- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Risque business

How much puppet sex is too much?

The Motion Picture Association of America wrestled with that question before finally agreeing on an R rating for “Team America,” the upcoming political puppet satire from “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

As initially submitted, the film would have drawn an adults-only rating of NC-17, mainly because of a scene that simulates sex between wooden marionettes.

Producer Scott Rudin told the Los Angeles Times that at least nine variations of the scene in question were submitted, each progressively less explicit, before the MPAA ultimately relented.

“There’s nothing we’re asking for that hasn’t appeared in other R-rated movies, and our characters are made of wood,” Mr. Rudin said.

Hot lunch

The newly crowned Miss America, Deidre Downs; Miss Virginia, Mariah Rice; and Redskins cheerleaders will serve brats — that’s pork sausages, not misbehaving children — to Pentagon employees this afternoon.

Proceeds from the brat party, $5 per person, will benefit the Pentagon Memorial Fund, which is in the process of raising $27.5 million to build and maintain a memorial park in honor of those lost on September 11.

Hef’s new home

Hugh Hefner is headed to Las Vegas to live in a nearly 12,000-square-foot love shack on top of the Palms hotel and casino.

The deluxe two-story suite will be named the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa and will have its own glass elevator overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, along with indoor and outdoor pools, AP reports.

“He’s going to make it his home away from home,” Palms owner George Maloof said. “He’s got plenty of room to play. It’s a perfect fit.”

Lynn wants fair share

Resurgent country queen Loretta Lynn wants the rights to her hit songs.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Nashville, Tenn., Miss Lynn asked a judge to void a contract she signed with Sure-Fire Music Co. in 1966, awarding it copyrights to some of her biggest hits, including “You’re Lookin’ at Country,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

The complaint, according to Associated Press, says that because the company’s original owners are dead, Miss Lynn should have the rights to the music.

“The music industry is built on relationships, and Loretta Lynn had a long one with Teddy and Doyle Wilburn,” the original managers of Sure-Fire Music Co.,” said Miss Lynn’s spokeswoman, Nancy Russell. “Sure-Fire enjoyed the benefits of Loretta’s success as a songwriter and entertainer for more than 40 years.”

Daddy Diddy to pay

As Sean “P. Diddy” Combs tries to get out the vote this November, he may want to get out the child support while he’s at it.

The hip-hop mogul was ordered to pay $35,000 a month for the 10-year-old son he had with fashion stylist Misa Brim, according to a court ruling made public this week.

Mr. Combs got the news in a 13-page decision by Westchester County Family Judge David Klein, who upheld an earlier ruling, Reuters News Agency reports.

Worlds colliding

The Best of Both Words tour — the one-two punch of R. Kelly and Jay-Z (hey, isn’t he retired?) — rolls into the MCI Center tonight.

The powerhouse pair also plan to release an album together, “Unfinished Business,” Oct. 26, and a biopic about Jay-Z called “Fade” is slated to hit movie theaters Nov. 5.

Fan fare

… Finally, music fans, if you plan on browsing for CDs tomorrow night, you might as well do it at Tower Records in Rockville. That’s where Waldorf, Md.’s own Good Charlotte is scheduled for an in-store performance at 7.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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