When art imitates life
Senator Scott Brown met Senator Scott Brown last night, when the real-life Republican lawmaker met Evan Kaufman, the actor who plays him in the Improv Asylum musical “You’re a Good Man, Scott Brown.’’ Ted Kennedy’s successor went to see the show, and was trailed by a crew from NBC’s “Today’’ show. The musical pokes fun at the pickup-driving Brown and his underwhelming opponent, Martha Coakley.
Finally, Frank and Jamie McCourt have a date — in court. The Los Angeles Times reports the trial to determine the owner of the LA Dodgers is set for Aug. 30. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, the couple are at odds over which of them controls the venerable Major League Baseball franchise. Frank, the former Boston real estate developer who failed in his bid to buy the
Opening Day — or, this year, Opening Night — is always a bit of a circus at Fenway, and this year will be no different. We’re told producer Dr. Dre will be at batting practice to hype the latest in his Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line and that LeBron James may be swinging by to see Dre after the Celts-Cavs game. Also expected: Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Noel Lee, founder of the audio/video accessories company Monster, and Sox chairman Tom Werner. And don’t expect to see tenor Ronan Tynan singing at the home opener against the
Former Four Seasons chef William Kovel is now consulting chef at 28 Degrees in the South End, where he made his debut the other night. He hosted a tasting with owners Carl Christian and William Emery, WGBH’s Jared Bowen, Channel 7’s Frances Rivera, Chanel’s Mary Nobile-King, and designer David Webster.
Crews with the pilot “Boston’s Finest’’ set up shop to film scenes in Chinatown yesterday. They were expected to shoot through this morning. The cop show features Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica’’ and former “ER’’ heartthrob Goran Visnjic.
Ellen finds some famous faces in her roots
Is Ellen DeGeneres a Wahlberg? Not really, but Ellen and Mark Wahlberg share a cousin — who just happens to be Halle Berry. Weird, right? Thanks to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, which has already proven that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are distant cousins, we now know that Dorchester’s own Wahlberg and his brother Donnie are related to Berry, who is DeGeneres’s 10th cousin once removed. The talk show host and “American Idol’’ judge featured a segment on her show yesterday about how the Newbury Street-based Genealogical Society traced her roots not only to Berry, but also to Richard Gere. DeGeneres is related to Gere through the Brewster family of Cape Cod, who came over on the Mayflower. Technically, they’re 11th cousins. Chris Child and Rhonda McClure are the genealogical staffers who made the connections. Society spokesman Tom Champoux says that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show’’ approached his office about researching her background two years ago. It took about that long to figure out Ellen’s weird links to so many celebs. “It’s many, many weeks and months to put these types of connections together,’’ he said. The Society’s research also connected Wahlberg to Madonna, Madonna to Camilla Parker-Bowles, Parker-Bowles to Princess Diana (they were 7th cousins), Diana to Tim Robbins, Robbins to Gere, and Gere back to Ellen. (If your head is spinning, check out the chart.) Champoux says the society has been getting a lot of Hollywood attention lately because of an increased interest in ancestry. Sarah Jessica Parker visited the offices in a recent episode of NBC’s celebrity genealogy program “Who Do You Think You Are?’’ The society’s royalty expert Gary Boyd Roberts will appear on tomorrow’s episode of the show to help Brooke Shields find her roots.