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Updated: December 12, 2012 4:15PM



Considering all the weird headlines and bizarre interviews with computer security whiz John McAfee, you knew that someone would soon figure out a way to make a movie or TV show about this increasingly odd-acting character.

Now comes word that the Montreal-based television production company Impact Future Media has inked a deal with McAfee, with a company principal telling the Hollywood Reporter they are already working up plans for a film, based on the eccentric inventor’s recent life.

† McAfee, who now says he wants to return to the U.S., has been on the run in Central America — and in and out of jails and hospitals — after he abruptly fled from his home in Belize, following the murder of a neighbor. McAfee has insisted he had nothing to do with the man’s death, but believes the Belize authorities are intent on pinning the crime on him.

ART SMART: Among the sales at the Art Basel mega-art show in Miami over the past week — rumored to be in the neighborhood of $1.9 billion! — was a painting by well-known Chicago artist Hebru Brantley. His very large-scale portrait, titled “Everyones Scared,” was snapped up by Jay-Z and Beyonce for $20,000.

Of course, considering their seemingly bottomless bank accounts — those 20 Gs probably was only pocket change to them!

LENNON LEGACY: It probably will come as no surprise that what reportedly was the last autograph ever signed by John Lennon was just sold in an online auction for $72,000 by the Gotta Have It! Sports and music memorabilia dealer.

The winning bidder bought a Record Plant tape sticker that Lennon had signed on December 8, 1980. The inscription reads, “To Karl, who strung me along, thanks, John Lennon 1980.”

The Beatle legend also added one of his signature self-portrait caricatures. He then jumped into his limo for the ride to his home at New York’s famed Dakota building, where he was tragically shot and killed by

Mark David Chapman.

PIECE OF CAKE: Chicago’s own Lurie Children’s Hospital and Dr. Doug Nordli, director of the medical center’s epilepsy center, will be featured on the Monday episode of “Cake Boss,” starring Buddy Valastro.

Here’s the backstory: Bartolina Faugno, the 17-year-old niece of Valastro, has been treated by Dr. Nordli since she was a baby. As a way to thank him and the hospital — and pay tribute to its recent move to its new home in Streeterville — Bartolina’s mom, Grace Faugno, Valastro’s sister, asked him to bake a cake for Lurie.

FORGET THE RUMORS: There was a very sweet reunion the other day in Los Angeles as Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin Rossdale showed up for radio station KROQ’s holiday concert.

That event had special meaning for the rock ‘n’ roll stars — considering it was at KROQ where the couple met each other for the very first time, 17 years ago.

Despite all the stories that keep flying around — insisting Stefani and Rossdale’s marriage is on the rocks — sources close to the couple confidently tell me it’s total nonsense.

“Gwen and Gavin are just fine, happy and very much together,” said a longtime friend of Stefani.

SUNDANCE HERE: They are taking parts of Robert Redford’s famed Sundance Film Festival — and bringing films from that important showcase of independent cinema to other cities across the country late next month.

Sundance Film Festival USA will send 10 films — and the filmmakers who made them — to 10 cities, including Chicago. Our Town’s selection will be “Touchy Feely,” accompanied by director and screenwriter Lynn Shelton. The Jan. 31 screening and Q&A at the Music Box Theatre on Southport will be all about this intriguing movie, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page and Josh Pais. It’s about a massage therapist who suddenly is unable to do her job when she’s stricken by an aversion to bodily contact.

Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s failing dental practice gets a huge boost when patients flock to him — when they learn he’s suddenly developed a “healing touch.”

WINDY CITY TALES: Here’s a book that will resonate with so many Chicagoans — especially as we move closer to those (potentially) snowy days of winter. Mike Brown and Sandy DeLisle and their team have photographed parking spot “place savers” in various Chicago neighborhoods, over the last five years.

The end result is “Dibs Chicago: The Winter Phenomenon of Parking Spot Saving” — which could be just the perfect holiday gift for a neighbor or friend, perhaps presented with one’s tongue firmly placed in one’s cheek!

Among the clever chapter titles are “Most Trashy,” Most Childish,” “Most Busted” and “Most Polite … Or Not.”

Brown and DeLisle will be on hand at the State Restaurant, 935 W. Webster, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, for a book-signing that undoubtedly will also include the sharing of some funny parking “dibs” war stories!

† As Chicago and the whole country approaches the much-feared fiscal cliff, mixologist and bartender

Dan Armstrong at O’Brien’s Restaurant on Wells Street in Old Town has concocted his official “fiscal cliff cocktail.” Armstrong says the mix of Captain Morgan rum, ginger ale and Midori is “the color of money when blended, but as you sip away, it disappears — just like your money does.”

O’Brien’s will continue to serve the $8.50 drink until the crisis is averted.

LEGAL EAGLE: Local attorney Karen Conti of Beermann, Pritikin, Mirabelli, & Swerdlove, is just back from doing a couple of segments with Don Lemon on CNN’s “Newsroom.” Things have gone so well there’s word Conti may end up doing a regular segment on the national show.

SPORTS SHORT: Bulls fans spotted Taj Gibson dining at Joe’s Stone Crab.



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