Tattle: 'Girls Gone Wild' goes bust, files for bankruptcy

Posted: March 01, 2013

"SHOW US your boobs" has become "Show us your books."

The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" has filed for bankruptcy.

The video empire - an empire which recalls Rome under Caligula - filed for Chapter 11 protection in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments.

So all you drunk sluts we owe money to - you're now getting pennies on the dollar.

GGW Brands LLC and several subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy Wednesday in Los Angeles, listing more than $16 million in disputed claims.

The largest claim is $10.3 million that Wynn Resorts is seeking from the company for judgments entered against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis over a gambling debt and over statements he made about the casino and its founder, Steve Wynn.

Francis no longer owns the company, which has made a fortune selling videos and magazines of young women flashing their breasts and more.

"Girls Gone Wild" issued a statement that it is financially strong but needed to "re-structure its frivolous and burdensome legal affairs."

* Speaking of breast-flashing and more, Zap2it.com reports that former Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King has tweeted, "Once you move on in life people shouldn't try to use your past against you . . . Let them be happy."

Melissa, who E! Online reports is now a communications major at the "College of Philadelphia" (a questionable "fact" that was picked up by countless outlets even though no such school exists), may actually be a student at Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, the University of Pennsylvania (originally called the Academy and College of Philadelphia back in 1749) or the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which seems like an odd spot for a communications student.

Proving that she likely has a future in communications, aside from her aforementioned video work, Melissa has likened herself to Kim Kardashian, whose far- less-enthusiastic videotaped carnal encounter with Ray J has been long forgotten in her rise to reality-TV royalty.

"Be strong, life has a funny way of working out," Melissa tweeted. "Kim K made it and now is one of the most powerful women in the US."

Except for her power to annoy us, Tattle isn't sure how much power Kim wields, but she is famous.

And isn't that all that matters?


* The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow and Public Enemy are among the acts scheduled to perform at Memphis's Beale Street Music Festival in May.

Other scheduled performers include Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, The Smashing Pumpkins, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Flaming Lips, Dwight Yoakam, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Patti Smith and ZZ Top.

The music fest takes place at Tom Lee Park, which sits alongside the Mississippi River. It runs from May 3- 5.

Memphis in May also features the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which sounds like music to our mouth.

* The Cannes Film Festival says

that it has finally snagged Steven Spielberg to serve as president of the award jury this year.

Gilles Jacob, the festival's president, recounted how he had been trying to get Spielberg to head the jury for years - but he was always working. Finally, this year, Spielberg got in touch.

"When this year I was told 'E.T., phone home,' I understood and immediately replied: 'At last!' " Jacob said in a statement posted on the festival website.

Spielberg takes the reins from Italian Nanni Moretti, director of the prophetic "Habemas Papem" ("We Have a Pope"). The festival is from May 15-26.

Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award as the green witch in "Wicked," is planning a return to Broadway.

Producers of a new musical by the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next to Normal" announced Thursday that Menzel will star in their "I/Then," a Broadway-bound musical that first takes a stop this fall in Washington, D.C.

Tom Kitt will supply the music, Brian Yorkey will write the story and lyrics, and Michael Greif will direct. All three did the same jobs for "Next to Normal."

The new show will make its world premiere in November at the National Theatre, in Washington, D.C., and then go on to open on Broadway in March 2014.

Lea Michele will later sing the show's big song on "Glee" during May sweeps.

Jimmy Kimmel boycotter

Morrissey believes that the "most political gesture" anyone can make is to be vegetarian, because it is a stand against capitalism and corporations.

"It was so when I was a teenager," he said, "and is still the case now."

Subtly switching topics, Morrissey told Rookie magazine there would be no war if more men were gay.

Everyone has a theory.

The former Smiths singer called war "the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it. Women don't go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies."


- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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