that brad seemed so keen on only a month ago?
after a week from his environmental preaching he was back in L.A. riding his motor cycle, and angie bought a plane.

this do-good stuff that we have been bombarded with is all thanks to the negative press they've been getting.

remember when people said they're ignoring the adoptees? soon after they took maddox to the photo-op at the beach.

remember all the confusion about where their claimed donations end up, as the promised money never seems to make it to the right destination? in with the foundation (i'm sure we'll be hearing the word "pledge" a lot...)

the trouble in the "relationship" (if you can call it that)? photo-op in N.O.

don't forget, brad has a movie coming out, so he's doing the best he can to ensure people will think of him as a good guy.

2850 days ago
20.

grace    

Mario is not datting her.
He was on 96.3 in LA last week and said he is not datting her and that she has a Russian Mafia boyfriend.
That news is so last week.

2850 days ago
21.

We, are not amused.    

I am not fond of Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie, what with them adopting all these mongrol kids and all, but I will say this ponying up $2Milllion for what they believe in is a righteous deal. Nobody critized Bill and Melinda(?) Gates when they give away there dough. Of course they have a lot more to give. But right on to Pitt/Jolie!

2850 days ago
22.

Debbie Thame    

Paris Hilton has a great work ethic.

2850 days ago
23.

Mem    

Angelina bugs the crap out of me, and Paris looks like Barbie with even more make up.

2850 days ago
24.

duh...totally !    

ok, just heard the audio of Paris's interview w/ the police....the video was made w/ Nick Carter...not Tom Sizemore---that one must still be floating around--lol --
how many video's has she made????

anyway...that Joe Francis guy is a scumbag--and I thought it was a little bit funny what happened to him.....I know that sounds harsh...but he is total scum and should rot in Jail !

2849 days ago
25.

Zoe    

The story about Jackson's leperchaun park is fake and was fabricated by an Irish tabloid.

2849 days ago
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