Yeah, they’ve got that.

Office retailer Staples is holding a “Staplers of the Stars” online charity auction of celebrity signed staplers. With more than 140 celebs in the mix, Hilton’s stapler is currently leading the pack at $1,005.

Hilton is followed by Donald Trump and Katie Couric, whose autographed staplers are each going for $800. Other staplers being bid on are signed by Ringo Starr, Kobe Bryant, Bill Gates, Rudy Guiliani and Cher.

All of the proceeds go to a charity of each star’s choosing. Since the auction opened on Nov. 16, more than 2,600 bids have been placed. The staplers are available to bid on until Dec. 6 at www.staples.com.



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Vibe Awards melee probed

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Police and probation officials have been reviewing video of the melee at the Vibe Awards show to determine if Marion “Suge” Knight played a role in the altercation.

The rap producer has denied any involvement in the incident in which a man struck Dr. Dre twice, sparking a brawl in which the attacker was stabbed and seriously injured.

Dre, who real name is Andre Young, met with authorities Monday at the Santa Monica police station and demanded that his attacker, Jimmy “James” Johnson, be charged with assault and battery.

Videotape shows Johnson punching Dre on Nov. 16 at the second annual awards show. Johnson was then stabbed, allegedly by Young Buck, a rapper who is a protege of Dr. Dre.

Young Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, surrendered Nov. 19 to authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 20.

Knight and Dre co-founded Death Row Records in the early 1990s and produced hits from rappers such as Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. The two, however, had a falling out in the mid-1990s.

Knight was released from prison in 2001 after serving time for assault and weapons violations and the conditions for his parole ban him from having any contact with Dre.

Knight entered the awards show without an invitation and sat just a few feet behind Drew, who was receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Attorney Milton Grimes, who once represented Knight and now represents Johnson, denied any involvement by Knight.

“As far as I know, my client has not ties whatsoever to Suge Knight,” Crimes told the Los Angeles Times.

The Times, citing unidentified sources, said Santa Monica police and agents from the state Department of Corrections have been interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage to examine Knight’s actions before, during and after the melee.

“We are conducting an investigation to determine whether any parole violations took place with (Knight) at the awards show,” Alfred Martinez, Los Angeles regional parole administrator for the Corrections Department, told the Times.

“Mr. Knight has some special conditions attached to his parole, and we are working with the Santa Monica police to evaluate all the circumstances that took place that evening,” Martinez said.

Lucas supports Cal State

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – “Star Wars” creator George Lucas donated $100,000 to California State University, Long Beach, for film department scholarships and equipment.

Lucas donated the money at the request of the Department of Film and Electronic Arts. Although Lucas attended the University of Southern California, director Steven Spielberg, his close friend, went to Cal State Long Beach.

The university needed the money to fix or repair equipment damaged by an October storm. A satellite dish on the department’s building fell through the roof during the storm, allowing water to seep into the building.

The department may not have been able to restore damaged cameras, projectors and videotape machines without the Lucas donation, department chair Craig Smith said recently.

The university’s two-year undergraduate film program is popular among aspiring filmmakers. Alumni include John Dykstra, who won an Oscar for visual effects for “Star Wars”; David Twohy, who wrote and directed “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick”; and Mark Steven Johnson, writer and director of “Daredevil.”


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