Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Once again, a Jennifer Love Hewitt romance has hit the skids — and this time, the breakup hits home. The actress’ publicist confirms the 10-month relationship between Hewitt and North Shore native and filmmaker Alex Beh ended approximately a month ago.
While the split was scooped by Us Weekly, what’s unclear is the future for Beh’s “Warren” film — slated to be shot in Chicago later this year. The New Trier grad not only wrote the movie’s screenplay, but is its producer and director. He reportedly was planning on co-starring with Hewitt — who, ironically, was cast as Beh’s ex-girlfriend. Talk about art imitating life!
† Hewitt’s batting average with relationships continues to be a challenge for her. Prior to her brief romance with Beh — whom she frequently gushed about, thanks to his daily deliveries of flowers — the actress was involved with her “Ghost Whisperer” co-star Jamie Kennedy.
Before Kennedy, Hewitt was engaged to Scottish actor Ross McCall, who she met when he guest-starred on “Ghost Whisperer.” Other famous faces previously linked to Hewitt were Carson Daly, John Mayer and Joey Lawrence.
IT’S NOT OVER: It seems like eons ago that Nicollette Sheridan crossed swords — professionally speaking — with “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. That big blowup in spring 2009 led to Sheridan’s firing. In a $20 million lawsuit filed a year later by the actress against Cherry and ABC, she claimed she lost the role because she reported physical abuse by Cherry to network honchos.
Now the judge in the case has ruled Sheridan is entitled to a jury trial, leading to strong speculation that the network and Cherry will hand Sheridan a hefty settlement — simply to make this long-simmering case go away.
WHERE’S MY EMMY? Not surprisingly, Warner Bros. is getting a bit of revenge — at the expense of its renegade former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen.
Seems the studio, uh, neglected to submit the actor for an Emmy nomination this year — and now the deadline has passed.
Sheen may get the last laugh. Apparently there is a loophole in TV Academy rules — allowing for a late entry, due to the fact all the other actors on Sheen’s show were submitted in time.
HAPPY TO HELP: “The Chicago Code” star Jennifer Beals was so “enthralled and spiritually uplifted” by meeting the Dalai Lama several years ago, she quickly “volunteered to do anything — even stuffing envelopes or licking stamps” — to help promote His Holiness’ July 17-18 return visit to Chicago, sponsored by the Wheaton-based Theosophical Society of America.
The group’s president, Tim Boyd, quipped, “I think we can find better things for Jennifer to do to help us!”
Tickets have just gone on sale for both the UIC Pavilion public speech and the Harris Theater interfaith panel discussion. For more information, go to ticketmaster.com or harristheaterchicago.org.
ON THE SET: It was a busy day Tuesday at the Palmer House Hilton as Kelsey Grammer shot a scene for “Boss,” playing the fictional mayor of Chicago addressing a crowd from the stage of the hotel’s famed Empire Room.
Grammer hung out with his new wife, Kayte, in the hotel’s storied lobby between takes of the Starz drama series, graciously greeting fans.
Well-known Chicago orchestra leader Rich Daniels wrote the original music performed for the Empire Room sequence.
TAKE A BOW: Congrats to Sun-Times publisher — and frequent book reviewer — John Barron, who will receive the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary and Dramatic Criticism from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors at the group’s awards dinner Tuesday.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow was very low-profile Wednesday as she quietly lunched on a lobster roll at Gibsons on Rush — looking great in jeans and a camel-colored blouse. … “Real Housewives of New York” mainstay Jill Zarin slipped into Sunda for a Tuesday night dinner with her sister and some friends. … Among those on hand for the opening of “The Original Grease” Monday at American Theatre Company (in its pre-Travolta, R-rated form) were playwright Jim Jacobs, plus original cast member and Chicago native Marilu Henner, who played Marty in the Kingston Mines production in 1971 — also spotted at the after-party at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.