Sideshow: Prince Harry's in William's corner

Film vampire Robert Pattinson is a distant relative of the inspiration for "Dracula," according to the Ancestry website. (See "Vlad the Impaler?")
Film vampire Robert Pattinson is a distant relative of the inspiration for "Dracula," according to the Ancestry website. (See "Vlad the Impaler?")
Posted: June 25, 2010

Here's one to warm the heart.

Britain's Prince William, 28, will not be alone when he succeeds the throne, vows his younger brother, Prince Harry.

"I will always give him as much support as I can," Harry, 25, says in a chat that was to air Thursday on British TV. "Sometimes it's probably not valued, which is understandable as the older brother always thinks they know best. But I always give him my opinion where it's needed."

Wonder if the princes are counting their eggs too soon: William is still only second in line to the throne, after his father, Prince Charles.

William says he appreciates his bro: "We get on very well. We have a lot of banter."

The TV program follows the brothers as they tour Africa. The brothers say they always keep their the memory of their mother, Princess Diana, close to their hearts. Says Harry, "Whatever we do, wherever we are, and whoever we're with, I particularly always wonder what she'd think, what she'd be doing if she was with us now."

I am Miley, hear me roar!

She's dumped her girlie-girl persona, Hannah Montana. She's asserted her sexuality - but not in a trashy way, mind you.

Now Miley Cyrus is ready to take to the ramparts as bona fide (postfeminist) feminist hero with her new CD, Can't Be Tamed.

"It's all about breaking free, being who you are, and not being afraid to tell the world to back off sometimes, and do your thing and do what makes you happy," Miley tells the Associated Press of the album's philosophical motifs.

She tells MTV News that she's especially proud of her single, "Liberty Walk," and its message.

She wrote it "for women that feel like they're stuck in abusive relationships," Miley says, "but it's a dance song. So you think, 'That must be kind of a sad ballad,' but it's a party song. . . . It's about breaking free."

Ain't love grand . . .

Love has found Kim Kardashian, whose breakup with football hero Reggie Bush had so shaken us. Us Weekly and People say KK has moved on from her post-Reggie rebound boy, Portuguese soccer kid Cristiano Ronaldo, into the arms of another NFL stud, Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin. "Kim wants to date someone who gets her busy lifestyle," an anon source tells Us. . . . Reality darling Jake Pavelka admits he dumped Vienna Girardi by phone. And she deserved it, darn it! "There was a serious lack of respect in the relationship," he tells Extra's Mario Lopez.

Vlad the Impaler? He's my favorite uncle!

How's this for a delectable sanguine morsel: Bloodsucking centerfold Robert Pattinson, 24, doesn't just pretend he's a vampire. His blood courses with corpuscles from Dracula himself.

British family-tree site Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk/) says RP is related to 15th-century Transylvanian leader Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia - or Vlad the Impaler - who inspired Bram Stoker's 1897 epistolary classic, Dracula.

Pattinson is related to Drac through the bloodline he shares with the British royals(!): Vlad the Impaler was a distant uncle to Prince William and Prince Harry, who are Pattinson's distant cousins. "We find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson's life - making his story just as supernatural as the one he's playing on screen," says genealogist Anastasia Tyler.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Variety says precocious film genius Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous) is chatting up Matt Damon to star in his adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir, We Bought a Zoo, about a recently widowed father who tries to resurrect a dilapidated zoo with his kids' help. . . . Even theme parks have caught the 3D plague: Universal is heavily hyping the opening Thursday of its Hollywood attraction King Kong 360 3-D, says Variety. The studio, which has sunk $100 mil into Kong, also is building a $3 billion movie theme park in South Korea.

A ladykiller and a fashionista

We already knew Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is a seriously studly dude when it comes to "the ladies," as he calls 'em. But did you know the Jersey Shore genius also has a sartorial anima? Mike has partnered with Dilligaf by Bohica Bill to produce a fashion collection called Dilligaf Couture by the Sitch. Sure, he can call the line of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories couture if he wants, but the rest of us would call it trashy trash to get trashed in at trashy Shore parties thrown by trashy babes.

To make it more personal and high-art-y, Sitch will decorate the pieces with his own art.

Sartorially speaking . . .

Speaking of fashion, Katie Holmes, Malin Akerman, and Josh Duhamel this week shot an ad campaign for Gap's preppier, more expensive sibling, J. Crew. It's all very synergistic: The actors wear a bucketload of J. Crew outfits in their flick this fall, The Romantics.

Drake dominates album charts

Thank Me Later, the latest album from Canadian rapper Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham), 23, debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it sold 447,000 units. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers take the second rung with Mojo, which debuted this week with 125,000. Sarah McLachlan's Laws of Illusion is No. 3 with 94,000.


Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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