Paris Hilton in the courtroom

    In other news, you can find more information about BFF contestant Kat McKenzie’s sudden death here. Note that Now Magazine is not a 100% reliable source.

    Written by Miami Herald

    Paris Hilton was in a Miami courtroom last week, defending herself against a breach-of-contract lawsuit over her promise to promote Pledge This!, a 2006 movie starring Hilton as a student at the made-up South Beach University.

    The Miami Herald was there, sitting right behind the famous defendant until a bailiff said the public couldn’t sit in the front spectator booth anymore. Ah, the celebrity life.

    We can report that Hilton’s lunch order before she took the stand Friday afternoon was a double cheeseburger and a barbecue chicken sandwich, plus a salad with ranch dressing on the side. “I’m starving,” she whispered to the Miami lawyer fetching the food. And while other witnesses testified, Hilton highlighted text in a paperback book she was careful to keep completely hidden throughout the trial. And she doodled a full-page picture of a cat. Here are our favorite quotes from Hilton’s testimony:

    “I’m an Aquarius, so I’m very creative.”

    On her 2008 film The Hottie and the Nottie: “I thought the movie was really good and really funny. It’s embarrassing, but it totally bombed.”

    “I would never do the inside of a men’s magazine. I would only do the cover.”

    “You’re my best judge forever,” she said to Chief Judge Federico Moreno, who had asked the meaning of her new show’s title, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.

    “Every year for my birthday, I get paid to go to Vegas.”

    Posted: July 14th, 2009
    Comments: 7

    Paris Hilton’s newest fragrance Siren has been released!

    Amanda informed me that Paris Hilton’s newest fragrance has been released in stores and online. You may not find it everywhere, but it’s already available at Boscov’s stores and on their website. You can also buy it for a lower price at FragranceX. Links may not always work for some reason.

    Siren Spray – 3.4oz

    Available at Boscov’s and FragranceX


    Siren Lotion – 6.7oz

    Available at Boscov’s

    Posted: July 13th, 2009
    Comments: 2

    Copies of suit against Paris Hilton and her company

    Copies of the suit against Paris Hilton and her contract with Worldwide Entertainment Group can be found here. I gotta admit it’s nothing really interesting, unless maybe if you’re a lawyer, but that’s it. Nothing else to report this weekend.

    Posted: July 12th, 2009
    Comments: none

    More information about today’s trial

    The Associated Press didn’t mention everything about today’s trial, but Miami Herald and Law.com published detailed articles that might interest you.

    There’s too much information to post everything here, so you’ll have to read the rest of both articles at their respective news sites.

    Paris Hilton, the celebrity socialite paid $1 million to star in an $8 million movie, testified in a Miami courtroom Friday that even her knack for media exposure couldn’t save the 2006 bomb of a film.

    ”Any time I was on a red carpet, any time I was at an event, I was promoting it the whole time,” Hilton said of Pledge This!, which made less than $3 million. “Any project I’m involved with, I want to give it my all.”

    Read the rest here.

    Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton flirted with a Miami federal judge and mentioned her Zodiac sign as she testified Friday in a civil trial seeking the full production cost of the box office bomb “Pledge This!” for allegedly scanty promotional work.

    Her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment, is being sued by the court-appointed receiver for Worldwide Entertainment Group, which was seized by federal regulators as a Ponzi scheme after producing Hilton’s 2006 movie.

    Read the rest here.

    Posted: July 10th, 2009
    Comments: 4

    Pledge This! lawsuit: Paris Hilton defends herself in court

    Written by the Associated Press

    Paris Hilton repeatedly fussed with her hair and makeup in a federal courtroom Friday, sported six-inch stiletto heels and a black dress and amused the judge with a little wave on the way to the witness stand.
    Once on the stand, though, Hilton was businesslike when it came to defending herself against an $8 million lawsuit’s claim that she didn’t do her part to promote the 2006 box-office bomb Pledge This! She acknowledged in court the movie didn’t turn out very well but insisted she plugged it for everything she was worth.

    “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 and actress testified. “It could have been a lot better if it was done more professionally. I wanted it to do as well as possible.”

    Hilton is accused by an investor’s lawsuit of turning her back on the film, a box office bomb that made just $2.9 million, at a crucial time when it was being released on DVD and in foreign markets. The lawsuit seeking $8.3 million in damages claims she violated her contract by rejecting or ignoring requests by producers to appear on talk shows and do radio and magazine interviews for the film.

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

    The trial is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who 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.

    At one point, Hilton was testifying about how full her schedule was during rehearsals for her next film, 2008’s The Hottie & The Nottie, when Moreno interrupted.

    “Was it better than this one?” the judge said, referring to Pledge This! .

    “It was really good,” Hilton answered with a giggle. Along with the heels, Hilton wore an all-black sleeveless dress tied at the back and sported diamond rings and a bracelet.

    Testimony was expected to conclude Friday but it was unclear when Moreno would issue a ruling. If he finds Hilton breached her contract, a separate proceeding could be held to determine any damages.

    The lawsuit was filed by attorney Michael Goldberg, a court-appointed receiver for a now-defunct entertainment company that was the major investor in Pledge This! The company, Worldwide Entertainment Group, was shut down as a $300 million Ponzi scheme by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Goldberg is attempting to recoup losses for some 3,300 investors.

    Goldberg said Friday he put up the final $600,000 from his receivership account to complete the movie in hopes that Hilton’s promotion prowess would enable it to turn a profit. He said her unwillingness to do events after the premiere was the reason it lost money.

    “I said, ‘Just do one little thing and you’ll never hear from me again,”‘ Goldberg told Moreno. “We had no support whatsoever.”

    Posted: July 10th, 2009
    Comments: 6

    Download the sixth episode of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF 2

    A new episode airs on MTV every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
    US fans can watch this episode online at MTV.com.

    The BFF wannabes become parents when Paris presents them with some very demanding “Baby Paris” dolls for them to care for and dress up for a fashion show with Lil’ Kim.

    Password: www.ParisHiltonSite.net

    Paris Hilton’s My New BFF 2 – Episode 6 [FLV format, 7 parts, 192 MB]

    Note: For international fans only! You need to install a FLV player to watch the video.

    Posted: July 10th, 2009
    Comments: 2

    Pledge This! lawsuit: Lawyers argue in court

    Paris Hilton is at the center of a federal lawsuit that claims she didn’t honor her contract to promote a DVD release of one of her movies.

    CBS

    Written by the Associated Press / Edited by PHS

    Paris Hilton hated her 2006 movie “Pledge This!” and refused for months to make promotional appearances for it despite a contract requiring her to do so, lawyers for the film’s investors said as trial opened Thursday in an $8 million lawsuit against her.

    “During the six-month period, at no time would she take 10 minutes to do a phone interview,” attorney Bryan West, who represents the investors, said in opening statements.

    With Hilton nodding vigorously from her defense table seat, her attorney Michael Weinsten insisted she did numerous appearances for the movie but was unavailable to meet many requests by the film’s producers because of her extremely busy schedule. Hilton also had the right to refuse some promotion events that might harm her brand and never agreed to plug the DVD release of the movie from December 2006 through May 2007, he said.

    “Paris Hilton is a promotion machine,” Weinsten said. “For 2½ years, she relentlessly promoted that movie.”

    One of the movie’s executive producers, James DiLorenzo, testified that Hilton’s handlers rejected a series of suggested promotion efforts, including popular late-night TV talk shows and interviews with magazines, newspapers and radio outlets in the U.S. and abroad.

    “In order to make the public aware of the product, she was the most powerful way of doing that,” DiLorenzo said.

    Hilton, a 28-year-old heiress, actress and model, is expected to testify Friday. She traveled to Miami for the trial from Dubai, where she has been filming episodes of her “My New BFF” reality show. Wearing a sleeveless black-and-white dress with a large bow on the back, Hilton sat quietly at the defense table during opening statements, occasionally taking notes or fiddling with her twin ponytails.

    The lawsuit is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who has a well known sense of humor. Moreno at one point asked West whether the contract allowed Hilton to refuse even the most outrageous promotion requests.

    “If you said, ‘She has to parade nude down the Champs-Elysees with a Pledge This! banner’ … and she said no, would that be breach of contract?” Moreno asked. Then, answering his own question, he added, “No, of course not.”

    The lawsuit seeks $8.3 million in damages, essentially to recoup the money spent to make and distribute the film. It was filed by attorney Michael Goldberg, a court-appointed receiver for a now-defunct Miami company that was the movie’s key investor. That company was shut down as a $300 million Ponzi scheme by the Securities and Exchange Commission, with its operator now living in Brazil.

    Weinsten acknowledged that Hilton wasn’t pleased with the final cut of “Pledge This!” — which concerns the antics of a fictional sorority at equally fictional South Beach University — but he said she did what she could to plug it. She was paid $1 million to act in the lead role, yet the movie only made about $2.9 million and appeared on just 25 theater screens.

    The investors claim it could have done much better as a DVD release if Hilton had done more promotion, particularly in Japan and Europe where she is a huge star.

    “It might have made a difference. It would have done better,” West said.

    Posted: July 9th, 2009
    Comments: 6

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