All "SideShow" readers are hereby commanded to pick up two mags

right now

. The June 1 ish of Entertainment Weekly, its 20th-anniversary bash, lists the 100 Greatest Characters [pop-cult, fictional] in the Last 20 Years. It reminds us of the long, strange trip it's been since 1990. For some reason,

Your Boss

is not listed, but number one, of course, is beer-burpin' daddy

Homer Simpson

. The rest of the top 10: (2)

Harry Potter

; (3)

Buffy Summers

, as played by

Sarah Michelle Gellar

in

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

; (4)

Tony Soprano

, as played by

James Gandolfini

in

The Sopranos

; (5)

the Joker

, as interpreted by

Heath Ledger

in

The Dark Knight

; (6)

Rachel Green

, as played by

Jennifer Aniston

in

Friends

; (7)

Edward Scissorhands

(yay,

Johnny Depp

!); (8)

Hannibal Lecter

, the

Anthony Hopkins

tour de horreur

in

The Silence of the Lambs

, et al.; (9)

Carrie Bradshaw

, as played by

Sarah Jessica Parker

in

Sex and the City

; and (10)

SpongeBob SquarePants

.

As for the Rolling Stone list of all-time greatest songs, No. 1 is "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan, and the other 499 are just as wonderful, songs and stories. Yes, the Beatles kill everyone to death in the face, with 23 entries. Interesting fact: The year with the most entries is, uh-huh, 1965.

Philly violinists win!

Violinists from Philadelphia's

Astral Artists

won the two top prizes of the Concours Musical International de Montréal on Wednesday.

Benjamin Beilman

, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a Curtis Institute student, took the top prize of $30,000 plus concerts. Munich, Germany-born

Korbinian Altenberger

won the $15,000 second prize. Both are familiar to Philadelphia audiences, not just from Astral concerts: Beilman made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut at the Mann Center, while Altenberger has been concerto soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

- David Patrick Stearns

Bieber takeover, cont'd

Justin Bieber

, jailbait pop princeling now in the process of world domination, has announced the second leg of his "My World" tour, adding 35 cities. He'll start in palatial Timonium, Md., on Sept. 5 and stop Dec. 23 in Atlanta. J-Bieb is donating a buck from each ticket to Pencils of Promise, an education charity. He aims to build schools around the world for needy kids.

Simon's soccer song

Simon "Darth" Cowell

, former hateful, hate-filled judge on

American Idol

, is producing a song for World Cup 2010. It's a duet by

Dizzee Rascal

and

James Corden

, a rap-ruination of that great

Tears for Fears

hit "Shout." All of which is too heinous to contemplate. . . .

Floops and fleeps

Sheryl Crow says on her website that she has adopted another son, Levi James. She adopted Wyatt in 2007. . . . How cute was it when White House invitee Sir Paul McCartney, after getting the Gershwin award for songwriting, sang "Michelle" to Michelle Obama? Pretty cute. . . . Krazy Katherine Heigl, now flogging her new flick Killers, costarring Ashton "Twitterboy" Kutcher, says she's glad to be done with Grey's Anatomy, since she "started not liking" her character, Izzie. You and the world, Katherine.

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