Party time

Eliza Dushku celebrates her Boston Common cover last night at Alibi. Eliza Dushku celebrates her Boston Common cover last night at Alibi. (Bill brett for the boston globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Paysha Rhone
Globe Staff / March 17, 2009
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For someone who lives in LA, and has for most of the past decade, actress Eliza Dushku sure spends a lot of time in Boston. Last night, the star of Joss Whedon's new show "Dollhouse" celebrated her status as Boston Common's latest cover girl with a party at Alibi. The shindig, cohosted by Big Papi's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, was also a fund-raiser for the Boston-based Camp Hale. The crowd included Boston Common publisher Glen Kelley, Estate owner Ed Kane, Longwood Events owner Jim Apteker and wife Alina, Alibi owner Patrick Lyons, Dirty Water TV's Christian Fauria, and Dushku's father and brother.

Got it covered
Ben Affleck graces the cover of Esquire's April issue, which hits stands today, and he gets a much kinder treatment than cover boy Tom Brady did last year. The profile is written by the same guy who dubbed our QB "The Brady," Tom Chiarella. In the story, Ben expounds on his upcoming Boston project "The Town." He also admits to not loving the Pats as much as the Sox. "I'm not a crazy, crazy pro-football guy," Affleck said. "I mean, I like the Pats. I followed the Pats this year without Brady, yeah. My father made a lot of money, he ran a little book, and in the end he just learned to bet heavy against New England when I was a kid. So Steve Grogan and his bad knees bought us our first VCR and first washer-dryer, before my mother threw him out. So that taught us from a young age to view pro football with disdain and was just an opportunity to view Patriots fans as fans who would bet with consistently broken hearts, no matter what." By the way, the issue also features a story on Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon.

Howard at Dana-Farber
Terrence Howard had a full day in Boston yesterday, visiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and meeting with volunteers at the Open Doors to Health program in Roxbury. The "Iron Man" star became an ambassador to cancer organizations after losing his mother to colon cancer last year. Yesterday, Howard toured Dana-Farber's research and patient facilities before meeting with colon cancer expert Dr. Robert Mayer.

Tom here, Gisele there
Keeping tabs on Tom Brady? We're told No. 12 was on his way back to New York yesterday while his bride, Gisele Bundchen, winged her way to Sao Paulo to shoot a commercial for the Cidade Jardim shopping center. The spot's being directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for "City of God." (Gisele replaced Sarah Jessica Parker as the mall's spokesgal.) As happy as he must have been to meet Bundchen's family in Brazil, we're wondering if Brady could even talk to them since they all speak German. That was never a problem for Bundchen's ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo's mom is German, so he learned the language.

Phish at Fenway?
Could Phish be gigging at Fenway? Neither Live Nation nor the band's rep would confirm it yesterday, but there's a lot of online chatter about a possible Phish fest at Fenway. The band, which is about to head out on the road for the first time in five years, is slated to kick things off at Jones Beach in New York June 4 and 5, followed by a show at the Comcast Center June 6. But we're hearing that Trey Anastasio, et al., may be bound for Boston May 31, which is the night after the Dave Matthews Band wraps up its two-night stand at the ballpark.

'Knowing' physicist
MIT physicist Edward Farhi stepped outside the lab last week for a little Hollywood glamour - a consult on the new Nicolas Cage movie, "Knowing," and a brief meeting with the star himself. "I met him for two minutes at a press junket," said the decidedly not star-stricken Farhi. "He's a professional." The professor was asked to provide scientific perspective to reviewers covering the film. But the flick, in which Cage plays an MIT professor racing to unravel a mysterious set of numbers that predict past and future catastrophes, is more sci-fi than science, he said. "It's so far from scientific reality, I didn't really judge it on those terms. It has aliens and visitors from space." Farhi also consulted on last year's "Jumper," starring Hayden Christensen.

Imus is in town
For controversial yakker Don Imus, the show will go on at the Wilbur Theatre this morning, despite his on-air announcement yesterday that he has early-stage prostate cancer. The 68-year-old radio host said he debated telling listeners, but figured he might miss some work, according to the Associated Press. "I'm changing the name of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids With Cancer to the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids With Cancer and Me," he joked, referring to his charity. Imus plans to broadcast his annual St. Patty's Day show, "Kiss Me, I'm Imus," live from the Wilbur today. (It airs on WTKK.) Venue owner Bill Blumenreich said yesterday he's received numerous phone calls from fans, asking him to pass along well wishes to Imus.

Writing a life
Phyllis Karas is taking a break from Whitey Bulger. The BU journalism professor, who's written two books with Whitey's onetime associate Kevin Weeks, has inked a deal to write actor Louis Gossett Jr.'s memoir. Seems she got the gig when her agent Helen Rees met the Oscar winner's girlfriend, Boston-based communications queen Colette Phillips, at the Obama inauguration. The book, to be published by Wiley Sons, will detail Gossett's TV and film career and his humanitarian work.

'Super' splitsville
The Internet's abuzz with reports that Cohasset's Kate Bosworth may be single. The UK's Daily Mail reports the "Superman Returns" star and her model boyfriend of three years, James Rousseau, split, but she's keeping it on the down-low. "Kate dumped James a month ago following fights over their work schedules," a source told the paper. She loves LA; he prefers England.

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