Michael Jordan wedding guests told to keep their lips zipped
By Bill Zwecker March 24, 2013 9:12PM
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 30: Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (R) and his fiancee model Yvette Prieto arrive at the 11th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter March 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for MJCI)
Updated: April 26, 2013 6:06AM
When people send out wedding invitations, they may include a card indicating nearby accommodations, or ask guests for reception menu choices like beef, chicken or fish.
The invites received by good friends of Michael Jordan and his fiancée Yvette Prieto were a sign of the times, reflecting the privacy-bashing world in which today’s celebrities live.
The Jordan-Prieto invitation for their April 27 black-tie celebration in Palm Beach, Fla., also included an instruction card telling guests not to share any details, plus a request not to talk to the press — or family members or friends, who just might blab to the media.
Guests also were told to leave at home all cameras and cellphones, lest they be used for taking photos.
† Not surprisingly, Jordan required his bride-to-be to sign a prenuptial agreement — said to carefully protect the NBA legend’s estimated $650 million fortune.
Should they divorce, Prieto reportedly will receive $1 million for every year they stayed married, and if the marriage lasts 10 years, that payout will jump to $5 million for every year they stayed together. That’s certainly a fraction of the amount Jordan paid his first wife. According to various reports, Jordan’s 2006 divorce from Juanita Vanoy Jordan handed her an estimated $168 million settlement.
FAMILY WORRIED: Amanda Bynes’ recent behavior has her family and longtime friends deeply worried about the actress who recently said she was forgoing performing to pursue a career as a fashion designer in New York.
Nothing wrong with that, but it’s Bynes’ strange, often nonsensical vocal rants, plus what her Big Apple neighbors call “strange behavior” in an E! News report, that have many wondering about the former Nickelodeon star’s mental health.
A source close to Bynes’ family told this column Sunday, “It was those photos and comments she has tweeted recently that have everyone very worried.”
Along with tweeting bizarre photos of herself with cheek piercings and extreme makeup and wigs, Bynes raised eyebrows among many of her nearly 400,000 Twitter followers with an overtly sexual suggestion to the rapper Drake the other day. “Everyone close to Amanda — or who used to be close to her before she shut us out — is very concerned she may be falling apart,” said the source.
ALL BOXED IN: Visitors to New York’s Museum of Modern Art got a big surprise Saturday: Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton napping inside a glass box. It’s part of a periodic performance art series she started in London in 1995. Even most MOMA employees were unaware of Swinton’s appearance. Reportedly, she will return to sleep in public at the museum in the future, but the date will be a surprise, again with very few museum employees in on the stunt.
WORTH A ‘MILLION’: It’s become something of a nice tradition during “Million Dollar Quartet’s” long runs in Chicago, New York, London, Vegas and on tour for notable musicians to play with the cast during the hit show’s finale. So it’s appropriate that Wheeling native and “American Idol” finalist Haley Reinhart will be welcomed for a rockin’ “Sittin’ In With the Band” gig at the Apollo Theatre on Lincoln Avenue this Wednesday night.
† In other Reinhart news, the singer is just back from a gig in Singapore and performing in Phoenix for a celebrity fight night to benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center.
LOOKING WEST: About 100 folks gathered in the backyard of filmmaker Robert Teitel’s Los Angeles home to toast Gov. Pat Quinn at a fund-aiser focused on the guv’s strong support for Illinois movie and TV production. Along with Chicago union honchos Mark Hogan and John Coli, other guests at the Tinseltown fete Friday included actors Billy Zane, Peter Jacobson, Amy Landecker and Mike Starr; HBO Films prez Len Amato; Tom Dreesen; Willie Gault; Chaz Ebert; Brenda Sexton; Vienna Beef’s Tim O’Brien, and documentarian John Schienfeld — all enjoying the night’s entertainment provided by Ditka’s restaurant mainstay John Vincent, who flew in just for the occasion.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The crew at Public Chicago was buzzing as Rihanna and her team made the Gold Coast hotel her local headquarters over the weekend — tweeting to her 6 million followers as she munched on chocolate “diamonds” in the hotel’s Frank Sinatra Suite. … Actor James Cromwell, in town filming “Betrayal,” was seen happily dining Friday at Park Grill in Millennium Park. … Just back from his skiing trip out West, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was spotted at the Boarding House, catching up with financial whiz Michael Sacks. … Scottie Pippen was spied dining at Hub 51 with a posse of pals. … New Bears head coach Marc Trestman — joined by defensive backs coach Jon Hoke — dined at Joe’s Stone Crab. … After the Chicago Rush’s AFL season opener Saturday — which they unfortunately lost to the Iowa Barnstormers at Allstate Arena — The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson made the scene at the post-game party at Fresco 21 in Rosemont. … Dina Manzo, formerly of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” picked up a salad-to-go at Cru Kitchen & Bar and had her tresses styled at Blowtique Salon on East Huron while in town promoting her Project Ladybug charity. … Sarah Colonna of “Chelsea Lately,” dined at Old Town Social before her Zanies gig. … The new Siena Tavern was the dinner choice for the Hawks’ Dave Bolland. … Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) headed to West Loop eatery Nellcote the other night, as did the indie rockers Local Natives.