NAMES & FACES

MAKING IT LEGAL: Timothy Dean, left, is filing for Chapter 11; Jennifer Aniston gets a restraining order; Portia de Rossi takes Ellen DeGeneres's last name.
MAKING IT LEGAL: Timothy Dean, left, is filing for Chapter 11; Jennifer Aniston gets a restraining order; Portia de Rossi takes Ellen DeGeneres's last name. (Juana Arias - Twp)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chef in a stew

Maybe "Top Chef" was the wrong kind of TV show for Timothy Dean. These days, the D.C.-bred restaurateur seems better suited for a legal drama. Last July, Dean filed suit against developers at National Harbor, who he alleges short-changed him on a $600,000 investment. That case is still pending.

Last weekend Prime, the former cooking show contender's Baltimore-based steakhouse, popped up on a foreclosure auction list. According to Jimmy Bell, one of Dean's attorneys, the sale isn't going to happen. "Tim Dean has talked to his banks, he's filing for Chapter 11," says Bell. "This will give his businesses an opportunity to regroup." Bell says Dean will bounce back. "It's nothing different than Donald Trump has done. And Trump is still on top."

Aniston stalker restrained

A Los Angeles court has granted Jennifer Aniston a restraining order against a man who allegedly traveled from Pennsylvania hoping to get some face time with the actress.

Court filings say the man, Jason R. Peyton, was found with a roll of duct tape, a sharp object, and love letters addressed to the actress.

The court granted Aniston a temporary restraining order on July 20 after police first detained Peyton, but now it's set in stone -- he'll have to stay away from Aniston and refrain from contacting her for the next three years.

Portia changes name

To DeGeneres, naturally. After two years of marriage to talk-show host and former "American Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi is finally switching over to her spouse's surname.

In a petition filed Friday the actress, 37, asked a Los Angeles court to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres, People reports.

End Notes

Sighted: Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and former Washington Wizard LaRon Profit at the W hotel's P.O.V. rooftop bar Sunday night.

Bryant, in town to shoot hoops with the president, came in alone for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat. Profit dined separately with some friends.

-- Aaron Leitko, from staff, Web and wire reports

The Reliable Source is on vacation. The column will return on Aug. 23.


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