Sideshow: Bristol and Levi have plans

From the magazine cover
From the magazine cover
Posted: July 15, 2010

No matter how ridiculous or nightmarish love can be, if it's true, it's true. Want proof? Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have revealed they've been secretly engaged for two weeks! They say they'd been keeping it a secret from Bristol's mom, author and inspirational speaker Sarah Palin.

Bristol tells Us mag she was "scared" of how Mom would react. (What better way to tell her than blab to a gossip rag?) Bristol says that she believes Levi has grown up, and that she hopes Sarah will "jump on board." Jump, Sarah, jump! (Todd and Sarah Palin released a statement that wasn't exactly a resounding yahoo: "Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives." A trifle chilly.)

No nuptial date is set, though splicing may occur within the month. That's nice: Now their celebrity baby, 18-month-old Tripp, will have Mom and Dad around. A rep claims the two are living separately and practicing abstinence until wed. Which is very easy to do with an 18-month-old in the picture. - John Timpane

Roses, champagne, & candlelight . . .

It's such a rich, fecund week for love!

Cupid, who brought Levi 'n' Bristol back together, also has inspired Spain's greatest gifts to thespic beauty, Javier Bardem, 41, and Penélope Cruz, 36, to wed.

A Cruz rep tells People the couple, who have tried to keep their three-year romance under wraps, married earlier this month in a tiny ceremony at a friend's Bahamas digs. Gossipers say Cruz is pregnant.

Life & Style Weekly says Chelsea Lately star Chelsea Handler, 35, is dating Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni, 34. The mag notes that Chelsea totally loves animals and adopted her mutt Chunk from a shelter.

Vampire-hating lupine hottie Taylor Lautner is back - again - with his on-again, off-again high school sweetie, Sarah Hicks, L&S reports.

The Hudson Valley News says the Chelsea Clinton-Mark Mezvinsky nuptials, scheduled for July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y., will be attended by President Obama and Oprah. RadarOnline says other boldfacers on the list include Barbra Streisand, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, and Denise Rich.

Star mag reported that metalhead Bret Michaels has asked his gf of 16 years, Kristi Lynn Gibson, to marry him. False! "We are not engaged yet," Bret said Wednesday on the CBS Early Show. "We're a work in progress." Bret and Kristi have two kids, Raine Elizabeth, 10, and Jorja Bleu, 5.

Today in Lindsay Lohan's life

After tweeting a series of nasty jokes about Lindsay Lohan ("I was just reading about the new Lindsay Lohan diet, which is all liquid. 80 Proof"), comic Joan Rivers on Wednesday sent the fallen star a serious message. "That girl is going to be dead in 10 years if somebody doesn't take care of her," Rivers told The Insider. "I . . . will pay for your rehab," she added. LiLo is set to begin her 90-day jail sentence July 20.

A no-show at Dell East

Back in the day, the Robin Hood Dell East, at Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Drive in Fairmount Park, was a great outdoor amphitheater, site of celebrated summer concerts by acts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, and Kool and the Gang. But it fell into desuetude (look that one up) and closed for repairs in 2008.

The city of Philadelphia helped raise $6.3 mils to refurbish it, and the very first, gala kickoff concert was skedded for Monday night, with the O'Jays. (Let's all get on board the Love Train!) Except . . . well . . . folks came clutching their tickets and hopes, but no concert! Waah! Some who came and went were confused.

SideShow got to the bottom of it: Alain Joinville, public affairs coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, tells us, "It was due to weather and rainstorms. We tried to wait it out. The rain stopped, then came back harder. It just wasn't safe to let folks back in."

Important: There is a new date! Aug. 23! And the next concert, in effect the new kicker-offer, is Monday, with the Heads of State tour, featuring Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown. May the weather be clement.

The Dell East has a nice summer lineup. Info:

- John Timpane

L'Affaire Gibson: The fourth tape

True to form, RadarOnline on Wednesday released another alleged recording of Mel Gibson verbally attacking ex-gf Oksana Grigorieva, this time because she fell asleep before offering to perform oral sex. Seems Mel was so irked by this oversight, he felt necessary to issue this threat: "OK, I'll burn the [bleep] house up."

In an earlier tape, Mel seems to admit he has assaulted Oksana. When she complains that he broke her teeth when he hit her, Mel says, "You deserved it."

None of the Gibson tapes has been authenticated.

TV tidbits 'n' pieces

HBO on Wednesday announced it has picked up the equine series Luck, starring Oscar-winning big-screen Method-ist thesp Dustin Hoffman. A "provocative look at horse racing - the owners, gamblers, jockeys," the drama begins shooting this fall and costars Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, and Jason Gedrick.

Peter Weller, of RoboCop and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai fame, will join the fifth season of Showtime's Michael C. Hall-starring, serial-killers-are-people-too thriller Dexter as a troubled cop. The show returns Sept. 26.

Beloved - and bewitching - former CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour will replace George Stephanopoulos as host of ABC's Sunday morning cartoon, um, I mean political analysis show, This Week. She starts the new job Aug. 1.

Judge Judy star Judith Sheindlin is a more significant cultural figure than Oprah, if ratings are any indication. USA Today reports that Judy is the top daytime show, averaging 6.6 mil viewers a day over the last season. That's compared with 6.4 mil for Oprah's chatfest. Sheindlin, who has been on the syndicated show since '96, makes $45 mil a year for her efforts.

The New York Times says Piers Morgan is this close to landing Larry King's CNN job.

Eminem stays on top of the pile

Eminem's Recovery this week sits at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts for the third week in a row, selling 229,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its total sales are just under 1.3 mil. Warbler Drake's Thank Me Later is at No. 2 with 74,000, while OutKast cat Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty debuted this week at No. 3, selling 62,000.

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