Sideshow: Gun patrons: Deport him!

CNN's Piers Morgan has drawn the wrath of arms advocates - who are petitioning to send him home.
CNN's Piers Morgan has drawn the wrath of arms advocates - who are petitioning to send him home. (JAE C. HONG / AP, File)
Posted: December 25, 2012

A petition calling on the government to deport Piers Morgan for voicing antigun views had amassed more than 47,000 signatures Monday, three days after it was posted on the White House's petition website by Infowars.com.

Morgan has called for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., and called a gun advocate who appeared on his CNN show an "unbelievably stupid man."

The petition demands that Morgan, a foreign national, "be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights" and for using his TV show "to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens." Morgan sticks to his guns, as it were. "Bring it on, you goon," he tweets.

"Americans murdered with assault weapons in movie theaters, temples, schools, shopping malls," he said Monday, "where does it end?"

Spike Lee to boycott 'Django'

Veteran New York film auteur Spike Lee plans to boycott Quentin Tarantino's violent pic Django Unchained, which opens Tuesday. "It's disrespectful to my ancestors," Lee tells Vibe. "I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else." The film stars Jamie Foxx as a slave on a bloody hunt for vengeance against slave owners. "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western," Lee tweets. "It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

The Justin Bieber files: It's love!

Weeks after breaking up with on-off gf Selena Gomez, Canadian teen Justin Bieber has been seen lavishing extravagant PDA on his beautiful new lover . . . Selena Gomez. The pair were spied kissing at a

Salt Lake City airport. "They were very affectionate with each other," Anonymous Source tells RadarOnline.com. "They were kissing on and off, and they just sat together and talked and looked totally in love."

The duo were reportedly on a skiing trip with another young couple: Taylor Swift, 23, and her latest conquest, One Direction sensation Harry Styles, 18.

Bieber files II: Justin's bid for autonomy

In a shocking report, the New York Daily Mews reveals that Bieb, now of legal age, has been misbehaving most childishly. "Justin doesn't seem to care and does whatever he wants," says A Source, suggesting Bieber may think of himself as an autonomous free agent. That said, maybe he ought not be allowed so much self-governance. "He smokes weed all day," A Second Source tells the News, "from the time he gets up, and orders everybody around. . . . There's no supervision." Record company suits are worried also that Justin is expending too much emotional capital on his roller-coaster-of-a-thing with that Gomez girl.

Rihanna donates $1.75 mil to hospital

Rihanna, 24, honored her native Barbados, donating $1.75 million to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown for equipment to be used at the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. The center is named after R's gran, Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who died in June of cancer. "I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados," the Barbados Advocate quotes R as saying.

R's holiday in Barbados was almost ruined Sunday when a merman of German nationality emerged from the sea in front of her oceanfront pad and almost accosted her. Security got him.

Capra's magic: Snow in July

In a special report excerpted by People mag, Life.com has revealed the secret Frank Capra used to make snow fall on the four-acre RKO set in Encino, Calif., where he was shooting holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life in June and July '46 during a heat wave. Capra, an engineering whiz at Cal Tech before his film days, mixed foamite (the stuff you find in fire extinguishers) with sugar and water and, some say, soap flakes. The mixture didn't just fall pretty and fluffy through the air. It perfectly mimicked that lovely crunch snow makes underfoot.

Gossip petits fours

Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino is getting there. The New York Daily News says he'll be paid $10,000 to host a New Year's party at AMC34 Theater in New York. . . . Doctor Who fans looking for diversion Tuesday: Syfy will air from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. a marathon session of Doctor Who spin-off show K9 . . . Madonna's MDNA tour, which has made the rounds of the universe for nearly seven months, is over. It's the highest-grossing tour of 2012, making $228.4 mil over the course

of 72 shows, says Billboard mag. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are in second place, making $199.4 million, also from 72 shows. Roger Waters is at No. 3, with $186.5 mil.

Demi's Xmas gift: Divorce papers

Happy Xmas, honey, here's a divorce!

So Ashton Kutcher brightened Demi Moore's holidays by filing divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The couple separated in September '11 after six years. The Two and a Half Men star cites "irreconcilable differences" and seeks no spousal support. Multiple reports indicate that Demi, 50, who has more money than Ash, wants to punish him by seeking a high $ettlement. (She got $80 mil in her divorce from Bruce Willis.) Demi's post -Dashton love life has been sparse. She dated a boy, Vito Schnabel, 26, for a bit, and she was seen earlier this month giving lap dances to Lenny Kravitz at a Miami party.

Neither party has released a comment.

Where will they be on Christmas?

Ashton Kutcher (see above) has embarked on a dating project so stressful, it turns most single men to mush: taking a new gf to your parents' place for a holiday sleepover. Yep, Ash and Mila Kunis, 29, will spend quality time with his parents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Anonymous Source tells the New York Daily News that Ash and his longtime friend and That 70s Show costar-turned-soulmate are getting "very, very serious."

Prince William and his expecting missus, Katie-luv Duchess of Cambridge, are bucking tradition by spending Christmas Day not with his people, even though they (symbolically) own the nation, but chez Kate's middle-class parents at her hometown of Bucklebury, the palace has announced.

Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who tied the knot in October, have gathered their respective parents at the Biels' home in Boulder, Colo., for a joint family holiday get-together.


This article includes information from

Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow"

at sideshow@phillynews.com

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