Sideshow: Supremes say no to Snipes' appeal

Wesley Snipes went to prison in Dec. for tax evasion.
Wesley Snipes went to prison in Dec. for tax evasion. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / Getty Images)
Posted: June 07, 2011

Wesley Snipes will remain in Pennsylvania as a guest of the federal government. That's because the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the actor's appeal of his 2008 conviction for tax evasion. That's the same appeal that was turned down in July 2010 by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Wes has been chillin' at the obligatory motel known as McKean Federal Correctional Institution at Lewis Run, Pa., since December, and there he'll stay, seems like; his sentence ends in 2013. The producer, capoeira expert, and direct-to-DVD king was found guilty by a Florida jury of stiffing Uncle Sam from 1999 to 2001. He got three consecutive one-year sentences. He wanted to move the trial to New York, but the Florida judge said no. His defense team told the Supremes the trial wasn't fair, violated the Constitution, the judge was icky, and . . . [cue fail trombone: mwa mwa mwa mwaaaaa.]

My hotness is better than your hotness

We at "SideShow" applaud sharp-tongued and -chinned Reese Witherspoon for her speech at the MTV Movie Awards in L.A. Sunday. Why? We like trouble.

See, Reese got the MTV Generation Award, not for fertility, but for um, er, it's, it's a prize, OK? She goes and says, not preachy or better-than-thou at all, "When I came up in this business you made a sex tape and you were embarrassed and hid it under your bed and like if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hid your face. It is possible to be a good girl. I'm going to try to make it cool."

Morally, a fine sentiment. Professionally, when did you come up, girl? 1912? Every actress' kit bag these days includes a sex tape or nekkid photo cache, to be leaked and then denied for weeks afterward! It's how you do. Ask Kim Kardashian. Ask Paris Hilton. Vanessa Hudgens has someone video her every don and doff. And Blake Lively is either in or not in those cellular self-portraits she's denyin'.

We at "SideShow" are confused. A few minutes before, hadn't she called Robert Pattinson an indelicate name, echoing an F-bomb he dropped and MTV obligingly let slip, as is the custom, to the watching billions? And didn't she have a sexual scene of sexy sex with said R-Pat in Water for Elephants, involving neither water nor elephants? OK, so she must be making a polysemous, holistic, epistemologic, transverse holographic-cosmos driveway-sealant A-frame distinction here: My filmic hotness is way better than your trashy reality-TV shtick. Me so classy! Or is she, in Hollywood tradition, slappin' down the next gen - these women average seven years younger. Give us a me! Give us an ow!

Boys Choir sings Pendergrass et al.

On 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Church of St. Isaac Jogues, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd., Marlton, the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale will do its season-finale concert. We're talking full choir, chorale, orchestra, and lead singer, OK? One highlight will surely be a Teddy Pendergrass song, "I Am Who I Am." He wrote it after his catastrophic car crash and recorded it about a year before he died. His estate asked the Boys Choir to add its tremendous talents to the recording, which was released in March. Soloist Dannis Winston, selected by the estate, will lead on vocals. Music director Jeff Smith will conduct. Tickets: $40, discounts for groups of 10 or more. Information: 215-222-3500, Ext. 1, or www.phillyboyschoir.org.

J-Lo puts a halt to sex tape, for now

Speaking of sex tapes, Jennifer Lopez wants to block sale of hers. An L.A. Superior County Court Judge has granted her a restraining order against former J-Lo husband Ojani Loa, who sold Claudia Vasquez a vid he and J made on their honeymoon in 1997. (Guess how many years the Ojani-J marriage lasted. Keep your guess below two.) The judge also ruled that Vasquez can't sell the tape until J-Lo signs off on it. Think she will? Bye-bye to the pornmeisters' furious bidding war.

Paris in the springtime: Not so good

Speaking of Paris Hilton, she's hissy about the bottom-of-the-cistern first-week ratings for her Oxygen reality thing, The World According to Paris. All of 400,000 folks tuned in, and that, friends, is TV nobody. Paris blames Oxygen for mispromotion. It's been rough for Paris, subjected last week to evisceration most cruel by the girlfriends on ABC's The View. This week her guest on World is Brooke Mueller, ex of truth torpedo Charlie Sheen. Oh, good!

That hairdo fools 'em every time

Even the greats goof sometimes. Fox News, which in a 2010 Pew credibility poll beat all the networks, really dropped the bowling ball Sunday. Shannon Bream was anchoring an America's Election HQ segment, catching up with GOP prez hopefuls such as Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Jon Huntsman. That brought up Sarah Palin, still 50/50 about 2012. As Bream expatiated, behind her Fox ran a photo of - Upper Darby's own Tina Fey imitating Palin in 2008! Major mix-up. Warning: This, in itself, could be a hoax.

Tornado relief festival inks stars

A benefit concert in Springfield, Mo., will raise funds in support of sister city Joplin, devastated by a tornado on May 22. Performers at the Show-Me Music and Arts Festival, June 17-19, will include Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Train, One Republic!, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, REO Speedwagon. More info: www.showmemusicfest.com.

Small but nevertheless crucial

It's now official: Brit-pop chanteuse Cheryl Cole is, indeed, off Fox's X Factor, replaced by chanteuse Nicole Sherzinger. . . . Trevor Donovan won't be a regular on 90210 this season; he'll be a guest in just five epis. . . . Good news: Sean Kingston ("Beautiful Girls") is breathing and walking on his own at a Miami hospital. He'd been on a breathing tube after a jet ski accident. . . . Lady Gaga's CD Born This Way has been banned in Lebanon. That's what it says here. . . . Lauryn Hill is pregnant again, with what would be the Fugees star's sixth child with bf Rohan Marley. She announced it at a Detroit concert Saturday. . . . CNN chatmeister Piers Morgan and wife Celia Walden are also expecting, their first together. He has three sons by a previous marriage.


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

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