Sideshow: Simon says he's a proud dad-to-be

Simon Cowell: "Now I know I feel good about it."
Simon Cowell: "Now I know I feel good about it." (IAN GAVAN / Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
Posted: August 22, 2013

Finally! He's come forward! Kind of. Simon Cowell acknowledged Tuesday that he's to be a dad - as close as he's come to admitting that he fathered his onetime BFF Andrew Silverman's wife Lauren's baby. "I'm proud to be a dad," Cowell told the BBC. "It's something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it."

Local fiction writer kills it!

Philadelphia Stories says the winner of its 2013 fifth annual national Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction is a Penn grad: Che Yeun, now M.F.A. candidate at the University of New Orleans. Her story was titled "One in Ten Fish Are Afraid of Water." She gets $2,000 and publication. Second place goes to Annam Manthiram of New Mexico, for "The Rules of Mending."

Hollywood is superficial!

Film industry insider Melanie Griffith, who is daughter of ice queen Tippi Hedren and wife of megastar Antonio Banderas, charges that she no longer gets film offers because of her age.

"It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my 20s and 30s, hearing actresses [complain] about not getting any work when they turned 50. Now I understand it. . . . In a lot of ways, [Hollywood] is a very superficial place," Melanie, 56, tells FoxNews.com in a chat to publicize her new pic, Dark Tourist. "It is all about youth and beauty, for women anyway."

Greatest musical reunion ever

Reports are circulating that Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick will transcend the limits of their individuated egos and conjoin in mushy mystical harmony to become 'N Sync once more. But just for one day: They reportedly will perform at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

Heroism in Manhattan

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz rushed to aid a pedestrian who was hit by a taxi Tuesday morning in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports. Oz was impressed when a good samaritan, plumber Dave Justino, fashioned a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from the victim's leg. (She later lost the leg.)

The plumber was "just an average Joe, an average Dave just walking along the street," Oz told the tabloid, "but he saved her life."

Violent Hasselhoff poster theft

A clerk at a Cumberland Farms in Shelton, Conn., is in critical condition after he was struck by an SUV driven by a thief stealing an advertising banner for the store's iced coffee drink, which bears the image of Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff. Authorities say dastardly evildoers have stolen more than 500 Hasselhoff signs in several states.

Suicide confirmed?

Although it seems he did not leave a suicide note, Rizzoli & Isles star Lee Thompson Young did take his own life, his manager Jonathan Baruch insists.

Gaga, Perez Hilton to chill?

Lady Gaga's spat with gossiper Perez Hilton may be over! Her Gagaship has told her Little Monsters to stop sending Hilton threatening notes. It all started when Gaga accused Hilton of stalking her after Hilton, looking for a new flat in New York, saw a unit in her building. She was, like, you're creepy and he was, like, no way, I'm no stalker and she was, like . . .

When celebs love . . . in Canada

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, 23, and British X-Men: First Class star Nicholas Hoult ended their romance in January. Yet People mag says the duo arrived together at a wrap party in Montreal for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which features both. The couple did not make out in public or stare into each other's eyes for hours, but it totally "looked like a date," Unnamed Source tells People.

Duchess Kate dress sells out

A retail replica of the knotted fuchsia dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge in a photo released Monday sold out in two hours. The $79 dress from Seraphine looks like the outfit the duchess wears in a photo that shows her cradling baby George. Hub Prince William and their dog sit next to Kate.


This column contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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