Sideshow | It's freedom day for Paris

Posted: June 26, 2007

Today is the day. A celebratory occasion, time for yellow ribbons around old oak trees and pealing bells.

That's because on this day, in the City of the Angels, Paris Hilton is expected to walk through the doors of the Los Angeles County jail, a free woman after 23 days in stir for violating her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

The L.A. sheriff's department is mum on just when Paris, 26, will be liberated, but whenever the great moment occurs, it will not go unrecorded. Camera crews had staked out their positions in front of the lockup in Lynwood, Calif., by midday yesterday.

The experience has apparently left the heiress unscathed. Actress Ashley Scott of TV's Jericho, who visited Hilton on Sunday, tells People.com the glam jailbird "looks gorgeous! She looks stunning." Mom Kathy Hilton confirms Hilton is in good health, but, oh, those prison duds. "She's sick of orange," Kathy confides to People.

Sizemore gets 16 months

Paris Hilton may not have liked spending a few weeks behind bars, but you can hardly expect Tom Sizemore to sympathize. The actor, whose film resume includes Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down, drew a 16-month sentence yesterday for violating probation in a drug case.

A judge in Los Angeles ordered the sentence after authorities said they found methamphetamine in Sizemore's car on May 8 in Bakersfield, Calif.

Sizemore, 45, was on probation for a previous drug conviction.

Celeb Web site TMZ.com reports the judge wants Sizemore to do his time in a jail near San Diego that has a rehab facility inside the walls.

Sizemore has been held without bail since surrendering June 5. The judge has yet to determine how many days of credit will be applied to his new sentence, according to TMZ.

Homecoming

Lou Pearlman, who gave the world the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, will soon be giving the government an explanation of his finances.

Federal marshals have brought Pearlman, 53, back to the mainland United States from Guam to face bank fraud charges, the U.S. Marshal's Office announced yesterday. Indonesia had expelled the pop Svengali earlier in the month.

Pearlman was flown to L.A. and was expected to be returned to Florida within a fortnight to face one count of bank fraud, the Associated Press reports. Pearlman is accused of fraudulently securing about $20 million in loans for himself and his companies using bogus financial documents from a fake accounting firm, according to AP.

Victoria victorious

Ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has agreed to accept an undisclosed amount in damages from a celebrity magazine she sued in England for libel, AP says.

Beckham, 33, wife of soccer superstar David Beckham, had brought suit against Star mag for writing in April that the crew of her U.S. television show found her "picky, demanding and rude" and also "full of herself and not very nice."

Problem is, filming hadn't started at the time the story was published, Beckham's barrister told Britain's High Court.

Beckham wasn't in court for the hearing yesterday.

The magazine's publishers apologized and agreed to pay Beckham's legal costs and "substantial" damages, AP says. The amount of damages wasn't disclosed.

The show, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, will air July 16 on NBC.

Background of a diarist

Sixty years after the publication of Anne Frank's diary brought her posthumous literary renown, her cousin has donated a huge collection of family memorabilia to the museum established in Amsterdam in memory of the teenage writer who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

The 25,000 letters, photographs and documents come from Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, 82, who had kept the materials for decades in his Swiss attic before permanently loaning them to the Anne Frank House, which incorporates the tiny apartment where the family hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

While the archive has little new information about the 25 months the Frank family spent in hiding, it is hoped it will help literary scholars understand the background of the teenager's writing talent.

The price isn't right

A nation holding its breath to see where Rosie O'Donnell will land after splitting from The View will have to wait a little longer. O'Donnell says she won't be succeeding Bob Barker on The Price Is Right, although she reports on her blog that she did have a "nice lunch" with the CBS show's producers.

O'Donnell, 45, had said she would like to succeed the 83-year-old Barker, but apparently not enough to move her family from New York to California.

"I don't really need a job," O'Donnell says in a video posted Sunday on her Web site. "I'm in a weird position. I don't need the money."

"So to get my entire family uprooted from their lives and move them across the country so that I can have a fantasy childhood indulgence, you know, job . . . it just doesn't seem fair."

O'Donnell lives in Nyack, N.Y., near New York City, with her partner, Kelli, and their four children. She recently left ABC's The View after a heated on-air squabble with cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Now, if CBS wants to move The Price Is Right to New York . . .

Rebound romance is over

Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are an item no longer, reports People.com.

"They just recently broke up. It's totally and completely over," a Witherspoon pal tells People. "They're still friends. Things are fine, but it was a clean break - [there's] no chance of getting back together."

No official comment from reps for the thesps.

Witherspoon, 31, and hub Ryan Phillippe, 32, split in October after seven wedded years and two children. Witherspoon started dating Gyllenhaal in the spring when they were making a picture together, the thriller Rendition.

Divorce a done deal

People.com also reports that R&B Grammy winner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Tracey Edmonds, who has been seen around L.A. these days keeping company with Eddie Murphy, have finalized their divorce.

Babyface, 49, and Tracey, 40, have been married for 13 years. They will have joint custody of their two sons, according to People.

The Edmondses have jointly produced movies and television shows, including Soul Food, and will continue working together on business deals, People says.


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