Sideshow | Ex-guv a book-sale saboteur?

Posted: June 13, 2007

McGreevey mayhem marches on through the New Jersey courts.

Dina Matos McGreevey claims in documents filed to support a libel and defamation suit against her estranged husband, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, that the man to whom she once pledged her love used his media savvy to sabotage sales of her memoir, Silent Partner, the New York Post reports.

He did this, Matos McGreevey contends, by portraying her as a homophobe who knew all along that her husband was gay. That discouraged potential gay readers and "members of the general public who were interested in whether she knew of his sexual orientations when the parties married," according to Matos McGreevey. The ex-guv has moved to have the charges dismissed.

McGreevey, 49, announced in August 2004 that he was "a gay American," had had an affair with a male aide (who said it was really sexual harassment), and would resign from office.

Princes William and Harry miss their mother, and a decade hasn't dulled the edge of their grief.

The royal brothers, sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, shared their feelings with NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview to be aired Monday on Today and Dateline NBC, according to People magazine's Web site.

"After it happened we were always thinking about it . . . " said William, 24, the heir to the throne. "There's not a day goes by I don't think about it."

"Over the last 10 years I personally feel as though she's always there," said Harry, 22.

Diana was killed in an auto accident in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

"Whatever happened in that tunnel, you know no one will ever know," Harry told Lauer. "And I'm sure people will always think about that. . . . I'll never stop wondering about that."

The interview was the princes' first for American television.

Scenes from Splitsville

The marriage-go-round has thrown off two more riders. Actor Dermot Mulroney and actress Catherine Keener are finally calling it quits, according to the Associated Press.

Mulroney, 43, filed papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court (where else?) on Friday, citing those pesky ol' irreconcilable differences. He also sought joint custody of the couple's 7-year-old son, Clyde.

Mulroney and Keener, 48, who appeared in the 2001 film Lovely & Amazing, wed in November 1990 and separated in May 2005. Keener has two Oscar nominations for supporting roles in Capote and Being John Malkovich. For those keeping score, Mulroney has none.

Next time we see Paris

Some day, the gates will fly open, and the Los Angeles County bastille will belch forth Paris Hilton, a free woman at last. And on that day (or one soon after), says the New York Post, her pater wants to throw a gigundo, fantabulous Parisian party. Rick Hilton has been looking for a site in Vegas to accommodate the revels, according to the Post. Nothing finalized, though. Sources tell the New York tabloid that the price tag for the celebration could top 50 grand.

Juice sour on celeb news

O.J. Simpson tells Editor & Publisher that the news media are wasting too much time on celebrities.

"When Paris Hilton was going to jail last week, more people knew about that than knew that we were sending people into space that day," the Juice told E&P by phone from Miami. "It has replaced what is real news. There was always a place for it, but it was Rona Barrett. Now it is the equivalent of Edward R. Murrow reporting it today."

News about Simpson himself qualifies as irrelevant celeb-coverage, says Simpson, who was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.

When a reporter calls with a question, Simpson says he asks why the reporter isn't writing about something more important.

Hitched

Ana Ortiz, 36, costar of the ABC hit Ugly Betty and daughter of former Philly City Councilman Angel Ortiz, exchanged wedding vows Saturday with musician Noah Lebenzon, 37, in Rincon, Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reports.

The ceremony took place in the dining room of the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel, overlooking the Caribbean on the island's west coast. The info came from resort manager Wilhelm Sack, the AP says.

Ortiz wore a white lace gown. Guests included actress America Ferrera, who plays the role of Betty.

"I would call it a mixture between Hollywood and Puerto Rico," Sack said. "It was very glamorous."

Spit in your eye

Don't look for CBS to invite ex-anchor Dan Rather back for a reunion. Not after what Dan said about incumbent Eye anchor Katie Couric on Monday. And what CBS chief exec Les Moonves said about Rather yesterday.

Rather, in a phone interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe program with Joe Scarborough, said CBS had made the mistake of "dumbing down" and "tarting up" its evening news show after Couric's arrival "in hopes of attracting a younger audience."

That's "sexist" talk, Moonves fumed yesterday, adding that he was "absolutely" confident about Couric and the direction of the CBS Evening News. If the evening news can't reach younger viewers, Moonves said, the evening news will die.

Nigerian novelist honored

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe won the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for fiction Wednesday, beating such celebrated nominees as Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan.

A spin-off from Britain's prestigious Booker Prize, the $120,000 prize is awarded every two years for a body of fiction.

Achebe, 76, is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), and Anthills of the Savannah. A professor of languages and literature at Bard College, Achebe will receive the prize on June 28 at a ceremony in Oxford.

Shortlist, not short-shrift

The Shortlist Music Prize, which honors critically acclaimed musicians who haven't yet had a breakout hit, goes this year to singer-songwriter, pianist and indie goddess Cat Power (née Chan Marshall).

Marshall, who has put a history of substance abuse and bizarre onstage behavior behind her, has received plaudits for her '06 album The Greatest. She beat out a field of finalists that included Tom Waits and Regina Spektor.

The nine-member jury for the Shortlist, now in its sixth year, was made up of journalists and musicians, including KT Tunstall and Glaswegian rockers Franz Ferdinand.

Besides Waits and Spektor, the other finalists were Band of Horses, Beirut, Bonnie Prince Billy, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Joanna Newsom, and Spank Rock.

Previous winners include Sigur Rós, N.E.R.D., Damien Rice, TV on the Radio, and Sufjan Stevens, who was on this year's jury panel.


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

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