Sideshow: Hoboken says no to 'Jersey Shore'

Frank Sinatra is golden in Hoboken, but the "Jersey Shore" crew and their spin-off could bring down the neighborhood, said the town's Film Commission.
Frank Sinatra is golden in Hoboken, but the "Jersey Shore" crew and their spin-off could bring down the neighborhood, said the town's Film Commission. (MIKE DERER / Associated Press)
Posted: February 02, 2012

In a move of transcendent wisdom, the city of Hoboken, N.J., hometown of super-celeb showbiz legend Frank Sinatra, has rejected a request by the producers of MTV's Jersey Shore to film a spin-off of the reality series in the mile-square enclave on the Hudson.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the town's Film Commission worried that the project might compromise the safety and quality of life of city residents. 495 Productions wanted a 24-hour filming permit to record the adventures of two "well-known reality television celebrities" who would relocate to the city and would probably go to bed about the time the rest of the city woke up.

No word on who those celebs would be, but the Jersey Journal reported last month that MTV was scouting digs for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley - formidable talents, perhaps, but not likely to impress a town that knew Ol' Blue Eyes back when.

GOP stalwart Snooki disses Christie

In other Shore news, Snooki, Chile's answer to migraine headaches, went after Republican N.J. Gov. Christie in a big way on Twitter Wednesday. Snooki has GOP cred - she was good Twitter buds with Sen. John McCain during the '08 presidential election. Well, as of 2012, Christie doesn't like her show, hates its image of Jersey (we can't imagine why), calls the cast "losers" (what?), and vetoed a tax break for the show's production company.

Snooki's diss would have bite if she had the facts - she seems to think Christie is running for president, which he isn't, and so she tweets: "I will not be voting for Chris Christie. Love always, the "buffoons" from that degrading Jersey Shore show." Oh, and BTW, she tweets she is not pregnant, thank God.

First lady campaigns for fitness

She may not be running for office, but Michelle Obama has a message for the American people: Take care of yourself, eat right, exercise. She lays out her vision in an interview with Prevention magazine, which carries her photo on the cover of the current edition. The first lady reveals that at age 48, she's in the best shape ever. "I work out 6 or 7 days a week. But I do yoga now twice a week, because I'm beginning to notice as I get older that flexibility and mobility are critical." In life and politics.

The charts: Is it Adele again?

Yep. Adele's 21, the most listened-to album since the invention of music, is at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts for an 18th (non-consecutive) week, selling 116,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Emotional Traffic, from country music's best invention since sliced bread, Tim McGraw, debuted at No. 2 with 68,000. Another debut CD, Lamb of God's Resolution, is at No. 3 with 52,000.

Pure poetry for local versifier

David Livewell has won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection, Shackamaxon, beating out more than 450 other entries. Livewell, 44, grew up in Kensington and is a 1989 alum of La Salle (where he also has taught as an adjunct). He lives in West Deptford and works for a medical journal in Philly. The prize carries a $2,000 award and publication of the collection by the Truman State University Press. Judge Sandra McPherson commented that Livewell "has an affectionate way of collecting his thoughts, the poems' impulses, his personal and shared history."

Hard times in the Demi-monde

Facing a future without Ashton Kutcher has been pretty hard on Demi Moore, say two different celeb mags. People says Moore, 49, was obsessed with staying "young and skinny" to keep the affections of her 33-year-old hub.

"She needed reassurance all the time that she was hot and sexy," Anonymous Source says.

That desire led to wild partying with folks the age of her daughter, Rumer Willis (23, that is), and unwise eating habits.

Us Weekly has more on Demi's pretensions to youth: Seems she "tracked down" High School Musical hunk Zac Efron, 24, at a party in L.A. "She seemed out of her mind," an Insider tells the mag.  Another Source says "she's been mixing pills and Red Bulls."

It's the best revenge . . .

Patrick J. Adams, star of USA's legal drama Suits, suffered through some bullying in school because of his thespianicity.

"When you're the guy doing the school plays, that's not necessarily as cool as some of the other people," Adams says. "I got bullied a ton. I got pushed around a lot."

A couple of years later, Adams says, "the same guy who was beating me up . . . was asking me how to write a play."

Today in EntBiz news

Lisa Marie Presley celebrated her 44th b'day Wednesday by presiding over the opening of a new Graceland exhibit of artifacts and art she shared in her life with her da, Elvis Presley.

Philly TV station CBS3 / CW 57 has become the official weather station of the Franklin Institute as part of a long-term partnership with the org to develop programming and exhibits about weather science, CBS3 prez Jon Hitchcock announced Wednesday.

Amy Winehouse's family is consulting advisers about steps to take following revelations that Suzanne Greenaway, the coroner at the inquest into Amy's death, is under investigation by the Office for Judicial Complaints: Seems she was forced to resign her post, which her husband obtained for her, because she wasn't qualified to practice in Britain.

Carrie Bradshaw subbing for Demi

TMZ says Sarah Jessica Parker is making herself right at home playing Gloria Steinem in Lovelace, the movie role Demi Moore gave up after her trip to the emergency room. Parker has donned a long blond wig to portray the feminist icon in the biopic about the late porn queen Linda Lovelace.

E Street comes to Harlem

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage of Harlem's celebrated Apollo Theater for a show on March 9, three days after the release of Springsteen's Wrecking Ball album. The event, which will air live on E Street Radio, celebrates the 10th anniversary of satellite radio, according to an announcement by SiriusXM Radio.

The Apollo has seen a pantheon of African American entertainers perform, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson, and was the scene of memorial services for Michael Jackson and James Brown. And it was the site last month of President Obama's rendition of an Al Green classic.

It'll be the Boss' first show at the Apollo.


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

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