Sideshow: Death threats for Jeff Dunham

"Glee's" Cory Monteith
"Glee's" Cory Monteith
Posted: April 03, 2013

Jeff Dunham, world-famous puppeteer and, more important, creator of Achmed the Dead Terrorist ("Silence! I kill you!"), has been the target of Twitter death threats recently, according to Dunham and the police. Now, TMZ is reporting that L.A. police got a warrant to search Twitter's records and trace the tweets ("You have approximately 4 months b4 death . . . CHOOSE what you WILL do b4 you DIEEEEE . . ." or "YOUR NEXT ON MY LEEST ... Guess who's outsideeeee"). We're told they are satisfied they have "neutralized" the malfeasant tweeter and Dunham is no longer in danger, although what that means, who it was, what's going on, and so forth, we dunno.

Rehab news from all over

Cory Monteith ( Glee), who has a history of addiction and rehab, has checked himself into re-rehab for substance addiction, according to his reps. Now 30, he did a stint at age 19. His costar and real-world gf, Lea Michele, tells People mag, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this." On Monday, Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy tweeted his support of Cory.

Dueling rags!!! TMZ said Monday that Lindsay Lohan demanded, in her recent no-jail-but-lots-rehab court deal, that she be allowed to keep taking Adderall, for treatment of ADHD. It sounded too dumb to be false. Later, however, her lawyer, Mark Heller, told the Daily Mail it's all hooey. Her court deal gives her 90 days of residential rehab, 18 months of psychological counseling, and 30 days of community service. No jail, though. She will get jail, immediately, if she doesn't enroll for rehab by May 2. They're taking bets in Vegas.

MGK announces July 3 lineup

Classic-rock station WMGK-FM (102.9) has announced the lineup for its 12th annual Let Freedom Ring Rock Fest. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart will be there, and so will drummer Jason Bonham, son of deceased Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. It's July 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. Tix ($12.99-$99.50) go on sale noon Friday via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-745-3000, and the Susquehanna Bank Center box office. Part of proceeds benefits local veterans via the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center. Ann and Nancy Wilson's band Heart will do a full set, and so will the LZE, then the two bands will join for a half-hour Zep jam.

100 local poets take the mike

Moonstone Arts Center is having its poetry Woodstock, the 17th annual Poetry Ink, Sunday at the Arts Bank at Broad and South Streets. One hundred local poets read, in backward alphabetical order, from Sekai Afua Zankel to Carolyn Adams, a few minutes apiece, noon-7 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A high point, around 3:40 p.m., will be Philly poet laureate Sonia Sanchez and her two mentees, Siduri Beckman and Jaya Montague. On April 9 at 7 p.m., at the PhillyCAM Studios, 699 Ranstead St., the three will do a full-length reading. It's Poetry Month!

Shakespeare in biz

OK, so William Shakespeare . . . you've heard of him? Folks at Aberystwyth University in Wales (and ain't that a name to conjure with?!) say Bill was a tax cheat and shrewd businessguy. He was prosecuted for hoarding malt or grain ( gasp!!!!) at his Stratford-on-Avon farm during a famine time in 1598. He was also threatened with jail for tax-dodging. He made sharp deals and plowed the proceeds into real estate. Old news. Plus, hey, raise de roof for wife Anne Hathaway (no, not the big-eyed Oscar winner), who lived up in Stratford-on-Avon while Shakespeare did his actor/playwright thing down in London. She may have done much of the biz work. The Welsh scholars marvel that Bill "had a working life of just 24 years." Yeah, well, the guy died at age 52, too, OK? (average age in 1600: 35).

Four easy pieces

Speaking of Shakespeare, Tom Cruise will play Hamlet for the fabulous Red Bull Theater in Manhattan, with Steven Spielberg directing. April fool! It was only a fund-raising attention-getter. . . . In a New York City court on Friday, Stephen Baldwin pleaded guilty on one count of repeated failure to file taxes. No jail, but he'll pay $300,000; he's already paid the state $100K. Sentencing July 2. . . . Puissant and pregnant KayCee Stroh of Disney's High School Musical flicks tells In Touch mag she and genetic material donor/ husband Ben Higginson have a name for their snookums-in-progress: Zetta Lee Higginson. Why Zetta? Because KayCee likes Zs and double Ts. Noted. . . . Chris Brown, 23, who pled guilty in 2009 to abusing his then- (and now-?) gf Rihanna, told Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Monday that "I did my 52 weeks of counseling and learned that it was absolutely wrong." He learned!!!!


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

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