Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher let their lips do the talking
By Bill Zwecker July 23, 2012 7:43PM
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Ted" - Red Carpet
Updated: August 25, 2012 6:10AM
While Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher continue to either laugh off or strongly deny reports that their friendship is anything but platonic, close Hollywood observers echo a longtime Kunis buddy who said, “Their actions lately definitely seem to deny the denials.”
Yes, the two longtime “That ’70s Show” co-stars have a relationship accurately described by both as “just really good friends,” dating back to their old TV show’s eight-year run.
However, over the past few months, Kunis and Kutcher have been seen out and about in L.A. and elsewhere — increasingly looking like a couple. Most recently, the duo appeared not to care who saw them at the wrap party for Kutcher’s film “Jobs” — smooching openly, captured by a paparazzo with a long-range lens.
SECOND THOUGHTS: In the wake of the tragedy in Colorado, Warner Bros. — the studio behind “The Dark Knight Rises” — not only has pulled the trailers of “Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (showing mobsters shooting up a movie theater) — but also is thinking of pushing back its Sept. 7 release date, perhaps quite a bit. In addition, there also is talk of re-cutting the film to eliminate some scenes that might offend audiences, due to the horror caused by James Holmes.
MAKIN’ MOVIES: Now we know why Robin Williams has been screening a lot of TV newsreels and old video featuring President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Oscar winner will portray Ike in “The Butler,” Lee Daniels’ film about Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents over three decades as White House head butler. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker will play Allen, with Oprah Winfrey on board as his wife. The all-star cast is impressive: Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan), James Marsden (JFK) and Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy.
† Chicago’s own Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr.’s State Street Pictures have teamed up to produce “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” which Tillman is starting to direct in Brooklyn, with Je nnifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie. Alicia Keys is on board as executive producer of the movie, about two inner-city youths left to fend for themselves one summer after their mothers are incarcerated.
THIS ’N’ THAT: Royal insiders are whispering about Prince Harry’s new squeeze — model Cressida Bonas, an heiress with a noble background. … On top of all their family problems, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marion Jackson have canceled 11 of the original 27 gigs on their “Unity Tour.” Jermaine Jackson claims time is needed to record a new album, but methinks it’s more about weak ticket sales.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: It was a true lovefest Saturday up at the Ravinia Festival Women’s Board 50th anniversary gala — featuring Broadway legend Patti LuPone and opera superstar Patricia Racette, who kept “topping” each other entertaining the guests. It all ended with LuPone dancing on top of a grand piano. She also paid tribute to Ravinia’s CEO Welz Kauffman for casting her in a series of Steven Sondheim roles she claimed led to her Tony-winning role in “Gypsy.” … For those wondering, yes, that was Diego Boneta Friday night at Drumbar.