Halle Berry court fight takes toll on relationship with Olivier Martinez
By Bill Zwecker February 13, 2013 11:21PM
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One of the toughest and longest-running celebrity custody battles has been the well-publicized court fight by Halle Berry to get legal permission to move to France with her daughter Nahla and to permanently live in Paris with her fiancé and fellow actor Olivier Martinez.
While this has been vigorously contested by Berry’s ex-beau — and Nahla’s father — model Gabriel Aubrey, there are hints that this conflict has taken something of a toll on Berry and Martinez’s own relationship.
“Olivier really does not like L.A.,” said a source long close to Berry. “He wants to just be in France — except when work takes him elsewhere. Halle wants to be with him full-time too, but this whole situation has made life difficult, and has begun to add a lot of pressure on them. … I get the sense things may not be going so well.”
That said, a second Berry buddy denies the possible splitsville chatter. “Yes, this whole custody thing has been a bitch, but I’m convinced it will actually make Halle and Olivier’s relationship stronger — not weaker.”
BABY BEAT: At the age of 67, veteran funnyman and actor Steve Martin finally has become a father — shortly before his fellow 2010 Oscar host Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, confirmed the rumor that they are expecting their first child.
Martin’s publicist confirmed that the notoriously private entertainer and his wife, Anne Stringfield, 41, have recently become parents, without sharing any details, including the kid’s gender.
Let’s hope Martin is a better father than his own dad. Back in 2008, Martin noted, “In his death, my father did something he could not do in life. He brought our family together.”
The Baldwin baby is expected to arrive sometime late this summer.
GETS LAST LAUGH: Former GOP veep candidate Sarah Palin obviously loved zinging the Washington Post after the paper mistakenly fell for a hoax earlier this week. Responding to the false report on the Post’s website that Palin was signing on as a contributor to the new Al Jazeera America network — replacing her former gig on Fox News Channel — the ex-Alaska governor tweeted, “Hey @washingtonpost, I’m having coffee with Elvis this week.”
TV TALK: Jennifer Beals, who formerly starred on the locally made “The Chicago Code,” has signed on to star on the pilot for “Venice,” a proposed new ABC drama being produced by Beals’ ex-“The L Word” creator Ilene Chaitken.
On “Venice,” Beals will play the matriarch of one of two families struggling to control things in Venice, Calif. — a tale loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.”
† Along with prepping to host the Oscars Feb. 24, Seth MacFarlane is part of the producing and writing team behind “Dads.” Tommy Dewey (“The Mindy Project,” “Happily Divorced”) has just been cast as one of two thirtysomething guys whose lives turn upside down after their fathers-from-hell unexpectedly move in with them.
† Acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard has just joined the cast of “The Killing” for the series’ third season on AMC. This will be Sarsgaard’s first major TV role — playing a violent death row inmate who has been in the prison system since he was a kid.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Alexi Giannoulias, the former state treasurer and Dem U.S. Senate candidate — now a managing director of BNY Mellon Wealth Management — has teamed up with Chris Lardakis to launch a new project. Within the next few weeks, they plan to open Kanela, an upscale Greek-themed breakfast eatery. Kanela is the Greek word for cinnamon — a spice that certainly evokes thoughts of tasty breakfast dishes!
The restaurant will be located just south of North Avenue on Wells, in the old site of Las Pinatas.
MUSIC MEN: Anthony Federov, who finished fourth in season four on “American Idol,” will make his first public appearance as the lead singer with the popular Chicago area band 7th Heaven when the group plays a gig at the John Barleycorn in Schaumburg at 10 p.m. Friday. While 7th Heaven doesn’t have an album coming out this year, the musicians certainly have a big season ahead of them, with a summer filled with more than 200 shows on their schedule.
TAKE A BOW: Jim Jacobs, who forever will be remembered as the co-writer of “Grease,” will be the special guest of honor Saturday at a special benefit performance of “Victor/Victoria,” the Columbia College theater department’s spring mainstage musical.
Appropriately, all proceeds of Saturday’s ticket sales will go to the scholarship fund Jacobs established for the department. Tickets are only $15 and available by calling (312) 369-8330.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Oprah Winfrey zipped back into town the other day and hosted an intimate dinner for some Harpo honchos at Spiaggia’s private event space. … Yes, that was Scottie Pippen seen picking up lunch Wednesday via the drive-thru at the Portillo’s at Clark and Ontario. … Fans of Cathy Rigby were tickled to spot the veteran “Peter Pan” star dining at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie. … Alpana Singh and John Ward’s hot new Boarding House continues to be a celeb magnet with recent sightings including Lady Gaga’s main man Tayor Kinney of “Chicago Fire,” Juanita Jordan, Kerry Wood, Michael Sacks with Nora and Sean Conroy, Les Coney, Neal Zucker and ex-Chicago Police superintendent Jody Weis. ... Late-night dining at Joe’s Stone Crab, the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili was the last to leave the popular eatery Monday. … Speaking of the Spurs, teammate Tony Parker, his family and pals — plus the Spurs’ French players Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo, and the Bulls’ Vladimir Radmanovic — checked out Chez Moi on North Halsted. … While here to play the Hawks, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and a bunch of teammates hit Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap.