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Bobbi Kristina battled family over big inheritance from Whitney

(L R) Cissy HoustBobbi Kristinget together all-new Lifetime series The Houstons: On Our Own premiering Lifetime.

(L to R) Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina get together in the all-new Lifetime series, The Houstons: On Our Own, premiering on Lifetime.

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Updated: December 1, 2012 6:15AM



Unbeknownst to most, a quiet but vigorous battle has been waged behind the scenes by Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown against the executors of her mother’s estate, including grandmother Cissy Houston and Whitney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston.

The executors have been concerned that Bobbi Kristina would not properly handle the money she is due to begin inheriting in two years. Part of the concern centers on the control the teen’s fiancé — Nick Gordon — has over Whitney’s only child, who likely will soon become his wife.

However, the lawyers decided the will and estate documents are airtight, so Bobbi Kristina will receive 10 percent of her inheritance when she turns 21, 20 percent at age 25 and the balance on her 30th birthday.

Of course, the estate is expected to soar in value over the years — running into many millions over the ensuing decades.

LOGAN BONDS WITH 007: Former Evanston resident and Chicago playwright John Logan — who has become one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriters — reportedly has inked a deal to write the next two James Bond films.

Logan, who shares screenwriting credit on the upcoming 23rd 007 movie, “Skyfall,” sold Bond uber-producers

Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson on a two-film story arc for No. 24 and 25, deadline.com reports. It would be the first time a Bond film would follow a storyline for multiple pictures.

Logan clearly made a strong impression on key Bond players on “Skyfall.” Daniel Craig himself recently raved to this column about Logan’s “terrific way with dialogue.”

A three-time Oscar screenwriting nominee for “Gladiator,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo,” Logan also won the Tony for his acclaimed “Red,” which was produced at the Goodman here last season. He first made his mark in Chicago as a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theatre and as the author of such memorable plays as “Never the Sinner,” about the Leopold and Loeb case and “Hauptmann,” based on the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

GOING PUBLIC? Or at least showing up at an event together? That’s the word about Rihanna and Chris Brown. There’s gossip the two reportedly reunited lovers may show up as a duo for the big private party Rihanna is throwing on Halloween at the L.A. hotspot Greystone.

DOWN THE AISLE: There’s word that engaged lovebirds Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”) will tie the knot this week in California. The “True Blood” actress and Bell — who got engaged last winter — recently picked up a marriage license at the Beverly Hills clerk’s office. The two actors first dated briefly in 2006, reconnected in 2011 and have been together ever since.

RUMOR CONTROL: Isn’t it amazing what kinds of rumors a loose-fitting top can launch? After Mila Kunis was seen walking with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher the other day with what some outlets immediately pounced on as a “baby bump,” the actress was rumored to be expecting a child with Demi Moore’s soon-to-be ex-husband.

Kunis’ rep quickly put a kibosh on the story, firmly stressing the actress “is not expecting.”

BEHIND THE CAMERA: There already is strong buzz for Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. “Quartet,” scheduled to open on the coasts in late December for Oscar consideration, is being called “ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ set to music.” The film stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay as a group of retired English opera singers living in a home for seniors.The success of recent releases like “Marigold” and the

Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones starrer “Hope Springs” has led Hollywood to belatedly realize there is an older audience that will flock to films appealing to people over 50.

LEVI TRIPPED UP: By now, you may have heard that Levi Johnston has finally married one of his baby mamas. However, I’ve learned Bristol Palin made it very clear to ex-beau Johnston that she would not allow their son Tripp to be present for his Sunday wedding in Alaska to Sunny Oglesby — the mother of Johnston’s baby daughter Breeze Beretta, born just last month.Bristol’s mom, ex-GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor

Sarah Palin, was reportedly very much behind her daughter’s decision.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: More than two dozen local chefs will serve up gourmet goodies to guests at the 17th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Tuesday at the Swissotel on East Wacker — including celebrity chef Fabio Viviani from “Top Chef New York” and “Top Chef All Stars.” Viviani will be sharing tastings from his soon-to-open Siena Tavern, a rustic Italian restaurant slated to open here in January.

MAKING MUSIC: Rock group Surface Rising will be the star attraction Halloween night at Excalibur, the long-popular Chicago nightclub that is said to be haunted by ghosts and goblins! Surface Rising will be performing a string of hits for fans inside the club’s famous Dome Room.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: When the weather caused a break in filming his “Sirens” pilot, Denis Leary heading across the street into Chicago Q to gobble down a Kobe brisket sandwich, coleslaw and fries. … Before the Bears game Sunday, Carolina Panthers Charles Godfrey, Charles Johnson, Cam Newton and defensive backs coach Steve Wilks chowed down at Joe’s Stone Crab — as did (very separately). Bears coach Lovie Smith and his family. … After the Bears’ one-point win Sunday, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari made a beeline for Public House, where (separately) Cedric the Entertainer was spied dining. … Cedric also was seen at Rosebud on Rush, as were ex-Bears coach Dave Wannstedt and ex-Bulls Will Perdue and B.J. Armstrong. Henry Melton made the scene at River North sports bar Bull & Bear. … Fans of the Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer were happy to spot him at RPM Italian Sunday night.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.



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