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Sylvester Stallone ‘angry’ about relative claiming he sidelined Sage

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Updated: August 20, 2012 11:45AM



S ylvester Stallone is said to be livid at the comments about his late child Sage being made by Edd Filiti, the son of the veteran action star’s very estranged half-sister, Toni Ann.

A major Stallone pal told the Sun-Times Wednesday, “Sly is angry because they have no idea of what is going on inside his immediate family, and have no right to be talking to anyone about Sage — or any of Sly’s other children, for that matter.”

The brouhaha is over Filiti blabbing on Facebook, implying Sage had been sidelined by his father long before his death last week of unknown causes. Filiti alleged Stallone failed to return a birthday phone call from his son, “which is all he wanted.” He added, “I know you don’t care what happened, but you’ll care when your [sic] squirming under the burning magnifying glass of public opinion.”

It appears there is truth to the TMZ report that Stallone has hired Scott Ross, a top-flight L.A. private investigator, to augment the inquiries the public authorities are making into Sage’s death. That includes his whereabouts and habits the last few weeks of his life, including possible drug or alcohol use. TMZ reports Ross previously was the lead investigator in the Michael Jackson molestation case and worked on the Chris Brown-Rihanna battery case. A toxicology report is pending in the Sage Stallone death case and won’t be made public for several weeks, at the earliest.

Sage’s mother, Sasha Czack, has said she believes there’s a connection between her son’s recent oral surgery and the painkillers he was taking to reduce the associated pain and discomfort. Czack says she told her son it was not wise to have had five teeth pulled all at once, but he ignored her warning. Apparently, Sage Stallone had neglected his teeth for a long time.

ALL TEED UP: Justin Timberlake — one of the better golfers in Hollywood — has been tapped by the PGA of America as the first-ever Team Ambassador for the U.S. team during the 39th Ryder Cup being held Sept. 25-30 at far west suburban Medinah Country Club. Among the star’s duties will be an appearance Sept. 26 at the Ryder Cub gala at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, following his participation in the opening ceremonies.

HEADING EAST? Those close to Second City e.t.c. performer Andel Sudik are keeping their fingers crossed — as I’m sure Sudik is as well. Called back to New York twice, the comedian clearly has a shot at joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.”

Lorne Michaels and his team zeroed in on Sudik as a potential ensemble member while in town several weeks ago for their annual look at the improv talent in Our Town — where so many “SNL” greats got their start.

MOVIE SCHMOOZE: Playwright and screenwriter Tracy Letts confirmed to me Thursday that Juliette Lewis will play younger daughter Karen in the film being made of his Pulitzer Prize-winning “August: Osage County,” the play that picked up a slew of Tonys after its acclaimed debut run at Letts’ beloved Steppenwolf Theatre here. Already cast are Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, leading Letts to quip, “Yes, it’s a shame we had to go with all those unknowns.”

Our Town’s Vince Vaughn sounds set to make “Gunslingers,” a comedic action adventure, penned by Randall Wallace of “Braveheart” fame.The storyline sounds interesting.

Deadline.com reports it’s about what happens when “heroic and iconic characters from the past collide with contemporary urban reality.”

Coming off his acclaimed “Moonrise Kingdom,” director Wes Anderson’s next movie looks to be something called “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — with Johnny Depp already on board.

OTHER INTERESTS: Most people know Bret Michaels as the major rock star playing Thursday night with his band Poison and Def Leppard at Allstate Arena. But he’s also a big animal lover and will make an appearance at 4 p.m. Thursday at the PetSmart store in Schaumburg — boosting his Pets Rock line of pet toys, beds, leashes and other accessories.

Unless you’ve been living under another kind of rock, you know divorce lawyer Jeffrey Leving as one of the nation’s leading advocates for fathers’ rights. But he’s also an artist — and his “Floating Spaces” exhibit will open at the William Hill Gallery, 6436 S. Dorchester, between 4 and 9 p.m. Aug. 11.

GOING GREEN: Tickets are on sale for the annual Green Tie Ball, being held Sept. 15 at A. Finkl & Sons on the Near Northwest Side — where Pete Wentz reportedly is on deck as the celebrity DJ. The well-attended event benefits Chicago Gateway Green’s programs toward beautifying the area’s expressways, gateways and communities.

SEEN ON THE SCENE:

Shia LaBeouf — who shot “Eagle Eye” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in Chicago — was spotted Tuesday night, shopping at the Haberdash men’s store in River North. … Brandy held a private meet and greet Tuesday night to promote her new album “Two Eleven” at Angels & Kings at the Hard Rock Hotel. The singer took a crowd request and belted out “That Boy of Mine,” her duet with Monica, from a previous album — and did it totally a capella! … Ex-Bears coach Dave Wannstedt has been spending several recent lunches on the patio at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap on East Superior.



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