Sideshow: Robin Roberts leaves hospital after bone-marrow graft

Posted: October 13, 2012

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts left the hospital Wednesday, 21 days after receiving a bone-marrow graft. She has myelodysplastic syndrome, the recovery has been (and will be) arduous, and her battle is far from over. But home's a good place to be. She tweets: "There's no place like home. After 20 days in the hospital I'm home. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO." On her blog, she says she'll be away from TV for awhile and must still wear a mask and gloves to protect her immune system, more or less destroyed to accommodate the bone-marrow transplant from her sister Sally-Ann.

Whitney Houston's daughter engaged

Like all clever reality stars, Bobbi Kristina Brown waited until her show was about to air to announce big news: She's engaged. (She had denied reports of an engagement through the summer.)

Whitney Houston's daughter, who stars in E! Entertainment's therapy session/cash cow The Houstons: On Our Own, has agreed to marry her beau - and adopted brother - Nick Gordon. Bobbi's aunt Pat Houston, executor of Whitney's estate, isn't so happy about the news, calling it "unacceptable." The show premieres on E! on Oct. 24.

Truly stellar music news

What's up now? Brit soprano and disco singer Sarah Brightman, that's who. Wayyyyy up. Like the International Space Station, yo. Sarah ( Phantom of the Opera) says she's signed up to go on a three-person trip to the ISS, and to do a concert from up there, which would be a first. Hit those high notes! She'll train with Russian cosmonauts. But wait . . . it's a celebrity space race! You know that Virgin magnate, Richard Branson? And the Galactic Flights he's planning, supposed to ferry folks back and forth into the inhospitable, freezing vacuum of outer space? OK, so the Brit band Muse (it did the theme song for the opening ceremonies at this summer's Olympics) says it's in talks with him about blasting the band into the nowhere, so Muse can be the first to do an outer-space concert. WHO WILL WIN!!!?!?!?

Bieber blood courses in their veins . . .

In a most enthralling discovery, genealogy website Ancestry.com has determined that world-conquering hero Justin Bieber is related to actor Ryan Gosling (11th cousins once removed) and popster Avril Lavigne (12th cousin). Celine Dion also is a distant relation of the Biebster. What blessed souls are these three!

We would have paid to eavesdrop!

We refer to the alleged two-hour phone call last week between Rihanna and the by-then-ex-lover of her ex, Chris Brown. That would be Karrueche Tran, with whom Brown (already notorious for being abusive toward Rihanna back when) publicly split last week. OK, so Brown said last week he had renewed his "friendship" with Ri-Ri. So . . . was the phone call incendiary and icky? Full of sympathy and advice? Catty? Man, who's got a tape?

Ent-business deals, steals & lawsuits

Primo American thesp Kevin Klein has signed to play Tasmania-born actor Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood, a biographical pic about the last days of the matinee idol who died in 1959 at 50, Variety reports.

Quinceanera codirectors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland will helm the pic, which is about Flynn's friendship with 17-year-old would-be actor Beverly Aadland, whom he reportedly first bedded when she was 15. (Beverly confirmed the salacious rumor in a 1988 chat with People.) Susan Sarandon will costar as Beverly's mega-stage-motherish mum, Florence Aadland.

TMZ is running this absolutely terrifying photograph of famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, blind since he was 12, in-line roller-skating down a sidewalk. How? Better yet, why? No, let's go back to how. Andrea is holding onto the bicycle of his devoted and beautiful wife, Veronica Berti, who looks . . . terrified.

Chris Hemsworth, who is set to star in 193 films in the next 12 months, has picked up another lead role. He'll play a moody CIA terrorist hunter in American Assassin, an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel series, says Deadline.com. Bruce Willis is in talks to play his mentor.

Liam Neeson, who at 60 has rebranded himself a Krav Maga-slammin' action hero, will reteam with his Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, for Non Stop. Described by Variety as an "air-flight action-thriller," it'll costar Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, and Scoot McNairy.

Adele's new single soars . . . only a little

Adele, whose chart-dominating LP 21 has sold 24 million copies worldwide to date, sold only 261,000 copies of her new tune, the James Bond theme "Skyfall." It was third on the singles chart this week behind One Direction's "Live While We're Young," with 341,000, and Taylor Swift's "Red," with 312,000.

Oprah's . . . movie club?

The populace is in thrall to a Twitter symphony (a Twymphony?) composed by Oprah Winfrey to express how enthralled she is by the indie film Middle of Nowhere, which opens Friday.

"Saw the film MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (@MIddleNowhere). Powerful and Poetic," the Big O said in one of a series of tweets to her 14 million (!) followers. The romantic drama earned writer-director Ava DuVernay the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival, making her the first African American woman to win that honor.


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

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