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When Malcolm Forbes presented Elizabeth Taylor with a chocolate-frosted cake fashioned after one of his bejeweled Fabergé eggs (PEOPLE, June 19), he said the cake “cost almost as much as the real thing.” When Lisa Montenegro, who runs a specialized cake-baking company in New York called Cakeability, read that, she fumed. Montenegro had made the $300 cake as a prototype in hopes of an order for 50 such cakes for Forbes’s 70th-birthday party. After she delivered the cake to Forbes’s Manhattan office, Forbes said it wouldn’t be needed for the party. Montenegro says a Forbes staffer told her to leave the cake anyway, as a gesture of Cakeability’s interest in doing more business. “What irks me the most,” says Montenegro, “is his dishonesty. Why does he make people think he’s this generous man who had this special thing made for her and spent all this money?” A Forbes spokesperson says Malcolm was unaware that the cake hadn’t been paid for. “Certainly he wasn’t trying to duck paying for a cake, for heaven’s sake,” the spokesperson says. “That’s in no way his style.”


Now that Warner Bros.’ Batman is a smash, having grossed more than $100 million in its first two weeks, can a sequel be far behind? Nope. Producer Jon Peters is now promising a Batman trilogy. In all probability, Michael Keaton will return as the Caped Crusader, but (obviously, for those who’ve seen the movie) Jack Nicholson’s brilliant Joker may not be back. Speculation about who’ll menace Bruce Wayne next has included such names as Robert De Niro as the Penguin and Madonna as the Catwoman. But a source has let slip that Batman II’s villain will be the Riddler. The Riddler, of course, gives Batman clues to his impending crimes. But—riddle me this—who apparently has the plum role? Danny DeVito.


Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for Oscars this year for both Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl and who stars in the new Ghost-busters II, has taken to selling her autograph for a good cause. The actress asks all seekers for a dollar to donate to AIDS research. “So far, I’ve gotten several hundred dollars,” says Weaver. “Nobody refuses. Some say, ‘Here’s $20.’ ” Weaver says she got the idea from veteran actress Celeste (All About Eve) Holm, who solicits a 50-cent UNICEF donation in exchange for her signature. (Holm says she has raised almost $20,000 in the 20 years she has been doing it.) “It changes the whole experience of giving out autographs. It stops being about being a celebrity and becomes two people sharing,” says Sigourney.