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An arresting night for a good cause

A gathering of 600 showed up to ogle Boston’s finest in a fashion show/auction that benefited breast cancer research. A gathering of 600 showed up to ogle Boston’s finest in a fashion show/auction that benefited breast cancer research. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / May 1, 2010

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Who doesn’t love a man — or woman — in a uniform? This week’s Cops for the Cure fund-raiser was a huge hit, as 24 single law enforcement lads and lasses (including 22 Boston cops and two State Police troopers) were auctioned off after strutting their stuff on a makeshift catwalk. The brainchild of Boston police Deputy Superintendent Genevieve King, and emceed by former police flack Mariellen Burns, the event at Florian Hall raised $22,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

‘Tower’ may be movie
Just days after Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School student John Odgren was convicted of murder, there’s word that Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,’’ a series Odgren was reportedly obsessed with, may be turned into a movie directed by Ron Howard. During Odgren’s trial, there was testimony that the special-needs student was fixated on the number 19, which is significant in “The Dark Tower.’’ Until recently, the series of books by the Bangor-based bestseller had been controlled by J.J. Abrams, who wanted to turn them into a TV series. King’s magnum opus involves the Man in Black and Roland the gunslinger, and spans seven books and one short story.

Texting and cursing
There’s no such thing as bad press, especially when profanity is involved. John Donohue, CEO of Quincy-based Arbella Insurance, was on NBC’s “Today’’ show yesterday touting his company’s high-tech mobile driving simulator. (The so-called Distracted Driver 101 simulator was part of a segment on the dangers of texting while driving.) Well, “Today’’ host and Tufts grad Meredith Vieira took it for a ride and yelled out “Oh [expletive]!’’ on live TV after she rear-ended a pickup truck while reading a text message.

Ghost of a chance
There’s been a lot of talk about a possible “Ghostbusters III,’’ written by Needham native Lee Eisenberg, but don’t hold your breath. Bill Murray, who starred in the original with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, says he hasn’t seen any script, let alone a good one. In New York to promote his new flick, “Get Low,’’ Murray told Cinemablend.com: “It’s just really the movie studio. They love the franchise, they’d just like to re-create it again. All this talk is just talk. It drives me nuts, it’s just people talking. . . . On the street, people go, ‘Hey, hey, hey,’ you know, why don’t you go back to high school? Quit bothering me. Until someone actually creates a great script, it’s just hogwash, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s interesting that people are interested in it, they’d like to see it. . . . If it’s such a good idea, then someone will write the screenplay.’’ Hear that, Lee? Get to work.

Spotlight on Globe team?
A la Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in “All the President’s Men,’’ the team of Boston Globe reporters and editors who won the Pulitzer Prize for stories about the clergy sex abuse scandal may be the subject of a movie. Producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust have acquired the rights to the stories of members of the Globe’s Spotlight Team, the group that shared the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service. The Globe’s coverage led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law and an avalanche of similar stories around the world. This would not be the first movie about the Globe’s coverage of the abuse scandal. “Our Fathers,’’ an unremarkable 2005 TV movie, starred Ted Danson as victims’ attorney Mitchell Garabedian and Christopher Plummer as Law.

Saving Siobhan?
You didn’t expect fans of Siobhan Magnus to just to go away, did you? A group of Siobhan supporters are gathering signatures now claiming the “American Idol’’ contestant was unfairly bounced from the show this week. According to the group’s petition, the Facebook page for the Marstons Mills lass inadvertently listed the phone number for “AI’’ contestant Aaron Kelly instead of Magnus. If true, producers of the show say they’re blameless because the Facebook page was created by Siobhan fans. No word on how many voters got the phone number from the Facebook page, but the petition website says Siobhan was “cheated.’’

Around town
The Plough & Stars hosted a fund-raiser last night for “The Peacemaker,’’ a documentary about UMass-Boston professor Padraig O’Malley, who’s been part of reconciliation efforts in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Iraq. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the complexities of O’Malley’s approach. Director Jim Demo and “The Deer Hunter’’ actor John Savage were expected last night. . . . Boston’s right-wing radio hosts won’t be happy to hear that Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver BU’s commencement address May 16. . . . “30 Rock’’ star Alec Baldwin dropped into Redline after his talk at Harvard’s Institute of Politics this week. . . . Actor and Harvard alum John Lithgow had lunch at Legal Sea Foods in Charles Square yesterday.

Mia on a mission
Cicely Tyson, Tina Brown, and Mia Farrow headlined the Simmons College Leadership Conference yesterday at the Seaport World Trade Center. Farrow had the crowd transfixed talking about the continuing horrors in Darfur.

A wheel celebrity
New Hampshire’s own Dean Kamen, the inventor of the self-balancing human transporter known as Segway, was the featured speaker at yesterday’s “Better World’’ forum at MIT.

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