From YouTube to Hollywood

By Mark Shanahan and Paysha Rhone
Globe Staff / January 7, 2009
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Bo Burnham's never been better. The Hamilton homey whose humorous, homemade music videos made him a YouTube sensation has scored a movie deal. Burnham, who graduated from St. John's Prep in Danvers last spring, has been enlisted by none other than Judd Apatow to write a script for what's billed as an anti-"High School Musical" film. (Apatow, of course, is the brains behind "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin.") Burnham, who's described his vids as "pubescent musical comedy," will have a half-hour show on Comedy Central in March and also a CD. His rep told us yesterday that Burnham recently finished filming "Virgin on Bourbon Street" with Rob Schneider and is now in LA shooting a small part in Adam Sandler's upcoming film "Funny People."

Andelman speaks
After Eddie Andelman left WEEI in 2001, he didn't look back. Except for an occasional Sox game, the longtime talk-show host says he never again listened to the Entercom-owned sports station. Wisely, Andelman also cashed out most of his Entercom stock, which was selling at the time for $40 per share. Today, the stock's worth barely $1.50 per share while the station's hosts are making more money than ever. Asked yesterday about Glenn Ordway's new contract, which reportedly pays the drive-time talker $1 million per year for five years, Andelman was impressed: "God bless him if there's someone stupid enough to pay him that kind of money." A fixture on the Boston sports scene forever, Andelman may be gone from 'EEI but he's hardly forgotten. He now hosts "The Sports Huddle" on WTKK on Sunday nights.

Dude, Brady's not talking
Pats QB Tom Brady's getting really good at ignoring TMZ's video hit squad. Our hobbled hero was ambushed at an LA supermarket Monday while loading groceries into the back of a black Audi. The conversation went something like this - TMZ dude: "Did you guys get engaged, what's the word?" TB: silence. TMZ: "How's the knee, dude? You playing next year?" TB: silence. TMZ: "Why you doing all the shopping still?" TB: Gets in the car, shuts door. (The website, by the way, stands by its engagement report, saying "it's very, very real!!") Brady's girlfriend Gisele Bundchen wasn't there. She leaves next week for São Paulo, Brazil.

Cook's quips also caught up in LA with Arlington native Dane Cook, whose half-brother Darryl McCauley is accused of embezzling more than $10 million from the comedian. "No comment," Cook said to the video crew following him out of a sub shop. When the paparazzo continued to pester him, Cook seemed more amused than upset. "You've been working on your timing and your monologuing," said Cook. "I love it."

Back in the saddle
Like the rest of us, Aerosmith is back at work. Drummer Joey Kramer reports that the bad boys of Boston rock are making music in the new year. Writing on this week, Kramer said he and Tom Hamilton have already hashed out a few things. "We just rehearsed for two hours and it feels so good!" Kramer wrote. "We can't wait to get back into the studio and get back out on the road to do what we do best." The band last released an album of original material in 2001 with "Just Push Play." There's no timetable for the new CD, but it's expected to be out later this year. Kramer, Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler have one live show lined up on Feb. 1 at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas.

The Maine man
We're not surprised Bob Crowley is the toast of Maine for winning $1 million on "Survivor: Gabon." The bow-tied physics teacher had a day named for him in his hometown of South Portland, and has even received congrats from Governor John Baldacci, according to the Associated Press. But the real shocker? After besting 17 other castaways to become the oldest "Survivor" winner ever, the 57-year-old tough guy went right back to work at Gorham High School. Now, that's impressive.

Talking points
We predict sparks are gonna fly - and not in a good way - when wise-cracking pundit Bill Maher and mini-skirted conservative Ann Coulter (inset) face off at the Citi Performing Arts Center in March, kicking off its 2009 "Speaker Series: The Minds That Move the World." Other luminaries scheduled for the spring-summer program include former V.P. Al Gore, Charlie Rose with James Carville and former Bush wingman Karl Rove, and Soledad O'Brien interviewing Al Sharpton, Lisa Ling, and John Quinones.

Clowning around
Car making strange noises? Wondering whether to grab a wrench or junk it? The Coolidge Corner Theatre was the place to be for fix-it fans Monday night, as Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, took audience questions and introduced their favorite flick, "A Thousand Clowns," starring Jason Robards.

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