In a powerful testament to its gargantuan power and popularity,

American Idol

this week raised a staggering $60 mil for charity through the two-night "Idol Gives Back" extravaganza. Hosted by

Ellen DeGeneres

, the show featured gaggles and gaggles of glittery guests (live and taped), including

Bono

,

Madonna

,

Ben Stiller

,

Jack Black

,

Gwyneth Paltrow

and

Tom Cruise

. The money raised will be split between orgs that help needy children in America and Africa.

What's more, Bono said 70,000 people signed up for his global consciousness-raising ONE Campaign in response to his on-air plea on Idol.

Birkhead and baby win one

Larry Birkhead

was cleared yesterday to prosper and seek happiness with a decision by a Bahamian court that he and

Dannielynn

, his 7-month-old daughter with the late

Anna Nicole Smith

, can fly back to the States, despite an appeal by Smith's mother,

Virgie Arthur

, who seeks custody of the baby. The judge said a U.S. court would have to make the final ruling in the custody dispute, though it looks as if Birkhead will win hands down. (The judge also ordered Arthur to pay Birkhead $3,000 in legal costs.)

Birkhead must return to the Bahamas for a June 8 hearing.

Lawyer: Hugh was naughty

"We're not denying it. It happened," said

Robert Garlock

, rep for Brit actor

Hugh Grant

, finally addressing Tuesday's incident when Grant lashed out at paparazzo

Ian Whittaker

outside the actor's London house. Whittaker said Grant kicked him "three or four times," kneed him "in the groin," and lobbed a plastic container full of baked beans at him.

Garlock said, "It's up to the local council to decide whether they will press charges, which they will announce next month." As for Grant? "He prefers not to say anything."

Campus Invasion concert

MTV's college affiliate, mtvU, brings the Campus Invasion Tour, a six-hour benefit concert, to the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the show, which will feature Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes, Augustana, K-os, Kidz in the Hall, and Kenna, will benefit the Save Darfur Coalition. Info and tix: www.mtvU.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Marketing savvy

Eager "to see Disney-Pixar's upcoming summer animated comedy

Ratatouille

?" a press release asks rhetorically. On Tuesday, you'll be able to go online (

) to taste a nine-minute slice of the film, which won't open till June 29!

It's all part of "an innovative cross-media promotion," which will also include a TV ad blitz debuting Tuesday and "a 90-second commercial during American Idol." Jim Gallagher, the Disney marketing prez is, like, "The synergy being executed between the Motion Picture Group and Disney.com is extraordinary."

Close call for Bullock's hub

People has reported that one

Marcia Valentine

, a known

Sandra Bullock

stalker, tried to kill the

Speed

actress' husband,

Jesse James

, with her motorcar Sunday morning. Valentine showed up at the James house in Orange County, and when Jesse asked her to vamoose, she jumped into her 2004 silver Mercedes and tried to run him over at least "three or four times," a police rep said.

Valentine, who was arrested the next day and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, has since posted $25,000 bail. She's due in court May 22.

Thou shalt honor rock

The second annual VH1 Rock Honors this year will bestow laurels upon

Genesis

,

Heart

,

Ozzy Osbourne

and

ZZ Top

for their music and their influence on rock.

The show will be taped May 12 at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas. It'll premiere on VH1, VH1 Classic and MHD on May 24.

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