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October 27, 2004


Catherine Zeta-Jones should be flattered that her image was used for advertising and promotion on the web site of a Nevada topless club, a spokesman for the club said.

Jones is suing The Spice House, which bills itself as "Reno's friendliest topless cabaret," and its owner, Wesglow Resources, for displaying her picture on "numerous pages" of its web site without her permission, according a lawsuit filed last week in U.S District Court in Los Angeles.

Sometimes her image was shown alongside partially nude women, and created the false impression the actress "endorsed or approved of the sexually explicit content" and could "dilute the value of her celebrity endorsement," the lawsuit says.

Jones, who won a best-supporting actress Oscar for 2002's "Chicago," seeks unspecified damages and an order barring further use of her likeness.

A designer for the club's web site downloaded pictures of Jones from a German web site that offered "royalty-free graphics," said Kent Wallace, the club's marketing director.

"It was an image of a beautiful woman," Wallace said.

"We had no idea it was Catherine Zeta-Jones; one wouldn't think (her image) would appear in a free graphics web site."

"She should have been flattered, as far as I'm concerned," Wallace said Monday.

Wallace said the club immediately took down Jones' images when it was contacted by her lawyer, and called the lawsuit "frivolous." He said the club hasn't retained a lawyer yet but that it planned to ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. - AP

Ol' gay Paris

The launch of France's first gay television channel, Pink TV, has been touted as a big step for television in this largely Roman Catholic country.

French front pages heralded the launch for days, with Paris tabloid Le Parisien carrying "The Gay Tide" as a banner headline Monday over a photo of a rainbow flag.

A pair of pink stilettos graced the front page of the weekend's Liberation newspaper, which endorsed the channel in an editorial titled, "Good One."

The editorial, like Pink's founders, says the channel's arrival shows the time is ripe for such a venture in France, which is at times surprisingly conservative and still divided over homosexuality.

The channel is "a giant leap for television, a small step in high heels," presenter Eric Gueho says in a promotional clip.

Available on cable and satellite television, the channel is largely financed by France's three main commercial networks. - AP

Aside from daily doses of "Wonder Woman" and Japanese "manga" cartoons, Pink plans to broadcast movies, documentaries, music programs and debates on issues such as gay parenthood and homophobia.

There will be series including "Queer as Folk," and X-rated films four nights a week after midnight.

That Pink aims to be an eye-opener is apparent in one of its advertisements showing a famous 1984 photograph of then-French President Francois Mitterrand holding hands with ex-German leader Helmut Kohl.

"A relationship is about more than just sex," says the advertisement. The image comes from a historic ceremony of Franco-German reconciliation to commemorate World War I at the site of the bloody battle of Verdun.

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