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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: Moms want them back together

Singers SelenGomez JustBieber  arrive American Music Awards Los Angeles CaliforniNovember 20 2011. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON (Phocredit should read VALERIE

Singers Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the American Music Awards, in Los Angeles, California, on November 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:36AM

There’s an interesting twist to the on-again-off-again romance between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: Both of the teen superstars’ moms are playing a part!

According to sources close to both singers, Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette, and Gomez’s mother, Mandy Cornett, are quietly urging their kids to get back together. That said, Cornett reportedly has some understandable concerns that the Biebster’s recent wild partying, alleged drug use and friendships with edgy rappers would be a bad influence on her daughter.

However, both mothers think Gomez’s strong moral core will win out — and they want her to get Bieber back on track.

“This is more about getting Justin to clean up his act and his image,” said a source who has long worked with Bieber. “Both these kids undoubtedly will date lots of people before they truly settle down.”

CASTING CALL: The folks behind “Divergent,” a movie starring Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”) and directed by Neil Burger (“Limitless,” “The Illusionist”) that’s about to begin filming here, are holding an open casting cast for extras from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cinespace/Chicago Film Studios, 2602 W. 16th St., second floor.

They are looking for an eclectic group of folks age 16 and older of all ethnicities, including people with a “rural” farmhand look; with military, weapons or martial arts training, or with stunt and or stage-combat training. There also could be a spot for those the producers describe as having a “hippie” or “Bohemian” look — with longer hair for both men and women. Individuals with visible tattoos and/or piercings may be of special interest to the casting crew.

Be sure to bring along a candid photo of yourself and a legal ID.

The action-adventure film is based on Veronica Roth’s bestseller about a future world where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Woodley’s character learns she is considered “divergent” — not fitting into any one group — and uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all divergents.

WANT THE WANTED? Betting that the many fans of the hot Brit boy band the Wanted will tune in, TV mogul Ryan Seacrest has inked a deal to produce a reality show about the group to air on E!

Tentatively titled “The Wanted Life,” the series is slated to premiere in June — chronicling the singers’ move to Los Angeles to record their third album and taking behind-the-scenes peeks at the lives and loves of bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuinness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes.

DEDICATED TO LOVE: No question about it, there will be a lot of romance in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Murphy Auditorium on East Erie as talented songbird Shelley MacArthur teams up with Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Rich Daniels and his City Lights Orchestra to present “What Is This Thing Called Love,” an evening of music all about amour.

Along with culinary goodies overseen by the one and only Charlie Trotter, Shelley quipped that even the waitstaff hired for the evening benefitting the Joffrey Ballet will inspire romantic thoughts: “They don’t have to be able to talk — just have to look good and be able to carry a tray!”

For more information on the event, co-chaired by Melissa Babcock, Renee Crown, Marty Higgins, Jerrilyn Hoffmann, Whitney Lasky, Traci Mansur, Shauna Montgomery, Maria Smithburg and Kimberly White, go to

CRITICAL MASS: This weekend the Chicago Film Critics Association will both honor its choices for the best big-screen offerings of 2012 and toast a number of folks who have made a big impact on the entertainment world. Hosted by actor, comedian and “Windy City Live” contributor Mark DeCarlo, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday fete at the Muvico Rosemont 18 Theaters will present Emmy-winning “Glee” star and Dolton native Jane Lynch with the Comedia Extraordinaire Award and honor Columbia College Chicago alums Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. (“Barbershop”) with the Commitment to Chicago Award.

Also scheduled to appear at the CFCA show are veteran comic Joe Piscopo and actress Nadine Velazquez (“Flight”). For ticket information, go to

STAR POWER: Audra McDonald, the multi-talented musical theater star, has been named as this year’s recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award — Our Town’s oldest theatrical honor, dating back for more than a half-century. McDonald will be feted at a Ritz-Carlton Hotel gala on June 9.

The star of such classics as “Ragtime,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Porgy Bess,” McDonald shares a special record with just two other actresses:

Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury. Each star in that amazing trio has won five Tony Awards.


Now that the Super Bowl is history, handicappers already are guessing about the halftime entertainment for next year’s championship in East Rutherford, N.J. Bruce Springsteen already was a halftime star in 2009, so some have suggested area rockers Bon Jovi, Billy Joel or even Wyclef Jean.’s Roger Friedman has come up with an intriguing list, including some who have never performed during the halftime show, including Elton John, Sting and Led Zeppelin. Of course, there are some acts that seem more likely to appeal to a younger viewership — Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bruno Mars or Maroon 5.

LUCK O’ THE IRISH: Our Town’s Mike Houlihan lets me know his comic documentary “Our Irish Cousins” will have its premiere at the 16th annual European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center on March 13 — a nice kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Houlihan calls his film a “paean to the luck of the Irish,” and its Irish personalities include 1953 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner, former mayor Richard M. Daley, Paddy Homan, Maurice Lennon, Dennis Cahill and Eleanor Tiernan.

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