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Amanda Bynes worries friends with her bizarre behavior

AmandBynes  picture she tweeted March.

Amanda Bynes in a picture she tweeted in March.

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Updated: May 20, 2013 6:04AM



The stories about once-adorable actress Amanda Bynes keep getting weirder and weirder. Friends and family members of Bynes — who has claimed she’s abandoned her acting career to pursue a life in fashion design — continue to express deep concern as she exhibits increasingly bizarre behavior.

“Amanda simply is not making any sense anymore,” said a longtime friend of the “All That” actress, calling from New York. This source suspects the fading star “is stoned all the time now. … And when you try to have a conversation with her, she can’t stay on a single topic for more than a sentence or two.

“Beyond that, so much of what she says is total gibberish. … I’m so worred about her. She looks like hell with those horrible cheek piercings, and she’s totally let her looks go. She’s bloated and virtually unrecognizable.”

As for the fashion career Bynes, 27, reportedly moved to New York from L.A. to pursue? A Seventh Avenue insider said Thursday, “If she is doing anything, nobody knows anything about it. There’s been no serious talk about anything involving Amanda Bynes.”

‘TODAY’ TRASHED: The ongoing turmoil at NBC’s “Today” will likely get hairier as New York Times reporter Brian Stelter’s “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV” is released Tuesday. In excerpts already out on nytimes.com, Stelter zeroes in on what he claims Ann Curry called “a form of professional torture” as she was allegedly “bullied” into exiting her co-anchor role on “Today” after less than a year.Stelter reports on a litany of snubs Curry suffered — ranging from the crew making an in-house “blooper” reel of her on-screen gaffes, to ridicule of her wardrobe choices, to show executive producer

Jim Bell calling the Curry ousting “Operation Bambi,” after a pal told him firing Curry would be “like killing Bambi.”

CROONER COMING: Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr.’s summer tour will bring him to Chicago’s Symphony Center on South Michigan this summer. The two 7:30 p.m. concerts will take place July 19 and 20, with tickets going on sale Monday.

The tour for Connick and his band will support his album “Every Man Should Know,” being released June 11. The album is a collection of original songs touching on Connick’s feelings about life and love.

IRISH AYES! A very famous trio of Irish musicians — Martin Hayes, John Doyle and Kevin Crawford, known worldwide as the Teetotallers, will be playing at Chief O’Neill’s on North Elston next week. Tuesday is already sold out, but there are still tickets available for Monday night’s gig, beginning at 8 p.m.

MAKING MOVIES: “Twilight” hero Robert Pattinson is reteaming with his “Cosmopolis” director, David Cronenberg, to star in “Maps to the Stars,” also featuring Julianne Moore, Sarah Gadon and Our Town’s own John Cusack.

The film is an independent drama that’s both a ghost story and a sharp skewering of the celebrity-obsessed culture of Los Angeles.

Keanu Reeves will headline “Passengers,” marking the feature film debut of director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire”). The movie is a sci-fi adventure about a spacecraft sending thousands of people to a distant colony planet. A sleep chamber malfunction causes a single passenger (Reeves) to awaken 90 years before the rest. Realizing he will grow old and die alone, he decides to waken a second passenger — leading to an intriguing love story.

HER FINAL BOW: Fans of the late, great Phyllis Diller will want to know the groundbreaking female comic’s last TV appearance will take place in the May 1 episode of Bravo’s “Dukes of Melrose,” airing at 9:30 p.m.

Diller welcomes “Melrose” star

Cameron Silver to her home and offers a rare glimpse inside her closet, jam-packed with outrageous stage costumes and wigs. In Silver’s words, “Her closet represents a life well-lived, and a life well-shopped.”

FIGHTING VIOLENCE: While we all know Tony Bennett as a great singer, many might not know the music legend has long considered himself a pacifist. In the wake of the tragedies in Connecticut and Colorado, Tony, along with his son and manager Danny Bennett, have launched “Voices Against Violence” — partnering with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. It’s a text message campaign that connects users with U.S. Senate offices — including a recorded message about the need for greater gun controls that not only frequently is Bennett’s voice, but now also uses the voice of Paul McCartney. The campaign will continue despite Wednesday’s setback with the vote in the Senate.

On a lighter note, Bennett will return to Ravinia on Aug. 22 for his 32nd performance at the Highland Park venue — again joined by his daughter, Antonia Bennett.

FASHION FLASH: Despite the torrential downpour Wednesday night, springtime in Paris did come to Oak Street with the official opening of the chic Lanvin boutique. Fashionistas Linda Johnson Rice, Trish Rooney, Marty Higgins, Helen Melchoir, Melissa Babcock and Jacky Ferro joined forces with Julie Latsko and Whitney Lasky to toast Lanvin VP Cecile Andrau — who jetted in for the fashionable frolic.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: After Wednesday’s Cubs-Texas game was canceled due to the weather, the Rangers’ starting pitcher Derek Holland headed to Harry Caray’s on Kinzie to celebrate his brother’s birthday. The eatery was an apt choice. Holland is famous for his spot-on impression of Caray, which he did live on national TV during last year’s World Series. … Chicago Symphony’s maestro Riccardo Muti spied receiving the lifetime achievement award from the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce at the Art Institute, joined by the group’s president, Mauro Galli, and Adriano Monti, the Italian consul general.



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