Sideshow: Obamas, Christie make TIME's Top 100 list

One of Time's seven covers, with Jay-Z, for its 100 Most Influential People issue.
One of Time's seven covers, with Jay-Z, for its 100 Most Influential People issue. (TIME magazine)
Posted: April 20, 2013

Who makes the world turn? Who are the people with all the power, the influence?

Time mag knows. On Thursday, it unveiled its 10th annual Time 100, a list of the influentialest individuals on the globe - at least those who are visible. The real Power, we all know, resides in the hands of a Dastardly Invisible Elite.

President Obama makes the list for the eighth time. First Lady Michelle Obama also makes the cut. Other politicos include veep Joe Biden, New Jersey's Chris Christie, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and the light of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi (more on her below).

Now for the boldfacers who really matter: celebs! They include Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Jay-Z, Miguel, and Justin Timberlake. There is one shocker: the list omits that most craven and crass of royal families, the Kardashian Kabal.

Time: The testimonials

Time's list features essays about the influentialers by fellow celebs. Jodie Foster is most eloquent about Jennifer Lawrence: "You'll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning."

Lovestyles of the rich 'n' famous

James Woods, who turned 66 Thursday, has split up with his gf of seven years, fledgling actor Ashley Madison. They grew apart as she grew up: Madison, who is 40 years his junior, began dating Woods when she was 19. Woods has been preoccupied for some time taking care of his mom, Martha, who died last year at 86.

Peter Dinklage, 43, who plays dastardly nobleman Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones, is disputing, most strenuously, his status as a sex symbol. He acknowledges he has legions of female acolytes, but Dinklage claims his popularity with women means nothing in the long run. Nil. Zilch.

"They'll say, 'Oh, he's sexy,' but women still go for guys who are 6-foot-2," Dinklage, 4-foot-5, tells Playboy. "It's nice that people are thinking outside the box, but I don't believe any of it for a minute."

Psy video banned in South Korea

South Korean public station KBS has banned the music vid "Gentleman" by pop sensation Psy ( Park Jae-sang).

What's the dude's grave transgression? Does he make lewd gestures? Bite heads off bats?

Nope, Psy kicks a traffic cone that says "no parking." KBS says it's concerned the star is shown abusing public property.

Small setback for Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, who has had a very public fight with the rare blood disorder MDS, fell ill last week while on vacation in Key West, Fla., and flew back to New York for a hospital stay.

Roberts, 52, who had a bone-marrow transplant in September, is still susceptible to infections but insists she's fine. "Seems my young immune system needed a little boost to fight off 'opportunistic infections,' " the Good Morning America anchor writes on Facebook.

Kim Kardashian, heartless fame hound?

Say it ain't so! Kim Kardashian a dastardly Machiavellian schemer? Kris Humphries says she married him only for publicity and cash. Now another former conquest has accused her of using him to leverage herself into fame.

Nick Lachey, who briefly dated Kim in '06, tells Details the reality starlet secretly tipped off the paparazzi about one of their dates.

"We went to a movie. No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside," Nick says. "There are certain ways to play this game, and some people play it well."

Olga measures up Craig, Cruise & Affleck

Ukraine-born model-actor Olga Kurylenko, 33, who sparked such flames opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace, costars with two other hot leading men in two new films. With Tom Cruise in the sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion, and Ben Affleck in former Martin Heidegger scholar Terrence Malick's artpic, To the Wonder. How do the guys stack up?

"Daniel and Tom, they . . . made me want to be more physical and work harder so I can do what these guys do," Olga tells USA Today. "Ben is a completely different world. I admire Ben as a director . . . what struck me about Ben is how extremely smart that man is."

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