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July 13, 2009|By From Sun news services

Report: LaToya Jackson says Michael was murdered

Two British Sunday newspapers said LaToya Jackson believes her brother Michael Jackson was murdered by a group of conspirators trying to get hold of his fortune. LaToya Jackson said she knows who is responsible for her brother's death and is determined to see them brought to justice, the News of the World reported. According to the published interviews with The News of the World and The Mail on Sunday, she did not name any of the people she believes were involved and did not offer any evidence to support her claim that foul play was involved in the singer's sudden death on June 25. "I feel it was all about money," she was quoted as saying by the News of the World. "Michael was worth well over a billion in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive." She reportedly said the conspirators used powerful prescription drugs to keep Michael Jackson submissive and under control and also kept him away from his family. She also claimed, the newspapers reported, that roughly $2 million worth of cash and jewelry was taken from Michael Jackson's rented mansion and has not been accounted for.

'Survivor' winner Hatch seeks confinement reprieve

Survivor winner Richard Hatch, who's serving home confinement for tax evasion, wants a leave to star in a 10th anniversary edition of the show in Samoa. Hatch won $1 million on the reality show but was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on his winnings. He's serving the final 90 days of his sentence in home confinement in Newport, R.I. On Friday, Hatch asked a federal court for permission to go to Samoa next month, when filming begins. The government says in court papers that Hatch still hasn't paid $400,000 he owes. It argues a judge found Hatch is in need of supervision, and if he remains overseas it would be impossible to imprison him again if he fails to pay his taxes. Hatch argues any money he earns from the show can pay his tax obligations.

DeVito serves own brand of lemon liqueur at festival

Actor Danny DeVito served up his own premium "Limoncello" liqueur flavored with zesty Italian lemons and gave a cry of "Salut!" to a drink-sipping crowd at Tales of the Cocktail, a New Orleans cocktail and culinary festival. Wife and actress Rhea Perlman accompanied DeVito as he shared stories Friday about his New Jersey upbringing and spoke of his passion for Sorrento, Italy, where his liqueur is produced. The occasion: a "Drink Italy" event at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. "It's a magnificent place," DeVito said as dozens of cocktail fans sat at tables sipping Limoncello while video footage of Italy flashed on a jumbo screen. DeVito said his premium brand is crafted from Italian-grown organic lemons, sugar, water and alcohol.

'Bruno' stumbles to box-office lead with $30 million opening

Gay Austrian fashion devotee Bruno has landed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, though it's uncertain how much staying power he has. Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno started big on opening day Friday but had a huge drop the rest of the weekend, with the Universal Pictures mock documentary finishing with $30.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The rest of the top 10, in order, are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $28.5 million; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $24.2 million; Public Enemies, $14.1 million; The Proposal, $10.5 million; The Hangover, $9.9 million; I Love You, Beth Cooper, $5 million; Up, $4.7 million; My Sister's Keeper, $4.2 million; The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, $1.6 million.

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