Britney Spears and her new beau, David Lucado, make a grocery run together last week in Los Angeles. | MIGUEL AGUILAR~PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:04AM
According to those close to Britney Spears, the Louisiana native may have finally found the right guy.
Fellow Southerner David Lucado has quickly become the her main man, though they only started dating last month. “He is so down-to-earth, but also very smart, funny and Britney is really smitten with him,” said a longtime Britney insider. “He’s like a breath of fresh air.” The source added that Lucado, a Virginia native who recently lived in Atlanta, “has that Southern thing in common with Britney.” That opinion supposedly is shared by the 31-year-old pop superstar’s dad,
“He is so down-to-earth, but also very smart, funny and Britney is really smitten with him,” said a longtime Britney insider. “He’s like a breath of fresh air.” The source added that Lucado, a Virginia native who recently lived in Atlanta, “has that Southern thing in common with Britney.”
That opinion supposedly is shared by the 31-year-old pop superstar’s dad,Jamie Spears. A second source told this column the senior Spears “immediately connected with David, and that’s saying something, as Jamie, naturally, is always suspicious of any guy showing a romantic interest in Britney.”
† That same source said that Lucado, 27, a legal assistant with a California law firm, has clicked with all of Spears’ immediate family, “much more so than [ex-boyfriend and agent] Jason [Trawick] , who always seemed a bit too uppity for some of Britney’s relatives.” New York-based Williams and Los Angeles-based Segal ended their brief romance earlier this year — a split attributed to the difficulties of maintaining a cross-country relationship.
New York-based Williams and Los Angeles-based Segal ended their brief romance earlier this year — a split attributed to the difficulties of maintaining a cross-country relationship.
FRIEDKIN FROLIC: Christie Hefner welcomed a Chicago’s Who’s Who on Monday to her new Streeterville condo — beautifully decorated by top designer Scott Himmel — to toast her longtime pal, North Side native William Friedkin, on the publication of “The Friedkin Connection,” the Oscar-winning director’s memoir of his life and career.Friedkin, who
jumped from Senn High School to the WGN mailroom, regaled the gathered throng with a sampling of the great storytelling for which he’s famous — well-showcased in his candid and engaging new autobiography. From hilarious tales about casting Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” to passing on making George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” to thinking Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel’s new film review TV show would never succeed (“I thought, ‘I hope [Roger’s] got a day job. … This will never work!’”) to revealing how a financial “contribution” to a well-placed New York city official made possible that famous chase scene in “The French Connection” — Friedkin had Hefner’s party crowd enthralled.
Among those jam-packing the fete were Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts (“August: Osage Country”), who also penned the screenplays for Friedkin’s films “Killer Joe” and “Bug,” Richard Hunt, Robin and Austan Goolsbee, Fay Hartog-Levin, Michael Kutza, Victor Skrebneski, Diane Swonk, Dirk Johnson, Cynthia Olson, Tom Gorman, Bill Hogan, Billy Marovitz, Irene Michaels and Arny Granat, Tom Hardy, Joan Steel, Leslie Hindman, Hedy Ratner, Gene Golub, Bob Wislow and Erica Mann.
† A nice surprise for Friedkin was the arrival of his wife, former Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing — herself a Chicago native — who unexpectedly jetted in from a speaking engagement in Florida in time to make the Hefner party.
† Also on hand was Chicago actor David Pasquesi, who heads to New York shortly to do a table read for Letts’ new play. He happily chatted about “how much fun it was” to play Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ex-husband in an upcoming three-episode arc of “Veep.”
STAR POWER: Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real-life inspiration behind “The Blind Side,” whose portrayal in the film by Sandra Bullock won the actress the Oscar, will be in Chicago on Wednesday.
Tuohy will be in the vicinity of 225 N. Michigan Ave from 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. as part of a nationwide bus tour promoting her new GMC-TV reality show, “Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy.”
GMC will be rebranded at UP beginning June 1, and this is also a joint project with ASPiRE, the African-American-target network from Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Launching in June, Tuohy’s new program follows the lives of families who have been fostering children and are on the verge of adopting one or more of them.
That mirrors the real-life experience of Tuohy’s family, who fostered then adopted Michael Oher, who went on to become a star player on the Baltimore Ravens.
THE SPIN SET: Want to attend a spinning class with winners and finalists from “The Biggest Loser”? Then head to Flywheel Sports spin studio at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, where the reality show’s winner, Danni Allen, finalist Jeff Nichols and contestants Francelina Morillo and Courtney and Marcie Crozier will be riding at Flywheel’s Gold Coast location. They’ll repeat it May 18 at the spin studio’s Highland Park site.
ART SMART: Chicago artist Hebru Brantley — who is collected by music superstars Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz and Lupe Fiasco — celebrated his birthday the other night at his Chicago studio, giving guests a preview of his new work, while rapper Q-Tip kept the crowd happily moving to the beat at the “Downtown 88 Presented by Hennessey Black” fete.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Matt Forte was spied chowing down with family and friends at Bar Toma — enjoying antipasti, pizzas and homemade lasagna. … Eamonn “Chief” Walker of “Chicago Fire” made the scene at the Streeterville cocktail lounge Drumbar the other night. … Fans of singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman were happy to spot her at Nellcote in the West Loop.