Even as gossipers were busy writing Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's matrimonial obituary, the couple were spotted together Friday at a Kabbalah service in Los Angeles, says X17Online. (That would be the New Age take on Kabbalah, the venerable tradition of Jewish mysticism.)

Dashton's public show of spiritual togetherness seems to imply their marriage is as strong as ever. Or it doesn't.

Sean Penn in Cairo

Filmmaker Sean Penn was in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday to lend support to protesters who demand that the military relinquish control and let a civilian government take over the nation. (The military took control after President Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February.)

"The world is inspired by the call for freedom by the courageous revolution of Egypt for its freedom," said Sean. "Clearly that is not a completion overnight; there are still struggles forward."

A 'Harry Potter' disaster

Electronically minded J.K. Rowling fans are in for a shock: The seven-book Harry Potter cycle won't be out as e-books this month as promised, says the Pottermore (www.pottermore.com/) site. The e-books will go on sale exclusively on the site "in the first half of 2012."

No McDonald concert

With a potential strike of stagehands, ushers, wardrobe workers, and box office staff at the Kimmel Center looming at midnight, the Kimmel announced Friday that Saturday night's Audra McDonald concert had been postponed to Nov. 30.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Police in Washington are investigating the Onion for sending a series of satirical tweets Thursday saying there was a hostage crisis inside the Capitol building.  . . . Actor Steve Martin's banjo playin' band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, was named entertainer of the year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Nashville on Thursday. "I want to congratulate the other nominees . . . for losing," Martin said. . . . The Motor City honored Kid Rock Friday with the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award, given annually to citizens who have made significant contributions to Detroit. . . . The Beatles' earliest recordings, which feature their first drummer, Pete Best, will be out Nov. 8 in a two-disk set, The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings


Celeb love notes . . .

Clueless actor Stacey Dash's divorce from thesp Emmanuel Xuereb has been finalized, TMZ says. . . . Courteney Cox's estranged hub, David Arquette, is dating EntNews reporter Christina McLarty. . . . Ozzy spawn Jack Osbourne is engaged to actor Lisa Stelly, he tells blog GossipCop.com.

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