- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monroe sex tape sold

Paris Hilton, who once called herself the modern-day Marilyn Monroe, now has more in common with the “Some Like It Hot” bombshell, AOL.com notes.

A New York businessman recently purchased a long-lost sex tape featuring Miss Monroe and an unidentified man for $1.5 million, the New York Post reports. The tape is an illicit copy of an FBI classified film and was found by Keya Morgan, a memorabilia collector who helped to sell it.

“You see instantly that it’s Marilyn Monroe — she has the famous mole,” Mr. Morgan says of the movie.

The video was made in the 1950s and found by the FBI a decade later, but not before a copy had been made. The FBI tried unsuccessfully to prove the man in the film was either John F. Kennedy or his brother Robert F. Kennedy.

Before the FBI had the film, Joe DiMaggio, Miss Monroe’s one-time husband, attempted to buy the original version for $25,000, but his offer was turned down, AOL.com reports.

‘Potter’ author upset

J.K. Rowling says her efforts to halt a publisher’s “Harry Potter” lexicon have been crushing her creativity. The author says she has stopped work on a new novel.

Her federal court case has “decimated my creative work over the last month,” she told Associated Press.

Miss Rowling is suing RDR Books to stop publication of Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon.”

RDR’s lawyer, Anthony Falzone, defends the lexicon as a reference guide, calling it a legal effort “to organize and discuss the complicated and very elaborate world of Harry Potter.”

A new son for Cate

Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has given birth to her third child, a spokesman said yesterday.

Miss Blanchett, 38, delivered a son, Ignatius Martin Upton, on Sunday in Sydney, Australia, said Tim McKeough, media relations manager at the Sydney Theatre Company, where Miss Blanchett and her playwright husband, Andrew Upton, are co-artistic directors.

Miss Blanchett and Mr. Upton have two other sons, Dashiell, 6, and Roman, 3.

Keys’ rap attack

Alicia Keys garnered both eye rolls and clenched-fist praise Sunday in her old Harlem neighborhood as fans mulled the R&B; diva’s controversial gangsta rap theory, the New York Daily News reports.

Her claim in Blender magazine that gangsta rap was a government “ploy to convince black people to kill each other” was seen by some as wacko — while others gave it merit.

Miss Keys, 27, an 11-time Grammy winner, also told the magazine that the government and media perpetuated the fatal feud between Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. “to stop another great black leader from existing.”

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

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