Skier accepts Sox’ pitch

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / February 17, 2010

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It’s been widely reported that mogul skier Hannah Kearney , who this week won the first US gold medal of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is a big Sox fan. The New Hampshire native even wore a Jacoby Ellsbury jersey under her jacket during the Opening Ceremony. Well, we’re told Sox chairman Tom Werner took notice and rang Kearney on her cellphone to ask if she might like to throw out the first pitch when the Sox play the Yanks at Fenway in April. Interested? Are you kidding? Kearney, who now lives in Vermont, said absolutely.

Belushi a man of good causes
As much as he liked seeing snow yesterday, Jim Belushi was eager to get back to California. “It’s my wife’s birthday,’’ he said. “I’ll get back for the last three hours of it, if I’m lucky.’’ Belushi was in Boston to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), something that affected his father and millions of others. But the actor admitted he was initially hesitant to join the DRIVE4COPD campaign, whose celebrity supporters include Danica Patrick, Bruce Jenner, Patty Loveless, and Michael Strahan. “I thought it was the Colorado police department about a ticket I never paid,’’ said Belushi after his appearance at the Copley Place Mall. The actor, who’s been summering on Martha’s Vineyard for over 30 years, told us he’s excited about his new film, “The Ghost Writer.’’ Directed by Roman Polanski, the movie is set on the Vineyard, but was filmed in Berlin. “Working with Polanski was the single best experience I’ve had as an actor in my career,’’ said John Belushi’s brother. “He is the coolest. . . . There’s Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, and Roman Polanski, and I feel very privileged to have worked with two of the three.’’ (He was in Stone’s 1985 film “Salvador.’’) Asked if Polanski’s legal troubles could doom the film at the box office, Belushi said it shouldn’t. “I don’t think anything gets in the way of great art,’’ he said. Belushi will be back in Boston Feb. 28, joining James Montgomery at a benefit for blues musicians. “These guys have no pension, no health care, and most of them got ripped off by record companies in the ’60s,’’ he said. “It’s a beautiful thing James is doing.’’

Fete for Oscar
One of the hosts of this week’s Oscar nominee luncheon in LA was Portland, Maine’s own Anna Kendrick , who’s nominated for her supporting role in “Up in the Air.’’ An annual event at the Beverly Hilton, the luncheon was attended by most of the nominees. The Los Angeles Times reported that Kendrick was among the 121 - out of 197 - nominees who showed up.

Nantucket fest on tap
Looks like the Nantucket Film Festival will be held June 17-20. In announcing the dates of this year’s festival, organizers yesterday couldn’t help but crow that three of the films screened at last year’s fest - “The Hurt Locker,’’ “The Messenger,’’ and “The Cove’’ - earned a combined 12 Oscar nominations. The NFF honored screenwriter Harold Ramis last year, and guests included Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Stiller, Meg Ryan, Ben Foster, Brian Williams, Cheryl Hines, Paul Giamatti, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Lili Taylor, and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, among others. Organizers haven’t yet revealed this year’s guests.

Cheery news
It’s that time again: The Patriots cheerleaders are off to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to shoot their 2011 swimsuit calendar, and TNT Vacations is offering fans an opportunity to join them. The weeklong excursion includes cocktail parties, dinners, beach volleyball, and behind-the-scenes access to photo shoots with the pom-pom posse. The trip departs Boston on April 24 and returns May 1. Says Tracy Sormanti, Pats cheerleader director, “By April, who isn’t ready for a little sunshine and beach volleyball?’’ Yes, who?

Pajama party time
Kids are constituents, too. Just ask Hizzoner Tom Menino, who was at the Hotel Commonwealth the other day to promote “Hotel for Kids,’’ a pajama party the hotel is hosting Friday. The event includes a make-your-own hot chocolate bar and a book sale to benefit ReadBoston, the mayor’s literacy program

Boxer lunch
Brockton brawler Marvin Hagler had a layover at Logan yesterday, so he beat it to the Kowloon for some takeout. We’re told Marvelous Marvin picked up a big bag of Chinese food for his trans-Atlantic flight.

Carson award winners
Ellen Calmas, founding chair of the Friends of Silent Spring Institute, sat down with recipients of this year’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award the other night. The trio - former politico Marjorie Clapprood, socialite Marilyn Riseman, and Judi Hirshfield-Bartek, breast cancer activist and oncology nurse - will be honored May 6 at the Friends of Silent Spring Institute Dinner. Joan and Ted Cutler are honorary chairs.

New date for health talk
Due to a scheduling conflict involving one of the VIP speakers, next month’s forum on fashion and weight at Harvard will be held March 22 at 6 p.m., not March 23 at 7 p.m., as originally planned. Called Health Matters: Weight and Wellness in the World of Fashion, the talk at the Harvard Business School will still feature Vogue editor Anna Wintour, designer Michael Kors, and model Natalia Vodianova. (Turns out Wintour is attending a memorial service for Irving Penn on the 23d.) The 6 p.m. forum - an annual event sponsored by Mass. General’s Harris Center - is open to the public, but you have to RSVP at

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