Sideshow: Snooki drives into Italian cop car

Kevin Bacon's sex quotient was called into question. (See "Bacon not sexy enough?!")
Kevin Bacon's sex quotient was called into question. (See "Bacon not sexy enough?!") (PETER KRAMER / Associated Press)
Posted: June 01, 2011

Oh, Snooki! How could you?

The Jersey Shore's ambassador to Europe has embarrassed herself and us, her loyal subjects, once again.

The New York Post and TMZ say Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi sent two cops to the hospital (with minor injuries) when she (gently) rammed her Fiat Multipla into their patrol car in a "low-speed impact" Monday night in Florence, Italy. The reality star, novelist, celebrated lover, and bonne vivante is in Italy to shoot the new season of her acclaimed docu-series Jersey Shore. Snooki's costar Deena Nicole Cortese was in the passenger seat, while the back was occupied by the show's production crew.

Police elected not to arrest the diminutive starlet, but said they might press charges in the near future.

Naomi blasts chocolate maker

Naomi Campbell says she's shocked and appalled by a new print and billboard ad by British chocolatier Cadbury that compares her to chocolate, charging it is racist.

The ad shows a Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss bar sitting on a pile of diamonds. "Move over Naomi, there's a new diva in town," reads the caption.

"It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people as a race," Campbell tells CNN.

A Cadbury rep tells CNN the company, which has pulled the ad, never intended "to cause any offense."

Bacon not sexy enough?!

Philly's proud son, Kevin Bacon, tells Details mag that he almost lost out on his most famous part, as the dancedelic James Dean-ian heartthrob Ren McCormack in Footloose

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"The head of the studio famously said, 'He's just not [sexually desirable]'," Bacon, 52, says.

Bacon, who plays evildoer Sebastian Shaw in the new X-Men pic, has a unique hobby: "I'm obsessed with zombies," he tells USA Today. "I like watching zombie movies and I read zombie books."

A Cole-Cowell smackdown?

How do Cheryl Cole fans feel about her ouster from the American edition of X-Factor? They're pretty sore! So upset that they pelted X-Factor boss Simon "Darth Vader" Cowell with jeers, boos - and cigarette butts - Monday night on his British TV show, Britain's Got Talent. Cowell was silent on the subject. Cole will be replaced by Kelly Rowland. Cole, 27, reportedly was booted because American producers were freaked out by her Geordie accent. Cole is totally X-Factor-ed out: She won't return to the show's British edition, either.

Kingston critical but stable

Sean Kingston (born Kisean Anderson), 21, was in "critical but stable" condition in the ICU at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Tuesday afternoon, two days after the hip-hopper's jet ski crashed into Miami Beach's Palm Island Bridge.

Cassandra Sanchez, who was also riding on the jet ski, tells TMZ that Kingston is "lucid and understands what's going on." Born in Miami and raised in Jamaica, Kingston broke through with the '07 single "Beautiful Girls," just months after he was discovered through MySpace.

Leonardo, Blake up in a tree?

Us Weekly says it has photographic evidence that last week, movie megastar Leonardo DiCaprio, 36, and Gossip Girl, um, girlie girl, Blake Lively, 23, held hands (yes, really!) "during a romantic, moonlit stroll after dinner in Monte Carlo."

There was a helicopter ride, a yacht "and glitzy A-list bashes" for the duo! "Her face lit up when Leo was talking," some anonymous fellow holidaymaker tells the mag.

"He had introduced Blake as his girlfriend," says another. "I would say they're totally smitten!"  

Gosh, did they neck too?

Today in EntBiz news

Peter Jackson's Hobbit cycle (there's more than one!) may actually see the light of day. Paste magazine says the films have been assigned release dates: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due Dec. 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be out Dec. 13, 2013. Best to queue up now at your fave theater.

AMC's Breaking Bad, the touching story of a teacher-turned-drug lord, starring the brilliant Bryan Cranston, will be back for its fourth season on July 17, the cabler says.

Music hero to visit Philly

Guitarist and former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks will visit his hometown for a jazz demo at Northeast High School on June 9. Why there? English teacher Lynn Dixon, who was one of Eubanks' fave teachers when he was at Martin Luther King High School, now teaches at Northeast High. The event is part of the Thelonious Monk Institute's Jazz in the Classroom program.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Suri Cruise, 5, was photographed wearing high heels at a Malibu beach party on Memorial Day. Heels at the beach! Will she wear white shoes after Labor Day, too? . . . Angelina Jolie tells London's Daily Telegraph she is certain that life partner Brad Pitt is male. "Physically he's a real man," she says, blushing, "in all things that it means."

JJ: It's a stripper name!

"It's a stripper name," January Jones admits about the vibe her name gives out. The Mad Men star tells Britain's the Scotsman her dad named her after a character in a paperback novel that her mom was reading. "He thought January sounded cool and he takes 100 percent credit for my success because of the name."


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

 

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