Sideshow: Music keeps saving Eminem

Now that Adam Levine has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, can he win "The Voice" competition?
Now that Adam Levine has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, can he win "The Voice" competition? (PAUL A. HEBERT / Invision)
Posted: November 22, 2013

Eminem: Hip-hop saved me

"I'm as happy as I can be," Eminem tells Rolling Stone mag. "I guess."

The Detroit rapper should be grinning like a Cheshire cat. His new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, has sold more than a million copies since its Nov. 5 release.

Slim Shady, whose previous LP was called Recovery, has embraced sobriety. He's grateful to be alive. Grateful to music for saving him.

"Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else," he says. "I think they have a word for that - what do they call it? Idiot savant?"

Creative destruction

Now, Eminem can never go home again: The state of Michigan on Wednesday demolished his childhood home between 8 Mile and 7 Mile roads on Detroit's east side. The house, which stood with 70 other vacant homes, was damaged by a Nov. 7 fire.

Adam Levine: Sooo sexy

In a sacred tradition - indeed, a sacred trust - that goes back, way back, to 1985, when Mel Gibson was draped in that most honorable mantle, People mag has chosen to sanctify Adam Levine, 34, as 2013's Sexiest Man Alive.

"I feel sexy," the Maroon 5 singer said on Tuesday night's edition of The Voice when he was told of his beatification.

Levine tells People he cries at movies, loves to be nude, and really does want to marry his fiancée, Namibian Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo.

"I didn't think marriage was for me for a long time," he says. "I was ready when I was ready. That's about as simple as it could possibly be."

Channing Tatum had the title last year, and Bradley Cooper held it the year before.

Phila. Broadcast Pioneers

On Friday night, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia have their annual Hall of Fame and Person of the Year banquet. MCs are Larry Kane and Dom Giordano. The person of the year is longtime Philly radio guy Tom Moran. Hall of Fame inductees include weatherlady Kathy Orr of CBS3, NBC10 sports announcer Vai Sikahema, and the street-corner doo-woppers Danny and the Juniors. Posthumous inductees include the very great Jean Shepherd of KYW and WOR, and 76ers announcer Dave Zinkoff. What a radio town!

- John Timpane

Sean Penn & photographers

He's been famous for lashing out at photographers since his days with Madonna. Sean Penn stayed true to character Tuesday night in San Francisco, when he caught a tourist snapping him with a cellphone. "Do we look like [expletive] zoo animals?" he said, according to TMZ. "I'll make you eat the phone."

Kevin Spacey's inititative

Kevin Spacey has never starred in a Woody Allen film, so he decided to rectify the situation by sending the legendary New York director a letter. "[I] introduced myself as an actor he may or may not know," Spacey tells GQ. "And I sent him a Netflix subscription, because I want him to watch my work." Allen wrote back with much encouragement.

Adds Spacey, "I may write to Martin Scorsese next."


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