The ever-resourceful Heidi Fleiss has turned her attentions to an untapped market. The former "Hollywood Madam" says she'll open the country's first legal brothel for female customers. Called Heidi's Stud Farm, the Nevada pleasure palace will, Fleiss told Newsweek, be designed like a castle, complete with marble floors, a spa, a boutique specializing in adult toys and private rooms where men from her, um, stable of 20 male employees will entertain and pamper the clientele. All this for $250 an hour. (Her prices have come down. Fleiss was convicted in 1995 for running a prostitution ring in which some clients reportedly paid 10 grand for a single visit.)
Nye County, where the brothel will be built, is one of 10 Nevada counties where prostitution is legal.
"With women being so independent today," Fleiss said in a statement, "I think the time has come for this kind of enterprise." HBO will begin filming a documentary about the brothel -- or would that be sistel? -- later this month.
Middle East Initiative
Director Steven Spielberg says his new film "Munich," the story of Israel's revenge for the killing of its athletes by Palestinian guerrillas at the 1972 Olympics, is "a prayer for peace," Time magazine reports. "Somewhere inside all this intransigence there has to be a prayer for peace," Spielberg said, "because the biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. The biggest enemy in the region is intransigence."
The director discussed another film project he is initiating in February, in which he is buying 250 video cameras and players and giving them to Israeli and Palestinian children so that they can make movies about their own lives.
"Not dramas," Spielberg said, "just little documentaries about who they are and what they believe in, who their parents are, where they go to school, what they had to eat, what movies they watch, what CDs they listen to."
Spielberg said the children will then exchange the videos.
"That's the kind of thing that can be effective, I think, in simply making people understand that there aren't as many differences that divide Israelis and Palestinians. Not as human beings anyway."
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson married his longtime girlfriend Saturday in Ireland, People magazine reports on its Web site.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, married 33-year-old Heather Sweet in front of about 60 guests at Castle Gurteen, the home of a friend in Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, the magazine says.
Sweet is a burlesque dancer who uses the stage name Dita Von Teese. They have been dating for four years and Manson proposed at their Los Angeles home last year, People reports.
It is the first marriage for both.
Manson, 36, wore a black silk taffeta tuxedo and Sweet was in royal purple silk taffeta with a corset. They were married in a nondenominational ceremony conducted by underground filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Playboy model-turned-TV personality Anna Nicole Smith turned up drunk and too scantily clad to a Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, damaging the reputation of the international charity benefit, a lawsuit filed against a company affiliated with the actress claims. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles federal court, alleges Smith "damaged Live 8's reputation and goodwill in the entertainment industry by her unbecoming and erratic behavior" at the July 2 event . . . California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped dedicate a $60 million research center in Irvine on Friday for pharmaceutical giant Allergan, which has amassed a fortune with one of Hollywood's hottest products -- Botox. Quipped the governor: "This is all for Joan Rivers."
-- Catherine Handren