Sideshow: Bon Jovi coaches Cruise

Forget the Actors Studio: It doesn't get more Method than Tom Cruise, says Jon Bon Jovi. The rocker tells celeb TV show Extra that Suri's papa was really nervous about playing a rock star in his new pic, Rock of Ages, an adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's Broadway musical.

Tom really wanted to be that man, man.

So the Cocktail star turned to Bon Jovi for some schooling. "[Cruise] and I actually went out and he was very intense about 'How do you do this?' " the Perth Amboy native says.

"I said, 'Relax, man, you're Tom Cruise, you can learn how to sing a song, don't worry about it!' "

Bon Jovi believes in Tom's thespianic prowess: "Everything that he does, he does to 11."

Worried Cruise will do a Bon Jovi imitation?

"I don't think that he's gonna be worried about duplicating my things - it'll be an amalgam of stuff," Bon Jovi says.Tina Brown: Di photo not creepy!

Newsweek's reigning baroness Tina Brown is shrugging off complaints that her mag's cover image of Princess Diana makes her look as if she's on The Walking Dead.

It's a digitally altered pic showing the late Princess of Wales as she might have looked had she lived to see her 50th birthday on Wednesday.

"The cover has created a huge amount of debate," Brown told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Wednesday. "Some people think it's kind of spooky. . . . I think it's a very intriguing package to show what she'd be like today."

Lindsay Lohan, free and clear

Lindsay Lohan, whose jewelry theft case could have (some say should have) landed her a stiff jail sentence, has completed her relaxing home-arrest sentence. And not a moment too soon: The sometime actor will turn 25 on Saturday, and, we imagine, she would have been bummed if she couldn't have a bash to celebrate her continued maturation. Don't worry, LiLo won't get trashed, her rep vows to E!Online: "We're choosing to let Lindsay celebrate her birthday with family and friends privately."

Singing pretty

Crooner Javier Colon was crowned the inaugural winner of The Voice, NBC's singing contest. He triumphed over three other finalists when the audience vote was announced on Wednesday's live season finale. He gets $100,000 and a recording contract. A 2 percent margin separated Colon, of Stratford, Conn., from second-place Dia Frampton, 23, of St. George, Utah. The Voice featured Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton as "coaches." Colon was coached by Maroon 5's Levine, while Frampton was Shelton's charge. Based on a Dutch series, The Voice proved a much-needed hit for NBC and will be back. The next season's casting call is under way at NBC's website.

Famous possible babies-to-be

Barely 10 minutes have gone by since the tabloids jumped all over Jennifer Aniston's budding romance with Justin Theroux, and already Star mag is circulating word that The Hairdo might - possibly, perhaps - be pregnant.

Meanwhile, In Touch Weekly cites Unknown Source, who says Jen's pals are concerned she's changing everything about herself - including her hair! - to suit Justin's desires, implying she's desperate to hold on to him. Can we stop painting Jen as a helpless would-be spinster-for-life?

In Touch Weekly also suggests Lady Gaga may be carrying her first baby with beau Luc Carl. Not only that, they're getting married! Sure! Why not?

Philly's Jill Scott conquers chart

North Philly native Jill Scott defeated the mighty Detroit rapper Eminem this week in the Billboard album chart race, scoring her very first No. 1 album with The Light of the Sun, which sold 135,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Scott's 2004 entry, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, had been her biggest chart-climber, going as high as No. 3. Folkies Bon Iver are eponymously at No. 2 with 104,000, while Adele's 21 is at No. 3 with 101,000. It's her 18th week in the top 10.

EntBiz moves smart 'n' silly

Kevin James and Adam Sandler, who gave us the silver-screen classics Grown Ups and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, will pair up to make a third tickler, Valet Guys. "We're two guys in our 40s valeting in Miami. We just get dumped on by a lot of people," James tells USA Today. "A guy dumps on us too much, and we take his car out for a ride. It creates a whole crazy weekend."

Sexy dude Patrick Dempsey is still in the dark: Will he leave Grey's Anatomy after its eighth season? "I really, honestly, don't know," he tells USA Today.

Madonna and her designing daughter Lola have unveiled the new fall 2011 marketing campaign for their junior brand, Material Girl, available at Macy's, their marketing reps say. Um, hooray?

Love: No pain, no gain

David Duchovny and Téa Leoni's 14-year marriage hasn't always been smooth. But they soldiered on, working through a 2008 separation. Can they get through another big bump? People says the couple, who have two children, Madelaine West, 12, and Kyd, 9, have separated again.

Meanwhile, there's word Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon are back on again.

From the farm to the apocalypse

Victoria's Secret angel turned action-movie prop Rosie Huntington-Whiteley tells FoxNews.com she was pumped to do the stunts on Transformers: Dark of the Moon. "I'm a farm girl," she says. "I grew up on a farm, so for me going up on a wire and jumping through fire or through a rolled-over, turned-up car, or the explosions going off behind me, was the most exciting thing."

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Prince William and Kate will touch down on our continent - in Canada - on Thursday. The 11-day tour will take them to Southern California. It will go down in history.


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