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Host pays back taxes on home

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A home owned by talk show host Conan O’Brien has been removed from a Rhode Island auction after he paid some back taxes on the property.

Town officials tell The Westerly Sun that O’Brien paid his $8,000 bill Friday morning.

O’Brien publicist Drew Shane issued a statement saying O’Brien had been unaware he owed back taxes. He blamed the problem on a clerical error that prevented the bill from reaching O’Brien’s accountant in Los Angeles.

Film riles Kim

Kim Jong Un is not amused.

An upcoming comedy by James Franco and Seth Rogen has drawn the attention of Pyongyang for its depiction of a scheme to assassinate North Korea’s supreme leader.

Franco and Rogen play “celebrity journalists” who land an interview with Kim, which prompts the CIA to recruit them in an assassination plot.

A Pyongyang spokesman made it clear that the North Korean regime doesn’t appreciate this particular brand of comedic storytelling.

“There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” Kim Myong Chol told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in an interview. “A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

“And let us not forget who killed (President John F.) Kennedy – Americans,” he added.

On the other hand, according to Kim Myong Chol, who is considered an unofficial spokesman for the regime, North Korea’s leader does plan to see the film when it’s released in October.

Sequels reign

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Think Like a Man Too,” $29.2 million

2. “22 Jump Street,” $27.5 million

3. “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” $24.7 million

4. “Jersey Boys,” $13.3 million

5. “Maleficent,” $12.9 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Al Molinaro is 95. Comedian Jack Carter is 92. Actress Michele Lee is 72. Singer Arthur Brown is 72. Guitarist Jeff Beck is 70. Drummer Mick Fleetwood is 67. Actor Peter Weller is 67. Actress Nancy Allen is 64. Actor Joe Penny is 58. Singer Astro is 57. Actor Iain Glen is 53. Bassist Curt Smith is 53. Actress Mindy Kaling is 35. Singer Solange Knowles is 28.

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