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Clarke takes a pass on 'Game Plan' shot

Andy Fickman, director of "The Game Plan," was shooting scenes on Beacon Hill yesterday, including a few specially written for Lenny Clarke. So where was Lenny? Seems the comedian, who was to play a doorman in the Disney film, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, couldn't make it. We're told Clarke is in LA shooting "The Winner," a mid-season replacement, starring Weymouth's own Rob Corddry. . . . Matt Damon has not made many mistakes in his career, but if he has a regret -- aside from his romance with Winona Ryder -- it might be uttering this line in "The Legend of Bagger Vance:" "I like the way we danced." The Cambridge-bred actor tells Details that the words, delivered to Charlize Theron, still make him cringe. . . . John O'Hurley knew Emmitt Smith and Mario Lopez would meet in the finals of "Dancing With the Stars." O'Hurley, who appeared on the show last season, told us yesterday he predicted the pair would prance past the rest. The actor, who played J. Peterman on "Seinfeld," was in town to promote his new book, "It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned From Dogs." . . . New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel reports that "High Fidelity," the musical based on Nick Hornby's book, has sold "an appallingly low" number of tickets, and might close faster than you can say "Belle & Sebastian." The show, starring Will Chase, got mixed reviews when it played at the Colonial Theatre.

The Duchess and the Dutchess
Being a big fan of Will.i.am and Black Eyed Peas , we were so excited when someone said Fergie was on the phone. "Yo, Fergie," we hollered. "No, no, I'm afraid I'm not her," replied Sarah Ferguson , who was in Boston yesterday to celebrate World Children's Day. "Automatically, everybody in America thinks I'm Fergie, the most beautiful woman in the world, from Black Eyed Peas." Truth be told, the two are simil ar: UK Fergie is the Duchess of York and US Fergie has a disc called "Dutchess." "You know, I rang her up about that," the red-headed former royal told us. "I said, 'Fergie, it's Fergie. . . . Now that you've done this, you have to sing at a concert for my foundation Children in Crisis.' " UK Fergie's first stop yesterday was the Ronald McDonald House in Brookline, where she was bowled over by 11-year-old Ashley Landers. "She's selling cakes to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House even as she's getting a bone marrow transplant," said UK Fergie. Later, the Duchess ducked into the InterContinental Boston for a children's tea party. Since she spends most of her time in New York now, UK Fergie said she's become a big fan of the United States . And what do the Brits make of her? "They think I'm too emotional and I talk too much," she said, laughing.

Lockhart to leave Utah post
What's with Keith Lockhart? First, he creates a website and then he walks away from his gig in Utah. The Pops conductor said yesterday he's stepping down as music director of the Utah Symphony after the 2008-09 season to focus on "reestablishing my guest conducting presence, especially in Europe, and spending more and better time with my family." . . .

No. 34 was No. 1 with the kids at the Champions for Children gala the other night. Celts scorer Paul Pierce received an award at the bash benefiting Children's Hospital, not to mention a round of applause from a VIP crowd that included team owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife, Corinne; Pats players Matt Light and Ben Watson ; former Sox pitcher Luis Tiant ; and former Bruin Derek Sanderson. Also in the house were Children's board chairman Steve Karp , Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman , and Summit Partners' Marty Mannion . The evening's auction fetched big money, including $80,000 to watch a Sox game with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

Newsman Harris is on the rise
Six years after leaving NECN for ABC, Dan Harris is the new anchor of "World News Sunday." The Newton native replaces Terry Moran, who now co-anchors "Nightline." By network TV standards, Harris, 35, has had a rapid ascent, and some speculate he could one day replace Charlie Gibson. Predictably, Harris is delighted with the promotion. "The craziest thing was getting the job from NECN to the network. I remember the first time they interviewed me. I was a 28-year-old kid. . . . They asked what I would want to do. I said, 'custodial work?' " Working at ABC, Harris has reported from Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, Israel, and Iraq. "These were defining moments in my life," he says. "I had been to Europe like any good boy but never anywhere they shoot."

Suzanne Ryan of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

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