Sideshow: Celebs tweet on shutdown

Sign announcing the Statue of Liberty closed Tuesday due to the government services shutdown.
Sign announcing the Statue of Liberty closed Tuesday due to the government services shutdown. (SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images)
Posted: October 03, 2013

No world event is real until celebs opine about it. And since the government shutdown also affects the famous, they were tweeting all day. A sample:

Bill Maher: "I guess the Republicans really do need to shut down the government. Because technically, there's no way to shoot it."

Sandra Bernhard: "u s government shutdown who cares! Rihanna Fans Are Not Happy and that's all anyone is talking about."

Seth MacFarlane: "Per several Family Guy episodes: whenever there's a government shutdown, we can all steal a zoo animal. Go get yours."

Zevin takes Thurber prize

NPR commentator Dan Zevin, 49, has won the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his collection of essays Dan Gets a Mini-Van: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad. How good's the book? Adam Sandler's already optioned it for a TV series. Shalom Auslander ( Hope: A Tragedy) and Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel ( Lunatics) were the runners-up.

'Hunger Games' tix!

Advance tix are! on! sale! now! for the eagerly awaited The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens Nov. 22. Jennifer Lawrence stars in a saga chock-full of heroes and villains, bows and arrows, lots of running, and perhaps even some smooching! Info: www.thehungergamesexplorer.com.

Death & the cartoon character

Simpsons producer Al Jean says one of the series regulars will be killed off - will actually and literally die - on the 25th season of the Fox cartoon, which begins Sunday. Who'd you want to see die? Homer Simpson? Mr. Burns? Krusty the Clown? How 'bout baby Maggie?

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character," said Jean. That includes virtually everyone in the cast.

Give us a break, Justin!

UnBeliebers are once again calling Justin Bieber a snotty, spoiled brat after photos began circulating this week showing the child emperor being carried up the Great Wall of China on the shoulders of two bodyguards. They walk in tandem as he lounges, balancing a cheek each on the burly men's bulging musculature. Last week, Zach Galifianakis listed Justin's latest stupid antics in an online Funny or Die vid, then took off his belt and spanked the kid.

Please, Kim, stop the madness!

Kim Kardashian's campaign to embody the species' most narcissistic, acquisitive, image-obsessed traits - and pass them on to her child - continues apace. Kim has sent out photos of a slew of exclusive designer baby clothes she nabbed at Paris Fashion Week for her baby girl, North. People mag says the haul includes a mini white lab coat from Maison Martin Margiela, a custom Bambi tee from Givenchy, and cozy menswear-style sweaters, snakeskin slip-ons from CĂ©line, and a leather dress from Alexander Wang. Would you let a 3-month-old parade around in leather?

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Brad Pitt took his 5-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, for a fun romp Saturday at Britain's Legoland Windsor. Angelina Jolie and the rest of the brood are in Australia. Jolie has been sporting what looks like a wedding band, leading gossips to speculate that the couple have wed in secret. . . . The Band Perry's singer Kimberly Perry on Monday night become engaged to Toronto Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia. . . . E!Online says Jodie Foster, 50, is dating Ellen DeGeneres' ex-gf, Alexandra Hedison. . . . Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn have welcomed a baby boy.


This column includes information from Inquirer wire services. sideshow@phillynews.com

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