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Demi talks about Ashton, having kids

NEW YORK - Demi Moore was as surprised as a lot of other people when she began dating Ashton Kutcher more than three years ago.

"If somebody would have said, 'OK, here is the prediction: You're going to meet a man 25 years old and he's going to see being with you and having your three kids as a bonus,' I would have said, 'Keep dreaming,' " the 44-year-old actress says in an interview in Vanity Fair magazine's February issue.

"I think it caught us both by surprise, and particularly him," Moore says of Kutcher, who is now 28. "He was in this real rise of his career just as we met, which for a young man is prime opportunity for heavy-duty play."

The couple were married in September 2005. Moore, whose screen credits include "Bobby," "Ghost" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," has three daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis, which ended in 2000.

Kutcher, who starred in TV's "That '70s Show" and in films such as "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "The Guardian," is "really an old soul," Moore says.

"We've teased each other recently about doing 'The Graduate' on Broadway but, you know, historically, real couples being on-screen together never seems to work," she says.

"But a project that we create, that we're maybe more behind-the-scenes? I couldn't think of anything better, because there isn't anybody that I would rather spend my time with."

Any more children in the future?

"Most definitely," she tells the magazine. "Once you hit three, when you're outnumbered, it's really, like, what's the difference between (three or) four or five? For me, the most important thing that I've contributed is my children."

Owner fires Hilton as face of Club Paris

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two nightclubs known as Club Paris will no longer be associated with their namesake - Paris Hilton, according to the club's owner.

Fred Khalilian said he "fired" the hotel heiress because she has failed to attend scheduled appearances at the location in downtown Orlando. The troubles started two years ago when Hilton showed up six hours late for the grand opening, Khalilian said.

"She's created a circus for herself," he said. "It's all about: How has she screwed up now?"

Khalilian does not want to change the name of the Orlando club, or one opened in Jacksonville last year, because he said the name is so well-known. Instead of Club Paris representing Hilton, it will stand for the city, Khalilian said.

He plans to hold a competition to find the new face of his clubs.

Hilton's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, said that neither he nor the 25-year-old Hilton had been contacted by Khalilian.

Rhymes charged with assault

NEW YORK - Busta Rhymes was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault stemming from a man's complaint that the hip-hop star had beaten him in a dispute over money.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross set bail at $3,500 for the third-degree assault charge, and set Rhymes' next court date for Feb. 20.

The rapper later made bail and left the courthouse, away from the media's view. One of his lawyers, Scott Leeman, said Rhymes was taken away on a Correction Department bus. His sport utility vehicle was still parked outside the courthouse.

Rhymes, 34, turned himself in and was booked on the misdemeanor charge at a Manhattan police station Wednesday night, police Lt. John Grimpel said.

Grimpel said a man told police that Rhymes had punched and kicked him numerous times in a confrontation Dec. 26. The man, whose name wasn't released, was treated at a hospital after the incident, Grimpel said.

"I can tell you, judge, my client is innocent, and I rarely say this in a courtroom," said Robert Kalina, another of Rhymes' lawyers. He added that the alleged victim had no discernible injuries other than one red mark on his face.