Impostor rips off hip-hop singer

Greenville, N.C. -- A man posing as the manager for hip-hop artist Trina stole more than $300,000 in cash and property from her and two other entertainers, police said.

Trina was performing early Friday at Club Dynasty when the assailant persuaded a hotel employee to give him a key to the artist's rooms, police said.

Property stolen at the Greenville Hilton included jewelry, clothes, promotional items and music equipment, according to authorities. No arrests had been made as of Saturday.

The hotel's general manager, Rhesa Tucker, denied Trina's actual manager Mike Hopkins' claims that a roster of entourage members was available to hotel employees.

Trina's best-selling album, "Diamond Princess," was released last year.

Rossellini plays the villain

Venice, Italy -- Tears and beers are the theme of actress Isabella Rossellini's new black comedy, "The Saddest Music in the World," in which her character turns drunken misery into profit.

"I'm a cynical, rich, manipulative woman," Rossellini said Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.

"I invent an absurd contest: the saddest song in the world. I'm a beer entrepreneur and the sadder my fellow townsfolk get, the more they drink beer and the richer I become."

The film, directed by Guy Maddin, is based on a screenplay by British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the Booker Prize-winning "The Remains of the Day."

Sharif laments present, not past

Venice, Italy -- Veteran actor Omar Sharif smiles about life, but cries about the state of the world.

Sharif was at the Venice Film Festival to present his comeback film "Monsieur Ibrahim" and receive a career Golden Lion award. The Egyptian-born actor said he was positive about "the adventure of life" but pessimistic when it came to "reality."

"There is this terrible disparity between the rich and the poor," he said in Saturday's Corriere della Sera newspaper.

As for the past, Sharif had wonderful memories, especially as he recalled some of the great actresses he'd known.

"Barbra Streisand was different from all the other women. Sophia Loren used to sensually cook spaghetti for everyone in the evening, better than at a restaurant. When I met Ingrid Bergman, it was a moment of religious beauty," he said.

Victories move Timberlake to sing

New York -- Justin Timberlake celebrated his three wins at the MTV Video Music Awards not with a party, but a concert.

Timberlake performed at the Roseland club in midtown Manhattan early Friday for hundreds of eager fans, a few hours after the VMA show ended at Radio City Music Hall.

"Did y'all get a chance to watch the Video Music Awards?" Timberlake asked as the crowd roared.

The performance was a hot ticket -- among the celebrities in the house were Natalie Portman, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.


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