Paris Hilton A Clothing Calamity?

    Mr. Blackwell’s annual litany of fashion trash-talking ranks hotel-heiress turned Internet sex kitten turned reality TV star Paris Hilton of “The Simple Life” at the top of his list of bottom-feeding fashionistas.

    Blackwell has been ailing in recent years, preventing him from reading his own insults aloud to the press. But he still composes his thoughts in rhyme, akin to the Riddler from “Batman” crossed with Catwoman.

    Here are his remarks released Tuesday:

    - Lara Flynn Boyle: Sometimes a single fiasco is all it takes — that tutu terror (at the Golden Globes) was one of the all-time worst fashion mistakes! A beautiful face … but no taste … what a waste!
    - Courtney Love: The torrid temptress of fashions — “Rock Pack” is the undisputed queen of tack.
    - Melanie Griffith: Melanie defines “fatal fashion folly” — A botox’d cockatoo in a painting by Dali!
    - Missy Elliot: Missy’s experiencing a bling-bling takeover — time to lower the wattage and get a makeover!
    - Celine Dion: Half-sequined scarecrow, half-gaudy acrobat — Is it Abe Lincoln in drag? And I’ll leave it at that!
    - Jessica Simpson: Forget putting her stylist on suspension — just clean out that closet, and hire a magician!
    - Diane Keaton: In prudish fashion pitfalls that bury her beauty, it could be Queen Victoria on jury duty! Dowdy, dumpy and frumpy!
    - Shania Twain: What can I say? In buckled bombs and country-fried kitsch, has Calamity Twain popped a stitch!
    - (Tie) Madonna and Britney Spears: So many tacky trends, so little time — please, will someone arrest The Kissin Cousins of Couture Crime!
    - And the No. 1 fashion failure … Paris Hilton: How are you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree? Grab the blinders here comes Paris. From cyber disgrace to red carpet chills, she’s the vapid Venus of Beverly Hills!

    Posted: January 13th, 2004
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    Paris Hilton proves bigger TV draw than President Bush interview

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paris Hilton was a bigger television draw than President Bush this week. So, for that matter, was Mark Harmon.

    ABC’s interview of the president by Diane Sawyer, telecast Tuesday, only two days after the capture of Saddam Hussein was announced, was seen by 11 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    Meanwhile, Fox’s The Simple Life, with Hilton terrorizing an Arkansas town, was seen by 11.9 million, Nielsen said Thursday. During the half-hour where the two shows competed directly, ABC’s Bush interview had 11.3 million viewers.

    Meanwhile, the CBS drama Navy NCIS starring Harmon had an audience of 12 million.

    Bush can console himself with the knowledge that he was more popular than a Whoopi rerun, which had 7.3 million people watching on NBC.

    usatoday.com

    Posted: December 18th, 2003
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    ‘The Simple Life’ gets solid ratings

    The debut of “The Simple Life,” Fox’s reality show about Paris Hilton and pal Nicole Richie roughing it on a farm, drew a solid 13 million viewers Tuesday, according to Nielsen Media Research.The Hilton hotel heiress’ recent publicity from a sex video with a former boyfriend that appeared online may have helped.

    Her 8:30 p.m. EST Fox series matched a special Tuesday showing of CBS’ “JAG,” which also drew 13 million viewers, and was bettered only by NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” which had an audience of 13.6 million.

    “The Simple Life” performed better than two other debuting series.

    NBC’s “The Tracy Morgan Show,” which kicked off with back-to-back episodes, drew 9.9 million viewers in its first half-hour and 8.7 million in the second — when the sitcom competed against “The Simple Life.” ABC’s crime drama “Line of Fire,” airing at 10 p.m. EST, attracted 9.4 million viewers.

    freerepublic.com

    Posted: December 3rd, 2003
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    Rich to Rural: Reality series shakes up Arkansas town

    When Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie arrived in Arkansas’ wine country to tape their chic-to-sheep reality TV series, it was the biggest thing since German and Swiss immigrants planted vineyards in the 1880s.

    Now the folks of Altus, population 817, are setting VCRs and shuffling schedules to see how they’ll come across to the rest of America on the Fox TV show, “The Simple Life” that premieres Tuesday.”We’re cautiously excited, yet remaining optimistic,” Mayor Veronica Post said.

    The town is under a media onslaught, no thanks to Hilton’s latest scandal the surfacing of a homemade sex video that has produced headlines making the mayor cringe.

    “The sex tape has nothing to do with Altus, has nothing to do with us,” Post said. “I’m not going to judge people by their past achievements or faults. Always when they were with me they were friendly.”

    Billed with the tag line “From filthy rich to just plain filthy,” the show follows Hilton, heiress to the hotel fortune, and Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie, as they lived for a few weeks on a hardworking family farm. Promos show them cleaning chicken coops and examining cows.

    “You take somebody like that. They’ve never been told no, they’ve never wanted for anything,” said “Buffalo” Bill Leding, who owns the Lakeside Food Mart, where he taught the blond beauties to dip for minnows and box bait.

    “There was a little resentment at first but then they got to hanging out here.”

    Leding keeps snapshots of the glamorous pair taped to the cigarette rack next to the cash register. In one picture, the burly, camouflage-wearing man stands with an arm around each of the girls. Mounted deer heads hang in the background.

    Other shots of the girls, which Leding clipped from fashion magazines, are taped nearby.

    The girls came to Leding to buy camouflage gear to wear while doing their farm chores. He let them work at his store for one day to pay the debt. They pumped gas and used a handheld fishing net to catch minnows.

    “I figure they would look at you and say, ‘Yuck, I’m not doing that,’. But they did,” Leding said. “They’re sincere and sweet girls, but everybody’s got a bad side. I’ve got one, too.”

    Shannon Burns, a waitress at the Cajun restaurant Alligator Ray’s, said word traveled quickly that the two were in town and dozens of students from the nearby University of the Ozarks would stop in.

    “The first time I met them, I could tell they did not want to be here,” Burns said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh man, you can tell they’re right off the streets of L.A.’ Their dress was real stand-out-ish.”

    The mayor said that she noticed their clothing, too.

    “They dressed differently, but you have to understand they dressed the way they were accustomed to dressing,” Post said. “If that’s in miniskirts and high-heel boots, then you’re going to dress that way. Obviously they like to attract attention to themselves.

    Ralph Eckle, who cooks 24-ounce steaks and serves them with one-pound baked potatoes at the Model Cafe, said he’s confident more visitors will come to Altus after the show airs.

    “It’s going to help this area whether it’s good or bad because people will still stop in when they drive by,” Eckle said. “I want to see it to see how they’ll make fun of us. I just hope it’s not derogatory. I’ve seen some clips as a combination between being funny and borderline not truthful.”

    Eckle said he’s rearranged Christmas party plans for Tuesday night to accommodate the town’s appetite for the show.

    “That night I doubt there’ll be a car on the road,” Eckle said. “They want to eat and get home so they won’t miss it. Everybody knows everybody here. Everybody’s going to have somebody in it and Wednesday morning at all the restaurants, everybody will be talking about it.”

    abclocal.go.com

    Posted: December 1st, 2003
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    Checking in with Paris Hilton

    On a gray, gusty autumn afternoon in a city preparing for an incoming storm, Paris Hilton manages to steal even Mother Nature’s thunder.

    Months before snippets of her private sex video became public, the now-infamous Hilton hotels heiress arrives for lunch nearly three hours late. She’s here to promote her Fox reality series The Simple Life, premiering tonight (8:30 p.m. ET/PT). The show, shot in five weeks in rural Arkansas, has her and pal Nicole Richie roughing it on a farm to prove that they’re not idle, spoiled rich girls who don’t know what Wal-Marts or water wells are.

    “I was playing a character,” drawls Hilton, 22. “I’m totally normal. I think it’s obnoxious when people demand limos or bodyguards. I eat at McDonald’s or Taco Bell. My parents always taught us to be humble. We’re not spoiled.”

    The we refers to her sidekick Nicky, 20. Together, they’re the Hilton sisters, two platinum-blond party hoppers who’ve never met a red carpet or camera they didn’t love. Until, that is, a three-minute highlight reel of the 27-minute sex tape Paris made with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon three years ago somehow surfaced on the Internet in November.

    The brouhaha can only boost ratings for The Simple Life, but Fox execs refused to comment on what impact, if any, it might have. As for Hilton, she’s gone into seclusion. Aside from a teary lunch at the Ivy and an L.A. shopping expedition with an unknown male companion, the once spotlight-loving socialite has been out of sight.

    “She’s very upset about this tragedy that’s occurred,” says her father, Rick Hilton, who spent Thanksgiving weekend in the Hamptons with his family, Paris included. “She seems to be recuperating from it, but she’s quite devastated from it all.”

    Paris has been paying the price for her indiscretion.

    “I can’t walk the streets,” she told Us Weekly as she flew to Los Angeles from Australia. “It’s too embarrassing. I don’t want to go out anymore. I don’t want to party. This has really made me think about changes I want to make.”

    Even during this interview, in a secluded corner of Oscar’s eatery in the Waldorf, Hilton draws gapes from diners, waiters, busboys. In person, she is an innocuously pleasant mix of languid, jaded entitlement and giggly every-girl awkwardness. She saunters in clad in a powder-blue velour sweat suit, her perilously low-cut pants perched on those narrow boyish hips.

    “Everywhere we go, people know us,” she admits.

    “Last night, we were at the party for Elite Models, and there were no cabs on 42nd Street, so we walked. Every single person, even those 80 years old, were surrounding us and taking pictures. We stood there for literally an hour. It was really annoying.”

    That gawking is the result of Hilton’s relentless pursuit and attainment of a peculiar sort of celebrity. She’s famous purely for being famous — for being sexy, saucy Paris. Her friends swear she’s a good kid with big dreams, but she has a reputation as outsized as her inheritance, estimated at $30 million. Yet the tabloids tell a different story.

    “She’s really a smart, very nice person.”

    Sure, she wears skimpy dresses, prances down catwalks and jets from party to premiere. But Hilton, say those around her, is just having fun.

    “She likes to go out and have a good time,” says Manhattan publicist Lizzie Grubman, who has known Hilton for six years. “But that doesn’t mean alcohol and drugs are involved.”

    In fact, insists Paris, she doesn’t even hit the bottle. “I hate the taste of alcohol,” she says. “When I’m drinking, I’m drinking Red Bull. When I was younger, yeah, I drank before.”

    It’s that before, though, that’s been raising eyebrows for the past six years. Back then, a teenage Paris, accompanied by Nicky, started hitting the New York party circuit full force. Big deal, shrugs Hilton, adding that “if you were 16 or 17 and invited to these parties, and you could get in, and you knew all those people, you’d go, too.”

    It was a feature in the September 2000 issue of Vanity Fair that first introduced the Hilton sisters as skin-baring, party-hopping, limelight-loving teen socialites. To this day, Hilton is furious about the article, calling the writer “mean-spirited. We were 18 and 15 at the time. To do that to little girls is so messed up. It was really hurtful. That was the beginning of it all, of everyone trying to be mean.”

    Now, Paris, the oldest daughter of Rick Hilton and his wife, former child actress Kathy Richards, wants to be taken seriously. She was born in New York, raised in Los Angeles and attended a slew of posh schools on both coasts, including Professional Children’s, Dwight and Buckley and a school for troubled kids in Utah. Her father won’t confirm if she ever earned a high school diploma. But, says Richie, who has been best friends with Hilton for years, “She’s really a smart, very nice person. She’s a good, good, good person, and if you spend 10 minutes with her, you know that.”

    But if you know Hilton at all, it’s from seeing her strike saucy poses at the September premiere of Wonderland or the Scary Movie 3 bash. Hilton shrugs off her party monster image, saying she goes out only to promote her work and is home by 10 p.m., although most movie after-parties, at which Hilton is in frequent attendance, usually don’t get going until well past that.

    “They always want to get that money shot.”

    Suddenly, Hilton’s social antics have been overshadowed by that notorious sex tape. It’s still unclear who released the video of Hilton and Salomon having sex. She was 19, he 30. A three-minute preview appeared on the Internet, but the Hiltons threatened to sue anyone who released the tape. Salomon, who still has the original and says he had nothing to do with the tape going public, has filed a $10 million slander suit against the Hiltons for their “cold, calculated and malicious campaign to portray Salomon as a rapist who took advantage of a sweet and innocent girl.”

    During the course of this interview, Hilton bragged that she had wised up about getting down and dirty in photo shoots or on the screen.

    “I’m so smart now,” she says. “Everyone is always like, ‘Take your top off.’ Sorry, no! They always want to get that money shot. I’m not stupid.”

    Richie, who has spoken to her pal since the tape was first leaked, says Hilton is “hanging in there. She’s doing the best she can.”

    It’s doubly difficult, says Grubman, because Hilton is “very sensitive. She cares what people think about her.”

    Grubman is no stranger to scandal. She went to jail for 60 days after backing her SUV into a crowd outside a Hamptons nightclub in July 2001 and injuring 16 people.

    Her advice? “Be strong. She should keep on keeping a low profile, and she’ll survive this.”

    Some aren’t shocked that Hilton, who in real life and on her Fox show sashays around in sky-high stilettos, butt-baring jeans and plunging tops, has now starred in a skin flick. Simon Doonan, author of Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons From Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women and creative director of the ultra-stylish Barney’s New York, has socialized with Hilton. She seems, he says, “like a delightful girl who took a wrong turn and adopted a slutty style that’s had a profound effect on her life.”

    “I’m trying to work hard.”

    Hilton has no plans to join the family business and doesn’t regret bypassing college. “I don’t feel it’s necessary for me, for what I want to do. I just think me wasting four years. I’m just pulling myself back.”

    What she wants to do is sing and act, ambitions that make her dad “very proud.” She’s recording her first album and landing small roles in this year’s gritty Wonderland and the comedy The Cat in the Hat as a club-goer. Aside from her cameo in Zoolander, Hilton has no desire to “be Paris Hilton in every movie. I want to be an actress.”

    That’s why she decided to star in The Simple Life, one of the hundreds of shows that she says have been offered to her. “Everything we do is real, but I was just playing a part. If I knew what everything was and did everything right, it wouldn’t be funny.”

    Perhaps for the first time in her life, Hilton had a midnight curfew. She was up at dawn every day to work. “It was more than milking cows,” she says. “We had so many jobs. We worked in fast-food restaurants, as taxidermists, in a gas station, as commercial fishermen.”

    She does none of the above in Hollywood, where she shares a mansion with Nicky. Paris wakes up at 9 or 10 a.m., goes to auditions or acting classes, lunches with girlfriends, shops “a little, but not every day. I’m trying to work hard and do something with myself.”

    Although she has been linked with everyone from Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley to Jamie Kennedy and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Hilton laughs at her rumored romantic exploits. She says she wants to “find the right guy and get married.”

    Like her mother, who had Paris at 18, Hilton plans on being a young mom.

    “I want to have kids in the next two or three years. I just haven’t found the right person. I can’t wait to have a little daughter and dress her up.”

    And, hopefully, teach her to keep the clothes on — and cameras off.

    By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY

    Posted: December 1st, 2003
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    Paris Hilton pulls out of David Letterman interview

    Socialite Paris Hilton, star of an upcoming Fox reality series and an inadvertent Internet icon, is pulling out of her announced interview on David Letterman’s “Late Show.”

    Hilton was to have appeared Nov. 26 on the CBS late-night show, the network said Wednesday.

    But on Thursday morning, a spokesman for Dan Klores Communications, the public relations firm that represents Hilton, said the 22-year-old was scrapping all planned media appearances to promote her new TV show.

    The heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune co-stars in the upcoming Fox series “The Simple Life,” in which she and Nicole Richie, Lionel Richie’s daughter, live on a farm for a few weeks. A two-part premiere airs Dec. 2-3.

    The spokesman said no slight on Letterman was intended, and that this was a case of miscommunication. He added that Hilton wants to keep a lower profile because of the extraordinary amount of attention she’s received from her now-ubiquitous Internet porn video.

    Hilton said this week that she was “embarrassed and humiliated” that a homemade sex video she shot three years ago with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon has been making the rounds online, “especially because my parents and the people who love me have been hurt,” the socialite and reality TV actress said Monday in a statement to The Associated Press.

    “I was in an intimate relationship and never, ever thought that these things would become public.”

    Salomon contends that the tape was stolen and that copies were made and circulated by an acquaintance without his permission or knowledge.

    Last week, Salomon filed a $10 million slander suit against Hilton, her parents and publicist. The suit maintains that Hilton was an “active participant” in making the video but she and her family have waged a “cold, calculated and malicious campaign to portray Salomon as a rapist” to protect her image.

    He also filed a $10 million suit against an Internet porn company, claiming that Seattle-based Marvad Corp. distributed footage from the video without obtaining the legal rights.

    The company, in turn, filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Salomon’s former roommate for more than $10 million. It alleges that Donald Thrasher of Los Angeles misled the company into believing he owned the rights to the video.

    Posted: November 21st, 2003
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    Socialite Paris Hilton condemns release of sex video

    Paris Hilton says she never thought the sex video she made with her ex-boyfriend ever would become public.

    “I feel embarrassed and humiliated, especially because my parents and the people who love me have been hurt,” the socialite and reality TV actress said Monday in a statement to The Associated Press.

    “I was in an intimate relationship and never, ever thought that these things would become public,” she said.

    The heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune made a homemade video with then-boyfriend Richard Salomon three years ago. Snippets have been sent to various media outlets and have been making the rounds on the Internet.

    The raunchy tape reportedly is available on eBay, where bids topped $100. Snippets of the video can be dowloaded for free on some sites.

    Salomon contends that the tape was stolen and that copies were made and circulated by an acquaintance without his permission or knowledge.

    Last week, Salomon filed a $10 million slander suit against Hilton, her parents and publicist. The suit maintains that Hilton was an “active participant” in making the video but she and her family have waged a “cold, calculated and malicious campaign to portray Salomon as a rapist” to protect her image.

    He also filed a $10 million suit against an Internet pornography company, claiming that Seattle-based Marvad Corp. distributed footage from the video without obtaining the legal rights.

    The company, in turn, filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Salomon’s former roommate for more than $10 million. It alleges that Donald Thrasher of Los Angeles misled the company into believing he owned the rights to the video.

    Posted: November 17th, 2003
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