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Sideshow: Elvis preaching? So sayeth Priscilla

Elvis Presley fans around the globe yesterday celebrated the late King's 75th birthday.

There was joy. There were tears. If only he were alive!

Were he, says his ex-wife, he'd still be singin' - and preaching. "I think Elvis would always be a part of music. . . . It was in his blood," Priscilla Presley told Matt Lauer yesterday on Today.

She said the King of Rock would eschew rock: "I think that maybe he'd be going into gospel. Maybe even preaching a little bit. He loved to teach and loved the Bible."

Tidbits 'n' piece

Lost-gate is over! President Obama's State of the Union speech will not conflict with the show's Feb. 2 final-season debut. "I don't foresee a scenario in which millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in Lost are preempted," White House press sec Robert Gibbs said yesterday.

Showtime has picked up the new dark comedy The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a soccer mom dealing with cancer. Look for a fall debut.

OMG!!! Disney plans to kill Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana after its fourth season, says the New York Post. :-( This will be the end of me.

NewsFlash: Spider-Man 4 has been delayed. Helmer Sam Raimi hates the script. A panicked populace looks to Spidey for answers. "Like anything, it's a process," Tobey Maguire sayeth. "It's all sort of coming together."

Nickelodeon child star Amanda Bynes ain't a child anymore. She's half nude on the cover of Maxim. "I think every shot I did was sexy," AB tells the mag. "Some people still see me as a kid, but I'm a 23-year-old woman now."

That famous 20-hour haircut Kate Gosselin indulged in this week cost $7,000, says RadarOnline.

Stone on womanhood

Sharon Stone, 51, assures the British mag Tatler that her glamour-puss looks are totally natural. "I have had zero, nothing done to myself: no lifting, no Botox, no injectables," she says.

But, um, non-hottie actresses - say, Meryl Streep - have a certain advantage, Sharon says: Normal gals relate to them. Says Sharon: "Meryl looks like an unmade bed, and that's what I look like. To me, that looks true."

One 'depressing' job

"You would have to hang out with and report on uneducated, basically illiterate people who were glorified for showing their private parts. Sure, you could take them down a notch . . . but you were still keeping the carnival going." So writes Paula Froelich, former Page Six gossiper for the New York Post, in New York mag about her job covering Casey Johnson, Paris Hilton, et al.

"In the end, Casey and her crowd were depressing. It was like watching people being stuck in the wrong role in an Edith Wharton novel."


This column contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.




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