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August 16, 2007

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Klum stars in new ads for Jordache Jeans

New York - No mom jeans for Heidi Klum. The mother of three is the sultry star of a new ad campaign for Jordache.

The ads, shot by filmmaker Brett Ratner in the penthouse of the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, show Klum wearing classic Jordache skinny jeans in dark indigo. In one ad, she is looking over her bare shoulder and brandishing a riding whip, evoking the brand's horse-head logo.

"With her success as a supermodel, businesswoman and mother, Heidi embodies the sexy confidence that the Jordache brand is about," said Liz Berlinger, president of Jordache Enterprises, in a statement Wednesday.

Klum, 34, is the host of Bravo's "Project Runway." She has two sons with her husband, Seal, and a daughter from a previous relationship.

Elizabeth Hurley and Brittany Murphy have also appeared in the ads.

Matt Damon lends voice to PBS' 'Arthur'

Boston - Matt Damon, who plays former assassin Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Ultimatum," has a much fuzzier role in an upcoming episode of PBS' "Arthur."

Damon, bedecked with bear ears, plays himself as part of "Postcards From You," an initiative to encourage young viewers to make their own videos. He voices the character.

His guest appearance on the animated children's show about a friendly aardvark is set to air Sept. 3.

Damon, 36, took a break from filming "The Bourne Ultimatum" to tape "Arthur" at a studio in Miami, said Pierre Valette, executive producer of the show, based at WBGH in Boston. An animator also drew the actor.

"As we were thinking of possible guests, Matt Damon made sense," Valette said.

Damon is a filmmaker, he's from the Boston area, he's a young father and the head writer - Peter Hirsch - was Damon's classmate at Harvard, Valette said.

"Arthur" airs on PBS stations nationwide. Check local listings.

Gifford to appear on 20th anniversary of 'Live'

New York - Kathie Lee Gifford will drop by "Live With Regis and Kelly" to celebrate the daytime talk show's 20th anniversary.

Gifford, who left as co-host in 2000, is slated to appear Sept. 14, when Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa take a look back at the show's most memorable moments. Ripa joined the show as co-host in 2001.

"Our 20th anniversary is a huge milestone for the show," executive producer Michael Gelman said Tuesday in a statement. "Few television shows reach a year on the air, much less two decades."

"Live" will celebrate its 20th season in national syndication with two weeks of on-air festivities starting Sept. 3 and ending with Gifford's guest appearance.

Jackson's ex-lawyers say he owes them $113K

Los Angeles - Michael Jackson's former entertainment lawyers have filed a lawsuit claiming the pop star owes them more than $113,000.

The law firm Lavely & Singer of Los Angeles says Jackson agreed in arbitration last year to pay them $180,000 in three installments.

Jackson failed to make the final payment of $113,750 before the July 31, 2007, deadline stipulated in the settlement, the firm alleges in a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

A message left for Jackson's publicist, Raymone Bain, wasn't immediately returned. His attorney, Christopher Mellott, could not be reached after hours Tuesday.

A judge last month ordered Jackson, 48, to pay more than $256,000 in legal fees to another firm that handled some side issues during his 2005 child molestation trial.

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in the case.

Mary-Kate Olsen kisses Ben Kingsley in movie

New York - Brace yourself: In her upcoming movie, Mary-Kate Olsen locks lips with Ben Kingsley. Yes, the one-time adorable tyke turned teenage titan, and Gandhi. Not surprisingly, the film's a comedy.

Olsen is now 21. Kingsley is 63.

Their film, "The Wackness," is slated for release next year.

"There is a very passionate scene in the film, which we filmed last week," Kingsley, who won the best-actor Oscar for 1982's " Gandhi," tells the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood" in an interview.

"It went extremely well and she was very focused. She was very good, very professional. She was quite wonderful."

When asked if he thinks the scene will stir up controversy, Kingsley says: "I'm sure it will. (Her character) is this great free spirit, you know, she is equally seducing so it is a level playing field."

Actor Fallon, producer Juvonen to get hitched

New York - Scratch Jimmy Fallon off the eligible list.

The 33-year-old actor-comedian proposed to his girlfriend, movie producer Nancy Juvonen, last weekend, his representative said Wednesday.

The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member popped the question at Juvonen's family home in New Hampshire, presenting her with a diamond ring designed by Neil Lane, Keleigh Thomas said.

It will be the first marriage for both.

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