Sideshow: 'Inception' insomnia showing: $3 million

Warner Brothers honchos surely smiled in their sleep Friday night at the estimated $3 million take from the limited midnight opening of Inception, starring the dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio. And there's more dough to roll in, since on Friday the film fully opened at 3,792 locations. Oh, Leo, we knew you had actorly superpowers, but in this Christopher Nolan-directed movie you actually can steal dreams. We don't know whether to say ick or take a Lunesta and pray for some REM sleep. On second thought, zzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

More Mel-odrama

Wait just one hollering minute, say Mel Gibson defenders. Sources tell gossipteer TMZ.com that the actor was actually a victim - No! Yes! - in his relationship with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. These sources say the Russian musician asked for $10 million from Gibson to muzzle the secretly recorded tapes on which a voice sounding a lot like Mel's lets loose an obscenity-laced tirade at Grigorieva. And this is the guy who starred in What Women Want?

Be-liebers, really?

It's official: Pop phenom Justin Bieber's music video for "Baby" is the most-watched YouTube video ever, and possibly for all eternity, scoring more than 246 million viewers. The 16-year-old tweeted a thank-you to his "Beliebers" in which his cuteness oozed through his fans' mobile devices into their very beings.

No 'Fresh Air' in Mississippi

Mississippi Public Broadcasting has dropped Fresh Air, the nationally broadcast radio show hosted by Terry Gross that originates from WHYY 91FM in Philadelphia. In a statement, MPB executive director Judith Lewis says that "Mississippi Public Broadcasting strives to deliver educational, informative, and meaningful content to its listeners. . . . Too often Fresh Air's interviews include gratuitous discussions on issues of an explicit sexual nature." An MPB spokesperson told SideShow that the broadcaster got many listener complaints but "the last straw" followed the July 7 episode "Comedian Louis C.K.: Finding Laughs Post-Divorce."

Replied Gross: "I think we provide 'educational, informative and meaningful' interviews and reviews on a daily basis, about many subjects, including political issues, health, religion, movies, books, music, television, and sexuality. But I respect MPB's right to decide what it considers to be appropriate programming for its listeners." Well and classily said, Ms. Gross.


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