Beckett burger brings the beef

Brendan Burke, 13, of Barnet, Vt., (above) gets an autograph from Josh Beckett at McGreevy's, home of the Big Mouth Beckett Burger. Brendan Burke, 13, of Barnet, Vt., (above) gets an autograph from Josh Beckett at McGreevy's, home of the Big Mouth Beckett Burger. (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / May 22, 2009
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Sox ace Josh Beckett was at McGreevy's yesterday as the Boylston Street bar unveiled its monstrous Big Mouth Beckett Burger, which weighs in at 1 pound, 9 ounces. (Beckett handed a pair of tickets to last night's game to a fan who managed to eat the giant meat patty.) Also there yesterday were bar co-owner Ken Casey, NESN's Heidi Watney, and "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton, who was chowing down.

Tequila time
Tila Tequila, who'll spend her Memorial Day weekend in the Boston area, doesn't want to talk about her rumored pregnancy. We know this because when the self-described bisexual MTV reality star and pinup model called us yesterday, she got tight-lipped and irritable as soon as we asked about rumors that she's pregnant by fellow reality-star Ray J.

"I didn't think this interview was supposed to be about rumors," she said. Fair enough. Tequila did dish about wanting to put distance between herself and her reality show, "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila," which for two seasons had young, scantily-clad men and women vying for her affection. Tequila said she's far more interested these days in her budding music career. Her songs include "Cheating on My Girlfriend," which, yes, is based on a true story. "It's inspired by my ex-girlfriend," Tequila said. "She was a [expletive]. What can I say?"

Other highlights from our chat with Ms. Tequila? She couldn't remember if she'd ever been to Boston. "I'm not sure. I forget where I am sometimes." She also told us that she stands by statements she made last year that her dating show helped extend the acceptance of gay marriage. "People laughed or wanted to make fun of me, but I still stand by what I said," she said. "My show is the first one of its kind. After my show, Katy Perry came out with that song 'I Kissed a Girl' . . . it made people more used to it."

We have to love Tequila because of her ties to the Globe. Last year, when she wrote her first book, "Hooking Up With Tila Tequila," she chose former Globe freelancer Sarah Tomlinson as her coauthor. Tequila said her publisher offered up a male writer for the project, but she demanded a woman and chose Tomlinson herself. "We just really clicked." Tequila appears at Foxwoods tomorrow night for the opening of Ed Kane's new nightclub, Scorpion Bar, and on Sunday night in Quincy for the season-opening party at Kane's Marina Bay Beach Club.

Cover girl
BU grad Ginnifer Goodwin plays against type on the cover of the new W magazine. The actress, a regular on HBO's "Big Love" who's now filming "Ramona and Beezus" with Tom Brady's ex Bridget Moynahan, sheds her girl-next-door persona for something a little saucier. Goodwin says of the provocative cover pic: "I was delighted that what I saw was so against what people would call 'my type.' "

Where's Jack?
Despite rumors that Jack Welch would be in West Roxbury on Wednesday night to watch his wife, Suzy, read from her new book "10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea," the former GE boss was a no-show. It seems Mr. Welch had something bigger to see - Big Papi, to be exact. Welch opted to spend Wednesday night at Fenway Park to find out first-hand whether David Ortiz would hit his first homer of the season. Papi delivered, of course. Mrs. Welch wasn't fazed by the lack of Jack. She was more than happy to bring another member of the family to the "Chicks for Lit" ReadBoston event - her daughter Sophia.

Hub students honored
The Celtics will tell you, you can't win if you don't show up. That's why Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine and team president Rich Gotham spent yesterday morning honoring more than 300 Boston middle schoolers who had perfect attendance this year. Also on hand were former players Jo Jo White and Dana Barros, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson, and Gayle O'Connell of Arbella Insurance, which cosponsored the "Stay in School" event. Worth mentioning is that 15 of those youngsters haven't missed one school day in three years.

Achbar gets arts post
The New Center for Arts and Culture made it official yesterday: Acting director Francine Achbar is the new executive director. Achbar, who started at the nonprofit in 2004 and served as marketing director, previously worked at WBZ-TV. When will the New Center finally have a home? Achbar isn't sure. "Delayed is the timetable for this building," she said.

Sox shortstop visits clinic
Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo stopped by the Jimmy Fund Clinic yesterday to mingle with patients and their families - and to get revved up for the 8th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, which will be held in August. Lugo is shown here with youngster Grant Hade.

'Ghostbusters' reunion
After all these years, the "Ghostbusters " gang is getting back together. Dan Aykroyd told the LA Times this week that Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver have all committed to do a third "Ghostbusters" flick, and it could start filming this year. Details of the script, being written by Needham native Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, are still a mystery, but Aykroyd said he's hoping for a five-member "new generation" squad that'll include several female members. Like who? Dr. Raymond Stantz's alter ego mentioned two names in particular: Alyssa Milano and Watertown's Eliza Dushku. "I think they're amazing," said Aykroyd. (So, apparently, did Sox pitcher Brad Penny, who dated both.) We e-mailed "Dollhouse" star Dushku yesterday, but didn't hear back.

Novak gets dressed up
Newton's own B.J. Novak was dressed to the nines at the Cannes Film Festival the other night. He might look unkempt on "The Office," but Novak was in black tie at the "Inglourious Basterds" premiere party, wearing a Moschino Uomo wide peak lapel tuxedo. In Quentin Tarantino's bloody WWII pic, Novak plays one of a band of Jewish-American soldiers known as "Basterds" who target Nazis.

Hands-on experience
Governor Deval Patrick, whose dad, Pat Patrick, played baritone sax in the Sun Ra Arkestra, has some chops of his own. Patrick dropped by yesterday's rehearsal for "BOUNCE!" and played with West African drummer Joh Camara and crew. The show, held last night at the Citi Wang Theatre, featured the talented kids from the Beverly-based arts program Express Yourself.

'Idol' to remember
Mix 98.5 DJ Erin O'Malley, who was in Los Angeles for the "American Idol" finale, says the audience was just as shocked by the results as everyone watching at home. "I was so speechless," she told us. "My whole section was quiet." O'Malley has spent much of the week mingling with "Idol" personalities, including winner Kris Allen, runner-up Adam Lambert, last season's winner David Cook, and Bo Bice, who lost to Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of "Idol." "He never goes away," O'Malley said, laughing. O'Malley confessed to us that while she does like new judge Kara DioGuardi ("she was really, really easy to talk to"), she could do without "No Boundaries," the song DioGuardi co-wrote for the show's winner. "I think it's a little cheesy," O'Malley said of the tune, which will be Allen's first single. "I don't know how it's going to do."

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