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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30:  Singer Cissy Houstdaughter singer Whitney Houstattend 2010 Keep A Child Alive's Black Ball HammersteBallroom

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: Singer Cissy Houston and daughter singer Whitney Houston attend the 2010 Keep A Child Alive's Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cissy Houston;Whitney Houston

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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:33AM



C issy Houston’s new memoir, “Remembering Whitney” is stirring some controversy. While the senior Houston doesn’t go so far as to blame her late daughter’s drug addiction on ex-husband Bobby Brown, I’ve learned he is not happy with how his former mother-in-law writes about him.

In the book, Houston actually disses Brown for what she perceived as his lack of true concern for Whitney. “He didn’t help her, that’s for damn sure,” Houston writes, making clear she believed the superstar married beneath her and “I tried to tell Nippy [Cissy’s nickname for Whitney] that I didn’t think Bobby was good for her.”

A close business associate of Brown says the singer “knows where he stands with Cissy and her relatively low opinion of him doesn’t come as any surprise, but he doesn’t like the overall tone of the book, which he thinks is Cissy’s way of trying to assuage her conscience about not doing enough to prevent Whitney’s death.

“Just look at that People headline! [leading into an exclusive book excerpt]. ‘I Tried to Save Her’ … doesn’t that say it all,” added the source sarcastically.

A friend close to the Houston clan disputes that Cissy has any reason for guilt, arguing that “Cissy repeatedly tried to get Whitney clean, including interventions, moving in with her in 2000 and so many other things. … But anyone familiar with addiction knows that people only get clean and sober when they are willing to do it themselves.

“This book is a loving reminder of what a great talent Whitney was and why we should not let how she

died define how she is remembered.”

As for Houston’s granddaughter Bobbi Kristina, she too is said to be a bit upset about how her grandmother writes of her worries that Whitney’s only child could possibly be lured into the trap of addiction. It’s well-known that Cissy Houston has been unhappy with stories about Bobbi Kristina’s hard partying — and allegations of drinking and drug use.

DIRECTOR NAMED? Sounds like “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams will be in the director’s chair for the next “Star Wars” film. Deadline.com quotes a source claiming “it’s a done deal,” reporting Abrams edged out Ben Affleck for the gig.Planned for a 2015 release, “Episode VII” will be the first new “Star Wars” film since 2005’s “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” and the first since

George Lucas sold his company and the “Star Wars” franchise to Disney last fall.

Abrams is well-known in Hollywood for creating or co-creating such TV hits as “Felicity,” “Alias” “Lost” and “Fringe” and for directing films including “Mission Impossible III” and the 2009 “Star Trek.”

NEW ROMANCE: While there’s no truth to the rumor Tiger Woods was trying to woo back his ex-wife Elin Nordegren, it seems clear the golf star has ignited a new relationship. Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are said to be quite hot ’n’ heavy — with the golfer winging his way to Europe to watch Vonn race and recently whisking her off to Antigua for a romantic getaway.

What’s especially intriguing, if not surprising: Vonn and Nordegren look a lot alike.

OSCAR BUZZ: There are rumors flying that — for the first time ever — all six big-screen James Bonds will be on the stage for the Academy Awards Feb. 24, in a tribute to the franchise possibly tied to Adele’s performance of the Oscar-nominated “Skyfall” theme song from the last 007 flick.It certainly would be fun to see

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all gathered together for the big night!

Speaking of the Oscars, many think that the announcement of the best ensemble film cast winner Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards could foretell which movie will walk off with the best picture Academy Award. The SAG competition is between the casts of “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” — all up for the best picture Oscar — and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which is not.

PARTY TIME : Rocker Pete Wentz, co-founder of the Angels & Kings club at the Hard Rock Hotel, plans to attend the nightspot’s second anniversary bash Feb. 2 — co-hosted by Kelli Zink, Jessica Zweig and Kevin Aeh, and featuring DJ sets by popular spinners DJ Rock City and DJ Dante.

QUITE THE DUET: Here’s an intriguing booking — Carol Channing and Patti LuPone performing together. Well, it’s not exactly happening, but pals and frequent collaborators Christopher Pazdernik and Aaron Benham will pay tribute to their two favorite musical theater icons in a new show, “Carol & Patti: Together Again for the First Time” — debuting Feb. 16 and 17 at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret on Milwaukee Avenue.

TAKE A BOW: Congrats to Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls, honored with a Morozov Award by the Moscow Art Theatre. Falls was in the Russian capital to attend the international conference marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Konstanin Stanislavsky, the father of the famed system of acting that bears his name. While in Moscow, Falls spoke at the conference about Stanislavsky’s historical impact on American theater.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: “The Book of Mormon” continues to happily entertain audiences at the Bank of America Theatre — including Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, who attended the show Wednesday. … Comedian, actor and singer Jeff Davis (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) dropped by Quartino for a bite Wednesday — then headed to join Dan Harmon at the Up Comedy Club at Piper’s Alley for their touring “Harmontown” show, which is being filmed for a movie. At the end of the evening Davis invited the audience to join him back at Quartino for drinks — and 80 fans took him up on it! … Also Wednesday, the Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva stopped in at Jellyfish on Rush to get a sushi fix.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox 32 News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.



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