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Updated: January 5, 2013 6:16AM



It may only be all about appearances, but it sounds like the trio of people involved in the fight over custody issues involving Halle Berry’s 4-year-old daughter Nahla finally have realized they need to, uh, act like adults.

Sources close to both the Oscar winner, her estranged lover Gabriel Aubry — Nahla’s father — and Berry’s fiancé, Olivier Martinez, say they all understand a cooling-off period is desperately needed.

“Halle and Olivier still despise Gabriel, and he feels the same about them. But by [Aubry] withdrawing his restraining order against Martinez [who recently, famously beat him up], everyone hopes things will calm down a bit,” said a Berry buddy Monday.

Apparently, all involved realize this whole battle not only could continue to be damaging to young Nahla’s psyche, but also to Berry’s once-pristine public image, and it paints both Martinez and Aubry in a bad light.

“They just need to get this settled — once and for all,” said a source close to Aubry. “They all need to compromise a bit and make a deal and stick to it.”

ROMANCE FILE: One thing about Demi Moore appears not to have changed — her interest in younger men. While she is still not divorced from estranged husband Ashton Kutcher, the actress has been quietly seeing another man decades younger.

Moore friends tell me the 50-year-old is “casually” dating Vito Schnabel, the 26-year-old artists’ representative and son of famed artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Those sources confirm a New York Post report that Moore met the younger Schnabel at a big party in India that supermodel Naomi Campbell threw for her beau.

Apparently, Schnabel is also attracted to older women. A few years ago, he was involved with Elle Macpherson, when she was 44 and he was 21.

JUDY, JUDY, JUDY: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said she got “such a huge thrill” when the big fan of “Titanic” got to meet one of the film’s stars — Chicago native Billy Zane — while down in Springfield the other day for a Teamsters event.

It happened the same day Topinka and Illinois Senate GOP leader

Christine Radogno welcomed Petr Gandalovic, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the U.S., to the state capitol — with Topinka happily chatting with the ambassador in his native Czech.

The veteran GOP pol and former Republican gubernatorial candidate also wants to put a kibosh on rumors she’s planning another run for the state’s top job. “I don’t know who’s started that one. I ran for governor and that’s in the past. I’m running for re-election [as state comptroller in 2014] and that’s that,” the always plain-spoken Topinka said Monday after hearing CTA czar Forrest Claypool address the SRO City Club of Chicago luncheon at Maggiano’s Banquets.

GOOD FOR HIM! In an era when all kinds of famous folks sue the pants off of anyone they think is capitalizing on their fame — by duplicating their brand — “Gangnam Style” phenom Psy isn’t one of them.

Despite advice from his legal team, the Korean crooner and dancer refuses to sue a restaurant in Los Angeles’ Koreatown area which renamed itself Gangnam Style in honor of hisinternational hit.

“He thinks it’s funny,” said a source close to Psy , “and may even stop in for a bite, the next time he’s in L.A. … He realizes no one would confuse him with the small eatery. Plus, he thinks it very much of a compliment — an honor, really.”

POLL PATTER: A new “60 Minutes”-Vanity Fair poll has come up with some intriguing info about the world of humor. Among the findings: “Seinfeld” edged out “The Honeymooners” as the greatest sitcom of all time time, with “Friends” and “Cheers” close behind — followed much further down the line by “Arrested Development,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock.”

† Asked which topics should be off-limits to comedians, the poll — conducted by the CBS News Election & Survey unit — indicated 9/11, sexual assault, religious figures and sick or disabled people understandably are all subjects considered total no-nos.

† Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”), the guest editor of Vanity Fair’s January issue, hopefully is amused this comedy poll showed 64 percent of Americans are unsure of his true identity. Guesses of his identity ranged from former President Clinton speechwriter to those thinking he was a 1970s country music star.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Among sightings at Chuck’s Manufacturing at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago — quite the celeb magnet recently — have been the Atlanta Braves’ Jordan Shafer and (separately) Dennis Rodman, unexpectedly joined by R&B artist Miguel, who ended up eating with the ex-Bulls badboy. … Speaking of the Bulls, Luol Deng and teammate Jimmy Butler celebrated their victory over the 76ers Saturday night at Hub 51. … A group of beauty pageant players — including Miss Illinois U.S. Universal Alyssa Schwarz and ex-Miss Texas Teen USA Andria Mullins — were spotted dining at Carnivale. … Lance Briggs was seen hanging out at Quay the other night. … Chefs from Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — J ustin Antiorio, Clemenza Caserta, Patrick Cassata and Brian Berel — headed out to chef Daniel Ovanin and Steve LaPino’s Glen Prairie restaurant in Glen Ellyn. … Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, was spotted dining at Chez Moi —adding true French panache.

TUNE TIME: Voices in Harmony and the McHenry County College Choir — under the direction of Steven Szalaj — will present a “Sing-Along Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Dr. Paige Lush will have the fun job of leading the audience in this popular tradition of presenting Haydn’s famed oratorio. For information on how to participate, call Sally Kretchmer at (815) 943-0870.



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