- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2006

007’ spy car sold

One of the Aston Martin spy cars from the James Bond movies “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger” has been sold for $2.1 million at a vintage cars auction in Phoenix.

The winning bidder for the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was not identified by RM Auctions officials.

The vehicle was one of four built for 1964’s “Goldfinger” and 1965’s “Thunderball,” as well as promotional tours. The auction car was primarily used for promotion.

Some of the special options on the Aston Martin include replica machine guns, a wheel-mounted tire slasher, a retractable rear bulletproof screen, an oil slick ejector and a smoke screen system.

It was one of several celebrity automobiles offered by Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Car Museum, which has had it on display since the late 1970s.

Also at the auction was Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan, which sold for $621,500, and Hank Williams Jr.’s 1964 “Silver Dollar” Pontiac convertible, which went for $214,500.

Next date — in court

Colin Farrell’s lawsuit against an ex-girlfriend who wants to sell their home-made sex tape has a court date.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set a July 17 trial date for the lawsuit against former Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain, although lawyers for both sides agreed to enter mediation to resolve the case before trial. Judge Elihu M. Berle ordered talks to wrap up by April 20.

Mr. Farrell, the 29-year-old star of the “The New World” and “Alexander” wasn’t in court.

His lawsuit names Miss Narain, who was Playboy’s Miss January 2002, and two others for purportedly planning to market an explicit 14-minute tape that Mr. Farrell contended was never intended for public viewing.

The lawsuit said the release of the videotape would irreparably harm Mr. Farrell’s reputation and career.

Earlier this month, an Internet site that purported to be selling access to the tape was shut down for violating a court order blocking the tape’s release, but graphic stills appeared on another site.

Mr. Farrell’s lawyer, Paul Berra, said those believed responsible for releasing the tape would be brought into the lawsuit.

On Friday, another Internet site offered a tape for downloading that it said may be the disputed tape.

Dollars and 50 Cent

50 Cent stole the opening line for his 2003 hit “In Da Club” from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, an attorney claims in a lawsuit.

Richard C. Wolfe filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against Curtis James Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in Miami federal court last week on behalf of Lil’ Joe Wein Music.

The 29-year-old rapper only changed one word from the opening line of Mr. Campbell’s song from “It’s Your Birthday,” Mr. Wolfe said — after repeating the word “go” several times, “Sheila” becomes “shorty” in the line, “Go shorty, it’s your birthday.”

Mr. Campbell’s song appeared on his 1994 solo album, “Still a Freak for Life.”

“It’s the melody, it’s the pace, the style — everything about that one line is the same,” Mr. Wolfe said. “We’re entitled to a portion of the profits.”

Messages left Friday for Mr. Campbell and for 50 Cent’s publicist, Dennis Dennehy, were not immediately returned.

Lil’ Joe Wein Music holds the copyright to “It’s Your Birthday” and other songs Mr. Campbell produced with his rap group, 2 Live Crew, and as a solo artist. Lil’ Joe Wein Music is owned byJoseph Weinberger, a lawyer who formerly represented Mr. Campbell.

Mr. Campbell’s song “I Like It, I Love It” can also be heard on the 2003 DVD “50 Cent — The New Breed,” the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in addition to lawyers’ fees and other legal costs.

Mr. Wolfe won a $2.3 million judgment against Mr. Campbell in 1994 for another rapper who claimed Mr. Campbell withheld royalties.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports.

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