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'Cinderella Man' unfair to his dad, Baer Jr. says

Max Baer Jr., who gained fame in The Beverly Hillbillies, tells the New York Daily News he's unhappy with how his father, Max Baer Sr., is portrayed in Cinderella Man.

Baer Jr. says Ron Howard didn't consult him for the movie, which portrays his father (played by Craig Bierko) as a thug and a cheat. Baer Jr. says his father, who killed two men in the ring, wasn't heartless: He wept over their deaths.

Howard's rep told the News that the flick "was written from the point of view of the Braddock family. To them, Max Baer was a real threat."

Magic had nothing to do with it

Comedian/magician Penn Jillette's has a new sidekick - a baby girl.

Jillette, 50, and his wife Emily, 39, welcomed 6-pound, 6-ounce Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette on Friday, according to publicist Glenn Schwartz. It was the first child for the couple, who married last year.

Teller, his show sidekick, had no comment.

MM artifacts

A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off with her personal phone book with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000.

The 1962 painting by the actress of a red rose was initially inscribed to President Kennedy, but she never gave it to him, said Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien's Auctions, which organized Saturday's auction of Monroe memorabilia.

She later wrote a second inscription over the first: "Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe."

The small, brown leather phone book contains hundreds of typed numbers and addresses for everyone from her dry cleaner and doctor to friends such as Peter Lawford, Henry Fonda, Desi Arnaz and Jean Kennedy Smith, as well as ex-husbands Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller.

Her estate sold the phone book for $90,000 to, Julien said. The painting went for $78,000 to collector David Davis, who runs an art gallery in Rhode Island.

A reprieve, maybe

There's buzz that NBC may bring Law & Order: Trial by Jury back as a midseason series.

Trial, which starred Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson and Fred Dalton Thompson, averaged about 10 million viewers and didn't make the cut for the new fall lineup.

Officially, "no decision has been made," about Trial, an NBC rep says. Unofficially, its return is unlikely.

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