- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2003

Paris blues

New York Post

The parents of Paris Hilton— reeling from the news that their eldest daughter made an amateur porn tape — are threatening legal action against anyone who helps make the tape public. “The Hilton family is greatly saddened at how low human beings will stoop to exploit their daughter Paris, who is sweet-natured, for their own self-promotion as well as profit motives,” a statement read. “Anyone in any way involved in this video is guilty of criminal activity, and will be … vigorously prosecuted.”

Miss Hilton’s X-rated co-star, Rick Solomon, the estranged husband of Shannen Doherty, is being blamed for leaking the steamy video. Hilton lawyers looked into whether Paris Hilton was “underage” at the time, but she was 19 when the tape was made three years ago.

50 Cent, Fox split

Internet Movie Database

“Kill Bill: Volume 1” co- star Vivica A. Fox’s much-talked-about romance with superstar rapper 50 Cent has come to an end.

Trouble between the pair reportedly started last month at Monaco’s World Music Awards with Miss Fox, 39, furious about the amount of female attention the rap superstar was receiving. During a recent radio interview in New York City, 27-year-old 50 Cent — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — admitted, “We’re no more. It just didn’t work out.” And in a separate interview with presenter Skip Cheatum on K104 in Dallas, the rapper went on to say, “We’re over,” before announcing on the air what he was looking for in his next relationship. He told listeners, “I’m looking for a woman with substance, one that’s intelligent, and she doesn’t have to be all that beautiful, but just have themselves together.”

Gala opening

Allen Y. Lew, acting general manager and CEO of the Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA), leads the unveiling of the center’s spectacular $4-million public art collection tonight in its sparkling new, $833-million quarters.

Mr. Lew, who as managing director of development met the March 31 deadline for opening the center, will host a private VIP opening from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and public tours from 6 to 8 p.m.

It took more than three years for a group of art experts — including the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, local artists, WCCA consultant and curator Joel Strauss , and an executive committee of curators and directors of several of the District’s major museums — to put together these significant artworks.

Tonight, visitors are invited to take tours of the more than 120 paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics and mixed media on view and meet the more than 100 artists who will talk about their art from 6 to 8 p.m. at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW. Commissioned pieces by such prominent artists as Sol Lewitt, Sam Gilliam, Kendall Buster, Costas Varotsos and Larry Kirkland, will be among the many artworks on display.

Shooting star

Associated Press

Besides his Hollywood career, the late Robert Stack, star of “Unsolved Mysteries” and “The Untouchables” had a passion for shooting and golf.

Mr. Stack was a skeet champion with several world records and was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1971. His gun collection and other personal items will be up for bids during an auction that began yesterday and continues today at the Phoenix Club. The auction is being conducted by Little John’s Auction Service, which the actor’s estate contacted after his death in May at 84.

Items on the auction block, featuring $10 million worth of antique and sporting goods, include his Parker BHE Skeet Grade 28 gauge SXS shotgun with a brass inlay inscribed “National Skeet Championship 1936, 20 ga. Runner-Up, Bob Stack, Score 97x100”; a Ruger 20 gauge over/under shotgun presented to Mr. Stack by company founder William B. Ruger; and Mr. Stack’s shooting jacket with various team, tournament and police patches.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.


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