THIS YEAR'S ATTEMPT TO CLONE ELVIS: A tooth that once belonged in the King's mouth _ it comes with a certificate of authenticity, so it must be legit _ is being auctioned on eBay, and a European company is said to be interested in it for creating Elvis II.
The tooth is part of a group of Presley collectibles being sold by the owners of a Fort Lauderdale hair salon. The unidentified company wants to extract DNA from it and see what happens, said Anthony DeFontes, described by the Associated Press as the collectibles' curator and spokesman.
"They were talking about the possibility of cloning," DeFontes said. "The owner of the tooth is not interested in that. There's only one Elvis."
And there's more than one way to get publicity, but talk of body parts and cloning is one of the better ones.
BACKGROUND: The tooth was pulled by a dentist after it broke and ended up with former Elvis girlfriend Linda Thompson. It somehow ended up with another Elvis collector, who auctioned most of his stuff in 1994, DeFontes said.
The Fort Lauderdale collection also includes Elvis hair. You will remember that Sideshow told you last year around this time about a batch of Elvis hair owned by a Memphis city council member, who also brought up the cloning idea.
A genetics specialist at the University of Tennessee said that it could be done, but the result could be a genetically abnormal Elvis. So just imagine if Lisa Marie Presley and her ex Michael Jackson had had a child . . .
GEORGE LOPEZ HAS TO BE THE BEST MAN. AND HIS FAVORITE IS CARROT CAKE, SO . . .: Whether The Bachelorette's Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter actually end up getting married will depend on the extent of their greed.
The couple have signed a contract with ABC to be paid $1-million for the TV rights to their wedding, and the deal gives the network approval of almost every aspect of the event, including Rehn's dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the tuxes, the flowers, the wedding cake and the music, according to documents obtained by TheSmokingGun.com.
If any big disagreements erupt, ABC gets the final say. ("Sorry Trista, John Ritter and Katey Sagal are just much more camera-ready than your parents. They're your parents now.")
Rehn and Sutter were paid $100,000 of the $1-million when the deal was signed in May. They have to give that back if the wedding is called off. Also if they don't get married, ABC has the option to sue them for whatever else it can get.
ABC plans four hours of programming around the wedding this year.
MEDIA CONGLOMERATES, PREPARE YOUR LAWSUITS: According to news reports in Britain, the working title of the next Austin Powers movie is Live & Let Pussy Die.