Sideshow: John Bolaris to weather wedlock

Director Sam Mendes (left) with actors Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, and Daniel Craig at the "Skyfall" premiere in Madrid on Monday.

John Bolaris, bon vivant, boulevardier, and baron of barometrics, is bailing out on bachelorhood, thanks to the matchmaking skills of Howard Stern. Bolaris, 55, the former Philly weather guy whose romantic life has long been a bountiful source of material for "SideShow" and similar journalistic enterprises, proposed to gf Erica Smitheman, 33, at Stern's urging during The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM Radio Monday morning.

Bolaris was there to do a weather special for Sirius and had brought Smitheman with him. The Stern show website,, recounts what happened next: "Before he left, John introduced his girlfriend, Erica, noting that she was 20 years his junior. Howard wondered if Erica would like John to propose in-studio, so she laughed: 'No. It has to be right.' But John seemed to be inspired by the perfect storm and went for it anyway: 'You know I love you. And you know we're going to be married some day, right? And you're always by my side. In the worst of times, she's by my side. Erica, will you marry me?' Erica said yes: 'I will.' "

"It was unanticipated," Bolaris said by phone, but the outcome was happy. "It was the perfect storm . . . and the perfect couple." He said his fiancee thinks they should get married on "11/12/13. That way I won't forget."


Potter . . . Harry Potter.

James Bond may have a license to kill, but that's not enough against the Boy Who Lived. The newest 007 adventure, Skyfall, had magnificent box office receipts of £20.1 million ($32 million), but that was only good enough to make it the second-best opening weekend in British film history. The top of all time is last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the final episode in the Potter saga, which took in £23 million ($37 million) in its British debut weekend. Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as Bond and Javier Bardem as his current nemesis, opens in the United States on Nov. 9.


Green Day bows out

Grammy-winning band Green Day is calling off the remainder of its 2012 club schedule and postponing the start of its 2013 arena tour so that singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong can continue his battle with substance abuse. Armstrong's "well-being is our main concern," said bass player Mike Dirnt, who adds that Armstrong's rehab is going well. Armstrong's problems were on public display during an onstage rant in Las Vegas in September.

The punk group also moved up the release date of its album ¡Tré!, the third part of a trilogy, to Dec. 11, a month ahead of schedule.


Swift start for Grammys

Pop princess Taylor Swift will take time out from musically dissing former boyfriends to co-host the Grammy nomination TV special on Dec. 5, the AP reports. Grammy officials say the pride of Wyomissing, Pa., will join LL Cool J on the CBS broadcast from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. This is the first year the nominations special has been broadcast from Music City. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.


All cleared up

Hulk Hogan has settled his lawsuit against Florida DJ and erstwhile best friend Bubba the Love Sponge Clem for secretly videotaping the Hulkster in congress with Bubba's wife. Hogan's rep said Monday that the terms of the deal are confidential, the Associated Press reports. Hogan's lawsuit said the pro grappler had consensual sex with Heather Clem six years ago in the Clems' home, but didn't know anyone was making a visual record of the proceedings.

Bubba has apologized to Hulk and says he's convinced Hogan didn't know he was being filmed.


Conan comeback

Former California Guv Arnold Schwarzenegger will play one of his favorite characters, Conan (the Barbarian, not the O'Brien), in a new flick, The Legend of Conan. Universal Pictures is developing the action film just for the Austrian-born muscleman. Deadline Hollywood broke the story on Friday. Schwarzenegger, 65, has had two outings as Conan: 1982's Conan the Barbarian and 1984's Conan the Destroyer.


Conrad to the rescue

We at "SideShow" have a soft spot for dogs (and cats, too), so it's with some satisfaction that we note a People magazine report that former Laguna Beach and Hills star Lauren Conrad has adopted a shelter pup. The multitalented 26-year-old thesp, the author of several novels and a book of beauty tips, the appropriately titled Lauren Conrad Beauty, named her golden-haired little canine beauty Fitz. Conrad already has another shelter dog, a 4-year-old Labrador mix named Chloe.


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