- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009

Flynt vs. Flynt

Jimmy Flynt, brother of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, is accusing his famous sibling of trying to force him out of the family’s pornography business.

Larry Flynt owns a building in downtown Cincinnati where his brother operates a Hustler retail store, Associated Press reports.

In the lawsuit filed Friday, the Flynt plaintiff says his brother wants to evict him in retaliation for refusing to give a loan to Larry Flynt Productions. Larry Flynt contends his brother is behind in rent. Jimmy Flynt is asking a judge to stop the eviction.

Jimmy Flynt says the eviction notice is also an attempt by Larry Flynt to get leverage in a separate trademark lawsuit in California. In that case, Larry Flynt has sued his brother’s two sons for selling their own line of adult movies under the family name.

Penn and Penn

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has called off his divorce from Robin Wright Penn for a second time, weeks after seeking legal separation.

Weeks after saying he and his wife of 13 years will separate on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, Mr. Penn has withdrawn a court application filed in Marin County near San Francisco, the New York Daily News reported, citing court records.

The Penns were together earlier this year at the Academy Awards, where he won the best actor prize for his role as San Francisco gay supervisor Harvey Milk in the drama “Milk.”

Homeless stars

The search for new homes for two impoverished child stars from the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” has intensified as one child fell sick days after city authorities demolished the shanty where she lived, family members said.

Rubina Ali, 9, came down with a fever Friday and spent a few hours in a local hospital, they said. “I’m fine now, but I feel tired,” Rubina said Saturday as she lay in bed, resting at her uncle’s house.

Rubina’s block was razed Wednesday to make way for a planned pedestrian overpass at a commuter train station in Mumbai. Last week, co-star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail’s home was demolished, part of a pre-monsoon slum clearance drive.

Rubina and her parents have been staying with relatives. Azhar, 10, and his family have tied tarpaulins and blankets around a thin wood frame for shelter in the Garib Nagar — “city of the poor” — slum where both families live.

Armani recovering

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani said on Thursday he had had a case of hepatitis and is now recovering, Reuters news agency reports from Milan.

The 74-year-old said in a statement he had decided to “calm worries” after a high level of interest concerning his personal well-being in the last few days.

Who’s sorry now?

Clay Aiken says blood didn’t truly pour forth from his ears when he heard runner-up Adam Lambert sing “Ring of Fire” — and hey, he’s sorry for his “colorful choice of words.”

The former Idol contestant writes in a blog on his Web site dated Friday that “I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard.” He also says he didn’t mean it as “a ‘slam’ on Adam as a person.”

He had blasted Mr. Lambert’s take on the classic Johnny Cash tune as “contrived,” “awful” and “slightly frightening.” Mr. Aiken says he hopes Mr. Lambert can forgive him — but adds that Mr. Lambert probably doesn’t care about what he said.

Mr. Aiken lost out to Ruben Studdard in 2003. He has since released several albums, appeared on Broadway and publicly confirmed he’s gay.

Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports

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