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August 9, 2013

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Aug. 09--THAT ANTHONY WEINER sure knows how to pick 'em. Of all the women in all the gin joints in all the world, he had to sext Sydney Leathers.

Wasn't the name enough of a tip-off that this wouldn't end well?

Leathers, who chose to parlay her few seconds of infamy into a self-pleasuring Vivid porn video, has now angered members of the military, reports TMZ.com, by using the American flag in her adults-only performance.

Not the pole. Just the flag.

Leathers' strumming atop the stars and stripes annoyed Vivid boss Steve Hirsch so much that he's editing it out of the DVD. The serviceman who called Hirsch to complain was not upset with Sydney's self-service, but with the use of Old Glory as a backdrop, and told Hirsch he would have the DVD banned from his base, which consumes more porn than . . . Anthony Weiner.

But now the flag is gone and its mission accomplished -- for Vivid, for America's military and for Sydney.

--A long-lost Orson Welles film that was believed destroyed in a 1970 fire has been discovered in a northern Italian warehouse and will finally make its public debut 75 years after being filmed, an Italian film archive announced yesterday.

The silent film "Too Much Johnson," a slapstick comedy made just before Welles went to Hollywood to film "Citizen Kane," was found in a box that had been stored for years in the northeastern city of Pordenone before being identified, said Giuliana Puppin, a spokeswoman for the archive, Cineteca del Friuli.

Coincidentally, "Too Much Johnson" may also be the name of Sydney Leathers' second porn film.

TATTBITS

--The London Film Festival is getting a double dose of Tom Hanks.

Organizers announced yesterday that the festival will close Oct. 20 with "Saving Mr. Banks," which stars Hanks as movie mogul Walt Disney.

Hanks also plays the lead role in the festival's opener, the Somali pirate thriller "Captain Phillips."

The 57th London Film Festival runs Oct. 9-20.

--Las Vegas casino mogul (and Penn alum) Steve Wynn is donating $25 million to the University of Iowa to accelerate the search for cures to rare eye diseases such as the one that hampers his own vision.

The billionaire chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts will pay the gift over five years to support the university's Institute for Vision Research, which was renamed yesterday in his honor.

The institute is a leader in genetic testing for eye disease and is seeking to develop gene and stem-cell therapies that could someday restore vision for patients.

Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that affects one in 4,000 people and causes night blindness and weakness in peripheral vision.

--Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk can continue making a mint for Marvel after a federal appeals court yesterday rejected an ownership claim by the children of Jack Kirby, the artist who helped create them.

Kirby died in 1994.

His heirs in California and New York wanted to terminate Marvel's copyrights from 2014 through 2019 to comics published from 1958 to 1963.

Marvel sued in January 2010 to prevent it, leading U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in July 2011 to conclude the work was done "for hire," a legal term that rendered the heirs' claims invalid.

She said the 1909 copyright law that applies to the case presumed that Marvel was considered the author and owner of Kirby's creations because the characters were made at Marvel's expense.

Other comics in the case included The Mighty Thor, The X-Men, The Avengers, Ant-Man, Nick Fury and The Rawhide Kid. (ASTERISK) More than 100 children from the Newtown area are putting on a musical this weekend with the help of some Broadway professionals.

The students have spent the last five weeks working with actor John Tartaglia, director Michael Unger, producer Van Dean and others on "Seussical the Musical."

It is being put on by the 12.14 Foundation, which was established after the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School as a way to help town residents heal through the arts.

The children, more than 80 of whom have roles in the show, range in age from 5 to 18. The show will be staged at Newtown High School today through Sunday. There are two separate casts, and each is putting on two performances.

Proceeds go to the foundation, which intends to build a performing-arts center in Newtown in memory of the 20 children and six educators who were killed at the elementary school.

--A Pennsylvania man who stars in the Discovery Channel show "Amish Mafia" has been sentenced to three to 23 months in prison for leading police on a chase that injured a state trooper last summer.

Alan Beiler, 35, received the sentence yesterday in Perry County Court.

Police say the Lancaster County resident led them on a chase after they tried to stop him for an expired car registration.

They say he drove against traffic and caused a pursuing state trooper to crash and suffer a concussion.

That must have been one fast horse-and-buggy.

Actually, it was a car, and Beiler pleaded guilty in May to charges of attempting to elude police, drug possession and driving with a suspended license.

Yes, even "Amish" reality stars can't get their licenses renewed.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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