Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Even though Miley Cyrus broke no laws, the widely circulated video and photos of the teen superstar hitting a bong of the legal hallucinogenic salvia has stirred a hornet’s nest of controversy.
While the ex-“Hannah Montana” star is said to be upset with supposed good friend Anna Oliver — who is being blamed for the release of the bong shots — Cyrus’ legion of young fans’ parents have been posting tons of negative comments on Facebook and various fan websites.
That’s likely while Team Cyrus has closed ranks — including making sure Miley’s mom, Tish Cyrus, is on 24/7 watch with her daughter in New Orleans, where the “Hannah Montana” star has begun filming her next movie, “So Undercover.”
MORE ON MOORE: The always controversial Michael Moore — who already has given money to Julian Assange’s Wikileaks — now is said to be quietly working on a documentary about Assange, his website and uncovering diplomatic state secrets.
STAGE SET: Veteran Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Martha Plimpton — currently starring on the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope — will be the honoree when Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts next spring. The March 15 fundraising luncheon at the W Chicago City Center Hotel will include an interview with Plimpton about her stage, TV and film career, conducted by the theater company’s artistic director, Martha Lavey.
The event’s host committee includes Leigh Bienen, Elizabeth Connelly, Nora Daley Conroy, Christie Hefner, Candace Jordan, Donna La Pietra and Jan Melk.
ON HIS TOES: South Side native Michael Flatley finally has begun filming a project he’s tried to get off the ground for years — a film of his “Lord of the Dance.” Flatley’s iconic show, which has been done all over the globe and seen by more than 60 million people, is slated for a U.S. release around St. Patrick’s Day. The dance mogul hopes it will reach people in smaller markets where “Lord of the Dance” has never been staged.
MAY & DECEMBER: Hollywood is buzzing about the budding romance of 58-year-old Jeff Goldblum and publishing heiress Lydia Hearst, 26, who previously has been linked to Jared Leto and Cisco Adler. Here’s the deal: Hearst is an aspiring actress and Goldblum has been mentoring her — so to speak.
BACK TOGETHER? Given that Eva Longoria and estranged husband and NBA star Tony Parker have been getting together — most recently for a San Antonio barbecue dinner captured by a TMZ paparazzo — there’s buzz the couple truly is attempting a reconciliation.
The couple’s divorce is still pending, but a close Longoria pal at “Desperate Housewives” hints that Parker’s strong pitches to his wife to take him back “just may be working.”
TUNE IN: Talented local crooner Joe Ferrar will be singing from 8:30 to midnight Friday at Four Farthings at Cleveland and Dickens and at the Joynt, Dearborn and Erie, on Saturday night beginning at 9:30.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The Blackhawks’ Marty Turco and (separately) retired Blackhawks player Jack O’Callahan — a member of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. hockey team — were spied dining at Viaggio Ristorante in the West Loop. … “190 North’s” Michelle Alegria and Michigan Ave. mag’s Susanna Negovan confabbed at Bistrot Zinc. … Sure hope it wasn’t the good grub eaten in a pre-game dinner at David Burke’s Primehouse by Patriots players, including BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk, that fueled their rout of our Bears last Sunday! … Harpo honcho Erik Logan and the Bulls’ prez Michael Reinsdorf beefed up at Chicago Cut steakhouse.
MOVIE SCHMOOZE: Following up on his “Little Fockers” comedy, Robert De Niro is going back to making a mob flick. The movie will reteam the Oscar winner with good pal Martin Scorsese in the title role of “The Irishman,.” It’s based on the book about Frank Sheeran, who went from being a labor official to a mob hitman. The title of the book about him, I Heard You Paint Houses, refers to the gangster phrase for contract killings. Sheeran allegedly was responsible for 25 major mob hits, including the never-solved killing of Jimmy Hoffa, whose body, as we know, has never been found.