Sideshow: Bomb suspect, cover boy

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the Aug. 1 issue shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the Aug. 1 issue shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Wenner Media)
Posted: July 19, 2013

Does accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev look too serene on the cover of Rolling Stone? Some say the mag should apologize for using a pic that makes him seem sympathetic, sweet. Heck, is Rolling Stone even the right venue for a serious story about someone accused of such an atrocious crime? After all, isn't the mag reserved for rock stars, movie icons, and scantily-clad ingenues?

Actually, the article is a good piece of journalism that reveals a good deal about the Tsarnaev brothers. The mag stands by it. "The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue," the magazine said Wednesday in a statement.

You should love, not hate!

Mary-Louise Parker has not one but two whole movies debuting on Friday: Red 2 and R.I.P.D. She says to HuffPost: "Isn't that weird?" Um, yeah, it is. "Honestly," she says, "I don't see the movies once they're finished." How come? She's hatin' on her own work: "It's just never good enough. It's just never going to be good enough."

The All-Star twit-ter

OK, so Phillies ace Cliff Lee pitched in Tuesday nights's All-Star Game, and during his stint, a young man ran onto the playing field. True, jackasses do this all the time. The difference this time: Dylan Masone tweeted that if he got 1,000 retweets, he'd run across the field. Twitter took the dare ("i hate all of you," he tweeted as he saw the numbers mount). His mom, alerted, messaged him sweetly: "U better not i will kick ur" and so forth. His girlfriend at first scoffed, and then said "ill let you marry me if you do this." He did it, he was tackled with serious prejudice, and he was taken to "Mets Prison" (the on-site sheriff's office) and booked. He spent all his high-school graduation money on bail, is totally grounded at home, and his gf, after some anxiety, seems proud of him. No word on marriage plans. This is one of the first times we've seen someone actually crowdsourcing a prank. Pray it doesn't become a fad. Alas, it probably just did.

- John Timpane

The Boss on Trayvon Martin

Blowback continues from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. Bruce Springsteen, performing in Limerick, Ireland, on Tuesday, dedicated his tune "American Skin" ("You just get killed for living in your American skin") this way: "We'll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin."

Who's the boss? Jay-Z!

Jay-Z has scored his 13th No. 1 album with Magna Carta Holy Grail, which sold 527,000 copies in its debut week to dominate the Billboard album chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Magna Carta also is Jay's fourth album to debut with more than a half-million copies in a week. Ciara by Ciara debuted at No. 2, selling 59,000 units, while J. Cole's Born Sinner slid from first to third place with 40,000.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, who is all of 7 years old, officially has retired as a beauty pageant contestant, her mom tells In Touch Weekly. "Alana's trying different things, but I don't think she's found that new niche yet that she wants to get into," says mom. . . . The Office's Rainn Wilson, 47, will publish his memoirs in fall 2014. It'll recount how Rainn grew up "bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word," says publisher Dutton.

How much would you pay?

Lindsay Lohan's peeps were in negotiations with Oprah's peeps for four months before they could agree on the fee LiLo would be paid to grace the Big O with an exclusive interview once she's out of rehab in August, TMZ reports. LiLo, 27, will pocket $2 mil - and one hopes a lot of self-respect.

In addition to the chat, LiLo also will star in an eight-part reality show on O's OWN network.

MOVE disaster movie

Filmmaker Jason Osder has found a distributor for his new documentary, Let the Fire Burn, about the disastrous May 1985 standoff between Philadelphia police and members of the African American group MOVE. The film uses archival footage to reconstruct the event, which ended in a deadly fire after police used an incendiary device.

Zeitgeist Films ( will release the film theatrically in October.

Contact "SideShow" at This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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