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August 12, 2006

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Kirsten Dunst featured as Marie Antoinette in Vogue

New York - Madonna struck a pose as Marie Antoinette in a performance of her "Vogue" video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. Now, Kirsten Dunst is doing it - in the pages of Vogue magazine.

Dunst, who plays a young Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's upcoming film, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz at the Palace of Versailles - where many of the scenes for "Marie Antoinette" were shot - for the September issue of Vogue, on newsstands Tuesday.

The 24-year-old actress, whose screen credits include Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides," wears a series of dramatic floor-length gowns by designers such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and by Milena Canonero, the costume designer for the film.

Rapper's family loses bid to expand wrongful death suit

Los Angeles - It's been nine years, but Notorious B.I.G. is still making news.

On Thursday, the rapper's family lost a bid to expand its wrongful death lawsuit against the city to include claims that a rogue police officer was at the scene of the killing. The family had submitted a motion alleging former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez, who were working for Death Row Records mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, were behind the rapper's shooting death.

Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed March 9, 1997, after a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The murder has not been solved.

Hilton bitten by raccoonlike kinkajou, gets tetanus shot

Los Angeles - Paris Hilton got no love this week from her pet kinkajou, Baby Luv - in fact, the raccoonlike animal bit her.

The heiress was not badly hurt but did visit a hospital emergency room to receive a tetanus shot, her publicist, Elliot Mintz, told The Associated Press on Friday.

Hilton was frolicking with her exotic pet early Tuesday "the way some people play with their cats and dogs" when the animal became excited, Mintz said.

"Baby Luv bit her. It's a superficial bite on her left arm," he said.

Hilton, concerned that she was bleeding, called Mintz at 3 a.m., and he took her to the hospital.

"She was seen by a doctor, who treated the wound, gave her a tetanus shot, cleaned the wound and applied something to it," Mintz said.

The "Simple Life" star and her publicist left the hospital about 5:30 a.m.

Mintz said Hilton's arm did not appear to be swollen the next day.

Court rebuffs appeal of woman who sued James Brown

Chicago - A federal appeals court has rebuffed efforts of a former publicist for soul singer James Brown to bring a sexual harassment suit against him.

A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that the statute of limitations had run out before Jacque Hollander filed her lawsuit against the so-called Godfather of Soul.

Hollander claimed that Brown raped her at gunpoint in 1988 when she was employed by him and threatened to have her killed if she told anyone.

Brown's attorneys have denied the allegation.

Hollander later developed a thyroid condition and was told by her doctor that the alleged rape was the cause.

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