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Hello! magazine got the scoop by paying the newlyweds for exclusive photos of their big day. The wedding party, assembled here at Frogmore House, included Queen Elizabeth II.
GEOFFREY SHAKERLEY / Associated Press
Hello! magazine got the scoop by paying the newlyweds for exclusive photos of their big day. The wedding party, assembled here at Frogmore House, included Queen Elizabeth II.
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Sideshow: Queen is royally displeased

Queen Elizabeth II is fuming that she appears in more than a dozen photos snapped at a grandson's wedding as part of a big-money exclusive deal with that most unroyal, tawdry gossip mag, Hello!

The queen's ire comes in the wake of protests from pundits that the royal family has sold out to the celeb rag. London's Daily Mail reports that Hello! devoted 59 (?!) pages to Saturday's Windsor Castle wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. The mag reportedly paid the royal couple $1 mil for exclusive access to the event.

Commentators say the inclusion of the Queen's photos puts her in the same (apparently sleazy and low) social category as Wags - soccer stars' wives or girlfriends.

Ken Wharfe, a former royal bodyguard, said: "It will be very difficult for the royal family to argue their right to privacy after appearing in [the mag] . . . and the queen's grandson collecting a huge sum of money in the process." Buckingham Palace says it has "no comment."

Tyler enters rehab

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler, 60, has checked himself into Las Encinas Hospital's rehab clinic in Pasadena, Calif., for treatment of an unspecified substance abuse problem.

The clinic is featured in Celebrity Rehab, the reality show hosted by Dr. Drew (or, more formally, Dr. David Drew Pinsky). Reps for Tyler - who is father to that charmingest thesp, Liv Tyler - have no comment.

Etiquette, the Osbourne way

VH1's latest reality show, has two sweet twists. Rock of Love Girls: Charm School, which will feature 14 "class-challenged" girls who are given a chance to "de-skankify" (to use E!Online's terms), will be hosted by the UK's foremost expert on etiquette, Sharon Osbourne, wife of that honored gent, Ozzy.

The show will also be eco-friendly: Contestants will be recycled from the gaggle of girls rejected by Bret Michaels on the Poison singer's romantic reality show, Rock of Love.

Such a classy concept . . .

Chriqui's astute commentary

The beautiful, articulate Entourage actress Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui, 30, who was born in Montreal to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, tells Women's Health mag that playing a Palestinian in the Adam Sandler comedy, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, was liberating.

"I have relatives in Israel. When I was growing up, all I ever heard about was 'the other side,' and it was mostly negative," she says. "Through this comedy, you get to see our similarities as well as our difference - but how we can live together, too."

Chriqui says she knows it's a gamble for celebs to yap about politics: "It's one of those situations where you get criticized if you're not involved and then get criticized if you are."

Loving Karen Allen. Again

The world is in love with Indiana Jones costar Karen Allen. Once more.

Says young buck Shia LaBeouf, "Anybody who saw Raiders [of the Lost Ark] is in love with Karen. I feel that way, my dad feels that way."

Harrison Ford sounds smitten: "Karen has this sort of girlish streak to her . . . yet it's not a coy thing. . . . She has a sense of adventure."

The 56-year-old actress, whose Raiders character was a real pistol, tells More mag she jumped at the chance to reprise her role in the latest Indy film, which opens today.

Karen says she enjoys her age: "Honestly, I have to say, 56 is my favorite age ever." But not everyone is happy about her age, especially Tinseltown. "There just aren't that many wonderful roles for women over 45," says Karen who adds that most of her female peers "are not working at all."

Snark from Spike

New York filmmaker Spike Lee isn't very happy with Clint Eastwood or Joel and Ethan Coen, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Lee, who was at a press conference Tuesday at Cannes to promote his new WWII flick, Miracle at St. Anna, criticized the Coen Bros' attitude toward death.

"I always treat life and death with respect, but most people don't," says Lee, adding that although he loves and adores the Coens, he's concerned that "they treat life like a joke. . . . It's like, 'Look how they killed that guy! Look how blood squirts out the side of his head!' "

Do the Right Thing auteur Lee also points out that St. Anna, which features African American soldiers fighting in Tuscany, is historically more accurate than Eastwood's recent WWII epics, which lack black characters.

"Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen," he says. What's worse, Lee says, "I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It's not like he didn't know." Lee also announced that he's working on a docu about NBA god Michael Jordan which is set for an early 2009 release.

Nas changes album title

Nas, who had announced last year that he would title his next album with the N-word, has decided to rename it, fearing problems with distributors and radio stations. But he says he's retaining the spirit of the name: "The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it."

Nas has yet to come up with a new title for the record, which is due out on July 1.

Pet Shop Boys to the rescue . . .

Pioneering British pop band Pet Shop Boys want to help Amy Winehouse complete the James Bond theme song she's been asked to write for Quantum Of Solace. Amy's initial producer, Mark Ronson, recently bailed out, reportedly over Amy's drug-related woes.

Brit tabloid the Sun says Boys' boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were working on a competing Bond theme, but decided to serve Amy's voice. "She's got a few things to sort out first, but we like her very much," Neil said. "Technically she's a great singer, and we've got one or two tracks that would really suit her."

A delay for Garnet Mimms

Soul and R&B crooner Garnet Mimms, who was due to release his new album, Is Anybody Out There?, on March 25, has pushed back its release date to July 1.


Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

This column contains information from Inquirer wire services and from Web sites.

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