Hungarian politics gets spicy

Budapest, Hungary � Hoping to build on a political career she launched in Italy, Hungarian-born porn star Ilona Staller � known popularly as Cicciolina � is planning to run for a seat in the Hungarian parliament.

In an interview published in Monday's edition of the Magyar Nemzet daily, the 50-year-old Staller said she plans to run as an independent candidate in Budapest's working-class Kobanya neighborhood.

In the interview, Staller was asked whether she thought her trademark publicity stunt � exposing her left breast during public appearances � would be too daring for Hungarians.

"The Hungarians' problems are not my breast or that they are too prudish, but that because of the intervention of the current government they have fallen back instead of advancing," Staller said.

She said she bares her left breast to reflect her left-wing political views.

Redford not afraid of aging

Radnor, Pa. � Robert Redford insists he'll keep his wrinkles.

The actor and director, who turned 64 in August, told TV Guide in its Jan. 12 issue that plastic surgery isn't in his future.

"I'm not a facelift person. I am what I am," Redford said.

Interviewed before his annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, set for Jan. 10-20, Redford said he didn't want to put down the practice. "It is OK for some people," he said.

But the "trade-off is that something of your soul in your face goes away," he said. "You end up looking body-snatched in the last analysis. That's just my view. It's not necessarily a popular view."

New mayor throws bash

Atlanta � Rappers OutKast and Ludacris turned out to congratulate the city's first female mayor-elect, Shirley Franklin.

The rappers performed for a crowd of nearly 8,000 people Saturday night, along with violinist Ken Ford and 3rd Faze, a pop trio that was introduced by actor Chris Tucker, who lives in Atlanta.

"Y'all better shut up or I'm going to get the big head," Tucker said as the audience roared and cheered.

The victory party at the Georgia World Congress Center was part of a four-day, $500,000 celebration. Franklin was sworn in Monday.

Britney shoots for literacy

New York � Britney Spears will headline the "NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration," set for 101 a.m. CST Feb. 9. The one-hour television show, featuring NBA All-Stars and celebrities, will air on NBC, TNT, BET, Nickelodeon and

The event is part of the NBA's Read to Achieve program, in which teams promote literacy and encourage families to read together. It takes place during NBA All-Star weekend, set for Feb. 8-10 in Philadelphia.


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