Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux: Did they postpone their wedding?
By Bill Zwecker June 13, 2013 12:10AM
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Over the past few days, virtually every celebrity magazine has blared out stories about how Jennifer Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux have postponed their wedding plans — perhaps as long off as next spring.
Reasons given for putting the nuptials on hold have ranged from Aniston’s many career demands to the couple’s deep involvement in remodeling their new $21 million Bel Air, Calif., mansion — to even a story claiming Aniston is worried about overlapping with a possible wedding between her ex-husband Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
That last reason is absolutely not a reason — based on all evidence from numerous sources very close to Aniston.
While it very well may be true that the extremely happy Aniston and Theroux will delay their wedding, several well-connected Hollywood insiders echo this comment by a longtime Aniston associate.
“Don’t be surprised if this is all a move to throw people off, to stop those ongoing wedding stories about Jen and Justin. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two of them arranged a nice little secret ceremony — just when no one expects it!”
KANYE TALKS: In that rare interview Kanye West gave to the New York Times, the soon-to-be daddy said, “I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. … Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.”
Good point Kanye — except having a reality-show baby with Kim Kardashian isn’t exactly the best way to keep your personal family life private!
† Meanwhile, the rapper’s rep denied widely reported rumors he cheated on Kim by having a fling with Leyla Ghobadi. The spokesman called the Canadian model’s claims “without merit.”
HAWKS MANIA: When Melissa Pemberton married Chris Casey last October, little did they know a special line the couple added to their vows would become relevant quite so soon. The line: “And do you both promise to equally support the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins, and to stay married in the unlikely event they face each other in a Stanley Cup final?”
Melissa and Chris are lifelong huge fans of the Hawks and Bruins, respectively, and even have a special flag flying on their front lawn featuring the two teams’ logos.
Now that the two teams actually are facing off this year in the Stanley Cup finals, Melissa notes the irony and says, “We are awed, psyched and inspired and, don’t tell my husband I said this, but ‘Go Hawks!!!’ ”
Sorry Melissa, but I think I just did.
SALUTE TO HEROES: Gary Sinise and his foundation’s long commitment to helping our veterans, active military and their families continues with the big “Inspiration to Action” dinner Saturday at Gibson’s Montgomery Club on West Superior — honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis. “Smash” star and “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee will perform, and Sinise himself will offer remarks.
Emceed by Tom Dreesen, the dinner was assembled by a committee including Doug Brown, Rachel Kraft, Margery and Richard Feitler, Susan and Sheldon Good and Manny Sanchez.
† The evening will include a special “paddle raise” pledge for Taylor Morris, an explosive ordinance disposal tech, who lost all four limbs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while leading a team in Afghanistan.
SPECIAL NOTES: There was lots of emotion visible Monday night at Symphony Center as Dale Clevenger retired, after nearly five decades as principal horn with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During the performance, Clevenger’s 47-year CSO career was honored with the Theodore Thomas medallion — also presented to recently retired Assistant Principal Second Violin Albert Igolnikov.
Not only did CSO maestro Riccardo Muti call Clevenger “one of the greats” in the field of orchestral music, but the French horn-playing legend was surprised by a tribute video and honored by a grand finale featuring nearly 70 fellow horn players — all former or current students and colleagues of Clevenger’s — performing an arrangement of a movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
JANET’S JIVE: While Janet Jackson is said to agree with her siblings’ and mom’s opposition to Debbie Rowe getting a guardianship role in biological daughter Paris Jackson’s life, Janet is said to be pretty much estranged from her family on other issues.
She’s not involved in Katherine Jackson’s court battle with AEG and, more important, she has been adamant about her brothers not trying to get her uber-wealthy new husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, to invest in their various business projects.
† Reportedly, Janet’s marriage to Al Mana was not only kept secret from the world-at-large until months afterward — but she didn’t even clue in her immediately family.
TV TALK: Various readers have wondered about Soledad O’Brien, who left CNN’s regular schedule in March. O’Brien will remain with the Turner broadcast “family” by joining HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” magazine show and will produce long-form programming for HBO — plus continue to make documentaries for CNN, including two new installments of her “Black in America” series.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Talk about causing a big buzz! That’s what happened when “the Oracle of Omaha” — Warren Buffett himself — was spied Tuesday night exiting a private dinner upstairs at Gibsons on Rush, having modestly dined on his usual: a simple rare cheeseburger. … Also enjoying the Gibsons scene were Alexi Giannoulias and Les Coney. … Gearing up for Wednesday’s first Stanley Cup game, the Hawks’ Ray Emery and Corey Crawford made the scene at Del Frisco’s Oak Street steakery Tuesday … And while here for the Stanley Cup face-off, ESPN commentator and “Sports Center” anchor Steve Levy was spotted dining at RPM Italian.