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Paris Hilton owes film investors

Paris Hilton owes film investors
Paris Hilton may owe investors in her 2006 movie "Pledge This!" about $160,000 for failing to do enough promotion, a judge ruled Thursday.

The amount isn't finalized yet though, the Associated Press reported. The investors had asked for $8.3 million.

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami ruled that the socialite didn't live up to her contract when turning down interviews with publications in Russia and the U.K.

He preliminarily valued the missed press exposure at $160,000. However, the judge also requested more information about Hilton's contract before finalizing the amount.

Her latest legal troubles come after Hilton's recent arrest on cocaine possession charges.
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Hilton Wins First Round Of Pledge This Battle

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Hilton Wins First Round Of Pledge This Battle
The producers of Paris Hilton's 2006 film flop Pledge This have been given until 26 August to prove the socialite owes them cash.

The bosses of Worldwide Entertainment Group sued Hilton and her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment, for breach of contract, claiming she failed to properly promote the film.

And they wanted Hilton to pay back the $1 million (£666,600) she was paid.

During a two-day trial in Miami, Florida, Hilton testified she did her best to promote the movie, and U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno agreed, stating the movie was "hardly destined for critical acclaim".

He added, "Any causal connection between Ms. Hilton's alleged breaches and the financial ruin of the film are wholly speculative."

A receiver representing the producers have been given until 26 August to submit arguments that Hilton should pay back parts of her $1 million fee.

Paris Hilton won't owe $8.3 mil over 'Pledge'

Paris Hilton won't owe $8.3 mil over 'Pledge'
Miami -- Paris Hilton will not have to pay $8.3 million in damages claimed by the receiver for a defunct entertainment firm who said she failed to promote a movie flop called "Pledge This!"

But the decision by U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno on Monday left open the possibility the receiver might be able to claw back part of a $1 million fee paid to Hilton for the 2006 National Lampoon movie.

Michael Goldberg, a court-appointed receiver for Worldwide Entertainment Group, sued Hilton and her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment, for breach of contract, alleging she failed to properly promote the film, in which she played the president of a sorority at fictional South Beach University.

Goldberg sought to recoup the $8.3 million cost of producing the movie, including Hilton's $1 million fee.

During a two-day trial in the Miami federal court, Hilton testified she did her best to promote the movie.

In his ruling,
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Hilton To Testify In Breach Of Contract Suit

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Hilton To Testify In Breach Of Contract Suit
Socialite Paris Hilton will take the stand in a Miami, Florida court on Friday to testify against allegations she failed to adequately promote her 2006 movie flop Pledge This!.

The hotel heiress is being sued for breach of contract by bosses at Worldwide Entertainment Group Inc., who claim she neglected to honour promotion and publicity agreements for the film, insisting she owes investors a massive $8.3 million (£5.5 million).

The movie executives claim Hilton was paid $1 million (£666,670) for her acting services and for "reasonable promotion and publicity" for the film, which featured the socialite/actress as the president of an exclusive sorority.

A judge rejected a motion by Hilton's legal team to dismiss the lawsuit in May and the trial began on Thursday.

Hilton, who maintains she did her best to promote the picture, is expected in court on Friday.

Pledge This! failed to set the box office alight upon its release, garnering just $2.9 million (£1.93 million) worldwide.

Hilton Sued Over Movie Promotion

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Hilton Sued Over Movie Promotion
Paris Hilton is being sued by a company that alleges the socialite owes them $75,000 (GBP37,500) for not fully promoting a movie she starred in.

Worldwide Entertainment Group Inc. filed a lawsuit in Miami last week (ends08Aug08), alleging that the 27-year-old owes them the sum for not fulfilling promotional obligations.

The hotel heiress is said to have entered into an agreement in 2004 for the production and distribution of the movie National Lampoon's Pledge This!, in which she starred, according to the lawsuit.

The Miami-based company claims it paid Hilton and her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment Inc., $1 million (GBP500,000) for her acting services and for "reasonable promotion and publicity" for the movie, which was released in 2006 and featured Hilton as the president of an exclusive sorority.

Richie's Film Moved To Avoid Box Office Battle with Hilton

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Producers of Nicole Richie's film debut Kids In America have moved the release date forward two weeks early, so the socialite won't have to compete with her former friend Paris Hilton in the box office. Earlier this month, movie-maker Andrew Shaifer, who produced and wrote Kids In America, accused the team behind Hilton's Pledge This! of purposefully synchronizing the release date of November 4 to generate publicity. The Simple Life reality TV co-stars mysteriously fell out in January and have refused to divulge the reason behind their rift, with Hilton saying, "All I will say is that Nicole knows what she did and that's all I am ever going to say about it." In reflection, Shaifer has decided to release Richie's debut on October 21. He tells gossip site PageSix.com, "My concern now is that Paris is going to continue to play follow the leader. She will try to horn in on Nicole's PR again."

Hilton and Richie Set for Box Office Battle

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The rivalry between Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie is set to soar to new heights, following news the former pals' movies will be released on the same day. The feuding beauties, who broke off their long-term friendship earlier this year, have both enjoyed increased celebrity status with their hit reality show The Simple Life. And now House Of Wax star Hilton has reportedly requested a November 4 release date for her upcoming comedy National Lampoon's Pledge This to clash with Richie's Kids In America. According to America's Star magazine, Kids in America producer Andrew Shaifer, who picked the release date for his film four months ago, believes Hilton deliberately selected the date as a publicity stunt. He is reported as saying, "After seeing House of Wax we obviously got the better actress!"

Richie and Hilton to Battle at the Box Office

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Aspiring actresses and feuding friends Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are set to do battle at the box office in November - they both star in films which will be released on the same day. Movie-maker Andrew Shaifer, who produced and wrote Richie's debut film Kids in America, has accused the team behind Hilton's Pledge This! of purposefully synchronizing the release date clash to generate publicity. The Simple Life reality TV co-stars mysteriously fell out in January and have refused to divulge the reason behind their rift, with Hilton saying, "All I will say is that Nicole knows what she did and that's all I am ever going to say about it." Shaifer, who arranged his film's release date in April, says, "It was just announced that Paris's movie will open the same day. It is obvious something is going on. My feeling is this was done on purpose." Despite his anger over the date clash, Shaifer tells gossip website PageSix.com he is confident in Richie's big screen abilities after seeing Hilton's acting attempt in horror remake House of Wax earlier this year . He boasts, "Either way, I am glad we have Nicole in our movie. After seeing House of Wax, we obviously got the better actress. I want to put Nicole in another movie. I have specifically written a role with her in mind - she is that talented." However, Hilton's representative responds, "Andrew must be mistaken. There is no official release date yet."

Hilton, Mewes barhopping in 'Bottoms Up'

Hilton, Mewes barhopping in 'Bottoms Up'
Paris Hilton and Jason Mewes are toplining the indie comedy Bottoms Up for Paul Walker's Blue Collar Films and Cameo FJ Entertainment. Described as in the vein of Swingers, the comedy drama tells the story of a Midwestern bartender (Mewes) who finds love with Hilton's character as well as money and success in Hollywood. Walker is expected to take a cameo role in the project. The script was written by Nick Ballo and Erik MacArthur. MacArthur also is directing. Gibralter International is handling foreign distribution on the ICM package, with ICM handling North American rights. The film is shooting in Los Angeles. Hilton recently completed shooting Pledge This! Her credits include Raising Helen, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and House of Wax. A Kevin Smith regular, Mewes' credits include Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy and Scream 3. He next appears in Feast. Mewes is repped by Endeavor and attorney John Sloss. Hilton is repped by UTA and managed by Untitled Entertainment; her attorney is PJ Shapiro. Walker is repped by ICM.

Hilton, Mewes barhopping in 'Bottoms Up'

Paris Hilton and Jason Mewes are toplining the indie comedy Bottoms Up for Paul Walker's Blue Collar Films and Cameo FJ Entertainment. Described as in the vein of Swingers, the comedy drama tells the story of a Midwestern bartender (Mewes) who finds love with Hilton's character as well as money and success in Hollywood. Walker is expected to take a cameo role in the project. The script was written by Nick Ballo and Erik MacArthur. MacArthur also is directing. Gibralter International is handling foreign distribution on the ICM package, with ICM handling North American rights. The film is shooting in Los Angeles. Hilton recently completed shooting Pledge This! Her credits include Raising Helen, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and House of Wax. A Kevin Smith regular, Mewes' credits include Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy and Scream 3. He next appears in Feast. Mewes is repped by Endeavor and attorney John Sloss. Hilton is repped by UTA and managed by Untitled Entertainment; her attorney is PJ Shapiro. Walker is repped by ICM.

Pitt Linked to Clooney Model Pal

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Pitt Linked to Clooney Model Pal
Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt has been linked to American Maxim model April Florio, only a month after announcing his split from wife Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Aniston called time on their four and a half year marriage on January 7, but continue to live together in their Beverly Hills, California mansion. Pitt was photographed with 22-year-old Florio in a Santa Monica ice cream store earlier this week. British newspaper Daily Express reports Florio and Pitt were introduced by the actor's Ocean's Twelve co-star George Clooney in Europe last summer. Florio's agent Mike Esterman says, "I just spoke to her and she was with him in Greece and California." Florio is Miss December in this year's Maxim calendar and has filmed a small role in upcoming Paris Hilton film Pledge This.

Paris Smitten With Lampoon Co-Star

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Sexy socialite Paris Hilton has got over her traumatic break up with Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter and is now smitten with her National Lampoon's Pledge This co-star, Simon Rex. The Simple Life reality TV star flaunted Rex - a one-time porn star - in Miami's Mansion Club on Friday and enjoyed a raunchy night with him in the Delano hotel's luxury suite, according to Britain's Daily Star newspaper. A fellow guest says, "There was obvious chemistry there. Simon looked pleased as punch to show off Hilton in her barely there pink chiffon and pink feathered dress." Hilton plays the sadistic president of a university social club in the comedy sequel, while Rex plays Derek, a man torn between his girlfriend, studies and parties.

Nicky Hilton set to 'Pledge'

The Paris Hilton-starrer National Lampoon's Pledge This headed into production Monday in Miami with a full cast that now includes her sister, Nicky Hilton, in her first acting role along with Simon Rex, Alexis Thorpe, Randy Spelling, Sarai Howard, Paula Garces and Sarah Carter. The film, a Street Alien Production in association with Ckrush Entertainment, Inc., is being directed by William Heins, produced by Juan Carlos Zapata and executive produced by Paris Hilton, Jack Utsick, Jim DiLorenzo, Gary Gittelsohn, Ash Shah and Chester English. Amanda Lee Aday, Bianca Lawson, Noureen Dewulf, Kerri Kenney, and Geoffrey Arend round out the project, based on a script by Cheryl Gurriero and Anna Obropta.

Rex initiated into Lampoon movie

Simon Rex is headed back to class. The actor has booked a role in the William Heins-directed comedy National Lampoon's Pledge This! opposite Paris Hilton. The heiress-turned-reality TV star/actress is toplining the project, playing the president of an elitist sorority at South Beach University who presides over a group of unlikely freshman girls vying to gain entrance and acceptance into her sorority. Rex will play Derek, a senior frat guy who has his hands full juggling his girlfriend (Hilton), partying and academics. Shooting starts this month with Juan Carlos Zapata of Street Alien Pictures producing. Other announced cast members include Heather Chase, Paula Garces, Preston Lacy and Sam Maccarone. Rex is repped by UTA and Nine Yards Entertainment's Matt Luber. He was last seen in Scary Movie 3 for Dimension Films and helmer David Zucker.

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