Originally created 06/14/05

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NEW YORK - Paris Hilton plans to give up public life for family life.

The 24-year-old hotel heiress, star of "The Simple Life" reality series, tells Newsweek magazine that when she was younger, "I thought it was cute to play a dumb blonde. On TV, I do it because it's funny. I consider myself a businesswoman and a brand."

But Hilton says she plans to give up her public life in two years, by which time she expects to become a mother with her fiance, Paris Latsis.

"I don't enjoy going out anymore," she says in the June 20 issue of the magazine, on newsstands Monday. "It's such a pain. It's everyone saying, 'Let's do a deal! Can I have a picture?' I'm just, like, 'These people are such losers. I can't believe I used to love doing this.'"

Paris and her mother, Kathy, were the grand marshals Sunday at the Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Transgender Pride Parade. Kathy Hilton wore a large white hat; Paris wore a tiara.

Kathy Hilton's new NBC reality series, "I Want to Be a Hilton," in which she coaches 14 contestants in taste and etiquette, premieres June 21.

Newsweek says Kathy and her husband, Rick Hilton, didn't want their name on the show. "We thought it was too cheeky," Rick Hilton is quoted as saying. "It does sound a little obnoxious."

Kathy Hilton says a sex tape of Paris and an ex-boyfriend that became a cyberspace novelty taught her a lesson.

"Well, that was very painful. Very painful. Very painful," Kathy Hilton tells the magazine. "But it taught me that I really can't trust everybody."

The sex tape surfaced in 2003 just before the start of Paris' reality series. She has said she was embarrassed and humiliated that the tape ever became public.


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TOKYO (AP) - Steven Spielberg says the days when movie audiences sympathize with a lovable alien such as E.T. may be over.

"It seemed like the time was right for me as a filmmaker to let the audience experience an alien that is a little less pleasant than E.T.," Spielberg said Monday at a post-premiere news conference for his new film, "War of the Worlds."

"Today, in the shadow of 9/11, I think the film has found a place in society," said Spielberg, who directed 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

He noted the panic-causing radio play of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel was produced in the late 1930s, when many feared the rise of Naziism in Germany, while the 1953 movie, "The War of the Worlds," was made during the Cold War.

"All occurred at a time of great unease in the world," he said.

In "War of the Worlds," Spielberg substitutes space invaders called "tripods" for the Martians of Wells' book. He said the first tripod is killed in Osaka, Japan's second-largest city.

"Osaka has a lot of experience," he said, referring to the many scenes of urban destruction in "Godzilla" and other Japanese monster flicks. "I'm proud of the film, and I'm proud to bring it to Japan."

Tom Cruise, star of the movie, said "War of the Worlds" is more about family values than interplanetary disturbances.

"The idea was always about family," Cruise said. "What would you do for your family? How far would you go? Can you protect your family?"

"War of the Worlds" opens in theaters on June 29.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declined to consider whether a 1992 Beastie Boys song infringed on the copyright of a jazz flutist's recording.

Without comment, justices let stand Monday a lower court ruling against jazz artist James W. Newton. Newton contended that the punk rappers' "Pass the Mic" included a sample from his musical composition "Choir" without his full permission.

The Beastie Boys paid a licensing fee for the six-second, three-note segment of Newton's work, but failed to pay an additional fee to license the underlying composition.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to dismiss Newton's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. The appeals court reasoned that the short segment in "Pass the Mic" was not distinctive enough to be considered Newton's work.

Several members and representatives of the jazz and independent artists community - including the American Composers Forum, the Electronic Music Foundation and Meet the Composer - had filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in support of Newton.

They urged the Supreme Court to clarify the scope of copyright law, given the growing practice of digital sampling, or recording a portion of a previously existing song, they say increasingly infringes on their ownership rights.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Ever the maverick, Steve Jobs told graduates that dropping out of college was one of the best decisions he ever made because it forced him to be innovative - even when it came to finding enough money for dinner.

In an unusually candid commencement speech, Apple Computer Inc.'s CEO also told the almost 5,000 graduates of Stanford University that his bout with a rare form of pancreatic cancer re-emphasized the need to live each day to the fullest.

"Your time is limited so don't let it be wasted living someone else's life," Jobs said to a packed stadium of graduates, alumni and family.

Jobs, wearing sandals and jeans under his robe, was treated like a rock star by the students, in large part due to the surge in popularity of Apple's iPod digital music player. A group of students wore iPod minicostumes over their robes and several students shouted, "Steve, hire me!"

Jobs, 50, said he attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., but dropped out after only eight months because it was too expensive. He said he lived off 5-cent soda recycling deposits and free food offered by Hare Krishnas while taking classes.

Jobs also recounted co-founding Apple in his parent's basement and his tough times after being forced out of the company he helped start when he was only 30. "I was a very public failure and I even thought about running away from the valley," Jobs said.

Instead, he co-founded Pixar Studios, which has released enormously popular films such as "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."

When he was diagnosed with cancer, Jobs said his doctor told him he only had three months to six months to live. He later found out he had a rare, treatable form of the disease - but he still learned a tough lesson.

"Remembering you are going to die is the best way to avoid the fear that you have something to lose," he said.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Surely it hasn't been 25 years since the movie "Airplane!" debuted. But it has and "Don't call me Shirley."

Jewish Family Services plans an anniversary benefit celebration in honor of the volunteer service and philanthropy of Louise Abrahams Yaffe and her son, Jim Abrahams, who wrote and directed "Airplane!" with fellow Shorewood High School and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates David and Jerry Zucker.

A reception and dinner will be held Wednesday at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee and a red carpet screening will be on Thursday at the Pabst Theater. Jewish Family Services is a nonprofit social services group working in the Milwaukee area for more than 135 years.

"Airplane!" stars Robert Hays as a fighter pilot who was traumatized "in the war" and who must land an airliner after the crew becomes disabled, with help from his flight attendant girlfriend, played by Julie Hagerty.

"It's sort of stunning to me that it has endured this long and has become so popular," Abrahams said.


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