Did Angus T. Jones lobby for Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen?
WITH BILL ZWECKER May 15, 2011 7:18PM
Now that co-star Charlie Sheen is gone, Angus T. Jones will be acting with Ashton Kutcher on the next season of “Two and a Half Men.”
Updated: October 16, 2011 12:17AM
Word has it that none other than young “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones was among those suggesting the casting of Ashton Kutcher as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on the upcoming season of the hit CBS sitcom.
Jones, 17, apparently long has been a Twitter and e-mail pal of Kutcher’s. He was very upset by the whole Sheen saga (“Charlie had become like a surrogate dad for him,” said a show source).
Look for the sitcom’s writers to “very carefully create a character for Ashton that will perfectly be matched to his personality, quick wit, charm and huge appeal to women,” said another “Men” insider. “That approach clearly worked for Charlie, and they want a similar success with Ashton — though he will absolutely not be a clone of Charlie’s Charlie Harper character,” added the source.
“Nobody would want that — most of all Ashton.”
ROMANTIC RUMBLINGS: We’ve heard it before, but there’s mounting evidence Britney Spears and her boyfriend, super-agent Jason Trawick, are closer than ever to an engagement. … The latest (and likely final) breakup of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli reportedly was due to the Israeli beauty’s frustration — realizing she always would play second-fiddle to the actor’s entourage of close male pals.
Country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert tied the knot in a Texas wedding witnessed by music-world pals Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Cee Lo Green. The bride wore her mom’s bridal gown and told UsWeekly she’s “looking forward to a lifetime of laughter.”
† “The Office” star Jenna Fischer has confirmed she is expecting her first child with Lee Kirk, whom she married in Malibu last July.
ON THE RUN: The horrible weekend weather didn’t discourage 4,500 hearty runners from kicking off the year’s organized running season Sunday with the Magellan Development Spring Half-Marathon and 10K Race, again organized by real estate mogul Robin Berger, who raised $240,000 to benefit Northwestern Hospital’s Brain Tumor Institute as an ongoing testament to her terrific husband, Louis Berger, who died from a cancerous brain tumor last summer.
Among those running were Nora Daley Conroy, chef Art Smith, Penny Pritzer, Dr. Bryan Traubert, Meredith Bluhm, Bill Wolf — and 20 Navy SEALs, loudly cheered by the lakefront crowd who clearly thought of other SEALs’ roles in the recent demise of Osama bin Laden.
† I was honored to co-emcee the Sunday race and the Saturday VIP party with ABC-7 anchor Kathy Brock — attracting a crowd that included Roe Conn, Marty and Jack Higgins, Keith and Rod Goldstein, Whitney and Jerry Lasky, Trish Rooney Alden and Smith — who soon is off to Guam “to cook for the troops.”
Then Smith creates the Dalai Lama’s birthday dinner in D.C., just prior to His Holiness’ Chicago visit in mid-July.
ARTS SMARTS: What do President Obama, Madonna and the late Frank McCourt have in common? Former Chicagoan and noted illustrator Loren Long, who worked with all three on their respective children’s books: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, Mr. Peabody’s Apples and Angela and the Baby Jesus.
Long will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Chicago’s American Academy of Art on May 24 and address the graduation class at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD-Channel 32.