Sporting advice

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March 7, 2008

Celtics super sub Glen "Big Baby" Davis (above) paid a visit to Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan, where he talked to students about the importance of making wise choices and working hard in school. Davis, who overcame tough times to play in the NBA, encouraged the kids to stay in school. Meanwhile, Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine (below) was at Children's Hospital Boston, where he gave patients some Lindt chocolate goodies.

Designer’s career still on runway

As Christian Siriano may soon find out, winning "Project Runway" doesn't guarantee future success. Just ask Jay McCarroll, who'd been hailed by some as "the next great American designer" after winning season one of the Bravo reality TV show. Hardly a household name two years later, McCarroll is the subject of a new documentary, "Jay McCarroll: Eleven Minutes," which is screening at the Independent Film Festival of Boston next month. We caught up with the talented designer at the "Runway" finale party in New York, where he was imbibing heavily with his fellow "Runway" alums. "I've had way too many drinks to answer any questions," he said. "But what do you want to know?" Asked what the documentary is about, McCarroll, who'll be here April 28-29 to promote the movie, snapped, "You're a [expletive] journalist. Do a little research." Geez. "Eleven Minutes" is described as a "painfully raw and humorous" exploration of the creative process. Directed by Michael Selditch and Rob Tate, the movie makes clear that McCarroll's had a bumpy ride since "Runway." (The world is still waiting for his clothing line.) Wondering who McCarroll favored in the season finale? "Blah, blah, blah," he told us. "I'm the only [expletive] designer I care about."

He fit the casting call for skinny extras

If George Zahka's not an actor - and he isn't - what's he doing with a role in Martin Scorsese's new movie? "I'm curious about moviemaking," Zahka told us this week. "And I'm skinny." A social worker in Boston schools, Zahka is among 100 or so extras who've been cast as concentration camp survivors in the celebrated director's latest flick, "Ashecliffe," now filming in Boston. "[The casting agent] was looking for painfully skinny people and sent a notice to my colleague's running club," said Zahka, who's 6-foot-1 and 155 pounds. Based on Dennis Lehane's novel "Shutter Island," the thriller is about the search for a patient who's disappeared from a hospital for the criminally insane. (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play the pair of feds leading the investigation.) The concentration camp survivors appear in a flashback scene that'll be shot Monday in a former Taunton mill building. "It's amazing how much time, energy, and money is being spent on a scene that's, like, a page and a half in the book," said Zahka, who was paid to shave his head. "I didn't meet Scorsese. He just kind of walked by, nodded, and said, 'Looks good.' "

On the blockhead

Snoopy fans should race over to Skinner Inc. tonight because the estimable Back Bay auction house is putting some vintage Charles Schulz prints on the block. Signed by the celebrated cartoonist, the Peanuts panels were once owned by Frank Stanton, one of TV's founding fathers and the president of CBS for 25 years. We're told that Bruins great Bobby Orr will be there, as will an assortment of live animals. Why? Tonight's sale benefits the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the New England Wildlife Center.

A dine time had by all

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, stars of "The Proposal," dined at Davio's in Park Square Wednesday, along with Anne Fletcher, who directs the romatic comedy. The actors are slated to film in Gloucester soon.

Miss America reflects on anorexia

Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund (inset) will talk about her struggle with anorexia at Harvard Tuesday as part of the Harris Center's 12th annual public forum titled "Redefining Perfection: Beauty, Fashion and Body Image." "It no longer rules my life, but it's there," the 19-year-old Michigan native told us. "It's something I have to work on every day." Joining Haglund will be model-turned-denim designer Paige Adams-Geller and designer-author Bradley Bayou. Channel 7's Frances Rivera moderates the discussion at the Radcliffe Gym.

A night to do good

Andover native and BU grad Michael Chiklis of "The Shield" brought his family, including daughters Autumn (below left) and Odessa (below right), to "A Night at Sardi's" fund-raiser organized by the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills. Others in attendance included actors Dick Van Dyke, William Shatner, Vanessa Williams, Kristen Bell, and Lea Thompson.

Kids are her priority

Olympic soccer champ Kristine Lilly will miss the summer Games in China (she's pregnant), but she looked at home on the Harvard Stadium field yesterday at an AccesSportAmerica program. Lilly and her hubby, Brookline firefighter David Heavey, are expecting their first child in July. The former national team captain expects to be back in shape by spring 2009, however, when the Boston Breakers return as part of the reconstituted Women's Professional Soccer league. "First priority is the baby," said Lilly, "but I love soccer. And you know what? This right here, kids playing, is what it's all about."

Filmmaker's focus: Dartmouth murders

Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven's gearing up for his next big project: adapting "Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders" for the big screen. The book, by former Globe scribes Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff, traces the 2001 murders of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop by Vermont teens Robert Tulloch and James Parker. "I see this as a suspenseful story . . . a psychological story," said Craven. The filmmaker will be at the Regent Theatre in Arlington tonight to screen his film "Disappearances," starring Kris Kristofferson and Genevieve Bujold.

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