Sideshow: He embodied, loved Lincoln - then what?

Posted: March 26, 2013

He moved us with his award-winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg saga. But did you know that Daniel Day-Lewis was himself moved beyond words, beyond reason, beyond love itself?

"There has never been a human being that I never met that I loved as much as him - ever," the thesp says on the extra features on the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD release. "I doubt there ever will be." So deeply was Day-Lewis immersed in the spiritual and mental viscera of Lincoln, he found himself at an existential impasse after he finished the pic. "You're not quite sure what to do with yourself when it's finished," he says. "It's very hard to conceive of any life after it. Of course there is one waiting. Usually quite impatiently."

Stealing the 'Breaking Bad' script

Bryan Cranston plays lowering, tormented Walter White on AMC's hit show Breaking Bad. The anticipated second half of the final season will be upon us this summer. But one itchy-fingered yegg in Albuquerque, N.M., couldn't wait. Bryan left a top-secret script in his parked car, and some thief lifted it, plus Bry's iPad. Bryan called the cops, who arrested a guy. So far, no plot spoilers from him.

Ashley Greene's fire

The fire that gutted Ashley Greene's L.A. apartment Friday has been ruled an accident. The Twilight thesp, her bf, and her brotherwere asleep in the place when a candle knocked over, igniting some furniture. There was redemption: The siblings were able to save one of Ashley's two fox terriers.

Will Smith: I wanted 'Django'

Will Smith tells Entertainment Weekly he was offered the Jamie Foxx role in Quentin Tarantino's violent western Django Unchained but turned down the role because it wasn't really and truly the film's lead role. Django, he says, was a secondary character to the bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz.

"Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, 'I need to be the lead.' The other character was the lead!" Smith says.

He added that he pleaded with Quentin to expand the role so he could take it.

"I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy.' "

Today in EntBiz news

If Nicki Minaj had the power, she'd confer the American Idol title on Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, and Candice Glover. "I think that, outside of their voices, they've won people over already," she said Monday. "Those three seem to have really made an impact."

Mumford & Sons are going touring again, beginning May 21 in the Canadian town of Calgary. No Philly area dates have yet been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has a seriously long, pretentious name, says next year's Academy Awards will be on March 2, while the 2015 kudosfest will be Feb. 22.

Human commodity Kim Kardashian denies rumors she's gained like 900 pounds since becoming pregnant with fellow narcissist Kanye West's baby. "It's tough when you see people make all these assumptions. Like, you know, 'She's gained 75 pounds,' " she tells Access Hollywood. "I'm like, 'I haven't even gained half of that yet!' " I'm like, I'm glad I know this.

Sandra Bullock's ex-, motorcycle guy Jesse James, took his fourth wife Sunday, drag racer Alexis DeJoria, says People.

This Ryan Gosling Web meme has been around for years: a pic of universally adored RG, the words Hey girl, plus a quote that makes you love him more! He tells Hollywood Reporter it's not about him: "I think it really is sort of like, I'm a pigeon and the Internet is Fabio and it just happened." (During a 1999 commercial shoot on an amusement park ride, Fabio famously had his nose bloodied when a pigeon smacked right into him.)

No Vegas for Prince Harry

Britain's Prince Harry visits our fair shores in May, with planned stops along the East Coast and Denver and Colorado Springs, where he plans to attend the 2013 Warrior Games. Las Vegas? Naaah. Last time he visited Sin City, someone leaked nudie, sexy photos of him partying with various wimmens.


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

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