LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actor Liam Hemsworth poses in the press room at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Updated: May 12, 2013 6:11AM
There’s been a lot of speculation about what is clearly a troubled relationship between engaged couple Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, but it does seem the couple’s plans for a June wedding are shaky at best.
According to several people close to both Cyrus, 20, and her 23-year-old Aussie actor beau, the more the couple try to work through their various issues, the more they seem to think postponing marriage is a good idea.
“Both Miley and Liam are getting lots of advice from both of their families — advice that is both unanimous and very sensible,” said a longtime associate of Miley and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. “That advice is simple: The worst thing to do — especially for such a young couple in the public eye — would be to get married and turn around and get divorced.” Another good friend of the Hemsworth clan echoes that advice. “What’s the hurry? Best to be totally sure. If not? Don’t do it!” “It was a lovely little party. Everyone was laughing and toasting and in such a good mood,” reports one source. “It also was very clear that Kristen and Rob only had eyes for one another. … All very sweet.”
Another good friend of the Hemsworth clan echoes that advice. “What’s the hurry? Best to be totally sure. If not? Don’t do it!”
“It was a lovely little party. Everyone was laughing and toasting and in such a good mood,” reports one source. “It also was very clear that Kristen and Rob only had eyes for one another. … All very sweet.”
OFF TO REHAB: While it’s not 100 percent certain, Lindsay Lohan’s next — and hopefully final! — trip to rehab is likely to take place near her Long Island, N.Y., roots. Unlike the previous posh facilities she attended in Malibu or Rancho Mirage, Calif., the Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach is said to be very spartan. The 90-bed facility houses its clients in very simple rooms and monitors everyone very closely 24/7.
Donna LaPietra at the UIC Forum on Oct. 23 — chaired by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and foundation board member Marcy Carlin. Chicago’s diverse literary community will be showcased by having prominent writers seated at each table during the dinner — followed by a conversation between Allende and Lewis, moderated by author and National Public Radio mainstay Scott Simon.
Past recipients of the Carl Sandburg Award have included Toni Morrison, David McCullough, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, David Wolfe, Roger Ebert, Don DeLillo, Walter Isaacson, Tom Wolfe and Salman Rushdie.
LOCAL LIGHTS: More good news for the local filmmaking and TV community: NBC is moving ahead with its planned “Chicago Fire” spinoff, for which Kelly Blatz (“Glory Daze”) and Melissa Sagemiller (“Law & Order: SVU”) have been tapped to join Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. The new drama about the Chicago Police Department is planned to be launched with the season finale of “Chicago Fire.”
† Among the three pilots IFC announced Wednesday was one from Chicago-based writer-producer-director Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Weather Man”). “Timms Industrial Piping” (working title) is a scripted comedy set in the ficitional town of Timms Valley, Wis. As is often the case in small towns, the lives of many residents are dominated by the community’s largest employer: Timms Industrial Piping. The program will be shot in stop-motion animation with baby dolls used to represent the cast of adult characters — with the overall theme inspired by the “Dynasty”-type primetime evening soaps from the 1980s. Among the voice talent featured for the pilot are
When the firm’s founder and CEO disappears in a plane crash, the entire town is thrown into a tizzy.
The program will be shot in stop-motion animation with baby dolls used to represent the cast of adult characters — with the overall theme inspired by the “Dynasty”-type primetime evening soaps from the 1980s.
Among the voice talent featured for the pilot areMaria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Lance Barber, Giancarlo Esposito, Ed Flynn, Kathryn Hahn, John Lithgow and Seann William Scott.
LAUGH TRACK: We know Rick Bayless is a great Mexican cuisine guru and often reveals his great sense of humor in his many TV appearances, but the mega-chef and restaurant kingpin’s comedic chops will be tested Saturday night at iO Theatre when he guests on “The Late Live Show” at midnight.
† Speaking of iO, John Lutz from “30 Rock” sat in with the team Carl and the Passions on Wednesday night.
. . . Meanwhile at the Gibsons on Rush, sightings this week have included wine scion Tim Mondavi and his son, Carlo, plus music man Todd Rundgren . . . Joakim Noah and his mother, ex-Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, were the star attractions at a benefit for their charity Noah’s Arc Foundation — held at the soon-to-open West Loop eatery Kabocha. … The indie movie “Open Tables” — starring Joel Murray, David Pasquesi and T.J. Jagodowski — did some filming at the Goddess and Grocer’s Bucktown location Wednesday.