Sideshow: Justin Bieber brings succor to the Philippines

Actress Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty to sending a poisoned letter to President Obama.
Actress Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty to sending a poisoned letter to President Obama. (AP)
Posted: December 12, 2013

Bieber visits Philippine victims

His image tarnished of late by accusations of heavy partying, youngster Justin Bieber sought to do good Tuesday in the Philippines, where he offered succor to victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Bieber, 19, handed out clothing, toys, and basketballs to kids.

He inspired awe. "It was like we were not hit by the typhoon," one girl told Manila's TV5 Television.

Justin, who has raised $600,000 in donations through a Facebook appeal, also performed for the crowd.

Kim Kardashian is upset

National hero Kim Kardashian is upset by criticism that only 10 percent of proceeds from her eBay Philippines typhoon relief auction actually went to charity. Hidden costs and fees ate up half the proceeds, she writes on her blog. So, who gets the 40 percent left over?

Actress pleads in Obama plot

The Walking Dead actress Shannon Guess Richardson on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president," Richardson wrote in the letter. Her admission is part of a plea deal that may cap her prison term at 18 years.

The Jackson circus in town

Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" will hit the Wells Fargo Center March 25 and 26. Info: 1-800-298-4200 or http://ComcastTIX.com.

The sound of chee-zee musicals

So the critics leered and cringed, but NBC's live, three-hour Carrie Underwood-led rendition of The Sound of Music on Thursday did so well - it drew 18.6 mil viewers - that the network plans to produce more live musicals! USA Today says Peter Pan is a likely follow-up.

Tila Tequila digs Hitler

So, how much space should be devoted in this column to a badly written pro- Adolf Hitler rant by a Z-list has-been quasi-celeb? "I used to think all of those horrible things about [Hitler] until I learned the truth about the war and what Hitler truly did and he was not a bad person," Tila Tequila writes in her blog. She praises Hitler for standing up for his country, "unlike all of our cowardly leaders." Since Hitler lost the war, Tila argues, the poor guy "was painted out to be a monster. . . . This is what breaks my heart."

Lady Gaga adds A.C. show

Lady Gaga's new tour, "artRave: The ARTPOP Ball," is so totally sold out, she's added new dates, including a June 28 show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tix go on sale 10 a.m. Monday. Info: 1-800-736-1420 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Britney Spears' future

"I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl," Britney Spears tells In Style of her five-year life plan. "I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it's going to be crazy. I'm not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I'm going to feel like I have a second person, like, that's me."

Narcissistic personality disorder, anyone? I feel for that poor child.


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