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Should Kim Kardashian return her wedding gifts? Expert weighs in

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is offering up some answers to guests about her August wedding to Kris Humphries -- specifically regarding the fate of the luxurious gifts folks gave the couple.

In a printed note, Kardashian informed her friends, family and the odd magazine editor that "it has taken me some time to pull everything together but I wanted to let you know that the money for every gift received by me at my wedding has been donated to the Dream Foundation."

The Dream Foundation works toward wish fulfillment for adults battling terminal illness. Kim valued the gifts at around $100,000, according to TMZ, and allegedly cut the foundation a check for twice that amount. Humphries commends her for the gesture, the website said, but thinks the lot of loot should be returned to the givers. 

To review: Kim donates twice the value of her wedding gifts to charity and still gets to enjoy that gravy boat. Kris wants the goods back in the hands of guests. Clearly this a question for Emily Post.

"It's a sticky, messy thing," said Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of etiquette queen Emily. "I think people want to make it tidy and put it in a box, but that's not possible."

So what's a reality star to do?

"While I fully appreciate the sentiment of giving to charity, it's a good idea to return the gift. It's more about a personal exchange, returning that gift and coming full circle with your guests. That note ... doesn't gratify what could be an uncomfortable situation," Post said.

And the mass-produced note is a no-no too. 

"Notes should be handwritten, not a blast note with an auto signature at the bottom. They should be written to guests when you return the gift. These are people who care deeply about you, and took time and money to celebrate you."

So Humphries wins the war of manners, but it's not all bad news for Kim.

"It's not a punishment, it's not as though someone's saying, 'Your marriage didn't work so now you have to do all this work.' For Kim, it's about the respect of each and everyone on of those individual, personal relationships," said Post. 


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Photo: Kim Kardashian at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Lindsay Lohan tapped for $94,000 in unpaid income tax

Lindsay Lohan owes a tax debt

Now Lindsay Lohan owes back taxes? Once again, girlfriend can't seem to catch a break.

The government is coming after Lohan for nearly $94,000, according to tax-lien papers filed Thursday in L.A., after the actress allegedly failed to pay income tax in 2009.

(Note to Lindsay: Something like this didn't go well for Wesley Snipes.)

Sources told TMZ that Lohan thought her accountants were handling that sort of thing, and intends to pay the bill immediately. Her Playboy paycheck ought to help out a bit, no? Good timing. The lien has been filed against her home in Encino, according to E! Online, which also reported that Lilo's rep isn't commenting on her personal finances.

Lindsay was definitely in full-tabloid mode in 2009, breaking up with Samantha Ronson, jetting around the world, showing up late for court and getting her probation extended. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but recall that right about tax-filing time in 2010 she was busy suing ETrade over "that milkaholic Lindsay" and no-showing for civil-suit depositions and it becomes clear how income taxes might not make the short list of things to do.

Having recently replaced her business team (or so TMZ sources said), she's currently busy doing morgue duty regularly in an attempt to finally get through probation and on with life. She also stepped out at the Chateau Marmont on Wednesday night for a party hosted by the Weinstein Co., to celebrate award season.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at a party hosted by the Weinstein Co. and Audi to celebrate award season at Chateau Marmont on Wednesday. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson are sure things at box office

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are box-office gold

Hey Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — we at the Ministry love a sure thing, and that you are. The "Twilight Saga" couple top a new list of actors who provide the most bang for their buck.

While some overpaid stars only break even or get labeled as the dreaded "box-office poison," Forbes has compiled a list of talent that nets big money for studios and production companies beyond their pay rates.

Stewart comes in at No. 1 on the list, fetching $55.83 for every $1 she's paid. Impressive, considering Stewart's stomping grounds as a post-adolescent actor have been indies (save for "Twilight," natch). Next she'll square off against Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Anne Hathaway comes in No. 2, nabbing $45.67 to the dollar, followed by Pattinson at $39.43 per note. Calculations were made using stars who have opened at least three films in the past five years, excluding animation.

Rounding out the top 10 are Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.


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Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attend the London premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" on Nov. 17. Credit: Jonathan Short / AP Photo

Kris Humphries offered shirtless spot in Vegas Chippendales

Kris Humphries gets an offer from to strip from Chippendales

In the aftermath of his 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries can count at least one ally: the Chippendales dancers.

The bow-tied, shirtless revue has offered knockout Humphries a starring role in its Las Vegas show in hopes of calming the rough seas of his heart with body-rolling and booty-shaking (and perhaps earning a little free publicity along the way?).

"We figured since he was unemployed and, the soon-to-be ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, a gig at Chippendales might be the perfect job to help restore his faith in women," a rep for the show told TMZ.

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Then again, Humphries might not be in the mood to strip down, or hit the pole. He has plenty of free time thanks to the NBA lockout, but apparently isn't in the mood to make public appearances: He canceled a scheduled gig to host an evening at Vegas' Chateau nightclub on Saturday. 

Cancel a paid appearance due to personal turmoil? How un-Kardashian of him. We're starting to buy those irreconcilable differences. 


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Photo: Kris Humphries, left, and Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy Scott Disick attend the Jill Stuart New York Fashion Week presentation in September. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images


Sly Stone: Homeless in L.A. is only part of the funk icon's story

Sly Stone is homeless -- and the story is complicated

Sly Stone is homeless and living in a camper-van in L.A., the world learned Sunday, thanks to the director of a documentary about Sly and the Family Stone who co-wrote a story for the New York Post.

However, in some boiled-down reports circulating since Sunday's story was published, a depiction of Stone as content and continuing to record music on a laptop in the van he calls home falls short of painting a complete picture of the funk legend's situation.

Stone's financial woes and transient lifestyle were brought to light in 2009, ahead of the release of director Willem Akema's documentary, "Coming Back for More."

It's a huge step down for the onetime multimillionaire, who sold his music rights to Michael Jackson for a mere $1 million in 1984 and as recently as 2007 did an interview with the Los Angeles Times at a secluded home in the Napa Valley.

Stone sued former manager Jerry Goldstein for $50 million in early 2010, alleging fraud and the diversion of $20 million to $30 million in royalties. Goldstein countersued in August 2010, alleging the singer had delivered a slanderous rant against him while onstage at the Coachella music festival.

Yet Stone told the Post for the recent article, "I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving."

A person who might agree with the "must keep moving" part is one of Stone's unintentional neighbors.  The musician has set up camp on a residential street in L.A.'s Crenshaw neighborhood, in one of two vehicles he has left from what had been -- as recently as four years ago, the Post said -- a lavish collection of automobiles to match his once-lavish lifestyle.

"I think a lot of people put up with him because he is an old celebrity," said the Crenshaw neighbor, who declined to go on camera with "Inside Edition" and reportedly said he was close to calling authorities to deal with the van.

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Charlie Sheen's $100M lawsuit put out of its misery (at 75% off)

Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen in 2005

Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre have signed a deal to put Sheen's $100-million lawsuit out of its misery. The man who was once TV's highest paid actor sued his former bosses in March, just days after he was fired from "Two and a Half Men."

With the heat of battle behind them, a 75% discount appears to have won the day: The Los Angeles Times last week broke the news of a $25-million Sheen payday on the horizon.

Beyond a statement from Warner Bros. saying that those involved "have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction," nobody had much to say Monday, according to Company Town. And that's probably for the best, reflecting on the kinds of things Sheen the Tiger-Blooded Warlock had to say back when he was talking nonstop to anyone who would listen.

Sheen was fired from his "Two and a Half Men" gig on March 7, via an 11-page termination letter that in the Ministry's opinion was one of the greatest legal reads of all time.

In other Sheen news of a time-to-play-nice nature, Charlie was spotted Saturday dining with brother Emilio Estevez and parents Martin and Janet Sheen at Ninethirty at W Los Angeles-Westwood. Everyone ordered the salmon, an onlooker said, except for Papa Sheen, who went wild with a burger, hold the onions.


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Photo: Chuck Lorre, left, and Charlie Sheen in happier times. Seriously, that's what "happier" looked like between these two, back in 2005. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

Denise Richards not coveting Charlie Sheen's maybe-money

Denise Richards

Denise Richards doesn't seem to be in any rush to make any new bucks off Charlie Sheen.

Richards, who has two daughters with the former star of "Two and a Half Men" and in June adopted an infant daughter, Eloise, already receives $50,000 a month in child support from Sheen. Brooke Mueller, who also has two daughters with the actor, is having her similarly sized support money sent directly to her from his Warner Bros. paychecks, to guarantee its arrival each month.

However, with Sheen reportedly close to a $25-million payday from Warner Bros., TMZ managed to elicit a "Not my money" comment from Richards, who was out shopping when the camera lens was shoved in her direction.

And after Life & Style reported that Richards had almost accepted a $100,000 offer to appear as one of the exes in the Charlie Harper funeral scene on "Men," a source told E! News that she never would have taken such a gig. "Charlie would have gone ballistic," the source said. E! also confirmed that an offer had been made.

So much for the L&S "insider" who said it was a difficult "no" for Denise, as "she really wants to get back into TV." Though, actually, that person also mentioned that "Charlie would have gone crazy." Are we seeing a theme here?

About Charlie's pending Warner Bros.' bucks: The $25-million deal reported Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times would close the door on the dispute over his firing, removing the need for arbitration in his $100-million lawsuit against his former employer.


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Photo: Denise Richards with daughters Sam, left, and Lola at a benefit picnic for the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in June. Credit: Alexandra Wyman / WireImage.com

Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries have a prenup (Can you say 'duh'?)

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have a prenup

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have signed a much-discussed prenuptial agreement, it was revealed Wednesday in what might have been the day's largest bit of predictable breaking news.

The newlyweds, who tied the knot in Montecito on Saturday before friends, family and the cameras of E!, have agreed to protect their mutual assets against the seriously microscopic chance of divorce.

What's at stake? Kardashian's $35-million personal fortune, up against Humphries' NBA payday of $8 million to $16 million, according to THR.

The pair would be wise to protect their individual assets. If he continues to succeed in the NBA, Humphries would only see his salary climb, and Kardashian really knows how to make bucks on deals selling, um, the Kardashians. Of which there are many. Some of which can go awry. So this keeps him out of her business.

As a married woman, however, Kim will have to learn how to share -- something clearly not happening until after her People magazine cover. The bride is featured solo on the magazine, which reportedly spent $2.5 million for exclusive rights to the extravagant wedding pictures. It's almost unheard of that any celeb-wedding cover wouldn't also feature the groom.

Momager Kris Jenner, who ain't no fool when it comes to handling Kim's saturated image, has been here before with prenups.

Kim's sister Khloe wed Lamar Odom after the two were engaged for approximately the length of a "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" commercial break. That deal protected Odom's $33-million Lakers contract, but allowed Mrs. Odom access to a Lamar-funded joint account that pays all their expenses, plus an "annual lump sum" of her own.

So childish to call that an allowance.


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Photos: Kim Kardashian as a bridal wax figure, Kim Kardashian as a bridal cover girl, and Kim Kardashian as -- wait, who's that? Oh, it's Kim Kardashian as a bride-to-be, kissing Kris Humphries, the other person who signed her prenup. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters, left; People / Associated Press, top right; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, bottom right.

Brangelina -- and 350 pals -- take a private train to Glasgow

Brad Pitt and "World War Z" are moving to Glasgow

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie created their very own A-List Express on Tuesday: The star couple and their children boarded a private train in London and headed for Glasgow, Scotland, with about 350 friends.

By "friends," we mean various production staff and crew from Pitt's latest flick, "World War Z," in which the father of six attempts to stop a zombie apocalypse. Against a ticking clock, natch.

The gang arrived at the Euston train station in two SUVs with their little ones -- Maddox, 10, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Viv, 3 -- and two big smiles, said the Daily Mail.

The three-car chartered train run by Richard Branson's Virgin made the five-hour journey to Glasgow, where production will resume, with exteriors dressed to look like Philadelphia.

Amenities on board included standard suites and bathrooms, a gift shop and a dining car, though no official sleeping quarters were available. The train is often used to cart professional sports teams, People noted.

The Pitt-Jolie clan and the film team were greeted upon arrival by about 100 fans. 


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Photos: Passers-by, left, take pictures of a set for "World War Z" in Glasgow, which is standing in for Philadelphia. On the movie's set in Malta in June, Brad Pitt, right, walked past his stand-in. Credits: Reuters

Highest-paid actors: Leo DiCaprio is king, Johnny Depp follows

Leonardo DiCaprio isn't dreaming: His "Inception" money is all too real, landing the leading man at the top of a ranking of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.

At a cool $77 million in earnings, from the aforementioned Christopher Nolan film and Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," Leo took the top spot on Forbes' list from the previous year's winner, Johnny Depp.

Depp came in with a considerably lower (but still considerable) $50 million for his "Pirates of the Caribbean" paycheck and bonuses. Forbes looked at earnings from May 2010 to May 2011.

On his heels was Adam Sandler, who tallied personal receipts around $40 million from the biggest earner of his career, the recent "Grown Ups," and his Jennifer Aniston-starrer, "Just Go With it."

Will Smith clocked in at No. 4 with a $36-million income -- impressive as the actor, who's been busy promoting and producing for his children Jayden and Willow, hasn't been visible on marquees for the last two years. Forbes said the dollar amount consists mostly of his fees for the upcoming "Men in Black III."

Rounding out the list were Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Tim Allen ($22 million in pay and residuals from voicing Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" franchise) and Tom Cruise.


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Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio at the Tokyo premiere of "Inception" on July 20, 2010. Credit: Toru Hanai / Reuters.


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