Sideshow: A new Travolta on the way?

Posted: May 20, 2010

After a burst of reports late Tuesday night, John Travolta's website (www.travolta.com) seems to confirm that JT's wife, Kelly Preston, is pregnant. "It's impossible to keep a secret," says the site " . . . especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family." Almost everyone in the world was taking that to mean that Kelly is with child, except the Associated Press. The AP pointed out that the statement didn't say what sort of addition the couple is expecting. If it is a baby, the child would arrive in November, when Kelly will be 48. The couple say they have been discussing the possibility of having another child for years. They have kept private since the death of their son Jett at age 16 last year; he died of seizures while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas. They also endured a trial centering on an alleged extortion attempt around the circumstances of Jett's death; the case ended in a mistrial, and a retrial date has been set for September. John and Kelly also have daughter Ella Bleu, born in 2000. Travolta and Preston were married in 1991. He was most recently seen in From Paris With Love, and she in The Last Song.

Bieber back atop Billboard

Justin Bieber, face smooth as a baby's bottom, ewwww, is back again at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It's his fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1. He falls off, then gets back on top. Make up your mind, kid! His album, My World 2.0, sold an uninspiring 60,000-plus, the second-lowest figure for a chart-topper since Nielsen SoundScan started informing the Billboard charts in 1991. At No. 2 is Lady Antebellum, refusing to go away with its smash album Need You Now, selling a yawny 54K-plus. No. 3 is The National with High Violet. The rest of the best: (4) AC/DC, Iron Man 2; (5) a strapping debut by Dead Weather with Sea of Cowards; (6) Carole King and James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour; (7) Usher, Raymond v. Raymond; (8) Charice, Charice; (9) Godsmack, The Oracle; (10) As I Lay Dying, Powerless Rise. The biggest music news is on the Digital Songs chart, where Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, debuts at numero uno with 294K sold - and it's not even released yet! No. 2 is Usher's "OMG," with 240K. Album sales are down 12 percent from this time last year, and digital track sales are up 2 percent.

BET noms Bieber for Best Newbie

A further Bieber Brief: In a development no one could have seen coming, J-Bieb is among the nominees for Best New Artist in the 2010 BET Awards. Hello??? Bieber, 16, is, well, he's this kid from Ontario, Canada, who got famous after his mom put a vid of him singing on YouTube. BET is the leading African American entertainment channel. Think it's odd he's up for a BET Award? BET doesn't: "Bieber has crossed the color boundaries the same way that hip-hop has crossed the boundaries the other way for a number of years," said Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials. "He's had rhythm in his music," said Hill. "He makes the type of music our audience likes." Jay-Z led all nominees with five noms, and his wifey Beyoncé has four. Also with four is rapper, producer, and frequent Jay-Z collaborator Drake. The awards will be announced June 26 at an L.A. shebang run by Queen Latifah.

Kim K rekounts heartbreak in tub

On the cover of Shape, who should it be but Kim Kardashian, who, in a blazing, no-holds-barred interview, reveals: "I was the first girl in my class to wear a bra." She detected her emerging womanliness at age 10 and sat crying in the tub, using a washcloth to try to reverse the irreversible. These days, Kim, 29, is doing, uh, the reverse of reversing it.

The Lilo Chronicles, Part MCCIII

Lindsay Lohan, let's agree, has been better at getting into trouble than into movies. When she was convicted twice in 2007 of DUI, the judge said she had to attend one DUI counseling class a week. She's technically still in good standing, but she's behind on her classes. Now, her judge wants her in court, today, like, to face questions about whether she has violated the terms of her parole. She, uh, well, might not make it. Seems she's been at Cannes, trying to round up backers for her new project, Inferno, a biopic of porn pioneeress Linda Lovelace. LiLo was seen on the arm of reality starlet Indrani quite a bit, fueling gf-type rumors. She also was seen hangin' with Dominic Cooper, bf of Amanda Seyfried. Girl gets around! Now this dratted volcano, this Iceland thing, what's its name? Oh, yeah, Eyjafjallajökull, it's grounded planes and LiLo says someone stole her passport and the dog threw up on the couch. The prosecutor wants jail time for LiLo, and that's what she could get if her judge loses patience.

It's the little things we count

Chicago superchef Rick Bayless, host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time on PBS, was tabbed as guest cook for President Obama's state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Wednesday night. Problem: Soon as he arrived at the White House, Rick started tweeting, calling the White House kitchen "rather small." Not done if you're on staff, Rick, baby! . . . Casey James was cut from American Idol Wednesday night, leaving favorites Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze to duke it out in the finale next week. . . . Smooth-jazz sax man Boney James, 48, was stuck in traffic Saturday, like millions every year, on the 405 Freeway near L.A., when his car was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver doing 70. The rear-ending car burst into flames, but alert bystanders pulled James free. He suffered a fractured jaw and broken teeth, and has had to cancel some gigs. But he says he's "euphoric" about escaping much worse. . . . Pretty funny on NBC's Today Monday: Kristen Wiig, talented Saturday Night Live comic who specializes in imitating famous lady stars, was on the show, hyping her new flick, MacGruber. She sometimes plays famous perfect person Kathie Lee Gifford as a lush on an SNL skit that Gifford has said "isn't that funny." Well, who should show up, holding a plastic martini glass, but the real Kathie Lee? She made Wiig bow before her, bade her rise, and handed her the glass. . . . OK, we knew Alicia Keys was reportedly engaged to bf Swizz Beatz; now, she reportedly has moved in with him. Some called Alicia a home breaker for destroying his marriage to R&B singer Mashonda Deen, but he says no, that was on the rocks a long time before. Many gossip sites have put Alicia on "bump watch," claiming she is with bairn. Meantime, Beatz is battling Deen, who wants $334K in support payments she says he hasn't paid. . . . Larry King had Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones on Larry King Live Tuesday night. It was hard to tell the two apart. . . . Campbell Brown will be making a very classy exit from CNN. Since 2007, her straight-up news-analysis show has been pitted against Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel (audience 3 million) and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann (1.5 million) and did not compete well (500K). . . . Elvis Costello has called off two gigs in Israel, in protest over what he calls "intimidation" and "humiliation" of Palestinians. Gil Scott-Heron withdrew from a gig in Tel Aviv just recently. . . . Viagra is powerful, yo! Tom Kaulitz, 20, guitarist for the German rock band Tokio Hotel, now knows this. His band was doing an Asian tour, and a fan slipped Tom a few Blue V's, and he thought, "Heck, why not?," popped one, popped a few more, and started getting headaches and blurry vision that took days to clear up. "Unfortunately, there were situations where it just wasn't appropriate," Kaulitz said. We imagine so. Tom reported no other side effects, including the most famous one. That's a relief to hear.
Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services and from websites.

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