Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher avoid media; Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig follow suit
WITH BILL ZWECKER September 29, 2011 9:02PM
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have avoided comment on the widely ciruclated story that their marriage is over. | AP photos
Updated: November 11, 2011 5:32PM
It’s been a week of several high-profile celebs “going undercover” — so to speak.
Topping the list, of course, are Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who on Thursday continued to avoid comment on the widely circulated story that their six-year marriage is essentially over — and may soon face a divorce and division of the couple’s fortune, estimated at nearly $300 million.
Moore was a conspicuous no-show at the Tuesday premiere in Los Angeles of her “Bunraku” martial arts film, also starring Josh Hartnett and Ron Perlman.
“To show you how gun-shy she is, this was a relatively private event — compared to most premieres — since it was held at the Chateau Marmont,” said a Moore insider. “And still, she was not willing to risk facing whatever press might be there.”
† Also avoiding the media — but for far different reasons — were Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and her husband, James Bond star Daniel Craig. The newlyweds’ new movie, “Dream House” opens Friday. It was on that film the couple met, fell in love and ultimately split with their significant others, and a studio source said, “There was no way they wanted any personal questions from the press.”
Hence, there were no premieres and very few early screenings for critics and other media — all to avoid that issue.
On top of that, there was serious strife involving the filmmakers of “Dream House.” Director Jim Sheridan had big problems with the movie’s producers, leading them to even deny him final cut on the film — never a good sign.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Sarah Leal, the woman some media outlets report had a tryst with Ashton Kutcher last weekend, reportedly has hired the legal team that once represented Dawn Holland, the ex-Betty Ford Clinic worker who sued Lindsay Lohan, claiming the actress had assaulted her.
It is thought Leal is shopping her story — for big bucks.
A NEW REALITY? Even though the granddaughters of Nelson Mandela insist they are not exploiting their relationship to the South African icon, a number of TV types are rolling their eyes about the women’s proposed reality show.
Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini — all raised in the United States — hope to launch their show early next year, insisting they don’t want to be known as the “African Kardashians,” even though that’s what the fashion-conscious young women already are being called in Hollywood.
BABY BEAT: Funnyman Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, have announced the birth of their first child, a baby boy born two weeks ago who hopefully will be able to live up to his tough name: Spike.
BOOSTING BEARS: Here’s wishing country superstar Trace Adkins, who will sing the national anthem Sunday at Soldier Field, will inspire our Bears to victory over the Panthers. Adkins is in town for his main Sunday gig at the Auditorium Theatre.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Tyrese Gibson, recently spotted at Angels & Kings Chicago, reportedly is getting huge support for his rant on a Delaware radio station — decrying inner-city liquor stores (and the unsavory types some of them attract) often being located near elementary schools. A source close to Tyrese says the entertainer is now thinking of launching a national campaign to bring attention to this problem. ... Actor and comedian Kevin Pollak dined at Joe’s Stone Crab. … While Gary Pressy celebrated his 25th anniversary as the Cubs organist with pals at O’Donovan’s on Irving Park, he was overheard saying one of his favorite memories happened far from Wrigley Field: playing the organ at the funeral of his great friend, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.
STARGAZING: Rap superstar Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson hits town next week to promote the launch of Street King, a premium energy shot — but one with a built-in charity component. The sale of each Street King will also provide a meal for a person in need. While here, Fiddy also will host a party, headlined by the Pussycat Dolls.
BIG ANNIVERSARY: The yearlong, 30th anniversary celebration of the Chicago Academy for the Arts — Our Town’s first “Fame” high school, co-founded by the late Essee Kupcinet — will culminate May 10 with “A Taste for the Arts.” The Harris Theater gala, hosted by CAA alumni parents Deann and Rick Bayless, and Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, will feature gourmet goodies from Chicago’s best chefs and a showcase of student and alumni talent.
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU: Steve Tisch, the hotel heir who has become a major sports mogul and Hollywood producer, is the only guy possessing both a Super Bowl ring and an Oscar. The New York Giants co-owner and co-producer of “Forrest Gump” does say there’s a funny part of all that.
He told the New York Daily News that when people come to his L.A. home, they “ask if they can get their picture taken with [the ring or the Oscar] but not with me!”