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Fenway stars in upcoming movie; P-town stars in VW ad campaign

FEED A FEVER PITCH It didn't matter if it was very, very warm, it was supposed to be opening day at Fenway Park Saturday when the crew from "Fever Pitch" filmed during the game against the Texas Rangers. But even a movie starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon, made by local faves Bobby and Peter Farrelly, didn't calm down Red Sox fans during the race to the playoffs. "You should have heard some of the stuff [the fans] were yelling," said one member of the crew. Which, come to think of it, is the whole point of "Fever Pitch," a movie about a rabid fan (Fallon) whose true love (Barrymore) finds out about his obsession with the hometown team. Fenway's famous roaming peanut vendor, Rob "Nuts" Barry, was part of the filming, but said he was surprised to be told he shouldn't have been wearing shorts. "I was working my regular way, but they said it was supposed to be real cold in the scene . . . and it wasn't at the park," Barry said yesterday. Barry's been approached, as have other Fenway employees, about getting a line. When the film crew returns next week, what does Barry think his line might be? "I would think it's something about nuts," said Barry, who is famous for tossing bags of peanuts in the grandstands. With the main stars gone for a week, crews were busy over the tail end of the holiday weekend shooting exteriors and other shots. But it looks like more of the movie will be shot in Boston -- rather than most in Toronto as originally planned. "That's a credit to the Farrellys along with the producers," said Robin Dawson of the Massachusetts Film Bureau. Noting that it was the first time anyone filmed a major movie during an actual Sox game at Fenway, Dawson said: "It's amazing that they pulled it off. Peter [Farrelly] said it was like having 35,000 extras."

JUST PUSH PAUSE You really can't believe everything you read. Last week, on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the conservative Washington Times reported President Bush has a long list of celebrity supporters, including singer Steven Tyler. Huh? Since when was Aerosmith interested in politics? The band's LA-based publicist, Mitch Schneider, called to say that while Tyler may have been a Bush supporter at one point, he's "taking another direction." John Kerry? Ralph Nader? Schneider would only say, "Steven's taking another direction."

OOPS . . . SHE DIDN'T DO IT AGAIN The young attendees of Britney Spears's Camp for Performing Arts on Cape Cod were disappointed over the weekend when Britney didn't show up. Britney's mom, Lynn, had posted in her online diary at www.britneyspears.com, that the pop superstar was coming for a visit. "Britney's annual trip to her camp is right around the corner. She's really looking forward to meeting this year's campers. Everyone leaves with a huge smile on their face. Britney is so proud of her Foundation -- and that's what is truly important in life, don't you agree?" Lynn wrote about the free camp for aspiring performers. But the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Britney's absence was on doctor's orders. "She went in for her knee checkup and they told her she couldn't fly for one to two weeks," Britney's rep told the News. "She missed out on the MTV Video Music Awards, too."

A FINE SHOWING It turns out the "road to life" winds through the Outer Cape. Volkswagen has launched a print advertising campaign aimed at the gay community, featuring photographs by John Arsenault of Provincetown (including a shot of Boston from the fast ferry) that will be printed in Genre, Out, Advocate, Instinct, Metrosource, and the October issue of Blackbook. (Palm Springs and Los Angeles also are part of the campaign.) At an opening reception at the Anchor Inn in Provincetown Sunday, one of Arsenault's photos -- a signed print of "Racepoint Beach 2004" -- fetched $1,700 in a silent auction and a total of $5,000 was raised to benefit the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. The photos can be seen at www.vw.com.

SPOTTED Über businessman Donald Trump was spied at Fenway Park over the weekend, taking in the action on the field, not the filming action. And seen over the weekend at the Movie Gallery in Peabody were newlyweds Tori Spelling and her husband, writer-actor Charlie Shanian, perusing the "new arrivals" section. So what's a Hollywood power couple doing in those parts? Shanian's a North Shore native.

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