- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2005

Fat victory

United Nations arbitrators awarded comedian Bill Cosby a legal victory yesterday.

An intellectual-property panel in Geneva ordered the transfer of fatalbert.org to Mr. Cosby, who, according to Associated Press, had complained it was being used to divert visitors to a commercial search engine and a Web site selling sexually explicit products.

Sterling Davenport of Loretto, Tenn., who had registered the domain name, did not respond to Mr. Cosby’s complaint, arbitrator John Kidd said. Nonetheless, Mr. Kidd said, “the respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name.”

A number of celebrities, including Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan and Carmen Electra, also have won the Internet version of their names through U.N. arbitration.

Jay-Z’s desk work

How’s rapper Jay-Z settling into life as a record executive?

The recently installed president and chief executive of Def Jam Recordings is, first and foremost, eyeing talent for a potential new imprint called Def Jam Left.

“I’m talking to the Roots right now,” he told Billboard.com. “I’m confident to put out there that we might make this happen. The label would probably begin at the top of the year, but I hope to have the Roots signed by the time they get off their international tour.”

There’s also the matter of his own career. The rapper, born Shawn Carter, says he’s mulling the possibility of coming out of “retirement.”

“You all are hearing things from me — you just haven’t heard an album,” he says, referring to guest spots on albums by Kanye West and Young Jeezy.

“Who knows? I’m still going in the studio, getting on remixes and things like that. But it’s the people. When people want something bad enough, it happens. And they want it bad. I’m trying to hold out, but I don’t know how long I can.”

Perpetual ‘Pirate’

Johnny Depp is no fan of sequels, but the famously chameleonic actor loved the role of Captain Jack Sparrow so much, he couldn’t pass up the chance to reprise it not once, but twice.

“More than it having anything to do with money, or franchise, or hopefully continued success, it actually had … more to do with selfishly being able to meet up with that character again,” Mr. Depp said of forthcoming sequels to Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” at the Toronto Film Festival.

According to Reuters news agency, the Oscar-nominated actor was in town to promote “Corpse Bride,” an animated feature made by his longtime friend, director Tim Burton.

The skinny on skinny

Just call her voluptuous. Scarlett Johansson won’t mind.

“Everyone in Hollywood is so… skinny, and you constantly feel like you’re not skinny enough,” the Internet Movie Database quotes the “Lost in Translation” actress as saying.

“I have ‘fat days,’ and I accept that I’m never going to be rail thin. I try not to let the pressure get to me, but Los Angeles is a very hard place to be unless you have people here that love you.

“It can be very, very lonely, and it can eat you up if you don’t take care of yourself,” she says.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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