Sideshow: 'The Bible' devilry denied

Julianne Hough was out catching some hoops action after reports of her breakup with Ryan Seacrest (see "NBA mends broken heart").
Julianne Hough was out catching some hoops action after reports of her breakup with Ryan Seacrest (see "NBA mends broken heart"). (MATT SAYLES / Invision, AP)
Posted: March 20, 2013

Hot news flash! Barack Obama is not Satan! At least, not in the smash-hit History Channel series The Bible. Actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni plays the devil in a hoodie, and a bunch of people on the Web thought he looked a little too much like the 44th prez. Charges flew: They did it on purpose! Thousands of tweets and posts! Glenn Beck (it would be him) was among them: "Anyone else think the Devil in #The Bible Sunday on the History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?" (Sans makeup, Moroccan star Ouazanni looks more like Omar Sharif or David Niven.) It blew right the heck up into a meme. Serious crazy. Monday, exec producers Mark Burnett (a former Obama campaign donor) and Roma Downey (also Mark's wife) shot out a statement calling the rumor "utter nonsense." Downey added that "both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love [for] our President, who is a fellow Christian." Satan did not return calls. Wait . . . neither did Obama. Gasp . . .

Whew! LiLo gets to court, cops deal

Gotta say, that was a near thing! Yes, we're talking about Lindsay Lohan, who disappointed Vegas wagerers when she showed up in L.A. court Monday and dodged jail. It was a near thing. Skedded to fly back Saturday, she stayed in New York to go clubbin'. She didn't leave Sunday. Then Monday she hopped a charter, hit court 48 minutes late, and - went for a plea deal. At issue is whether she fibbed to cops about her car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway last summer. Plenty of haggling! LiLo even upbraided her own lawyer, Mark Heller: "Oh, my God, I'm going to kill you." She must serve 30 days of community labor (uh-oh - she hasn't done well with that!) and 18 months of psychotherapy (with credit for shrinkage already shrunk). She's got to go drug- and booze-free and submit to periodic testing. Judge James R. Dabney gave the wisest advice all day: "Don't drive."

Beyoncé talks weight

Three months after giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter last year, Beyoncé had already shed her 57 preggers pounds. And she's decided to share that life experience as the cover girl of Shape mag's April issue!

"Talking about weight can be a very touchy subject for women, but Beyoncé was willing to do it," mag editor in chief Tara Kraft tells USA Today. "She wanted to make every woman out there feel like she, too, could achieve what she did."

In a making-of vid, B says, "I am not a person who is naturally very thin. I have to work to keep my body in shape." She adds, "Everyone is not supposed to be the same. Be healthy, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you you."

Tony Danza helps out Northeast

On Thursday, Tony Danza returns to Northeast High School (where he taught for a year in the A&E reality TV show Teach: Tony Danza) to perform and MC at the second annual benefit talent show. Tone calls it "a morale booster" and "a chance for the community to send the message to the kids and the teachers that we care." Nice cash prizes. Info/donations: nehsalumni1@yahoo.com.

NBA mends broken heart

Two days after reports of the collapse of her romantico-industrial merger with Ryan Seacrest, dancer-singer-actor Julianne Hough ( Safe Haven) on Sunday went out for a little NBA therapy with galpals Kaley Cuoco, Briana Cuoco, and Nina Dobrev. The trio saw the L.A. Lakers top the Sacramento Kings, 113-102. Neither Hough, 24, nor Seacrest, 38, has responded to the breakup rumors. But in a revealing move, Hough tweeted a photo of herself Sunday, surrounded by four girlfriends. Hashtag: "friendsarethebesttherapy." Anonymous Sources tell People the supposedly former lovers remain close friends.

The royal couple disagree!!!!!

Since 1901, Britain's royals have reviewed the Irish Brigade and passed out shamrocks. Sunday it was Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who's preggers, and her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who's responsible. One guardsguy, Lee Wheeler, asked the babe's sex. Dunno yet, she said, but - unwitting scoop! - William wanted a girl, while she hoped for a boy.

Jackson kids sue AEG Live

Michael Jackson's children, Prince Michael, Paris, and Prince Michael II, and the late singer's mother, Katherine, are suing the company that booked MJ's This Is It tour for $40 billion, says TMZ. The family accuses AEG Live of negligent hiring and supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray, who took care of MJ. Murray has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in MJ's death.

Why 40 bils? MJ's kids say their dad would have made at least $10 billion from the tour and much more from future earnings.

Why did Tone Loc collapse?

No new info on Tone Loc's condition. The 47-year-old "Funky Cold Medina" rapper collapsed on stage Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa, and was taken to a local hospital, where he refused treatment. He's had seizures in the past, and it's thought that's what he suffered Saturday. No comment yet.

Lil Wayne resting

How sick is Lil Wayne? No answer, days after the artist was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a seizure onstage on Friday. TMZ at one point said Lil is in intensive care, in a medically induced coma. Meantime, an unnamed Close Friend tells CNN the rapper is "good, just resting." Usher told fans Saturday at SXSW to pray for his pal. "One of my fellow artists, good friend, Lil Wayne, is going through a real hard time right now, y'all," he said. A celeb slew visited Lil over the weekend, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, and basketballer Chris Paul.

     

Smidgens, pigeons and pie . . .

"SideShow" favorite Gwyneth Paltrow reveals she suffered a miscarriage while trying to have a third child. . . . Madonna helped GLAAD give an award to CNN's Anderson Cooper; while doing it, she smacked the Boy Scouts for their anti-gay stance. . . . On a night out with the goils, Hilary Duff, losing preggers poundage, got a heart tattoo on her wrist. Meantime, Miley Cyrus, aswirl in rumors of a breakup with/from Liam Hemsworth, got her own heart tat from Kat Von D ( LA Ink) herself.


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

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