Demi Moore’s daughters fed up with her ‘bugging them constantly’
By Bill Zwecker July 17, 2012 8:38PM
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Actress Demi Moore attends the "Margin Call" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Updated: August 19, 2012 6:19AM
While Demi Moore’s daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Willis are not looking to get a restraining order against their mom — as has been incorrectly reported — it is true there is a lot of tension in that complicated relationship between the actress and her children.
Friends of the star are deeply worried and tell me they think both Moore and her daughters need to step back “and take a big breath,” as one source told me early Tuesday.
“Demi is so terribly needy and very fragile right now,” the source said. “Yes, she went to rehab and, yes, she is sincerely trying to get her life back together, but she has been driving the girls a bit nuts. … She is bugging them constantly, because she doesn’t want to be alone.”
Another Moore insider added this note: “Demi has spent so much time trying to be her kids’ pal and their contemporary, she’s lost a bit of her role as a parent. … There needs to be space in that relationship. You can’t be your children’s friends all the time. It’s just not healthy in the long run.
“Part of this is that Demi is so obsessed with staying young, and she thinks hanging out with her kids and their friends will help her do that.”
† I’ve also learned that Moore’s first husband, Bruce Willis, has been a lot more sensitive and compassion toward her in recent months. “Bruce calls or goes to see her all the time,” said the first source.
As for ex-hubby Ashton Kutcher, “not so much,” added the source. “He has clearly moved on, but weirdly has remained close to the girls.”
LOOKING AHEAD: After many, many months of conversation, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s divorce is thought to be close to being finalized.
While the ex-California governor (who is back and busy making movies) has shown a number of signs he’s actively looking to re-enter the dating scene, Shriver is not, focusing on her family and a number of broadcasting and writing projects.
ICONIC TUNE: One mention of that classic film “10,” and the first thing that comes to mind — along with images of gorgeous Bo Derek in her youth — is the movie’s soundtrack featuring Maurice Ravel’s unforgettable “Bolero.”
Now, as part of the Chicago Dancing Festival next month, New York choreographer Larry Keigwin has created “Bolero Chicago,” a dance piece that will exhibit the city’s cultural diversity and use up to 100 non-dancers for performances both at the festival’s Aug. 20 Harris Theater opening and Aug. 25 grand finale at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
For information on how you can participate go to chicagodancingfestival.com
† Speaking of Derek, there was a sighting of the actress the other night, dining at the popular Parthenon in Greek Town on South Halsted.
ANOTHER REMAKE: Fans of the original “Carrie” flick have been asking about the new version of the famous flick based on the Stephen King tale about the telekinetic teenager tormented by her high school peers.
Slated for a 2013 release, this new “Carrie” from MGM and Screen Gems has a solid line-up of talent behind it, including director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and stars Chloe Grace Moretz (“Hugo”) in the title role; four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore as the over-protective mom, played by Piper Laurie in the original, and Judy Greer (“The Descendants”) as the caring gym teacher who vainly tries to protect Carrie from the local mean girls.
TALKERS: Bethenny Frankel’s trial talk show (airing on six Fox stations outside of Chicago) is likely to be picked up for a renewal and expanded distribution. The Hollywood Reporter calls that a “cinch” — meaning the personality who found fame on “The Real Housewives of New York” likely will move from her Big Apple base out to L.A.
† Larry King, said to be “bored to tears” by his semi-retirement from CNN, has a new online weekday chatfest. “Larry King Now,” backed by his good pal and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s Ora.TV, started airing this week on Hulu and Hulu Plus, Monday through Thursday evenings.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.