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Newspaper Columnist Handicaps Kentucky Derby ‘D-List’

In the old days, major Hollywood film stars such as Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone made a point of attending the Kentucky Derby. But as this Saturday’s 137th running looms, the celebrity pickings are once again pretty slim, part of a recent trend towards celebs of a reality TV pedigree.

Rich Copley, columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader, delves into the matter with a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University and Access Hollywood producer Rob Silverstein. In a sense, it’s kind of surprising that the cast of Jersey Shore will not be there Saturday:

“We just got back from the royal wedding, and I think of the Derby in the same sort of way, as a pageant of style and fashion,” Silverstein says. “That’s what we come for. I’m not expecting to see 20 to 30 major celebrities.”

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Stallone Pens Deal with Montegrappa

Even though the script for The Expendables was a far cry from the prose quality of For Whom the Bells Toll, author Sylvester Stallone can now lay claim to a piece of the pen company made famous by journalist and author Ernest Hemingway.

Since 1912, Montegrappa in Bassano del Grappa, Italy has been making ornate pens for those who “can’t live without the emotions inspired by the feel of a crafted writing instrument between their fingers, responding to their delicate movements.” As part of the deal, Stallone will also act as brand ambassador and provide creative input on the design of 2011 models.

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Investigator Barresi Opens Up on Hollywood

barresi3.jpgPaul Barresi is a former porn star turned private eye who has worked on Hollywood cases involving Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barry Bonds, among other celebrities.

Barresi, who formerly worked for private detective Anthony Pellicano, was interested in commenting on Pellicano’s pending sentence for illegal wiretapping. Now working for Backstreet Investigations, he had plenty of other things to say about other Hollywood types what goes on behind the closed doors in an interview with FBLA.

FBLA: How long did you work for Anthony Pellicano.

Barresi: Off and on for almost ten years.

FBLA: Pellicano dealt with a lot of high profile Hollywood cases. Did you assist him with any involving celebrity?

Barresi: Yes, starting in 1993, with Michael Jackson and ending, on the day of his arrest, with a fire we were putting out for Tom Cruise.

FBLA: And in between?

Barresi: Let’s see, in between, there was Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barry Bonds, to name a few.

FBLA: What did you do on Schwarzenegger?

Barresi: Searched for the names and addresses of his detractors. Anyone who may want to harm him, should he run for office.

FBLA: This was obviously before he was Governor.

Barresi: Yes.

FBLA: Did you make a list?

Barresi: A mile long.

FBLA: And, Stallone?

Barresi: I’m not at liberty to talk about that one.

FBLA: How about, Barry Bonds?

Barresi: The same song you always hear in Hollywood, but sung to a different tune. Some gold digger tried to shake him down by claiming that she was carrying his baby. It turned out not to be true.

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ERSNews.com On Pellicano Like White On Rice

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The fellas at ERSNews.com have been hard at work — and no that’s not a reference to their expose of scantily clad reporters. The boys have been wading into the Anthony Pellicano case, looking for whatever dirt or dead bodies float by. But don’t take our word for it. They issued a press release:

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AFI Teams With Target for Film Fete

george.jpegThe American Film Institute is taking its 40th anniversary public thanks to a Target sponsored bash on Oct. 3 at the Arclight Hollywood. The film fete has already snagged RSVPs from George Lucas, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Julie Andrews and Sylvester Stallone. AFI‘s big event will feature 11 classic films screening on the same night, each with a live intro by either the pic’s star or director. Tickets go on sale to the gen pub Sept. 19. Cost is $25 and more info can be found at www.AFI.com.

- CHRIS GARDNER

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