Building a relationship

February 7, 2009
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Boston actress Christy Scott Cashman hung with costars Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, and Jean Reno at a party for the filmed-in-Boston "Pink Panther 2" at New York's Plaza this week. At the soiree, Cashman and Martin discovered another thing in common - her brother, Andy Scott, is building a house for Martin in Brevard, N.C. Scott Cashman's "Open Book Club" cohost Debbie Dimasi (wife of former speaker Sal Dimasi) also attended the bash.

Tooned in, turned off
As fun-loving as he was, John Lennon was not a big fan of "The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon." So says Ron Campbell, the director of the series and an animator of the movie "Yellow Submarine." Campbell's in town this week for an exhibit of Beatles artwork at Jordan's Furniture in Reading. "I never met them," Campbell said. "They were more interested in going off to India and talking to the Swami. . . . Ringo and George quite liked the TV show, but Lennon called it 'That Flintstones [expletive].' "

Santos's replacement
Early bird alert: Walt Perkins (inset) will be the new voice of sports on WBZ radio every morning, beginning Monday at 5:15 a.m. The sports reporter and weekend anchor takes over for longtime morning sports guy Gil Santos, who retired Jan. 30. "Nobody's gonna take Gil's place - he was there for 38 years, for God's sake," said Perkins, a Manchester, N.H., native who's worked in the field for 30 years. But he said he's looking forward to rising at 2 a.m. every day and giving it his best shot. "I'm going to need a new alarm clock." Perkins refused to weigh in on whether Tom Brady has gone soft from all the canoodling with Gisele Bundchen. "That's his private life," he said, laughing. "My concern is what happens on Sundays."

Sharansky feted
Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was feted at the Four Seasons the other night by Pats owners Robert and Myra Kraft, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jon and Joanna Jacobson, and Michael Bohnen. VIPs included the FBI's Warren Bamford, Ed Bond of Bond Brothers, treasurer Tim Cahill, AG Martha Coakley, Jeff Robbins of Mintz Levin, and Reebok's Paul Foster.

Now he's cooking
Marc Orfaly, executive chef of the Summer House in Nantucket, will cook dinner tonight at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. Restaurant owners Danielle deBenedictis and husband, Peter Karlson, plan to attend.

Coach in the stands
Pats coach Bill Belichick stopped into nebo with girlfriend Linda Holliday Thursday night before catching the Celtics-Lakers game. Revolution forward Taylor Twellman was also in the house.

Pudding and ham
Renee Zellweger kept the party going after her Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year roast Thursday. The actress, who joked throughout the day about filling her pudding pot trophy with vodka, apparently enjoyed her day - and night - with the Harvard boys. During a cocktail-hour serenade by Harvard singing group the Krokodiloes at the Charles Hotel, she ended up on the lap of singer Andrew Cone. "She played into it and hammed it up," said group member Frank DeSimone. "She really seemed to have a great time." A dinner in the hotel's banquet room was followed by an after-party at nearby OM. For the record, Zellweger left her pudding pot safe in the Charles Hotel's presidential suite, said Hasty publicist Talisa Friedman. "I wouldn't say she was a wild partier or anything." But the star did bring her posse to the party, and hung late with the drama troupe's cast, band, and techies. "It's such a long day and she was such a trouper," said Friedman, of the festivities, which included a tour of the Yard, lunch, parade, roast, and the dinner. "Not all of the Women of the Year show up at the after-party. It's totally optional."

Katie Stam's off-the-shoulder '80s-style lace wedding dress. "You know, with the gowns, everyone picks what they feel comfortable in," Bruno said, demurely.

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