Sideshow: Jodie Foster a media critic

Priscilla Presley (left) and Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. (See "Two Presleys join fans at Elvis service.")
Priscilla Presley (left) and Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. (See "Two Presleys join fans at Elvis service.") (MARK HUMPHREY / Associated Press)
Posted: August 18, 2012

 The Kristen Stewart- Robert Pattinson media frenzy (she kissed another dude) has Jodie Foster up in arms about the abuses of the media.

"We've all seen the headlines at the checkout counter," Foster, 49, writes in a Daily Beast essay. "But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process." Foster, who played mom to an 11-year-old K-Stew in David Fincher's Panic Room, is deeply fond of the youngun, referring to her as having "beautiful talent and fearlessness."

Foster was embroiled in a media storm in 1981, when her stalker, John Hinckley Jr., who was obsessed with her role as a 12-year-old prostitute in Taxi Driver, shot President Ronald Reagan as a tribute to her.

Fame isn't worth the cost anymore, she says.

"I would quit before I started," she says. "If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don't think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me . . . would . . . lead me away to safety."

Michael J. Fox back on prime time?

Unnamed TV Insiders tell the Associated Press that Family Ties and Spin City star Michael J. Fox is developing a new TV show for 2013.

Fox, 51, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in '91, left full-time TV in 2000 to focus on raising awareness of the disease. (He's had a variety of guest roles, notably in The Good Wife .) He is reportedly working on a new series with Easy A helmer Will Gluck and Cougar Town writer Sam Laybourne.

Hemsley memorial canceled

A memorial service scheduled Thursday for Sherman Hemsley, the Philly native who starred in the 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons, was canceled.

The service had been scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia, but the church confirmed that the service was canceled. No explanation or further information was available. Hemsley, 74, died July 24 at his home in El Paso, Texas.

- Robert Moran

Two Presleys join fans at Elvis service

The annual commemoration of Elvis Presley's death, which brings thousands of candle-holding fans to Graceland in Memphis, was blessed for the first time in 35 years by Presley's family: Elvis' former wife, Priscilla Presley, and daughter Lisa Marie Presley came out to greet the crowd Wednesday night.

"You should see this from our point of view. It's amazing," Priscilla, 67, said. "The candles are lit. It's truly a sight to behold." Lisa Marie, 44, told the assembled, "I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come. . . . I love you very, very, very much."

Get Carl Rove! Aniston's got a leak!

The night Jennifer Aniston acquiesced to Justin Theroux's pleas that they conjoin their souls was so special, she waited two days before announcing it to the media. Within seconds, reports surfaced with details of the engagement, convincing Jen there is a leak in Aniston Command Center! Jen, 43, is hard at work flushing out the spy, says "A lot of celebrities do it, it's all a game to find out who is doing the betraying," an Unnamed Aniston Insider tells the site.   Aniston's rep says the report is "absurd and completely false."

Gossip petits fours (tidbits 'n' pieces)

Real Housewives of Atlanta player Kim Zolciak and husband Kroy Biermann have welcomed a baby boy, Kash Kade. . . . The Hollywood Reporter says in the wake of her affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, Kristen Stewart may be dropped from the sequel, but Sanders will still direct the pic. . . . Congratulations to late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel! J-Kim has become engaged to his gf of three years, Jimmy Kimmel Live co-head writer Molly McNearney. . . . A lawyer for alt-rock outfit the Silversun Pickups has sent Mitt Romney's campaign a cease-and-desist letter, asking the White House candidate to stop playing their tune "Panic Switch" at hoedowns, saying the band "has no intention of endorsing . . . Romney." . . . Jessica Simpson's da, Joe, has been charged with two counts of DUI in Los Angeles. . . . Paul McCartney has written a letter of support for Russian punk act Pussy Riot, who face prison time for criticizing President Vladimir Putin. "I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom," writes the Beatles great. "Stay strong." . . . The New York Daily News says Anderson Cooper, 45, is cooling his heels in Croatia with vacation buddy Kelly Ripa in the wake of press photos showing his beau, Ben Maisani, 39, kissing another guy. . . . The late Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, 43, has entered court-ordered rehab stemming from his March DUI arrest. Brown just returned from Mexico, where he was honeymooning with his wife of eight weeks, Alicia Etheredge.

Celeb news headline of the day . . .

" Gwyneth Paltrow wears favourite cream knit top for the second day in a row . . . but where are her trousers?" London's Daily Mail says in its headline to a searing investigative piece!

The Mail says Gwyn, 39, wore the cream top with blue dungarees at the Tavern restaurant in Brentwood, Calif. The very! next! day!, she had it on again ( whaaat???), this time with a very short pair of white shorts. This concludes the report.

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