July 11, 2009 in Features

Paris when it fizzled

From Wire Reports
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Paris Hilton repeatedly fussed with her hair and makeup in a Miami federal courtroom Friday, sported six-inch stiletto heels and amused the judge with a little wave on the way to the witness stand.

Once there, though, Hilton was businesslike in defending herself against an $8 million lawsuit claiming she didn’t promote the box-office bomb “Pledge This!”

“If I have my name attached to something, I want it to be as big as it can be,” the 28-year-old heiress/model/actress testified.

Hilton is accused of turning her back on the film, which made just $2.9 million, at a crucial time when it was being released on DVD and in foreign markets.

She insisted she was never told her contract required appearances after the October 2006 premiere and said she spent more than two years promoting it beforehand, including two high-profile trips to the Cannes Film Festival.

Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno reacted with surprise when Hilton gave him a little wave before testifying.

“I’ve never had a witness wave at me before,” the judge cracked.

Father and grandfather

On the celebrity baby beat, Jason Priestley and his wife have welcomed their second child, a girl named Naomi.

And Jim Carrey is going to be a grandpa: His 21-year-old daughter, Jane, is expecting.

Staying in their boxes

Turning to the celebrity Arquette beat, Patricia Arquette has been granted a dismissal of her divorce case against actor hubby Thomas Jane.

Meanwhile, brother David Arquette says he’ll live in a Plexiglas box above Madison Square Garden on Tuesday and Wednesday to raise $250,000 in donations to fight hunger.

The birthday bunch

Actor Tab Hunter is 78. Guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 50. Actress Lisa Rinna is 46. Actor Greg Grunberg is 43. Actor Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 39. Rapper Lil Kim is 34. Singer Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) is 33.

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