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LOS ANGELES CA - MARCH 28:  NFL player Jay Cutler KristCavallari arrive premiere Summit Entertainment's 'Source Code' ArcLight Cinemas

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: NFL player Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari arrive at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "Source Code" at ArcLight Cinemas on March 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\GYI0064113956.jpg

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Updated: February 25, 2012 8:18AM



W hile Kristin Caval­lari’s pregnancy came as a surprise to the reality TV personality and fiance Jay Cutler, a source very close to Cavallari said Monday that the couple are “almost giddy” with joy about the prospect of becoming parents.

“A lot of people might be surprised to hear this, but Jay is really looking forward to becoming a dad. … He’s a very private guy and often curt with the press, but privately he is very much a big teddy bear,” added the source, laughing at her inadvertent reference to the QB’s Chicago team.A pal of Cavallari’s mother,

Judith Spies, says she is “thrilled by the news, as you would expect. But isn’t that normally the case with all grandparents?”

Though it’s possible the couple’s wedding may now be moved up — before the baby’s birth — that isn’t definite. “So many couples have kids first and then marry afterward, there isn’t the pressure to [get married] as much these days,” added the first source.

Despite the on-again-off again nature of Cavallari and Cutler’s relationship, those close to the duo insist the “hiatus” in their engagement turned out to be an excellent idea.

“It’s not the first time a couple took a break and during that time learned how much they really cared about each other and how empty their lives were without the other person,” said a source who has known Cavallari since her school days in Barrington.

SUNDANCING: Lots of dish is coming out of the Sundance Film Festival.

James Marsden, recently split with wife Lisa Linde, reportedly didn’t miss any parties last weekend, flirting with virtually every woman who crossed his path and freely handing out his number and email address.

Paris Hilton also was very present in Park City — making many think the once ubiquitous hotel heiress is eager to get back in the spotlight and no longer complaining about the ever-present paparazzi who used to bug her.

† Illinois Film Office director Betsy Steinberg is thrilled to again be in the Variety Studio, where all the filmmakers and stars go to do interviews. It gives Betsy a chance to pitch them on coming to Illinois to make movies. Among those she’s seen just in the past couple of days: Spike Lee, Helen Hunt, Paul Giamatti, ex-Chicagoans Megan Mull­ally and William H. Macy, Ice-T, “The Help” star Octavia Spencer, Chicago’s own Common, Jake Johnson (who grew up in Winnetka) and Paul Simon.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: In case you missed it, famous kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart just got engaged to fellow Morman Matthew Gilmour of Scotland, whom she met on a church mission in France last year. … Congrats to actress Bryce Dallas Howard and hubby Seth Gabel on the birth of daughter Beatrice Jean, joining big brother Theo. … Unlike his “Jennifer” tattoo for estranged wife Jennifer Lopez, which Marc Anthony has lasered off, his new tattoo of the Statue of Liberty — an homage to his nickname for new girlfriend Shannon De Lima — likely won’t bug him too much if (or when?) the couple breaks up.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Sports was clearly on the menu at Joe’s Stone Crab when Bears running backs’ coach Tim Spencer stopped in for dinner, as did Hawks CEO John McDonough and one of his star players, Patrick Kane.Kyle MacLachlan, hoping to get Chicago Cut Steakhouse to feature his vineyard’s wine, dined at the popular restaurant with Michigan Avenue magazine’s Dan Uslan.



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