Sideshow | Hilton taking tale to King

Posted: June 25, 2007

Abandoned by suitors who had competed for her favor until the pursuit became embarrassing, Paris Hilton will tell her story to the king instead.

Larry King.

A King rep says the fair Paris, scheduled be be disgorged tomorrow from the bowels of the L.A. County lockup, will appear Wednesday night on CNN's Larry King Live, the Associated Press reports.

Hilton will do "the whole hour," King show spokeswoman Bridget Leininger tells AP. And if Paris takes anything away from the experience, it will be non-material, Leininger emphasizes. Larry doesn't pay for interviews, she says.

The New York Times reports that Leininger was uncertain, however, whether the King show would use photos and whether any fee would go to Getty Images, a photo agency that had struck a deal for rights to the first pictures of Hilton back home.

ABC and NBC had been vying for a Hilton interview, but were abashed by news stories that they were willing to pay the Hilton family for materials related to the interview. Both networks dropped out of the chase on Friday.

Hilton is serving a 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. Sheriff's Department officials announced Friday that they expect to release her Tuesday, but declined to be more specific.

Evan from Heaven

Whether they marched in two-by-two, alone or in groups, enough movie-goers crowded theaters to make Evan Almighty all-powerful at the box office over the weekend. The comedy, starring Steve Carell as a congressman whom God (Morgan Freeman) commands to build an ark for a coming flood, was the top draw, with ticket sales of $32.1 million.

For those who keep track of such things, another movie about interaction between God and humankind, Bruce Almighty, which starred Jim Carrey, scored a $68 million box office when it debuted in 2003.

The horror film 1408, an adaptation of the Stephen King tale of a man trapped in a hotel room with evil spirits, claimed second place over the weekend, with receipts of $20.175 mil. John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star.

Rounding out the weekend's top five were Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($20.15 million), Ocean's 13 ($11.3 million) and Knocked Up ($10.6 million).

A Mighty Heart, with Angelina Jolie starring as the wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, had a mediocre box office reception, coming in 10th with $4 million.

Together again

Prince William of England is back with ex-gf Kate Middleton, British newspapers reported yesterday.

The two were spotted together at a party recently and the 25-year-old prince has asked the lady to accompany him to a memorial concert in honor of his mother, Princess Diana, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, according to press reports.

The prince's rep is mum.

Sick bay

Lady Bird Johnson, widow of President Lyndon B. Johnson, remained in a hospital in Austin, Texas, yesterday, three days after being admitted with a slight fever.

A family said the 94-year-old former first lady was in stable condition but that doctors still didn't know when she might return home. Family members, including daughters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, have been at the hospital with her.

LBJ died in 1973.

Police blotter

Rapper Foxy Brown, on probation for assault and facing a battery charge, became victim instead of perp over the weekend, according to the New York City police.

NYPD says four folks robbed the rapper of a Louis Vuitton bag, credit cards and $500 cash about dawn in Brooklyn on Saturday. The gendarmes even have a suspect.

Trouble is, Foxy (real name Inga Marchand) tells the New York Post the robbery never happened. Police insist it did.

Foxy pleaded guilty in August 2006 to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a fight with salon workers over payment for a manicure in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Aug. 29, 2004. She was sentenced in October 2006 to three years' probation.


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