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Karaoke kitsch

Berlin, Oct. 22 (AFP): Germans are screaming, moaning and panting for the latest nightlife craze — porno karaoke.

Film producers Satt und Durstig organised a premiere in Berlin last month after a successful test run in the northern city of Hamburg and the trend has already spawned imitators in other major cities.

The event follows the rules of traditional karaoke but instead of standing in for Whitney Houston or Frank Sinatra, contestants belt out the parts of adult movie stars.

Players pair off in male-female teams as a XXX film is loaded into the projector. With the sound turned off, each duo is handed two microphones and has one minute to provide the aural fireworks for the action on the screen.

The crowd, which tends to find the show more comic than erotic, then chooses the couple that has given the most convincing, creative and ecstatic performance while faking an orgasm before hundreds of strangers.

Liza suit

New York (Reuters): Liza Minnelli’s estranged husband David Gest sued the entertainer yesterday for $10 million in damages for spousal abuse, saying she attacked him in drunken rages, leaving him with an “unrelenting pain in his head.” An 11-page civil suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by Gest, who married Minnelli in March 2002, says she threw a lamp at him and when he tried to calm her down and she beat him in the face with her fists. Gest, who separated from Minnelli three months ago, alleged that her heavy drinking gave the singeractress “remarkable force and strength.” Minnelli’s lawyer did not return calls for comment. The most recent incident took place in London in June, according to the suit, which said that at the time of their marriage Minnelli’s career had “eclipsed, she was an alcoholic, overweight, (and) unable to be effectively merchandised.”

Rogue royal

Tokyo (Reuters): A Japanese “prince and princess” looked unlikely to live happily ever after when they were arrested on suspicion of defrauding guests of 13 million yen ($117,900) at a fake royal wedding in Tokyo. Yasuyuki Kitano and Harumi Sakamoto, both in their forties, issued 2,000 invitations to “Prince Arisugawa’s celebration banquet” in April, attracting 400 people including celebrities, domestic media said. Photographs of the reception shown on television depicted the “princess” in an elaborate multi-layered kimono of the type usually only worn by brides of the Imperial household.

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