Penn's plan

NEW YORK - When "Celebrity Apprentice" hits NBC again on Sunday it will boast a whole new cast of familiar names plotting to get ahead in the pseudo-reality scheme. But Penn Jillette, one of the contestants, says it does no good to enter the strife with a plan. "My plan was actually from the philosopher Mike Tyson, who said everyone has a plan until they get hit.

"And everybody does have a plan until they get hit. And the instant that something doesn't go the way you planned - especially with this particular group of people - all plans go out the window.

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"What is a little bit depressing about working on the show is that even people who suspend their morality completely and are willing to do anything don't do it well enough to do damage. I saw people who were willing to do anything to win and you could see that clearly that they had let go of their morality completely and they still didn't win.

Jolie hopes to provoke

BERLIN - Angelina Jolie said Monday she hopes her directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" will provoke a wider discussion about rape - something that the International Criminal Court's prosecutor said could be extremely valuable in helping bring perpetrators to justice.

Jolie, who was being given the Cinema for Peace group's "honorary award for opposing war and genocide" for the movie focusing on the war in Bosnia, said she wants viewers to be "uncomfortable" when they see the film.

Jolie's writing-directing debut hurls two lovers - a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Bosnian-Serb man - from their tender relationship before the war into the horrors of prison camps where rapes occurred.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy statue

NOGENT-SUR-MARNE, France - Residents are blasting a plan to erect a statue with a face resembling that of France's Italian-born first lady in an effort to honor this small town's immigrants from Italy.

Opponents say that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the elegant former top model from Turin, Italy's moneyed class, has no link to this blue-collar town east of Paris.

Mayor Jacques Martin, a big supporter of President Nicolas Sarkozy, denies claims by Socialist rivals that the likeness of the first lady is a political move - and said Monday that he stands by his plan.

The 8-foot-tall (2.5-meter) statue will go up in a square in the Little Italy development under way to pay homage to Italian immigrants who settled here. Men often worked as masons and women in the feather business.

"I don't see what Carla Bruni is going to do here," said resident Catherine Pelle. "She's not from the area. No, I don't see any rapport with our town."

First lady's 'platypus walk'

ORLANDO, Fla. - Add another dance move to Michelle Obama's repertoire. This one has to do with a certain celebrity platypus.

The first lady gave "the platypus walk" a try last weekend during a visit to Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The dance was inspired by Disney's "Phineas and Ferb" show, whose characters include Perry the Platypus.

It required some flapping of flippers, or arms if you're human, shuffling left and right and yanking limbs up and down, all to a pulsing rock beat.

Mrs. Obama did the dance at an event marking the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

Banton appeal

MIAMI - The U.S. government says plenty of evidence supports a federal jury's conviction of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is appealing the February 2011 conviction. Defense attorney David O. Markus says his client was relentlessly pursued by a government informant, resulting in improper entrapment.

Federal prosecutors filed their response Friday in Atlanta's federal appeals court.

Prosecutors say Banton's words and actions, in recorded conversations and a videotaped meeting in a Sarasota, Fla., warehouse where Banton tasted some cocaine, revealed the singer "eagerly brokered" a drug deal between a friend and undercover government agents.

They also asked the appeals court to reverse a judge's decision to toss a related gun charge.

Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence.


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