Ocean's declaration

Posted: July 06, 2012

R&B star Frank Ocean marked Independence Day with his own declaration, revealing on his Tumblr page Wednesday that when he was 19, "4 summers ago," he fell in love with another man. "I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite," he wrote. "I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore." His revelation comes the same week CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced he is gay. Ocean impressed critics with his debut mix tape nostalgia, ULTRA in February 2011, and was featured on 2011's Watch the Throne from Jay-Z and Kanye West. He is part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future led by Tyler, the Creator. Ocean performs at Union Transfer July 25 in support of his album channel Orange.

Spidey spins a winning web

The Amazing Spider-Man did amazing box office by earning $35 million domestically in its first day of release Tuesday, setting a record for movies debuting on the day of the week best known for being the day people will gladly pay you for a hamburger today. The old record of $27.9 million had been held by Transformers, which opened the day before the Fourth of July in 2007. Andrew Garfield plays the web slinger this time around after Tobey Maguire had goes at the role.

Katie all smiles

If her split from hub Tom Cruise is causing Katie Holmes any distress, it didn't show in the photo that celeb site TMZ.com posted Wednesday of the erstwhile TomKat's female half, laughing as she visited a Manhattan ice cream parlor Tuesday night with 6-year-old daughter Suri. TMZ notes for the record that it's the first they've seen that kind of jollity from la Holmes, 33, in some time. People mag snagged a quote from Another Patron at Sundaes and Cones in the East Village neighborhood: "Katie looked happy and was friendly to the customers and staff while Suri sat on her mom's lap." On the Fourth, Mom and tyke stocked up on what looked like cookout items at Whole Foods. How's she doing? "I'm all right," she told a concerned New York Daily News reporter. "Thank you."

Jagger + Madonna = Material Girl

Macy's eagerly anticipated Material Girl fall line, created by celeb royalty Madonna and the Madonnaughter Lourdes, is being promoted with the help of another celebrity dynasty, the Jaggers. The New York Daily News says Georgia May Jagger, 20, daughter of rocker Mick Jagger and supermodel Jerry Hall, was used for the print ad campaign.

"We think Georgia May has great style and perfectly captures the energy and free spirit of the Material Girl fall line," the pair said in the news release.

Jagger tells the Daily News that the photo shoot, backstage during Madonna's "MDNA" tour rehearsal in May at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, evoked earlier, more innocent times.

"I spent a lot of my childhood backstage hanging out around amps," said the daughter of the Rolling Stones cofounder. "That was where we chilled when we were younger. So this photo shoot brought back a lot of memories." And hanging out with the Material Girl herself? "I have always admired Madonna's music and style," Jagger says. "She is constantly reinventing herself."

Grace's grandson to wed

Andrea Casiraghi, grandson of the late Princess Grace of Monaco (and Philadelphia), is engaged, reports People mag. Casiraghi, 28, is the son of Grace's daughter Princess Caroline. His betrothed is Tatiana Santo Domingo, also 28. She is a Colombian heiress, USA today reports. No wedding date announced. Tidbits 'n' pieces

Pink hasn't released a new album in a good four years, but she doesn't want fans to lose faith in her. Doylestown's proudest daughter this week posted online a demo of her new song, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" ... Hong Kong action god Jackie Chan will visit Myanmar as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador on a mission to combat child trafficking in the Southeast Asian nation ... Sublime Chilean-born Dallas beauty Leonor Varela, 39, is pregnant with her first baby with producer husband Lucas Akoskin ... First he marries, then he shuts down his Twitter account. Now Alec Baldwin has donated $1 mil to the New York Philharmonic!

Holy Batjuice, it's a Senator!

The new Batman picture, The Dark Knight Rises, will have a special preview screening July 15 in Williston, Vt., in honor of one of the film's less-known costars. That'd be U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who has a small cameo in a scene with Batman himself, Christian Bale, and Batman helper Morgan Freeman. A self-confessed Batman fan, Leahy also had a walk-on part in 2008's The Dark Knight.

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

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