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News, Sept. 23: Magazine Calls Britney's Wedding a Hoax, Oprah's Car Giveaway Gets Pricey, Elton John Cusses Out Taiwanese Paparazzi, More…

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Sep 23, 2004 | 11:02am EDT

Britney's wedding: An elaborate hoax?

Did Britney Spears stage a fake wedding to throw the paparazzi off her path to domestic bliss with beau Kevin Federline? That's the latest theory, at least according to Us Weekly. The tabloid claims to have an authenticated four-page document saying Spears and Federline agreed "to participate in a 'faux' wedding with one another on Sept. 18 ... however they do not intend to and shall not validly marry one another on said date," which was signed by Spears, 22, and Federline, 26, four days before the ceremony. According to Us, the couple could not tie the not as planned because of arguments over a prenuptial agreement. But the sham wedding theory isn't sitting well with rival publication People Magazine, who released exclusive pictures of Saturday's nuptials at a private house in Los Angeles along with interviews in which the newlyweds discuss the ceremony. People also denied suggestions it and Britain's OK! magazine paid a reported $2 million for the pictures. "What's more likely is that a magazine that didn't get the wedding is now crying sour grapes," People executive editor Larry Hackett told Reuters Wednesday. Although Spears' New York publicist confirmed the two "are married," the pop singer admits she and Federline have yet to file a marriage license, which they are required to do within 90 days under California law, under advisement by a lawyer to wait for a grace period after finalizing the prenuptial agreement.

Oprah's car giveaway comes at a price

It seems nothing is free these days. Audience members, who received one of 276 cars given away by talk show host Oprah Winfrey last week, got a rude awakening when they were told they had to pay a hefty tax bill if they wanted to keep their brand new Pontiac G-Six. According to CNN/Money, recipients must pay a tax on the winnings just like any prize; therefore, depending on the individuals tax bracket, the tax on the $28,500 car could be as high as $7,000--and that's after Pontiac agreed to pay state sales tax and licensing fees. A spokeswoman for Harpo Productions Inc., Winfrey's company, said winners were given three choices: keep the car and pay the tax, sell the car and pay the tax with the profits or forfeit the car.

Elton John cusses out Taiwanese paparazzi

Arriving in the Taiwanese capitol of Taipei for a concert performance, singer Elton John swore at reporters who surrounded him at the airport early Thursday morning, Reuters reports. "Rude, vile pigs!" he shouted at photographers and TV crews at the Chiang Kai Shek airport after he arrived. "Do you know what that means? Rude, vile pigs. That's what all of you are." When one of the photographers shouted for the entertainer to get out of Taiwan, John, who was wearing a bright blue tracksuit and dark sunglasses, replied: "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig! Pig!" Details on John's strong reaction to the Taiwanese media was unclear.

WB delays release of Oliver Stone's Alexander

Warner Bros. has delayed the release of its Oliver Stone film Alexander by about three weeks to give the epic a better shot at Oscar gold, handed out in February. The film, which stars Colin Farrell as the conqueror Alexander the Great, had been set to premiere Nov. 5 against the computer-animated film The Incredibles. It will now open Nov. 24, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, where it will go head-to-head with Christmas with the Kranks, Beauty Shop and Flight of the Phoenix.

Billy Bob Thornton becomes father again

Billy Bob Thornton, who stars in the upcoming high school football drama Friday Night Lights, and his girlfriend announced Wednesday that she has given birth to a baby girl, The Associated Press reports. The girl, named Bella, weighed 6 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces. Thornton's publicist Arnold Robinson said the mother, Connie Angland, 39, and the baby were both said to be doing well. It is the fourth child for Thornton, 49, and the first for Angland. Thornton, who divorced Angelina Jolie in May 2003, has three children from two previous marriages.

Spector May Face Grand Jury Indictment

Phil Spector was ordered to appear in court Monday--a possible sign the music producer has been indicted by a grand jury for murder, his attorney Roger Rosen told the AP. Rosen said that although he hasn't been told there is an indictment, he can't think of a reason why he and Spector have been called to court. A grand jury indictment would preclude the need for a preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have to present enough evidence to hold Spector for trial. Spector, 64, is suspected in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in his Los Angeles home on Feb. 3, 2003. He is free on $1 million bail.

Lil' Kim's bodyguard sentenced to 12 years in prison

A bodyguard for Lil' Kim, who admitted firing a gun at least 20 times in a shootout outside a Manhattan radio station, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison, the AP reports. The charges stem from a Feb. 25, 2001, incident, where Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. were involved in a shootout with rap rival Foxy Brown. U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said Suif Jackson, 34, deserved a harsh sentence because society had to be protected from a machine gun-toting man convicted five times on criminal charges. Jackson was ordered to finish a state prison sentence, which ends Aug. 7, 2006, before beginning the federal term. The state sentence was for an unrelated crime.

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