Sideshow: Woe is Kristen, flawed star

DAMIAN DOVARGANES / Associated Press
DAMIAN DOVARGANES / Associated Press
Posted: September 07, 2012

There's a scene in Suddenly, Last Summer when aesthete Sebastian is torn apart and consumed by a roving band of boys. That's how Kristen Stewart feels.

The Twilight star, who admitted she two-timed vampiric dreamboat Robert Pattinson, 26, with Some Middle Aged Guy, tells British Vogue she's taken a P.R. beating. The problem, she says, is the expectation that celebs should always seem perfect. "I know if you haven't thought about how you want to present a very packaged idea of yourself, it can seem like you lack ambition," she says. "But, dude, honestly? I can't. People expect it to be easy." Stars may get the big bucks, she says, but they are real people, too, with inner turmoil - even acne. "I'm not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people," says Kristen, whose new film is the Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road. "The world back then [the '50s] . . . seems freer to me," Kristen says. She digs the Beat generation because they "don't get off on fame" and just want to make art.

Kim Kardashian has the perfect man

Western civ's cultural light Kim Kardashian has found her perfect mate, the perfect man, the perfect prospective husband and father, that most unreal reality star tells the original reality star, Barbara Walters.

Asked whether Kanye West is that man, that perfect man, Kim told Babs on The View, "I think so." That being too iffy, the journo pushed for a more conclusive answer. "I definitely think anything I'd be in now is a permanent relationship," Kim said. "I hope so. I believe so." While some couples try to duck the cameras, Kim and Kanye have been actively publicizing a romance for some months.

'Price Is Right' snubs Bob Barker

A miserable injustice has been perpetrated this week, it seems, by the suits in charge of syndicated game show The Price Is Right. The show did not invite Bob Barker to take part in its 40th anniversary special edition on Tuesday morning. Barker, 88, hosted the show for 35 years. These dudes "chose to ignore me, which is fine," Barker tells the Associated Press. "They haven't even offered me a DVD."

Artists pay tribute to Chris Lighty

Friends and family gathered Wednesday for the Manhattan funeral of veteran music manager Chris Lighty, who committed suicide last week. Mourners included megastars LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, 50 Cent, and Grandmaster Flash. Lighty, 44, whose clients included Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and 50 Cent, was found dead in his Bronx apartment with a gunshot wound to the head.

Services set for M.C. Duncan

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, who died Monday of complications following a heart attack in July, will be commemorated in a public viewing Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hall of Liberty at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills. Family also will hold an invitation-only service on Monday.

Christian rock tops the charts

Christian rapper, producer, and author TobyMac's latest, Eye on It, sold 69,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to become the first Christian LP to take No. 1 on the Billboard album chart since LeAnn Rimes' 1997 album, You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs. Hip-hop superunit Slaughterhouse's Welcome to Our House is at No. 2 with 52,000, while last week's No. 1, Trey Songz' Chapter V, falls to No. 3 with 41,000 sales, says Billboard.com.

Five years for Bon Jovi burglar

Nicholas Tracy, 22, of Beachwood, N.J., has pleaded guilty to burglarizing a string of homes at the Jersey Shore, including Jon Bon Jovi's manse along a Middletown Township road. (Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni refused to disclose what was taken from the rocker's home.)

Tracy will be sentenced Oct. 12 to five years in prison under the plea deal, says the Associated Press.

LeAnn Rimes knows glory of healing

Country-pop star LeAnn Rimes, who checked into an undisclosed treatment facility days after her 30th b-day, is doing well. "She's already feeling better, stronger," Unnamed Friend tells People. Rimes entered treatment last week for emotional issues, not, her rep insists, substance abuse troubles.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts has postponed her bone-marrow procedure to take care of family affairs back home in Mississippi after the death of her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, on Thursday. . . . American Idol alum Kellie Pickler told fans on Good Morning America Wednesday she's shaved her head in support of her BFF, Summer Holt Miller, 36, who begins chemotherapy treatments Thursday for breast cancer. . . . Easy A star Amanda Bynes, 26, has been charged by L.A. prosecutors with hit-and-run, accused of leaving the scenes of two accidents in recent months. . . . Children's author Judy Blume, 74, best known for her tomes Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret and Deenie, has revealed that she has breast cancer. She says on her blog that she is recovering after having a mastectomy and reconstruction in July. . . . John Mayer, voiceless following vocal cord surgery, has rekindled a (silent) romance with Katy Perry, the artist whose soul the lothario recently incinerated when he dumped her. "They are seeing each other again," a Perry Pal tells People. . . . "I'm 10 pounds away from my pre-baby size," says the dieting postfeminist Jessica Simpson, 32, four months after giving birth to fiance Eric Johnson's gift, daughter Maxwell.


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

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