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Desperate straits...

A Las Vegas nightclub owned by "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria has filed for bankruptcy, saying it owes nearly $5.7 million.

Lawyers for Beso LLC said in a federal Chapter 11 filing Thursday that they project losing more than $76,000 per month at the CityCenter restaurant and nightspot. It is seeking bankruptcy in order to keep operating.

Longoria owns nearly one-third of Beso but is also listed as an unsecured creditor. Lawyers said she gave a cash loan of just over $1 million and paid $375,000 in legal fees for the venture.

Longoria said in the statement e-mailed to the Associated Press that the new year and reorganization presented a good opportunity to begin anew.

"I look forward to a more proactive, hands-on approach in the coming years with my Las Vegas businesses," she said.

The statement said Longoria plans to travel to Las Vegas this week to take charge of Beso's plans for moving forward.


TV dinners...

Emeril Lagasse will be heating up his pots and pans for a new cooking show on Hallmark Channel.

The cable network said Friday the show will air daily starting late this year as part of its daytime programming block. It will be produced by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Lagasse has hosted shows on Food Network and regularly appears on cooking segments for "Good Morning America."


She's not in stitches...

Melissa Rivers has a message for her mom: Enough plastic surgery!

She said her 77-year-old mother's surgical enhancements are a source of conflict.

Comic Joan Rivers said in a book she wrote two years ago, "Men Are Stupid And They Like Big Boobs -- A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery," that she's had more than a dozen cosmetic surgeries.

"In my opinion, it's like enough," Melissa Rivers said. "Stop it. It is a source of conflict, it really is. It bothers me."

The two women were at a news conference Friday to hype their upcoming WE network reality series, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" The series premieres Jan. 25.

Rivers joked about her daughter's concerns but said it's part of being in show business and doesn't think there's any such thing as too much.

"If you had a dollar for every stitch in the face of someone you interviewed, you wouldn't be here," she told reporters.


Reservations on ashes...

The late owner of Manhattan's famed Elaine's restaurant was a strong-willed woman, but she may not get her way when it comes to where she wished to be laid to rest.

Elaine Kaufman, who died last month at 81, said she wanted her ashes spread over Second Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East Side. That's where she ran her celebrity hangout for 47 years.

State law generally requires cremated remains to be placed only in certain designated areas or the private property of a consenting owner.

Kaufman's will was filed in Surrogate's Court on Thursday. She left Elaine's to its longtime manager, Diane Becker.

A lawyer for Kaufman says nothing has yet been done with her ashes, but the executors -- including himself -- do not plan to violate any law.

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