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Pippi Longstocking: Fine, I'll release my sextape.

September 9, 2013


Sept. 09--THIS IS one adventure that the fans didn't need to see.

Tami Erin, who played the mischievous pigtailed heroine in 1988's "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," announced yesterday that she's going to release her sex tape after all.

TMZ reports that Erin, who previously vowed never to go public with the tape filmed by her "piece of sboyfriend" (her words, not ours) has had a change of heart.

"My ex-boyfriend is trying to release it with or without me," she told the gossip website. "I'm beating him to the punch."

Erin is currently accepting offers from porn studios, looking to sell the tape to the highest bidder.

The burning question we're all asking: Does she still have the pigtails?

Canadian connection

The Daily News' Howard Gensler, who normally pens this witty column, was on assignment in Toronto over the weekend, reporting on the city's famed film festival. Here's the scoop on what the Canadians are up to, courtesy of Howard:

For the cinephile, the 38th Toronto International Film Festival is an embarrassment of riches. There are hundreds of films from all over the world, countless filmmakers and movie stars, and receptive audiences eager to shower praise.

But for the typical date-night moviegoer, a lot of these movies seem like medicine: They're clearly good for you, but why aren't you enjoying them more?

"12 Days a Slave" is director Steve McQueen's unsettling look at a dark period in American history. The film is unflinching. The audience was flinching constantly. It's art and craftsmanship of a very high order, but it's a tough two hours.

"Dallas Buyers Club" isn't so relentlessly grim, but the commitment that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto made to their roles as skeletal 1980s AIDS patients is unnerving.

More of a fun thrill ride is "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, technology and space. It's gorgeous, a must-see in 3D.

Other films bringing a bit of flat-out enjoyment are "Enough Said," featuring the last movie role of James Gandolfini and a movie-star turn by Julia-Louis Dreyfus, and the Indian charmer, "The Lunchbox."

The much anticipated "August: Osage County" screens today, setting up the big Oscar showdown among Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey ("The Butler") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine").


--Lamar Odom loves crack so much, his dealer had to cut him off.

That's not a joke; his dealer has said that he's refusing to sell his wares to the NBA star.

The dealer's "sources" spoke for him, telling TMZ that Odom was insatiable last week, calling the dealer "incessantly" and demanding more crack.

The revelation comes on the heels of Odom's short-lived stint in rehab and reports last week that he spent $16,000 on the drug in February.

Hey, it ain't easy "Keeping up with the Kardashians."

--Grammy winner Bruno Mars will perform at the halftime show of this year's Super Bowl.

During an appearance on Fox's "NFL Sunday" with Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan yesterday, the pop star announced that he'll brave the bracing winds of East Rutherford, N.J., to perform during the big game Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.

Since the NFL dropped the ball by not picking The Boss to perform at the first Super Bowl in the Meadowlands, we would rather have Bradshaw or Strahan up onstage. Bonus points if Mike brings Kelly Ripa.

--Speaking of TV personalities: Katie Couric was scheduled to introduce her fiance, John Molner, to the world on this morning's episode of her self-titled talk show.

Molner popped the question Labor Day weekend while the two were strolling on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y.

--Professional curmudgeon Simon Cowell called being a father "incredible" during an interview with "Extra," set to air today.

The "X Factor" judge said that he's getting ready for fatherhood, and expressed his feelings for his baby momma, Lauren Silverman, the understandably estranged wife of his good "friend" Andrew Silverman.

"The baby was kind of unexpected," Cowell said. "I hadn't planned for that. Once I got used to it, I kind of thought, 'It's actually not such a big deal.' "

We think the baby was a little more unexpected for Andrew, unless ol' Simon skipped a few health classes in high school.

--Talk about a fish story.

Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old endurance swimmer who last week swam from Cuba to Florida, has come under scrutiny from swimming experts who accused her of cheating.

Through a social-media campaign, Nyad's naysayers are claiming that a spike in her pace during the middle of the trip was a little odd, and there's debate about whether she hitched a ride with the boat that rode alongside her during the trek. The jellyfish know, but they're not saying.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report

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