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Hilary, Haylie Duff Channel Paris Hilton

Hilary, Haylie Duff Channel Paris Hilton
Haylie and Hilary Duff
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11/05/2004 08:00AM

MATERIALIZED: Are Hilary and Haylie Duff taking on the Hilton sisters? The blonde actresses are teaming up for a new movie comedy called Material Girls, in which the siblings will play Hilton-like heiresses who lose their family fortune and have to deal with the real world without their riches, MTV News reports. The Material Girls script is still in the works, and shooting is expected to begin in January. As for the movie's music, the singing sisters hope to record Madonna's "Material Girl." Madge's Maverick Films is producing Material Girls, but so far rights to the similarly named hit song have not been secured. Among other projects, the Duff duo also collaborated on the song "Our Lips Are Sealed" for the soundtrack to A Cinderella Story, which starred Hilary.

ADOPTED: There's a new arrival at the White House, Miss Beazley, a week-old Scottish terrier puppy who is set to move in come Christmas, when she's old enough. The pup was a gift from President Bush to his wife Laura on Thursday, her 58th birthday. Miss Beazley joins First Dog Barney, though it remains to be seen how well they will get along. First Dog Spot, an English springer spaniel, died last February. Miss Beazley gets her name from a dinosaur character in Oliver Butterworth's children's book The Enormous Egg, The Washington Post reports.

SUED: A Miami-based architect is trying to put the kibosh on a new Donald Trump real-estate venture, the Associated Press reports. Paul Oravec has sued the star of The Apprentice, claiming that the Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residences in Sunny Isles Beach (a few miles northeast of Miami) look suspiciously like designs he submitted to The Donald, but were rejected. The suit alleges copyright violations, and asks a judge to either have construction halted or to order the buildings to be destroyed. Oravec is seeking unspecified damages. Trump's spokeswoman, Norma Foerderer, said she couldn't comment because she hadn't seen the filing.

HONORED: Eric Clapton, 59, set aside his "rebellious streak" to become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter described the honor -- conferred by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace -- as the "icing on the cake" of his career, the Associated Press reports. At the Wednesday ceremony, his wife, Melia McEnery, who is expecting the couple's third child, accompanied him. They have two young daughters.

ANNOUNCED: Actor Peter Dinklage, 35, currently appearing in the sold-out New York Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III, is engaged to theater director Erica Schmidt, 28, PEOPLE reports. In addition to The Station Agent, Dinklage appeared in the films Elf and Surviving Eden. His upcoming movies include The Baxter, Little Fugitive and The Dwarf.

CHARTED: Yoko Ono, 71, has the No. 1 single on the dance chart, "Every Man Has A Man Who Loves Him"/"Every Woman Has A Woman Who Loves Her," a mix of techno beats and her somewhat off-key vocals that delivers a message in favor of same-sex unions. "This is a victory not just for me but for all Americans who are against the administration's decision to ban gay marriage," Ono says about the success of the tune, as quoted by the BBC.

SPLIT: Onetime Democratic presidential candidate, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and his wife of 24 years, the former Kathy Lee Jordan, are separating, his rep confirms to New York's Daily News, saying: "They are on the best of terms. ... Their daughters (Dominique, 18, and Ashley, 17) are grown and they want to pursue their separate interests." It is said that Mrs. Sharpton wishes to return to a career as an entertainment consultant.

ADDED: Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 62, and U2's lead singer Bono, 44, have joined the lineup of performers working on a new version of the Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas," Billboard reports. It is the 20th anniversary of the original 1984 release, and will be issued Nov. 29 in the U.K. The money raised by Band Aid Trust is for famine relief in Africa. The proceeds this year will go to the Darfur region of Sudan.

UNROLLED: The U.S. Postal Service has announced the new faces of 2005 on its stamps. Among them: late President Ronald Reagan, actor Henry Fonda, "The Wizard of Oz" lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, groundbreaking African American singer Marian Anderson and ... drumroll ... the Muppets.

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