Top Stories for 08/01/06

8/1/2006 9:27 AM PDT

Top Stories for 08/01/06

Paris Hilton has gotten back together with Stavros Niarchos. For now. While they're in St. Tropez.

The lodging heiress -- linked to various squires, including football stud Matt Leinart, this summer -- proclaimed her (sort of) undying love for the Greek shipping heir while she partied the night away yesterday aboard a yacht on the Riviera.

At P. Diddy's Unforgivable 50 party on Monday night in St. Tropez, Paris told People magazine that her man of the moment is Niarchos, whom she broke up with in May after seven months, though she seemed to put some qualification on her declaration of love. "We're together now here," said Hilton. "We love each other."

In fact, says People, Paris got a call from the man himself just as she and a reporter were talking. "Stav, where are you, baby," cooed Paris. "Come on over. I love you." Saturday night, Paris gave Niarchos a pole dance at the VIP Room nightclub and the pair were seen smooching at another St. Tropez hotspot, Les Caves du Roy.

Of course, not all has been kisses and pole-dances for the pair: on our first day online, TMZ caught Stavros crashing Paris' Bentley with the heiress inside, then watched as the pair fled the scene, eventually running into the Los Angeles Police Department, who let them both go without so much as a slap on the wrist.

Lindsay's New Guy a Good Influence?

Lindsay Lohan's pals say that her latest suitor Harry Morton is in fact having a positive influence on her – and that there's a tragic reason for his desire to see Lindsay tone down her hard-charging nightcrawling, according to Rush & Molloy.

Last year, Morton, the heir to the Hard Rock fortune, lost his half-sister, the English-prep-school-girl-turned-bounty-hunter Domino Harvey, when she was found dead in her bathtub at age 35. (Harvey had reportedly battled drug addiction for many years.) And as a result, according to friends, Morton has convinced Lohan to chill, and Lohan has vowed that she's going to eschew drinking altogether. "I've never seen her so happy and healthy," says a pal.

Of course, Lohan and Morton aren't exactly staying away from temples of temptation and debauchery, as they were spotted all of last weekend at nightclubs in Las Vegas and Hollywood.

Cher Auctions Off Her Stuff

If you ever wanted to sleep in Cher's bed, now you can – without her, of course. The superdiva has decided to clean house and redecorate, and you could be the beneficiary – Cher is auctioning off 700 items from her home starting Oct. 3.

The auction, which will be administered by Sotheby's and Julien's Auctions, will include furniture, artwork, jewelry, a 2003 H2 Hummer, and original costumes by Cher's beloved designer Bob Mackie, including one that she wore to the Oscars. While the sale is expected to bring in more than $1 million, a "nice percentage" of the proceeds will benefit the Cher Charitable Foundation, according to the 60-year-old actress-singer.

"When I got off the road, something happened and I said, 'You know, I think it's time to do something different," she says. "But my house is so full that there's no way to do something different unless I totally change it." The auction will travel to London, Chicago, and New York, and the full exhibition will then open at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a slightly less garish wardrobe, you may want to check out Tori Spelling's old rags, which are being auctioned off on eBay.

Heath Ledger To Play Joker In Next Batman

The second installment in the latest Batman franchise -- "The Dark Knight" – will begin production next year, Warner Bros. announced yesterday, and Oscar nominee Heath Ledger has been signed to play Batman's nemesis The Joker, following in the purple footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.

Christian Bale is back as the Caped Crusader and Christopher Nolan will once again direct from a script written by his brother Jonah. The production will start early in 2007, with a projected release date in summer 2008. "Batman Begins" made $205 million in the US and $166 million overseas.

Goodie Bag: K-Fed's Mom Parties With Ron Jeremy While Star Escapes Again and Whoopi Makes Nice On The Radio

Just try and get this disturbing image out of your head: Page Six says that Kevin Federline's mother (Britney's mom-in-law) was spotted partying in a VIP sky box at Tao Las Vegas with porn heavyweight Ron Jeremy after K-Fed and wife Brit dined downstairs. No word on how the two know each other, where they met, why they were hanging out, or what transpired during their interaction – but does it really matter?. . . Star Jones was supposed to hang out at the VH1 Save the Music benefit on Friday night in New York, but she bailed, and speculation in Page Six says that she didn't want to bump into B. Smith or Gayle King, both considered contenders for her old job on "The View". . . Whoopi Goldberg didn't shock or titillate on her first day as host of her new radio show on WKTU in New York, says the New York Daily News. She'll be rolling out nationwide in a couple weeks.

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