Sideshow: Prince hits wall for charity

Russell Crowe (center) with Coast Guard Petty Officers Robert Swieciki (left) and Thomas Watsonafter the actor and a friend were plucked from the waters off Long Island after getting turned around while kayaking on Sunday (See "But he can kill lions, right?) .
Russell Crowe (center) with Coast Guard Petty Officers Robert Swieciki (left) and Thomas Watsonafter the actor and a friend were plucked from the waters off Long Island after getting turned around while kayaking on Sunday (See "But he can kill lions, right?) . (U.S. Coast Guard, Associated Press)
Posted: September 04, 2012

So you thought only Superman could leap tall buildings in a single bound? Not if you're a raving royal! Prince Andrew rappelled 785 feet down a London skyscraper Monday to raise money for charity in a feat he said he would never do again. Who would do it a first time? About 40 people trying to raise money for Outward Bound Trust (of which Andrew is chairman) and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Following the 30-minute stunt that took Andrew from the 87th floor of Europe's tallest building to its 20th, Andrew told reporters the "difficult bit was actually stepping out over the edge." But he said his training with the Royal Marines had given him the confidence. He raised about $460,000.

More Brits and other tricks . . .

Prince Harry showed up Monday at the WellChild Awards in London - clothed! The event is held annually and honors the lives of England's seriously ill children and the doctors and nurses who care for them. It was the first time he'd been seen in public since nude photos of him from a Las Vegas party were released on TMZ.com. Must be for the kids. . . .

. . . and even more Royalrama

Pippa Middleton was hanging out with wealthy hotelier Andre Balazs (former beau of Uma Thurman and Chelsea Handler) over Labor Day weekend in Shelter Island, N.Y., says Us Weekly. Being that she was not naked, nobody really noticed until somebody recognized her in line for the bathroom. Then she turned bright red. Now that's royal!

But he can kill lions, right?

He may be all Gladiator onscreen, but offscreen, Russell Crowe is more Gilligan's Island - at least in a kayak. The Oscar-winning actor lost his way in the waters off Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbor. After paddling out, it got dark, he and his friend paddled in, and they landed 10 miles east of where they had set out. A Coast Guard officer said the actor was grateful and friendly.

Obama's grandmama?

Read all about it! P.I. Publications has published Sarah Obama's new autobiography. The woman who was the third wife of President Obama's grandfather apparently says her beloved grandson has been asking for her blessing before every crucial decision he makes. (So that's who was for gay marriage!) Mama Sarah also tells "incredible anecdotes," according to the book's press materials, involving Moammar Gadhafi, Teddy Kennedy, George Bush "and many others." Goose bumps! What sounds like a fascinating book is written by Daphne Barak (no relation. Oh wait, that's her last name. And it's spelled differently. Never mind), who is cited as an "international interviewer" on her website.

Blockbuster busts

The Possession was pretty darn scary (if you like watching the zillionth remake of a movie that came out in 1973) but the summer has turned out even scarier for studio executives. They started the season with projections of record business, but revenue dropped 3 percent compared with summer 2011, while attendance was at its lowest in at least 20 years, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.


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

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