According to those close to Demi Moore – who recently completed a stint in rehab – the actress continues to carry a torch for her estranged husband, Ashton Kutcher.
The “Two and a Half Men” star has made it clear to everyone – including Moore – that he’s moved on and she should as well. While Kutcher still loves Moore and has maintained a relationship with her daughters, he also makes no bones about his feeling that their marriage is in his past.
Moore, on the other hand, is said to be obsessed with Kutcher and undeterred by what appears to be his important new relationship with writer Lorene Scafaria — something his team calls merely a good friendship.
Both Moore ex-husband Bruce Willis and the former couple’s daughter Rumer have tried to convince Demi she needs to realize Kutcher “isn’t coming back. That’s a fact,” said a longtime friend of the actress. “She has to come to terms with that, as difficult as that is for her.”
â€ Separately, if all the key players on “Two and a Half Men” – especially Kutcher and Jon Cryer – are willing to return (and all indications say they are), it does look likely the long-running CBS comedy will be back for a 10th season next fall.
JON VS. KIM: A pal of Jon Hamm followed up on the brouhaha caused when the “Mad Men” star called Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton “f—ing idiots” exemplifying how “stupidity is certainly celebrated” in America. The remark, I’m told, was more a comment on U.S. celebrity culture than a direct attack on the reality TV personalities.
“Not that I think Jon is a fan of either woman,” said the source, “but what he really was reiterating was that old adage, ‘No one ever went broke underestimating the taste level of the American public.’ ”
TOGETHER/APART: Apparently that hot romance between Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, model and actress Riley Keough, and Brit actor Alex Pettyfer, has moved even faster than expected. According to Us Weekly, the couple are engaged, after dating for only six months. (Of course in Hollywood, that’s equal to six years.) The duo met on the set of “Magic Mike,” in which Pettyfer plays a male stripper. Guess she liked what she saw. … On a sadder note, Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth are calling it quits after 11 years of marriage. The couple issued a joint statement stressing they maintain “the same deep love and devotion to our children.” They are parents to three daughters, ages 5, 9 and 14.
MAKIN’ MUSIC: There will be some super singing coming out of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park at the upcoming “Apostles of Gospel” concert featuring Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum and the late Whitney Houston’s dear friend, CeCe Winans. The joyful event begins at 6 p.m. on April 1 – and that’s no April Fool!
REALITY ROLES? Getting ready for its 29th season, MTV’s “Real World” is having an open casting call for the granddaddy of reality shows from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 at Dave & Busters, 1030 N. Clark.
Bunim/Murray Productions is running the auditions, and potential contestants should bring a non-returnable photo, be 21 by March 1, 2013, and appear to be between 20 and 24.
TASTY TREATS: The Chicago Academy for the Arts’ “A Taste for the Arts” 30th anniversary gala will feature quite a group of both star chefs and Chicago celebs. Chefs at the May 10 fete at the Harris Theater and Millennium Park Terrace will include Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano, Stephanie Izard, Heather Terhune and Takashi Yagihashi, and the event’s boosters include Donna LaPietra, Bill Kurtis, Deann Bayless, Stephen Flach, Chris Fryseon, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Barbara Levy Kipper and Jim Belushi.
SEEN ON SCENE: Blackhawks coaches Stephane Waite, Mike Kitchen and Tim Campbell, plus goaltender Ray Emery were among recent sightings at Quay Restaurant & Bar. … “Saturday Night Live” veteran and President Obama alter ego Fred Armisen had fans smiling as he lunched Monday at Lux Bar.