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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian appear destined for the aisle

NEW YORK NY - OCTOBER 22:  Kanye West Kim Kardashian attend Angel Ball 2012 Cirpiani Wall Street October 22

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Angel Ball 2012 at Cirpiani Wall Street on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)

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Updated: December 9, 2012 6:32AM



People close to both Kanye West and Kim Kardashian report the couple not only are still crazy about each other — but putting out more and more signs they soon will get engaged.

“They really have connected with each other,” a longtime Kardashian clan insider told me Wednesday. “It’s so much more than the obvious, physical attraction. …

“When you’re around them you just get it. Their chemistry is so tangible you can practically touch it,” added the source with a laugh.

Another source — long part of Chicago native West’s world — added that both the music superstar and Kardashian “are very savvy about business and the importance of building a brand. … And both of them have created extremely valuable brands.”

TROUBLE AT HOME: “Modern Family” is one of the most popular sitcoms on TV, but real life for young actress Ariel Winter is apparently nothing like the happy world she’s part of on the small screen.Winter’s mother,

Chrisoula Workman, has temporarily lost custody of the actress — amid claims she has abused the teenager. TMZ reports court records claim Workman has both physically and emotionally abused her 14-year-old daughter, who plays Alex Dunphy on the ABC comedy.

A court order filed in October prevents Workman from contacting Winter until a hearing later this month. The actress’ sister has filed for guardianship and has been appointed her temporary guardian — but with no access to Winter’s earnings.

The records describe Workman’s alleged abuse as slapping and name-calling. Reached by the AP, Workman said she was in the process of hiring an attorney.

ROMANTIC RUMBLES: Sounds like things are going well for Johnny Depp and his “Rum Diary” co-star Amber Heard. As one longtime Depp devotee said Wednesday, “ ‘Rum Diary’ may have been a bomb [at the box office], but at least Johnny got Amber out of the deal.”Depp and longtime love

Vanessa Paradis split earlier this year — reportedly due to his infatuation with the bisexual Heard, who split with her girlfriend Tasya van Ree.

Eddie Murphy has been increasingly more public with his latest love — Australian model and actress Paige Butcher (“Something’s Gotta Give,” “Big Momma’s House 2.”)

HIGH FLYING: Perhaps it’s not surprising that a lot of super-rich folks winged their way to Boston on Tuesday — planning to attend what they hoped would be a Mitt Romney victory celebration.

Of course, it didn’t turn out that way, but a source-who-should-know reports there were so many private jets attempting to fly into Boston’s Logan Airport, they overwhelmed the airport’s capacity for private aircraft and had to be diverted to nearby smaller fields.

STAR-WATCHING: While back in town to tape “Shameless” episodes, William H. Macy also spent Tuesday night watching election returns at his co-star Joan Cusack’s house. Macy is making sure he gets to see longtime pal Mike Nussbaum’s acclaimed “Freud’s Last Stand” — which closes this weekend — and also plans to do a bit of early Christmas shopping.

GALA GRIST: Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon will be back in town Monday to host the 20th anniversary gala for A Red Orchid Theatre, which he co-founded. Shannon’s co-host will be Billy Dec for the big celebration at Dec’s Sunda restaurant and Underground nightclub.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. will be the honoree for the HistoryMakers benefit Nov. 17 at the Art Institute. “An Evening With Berry Gordy” will include a one-on-one interview with the music legend, conducted by PBS’ Gwen Ifill and taped for airing on the public broadcast network.Popular recording artists

Kem and Valerie Simpson will perform a tribute at the fete, with Berry’s son Stefan Gordy — known to the music world as Redfoo of the mega-hot hip-hop group LMFAO — also planning to attend.

SPORTS SHORT: Hip Chicago fitness fanatics are likely to be front and center Thursday night for the grand opening of the Mercury Method in Wicker Park. Combining the best of yoga, pilates, strength training and endurance conditioning, the Mercury Method was created by best-selling fitness video star and exercise pro Lara Hudson, who chose Chicago to launch her new signature workout.

Due to a scheduling problem, Robbie Gould’s announced ESPN broadcast from O’Donovan’s on Irving Park — previously announced for Wednesday night — has been rescheduled for Nov. 27.

FASHION FLASH: “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano hits town Thursday for a trunk show of his latest creations at Corri McFadden’s eDrop-Off. Don’t be surprised if Siriano also is spied at various local hotspots — including lunch date at fashion mecca Irkam.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: After celebrating with President Obama at the Fairmont Hotel, the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am continued his partying at the Board Room. … Also in town for the Obama victory party at McCormick Place, Benjamin McKenzie (“The OC,” “Southland”) checked out the new Chuck’s Manufacturing on Michigan Avenue — as well as RPM Italian, where (separately) actor, chef and E! correspondent David Burtka and Zachary Quinto were seen dining. … Bulls legend Bob Love was swamped by fans at Chief O’Neill’s on Elston, graciously signing autographs and posing for photos for the many Bulls fans who spotted him. … Speaking of the Bulls, indie band Milo Greene devoured a bunch of burgers Tuesday night at River North’s 25 Degrees before heading to the United Center. … Giuliana and Bill Rancic were spotted breakfasting quietly at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Allium. ... The Bulls’ Vladimir Radmanovich was seen plowing into a pile of Alaskan red king crab at Joe’s Stone Crab.



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