Building team spirit

TJ Bruschi outruns his dad, Tedy, at the former Pats linebacker’s annual minicamp for children at Gillette Stadium. TJ Bruschi outruns his dad, Tedy, at the former Pats linebacker’s annual minicamp for children at Gillette Stadium. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
June 25, 2010

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Former Pats linebacker Tedy Bruschi can still bring it. No. 54 held his annual minicamp for kids at Gillette Stadium yesterday, and looked like he could strike fear in the hearts of NFL quarterbacks. Bruschi led the youngsters, ages 7-14, from the locker room to the field, where he got an assist from Pats ’backer Jerod Mayo, former BC standout Mark Herzlich, Heisman hero Doug Flutie, receiver Rob Gronkowski, and rookie punter Zoltan Mesko. (Pats owner Robert Kraft was also on the field for a while.) The camp, sponsored by SBLI, includes kids from several area nonprofits and Boston schools.

Shooting stars on Bowdoin Street

Bowdoin Street was buzzing yesterday as the cast and crew of “What’s Your Number?’’ set up shop at the Beacon Hill bar 21st Amendment. The neighborhood tavern was turned into an English pub for a date scene featuring actress Anna Faris, one of the stars of the romantic comedy, and actor Martin Freeman, best known for his work on the British version of “The Office.’’ There’s also a new face on the “What’s Your Number?’’ set: Actor Dave Annable, one of the stars of the TV series “Brothers & Sisters,’’ has replaced Matt Bomer in the movie. (Bomer apparently had a scheduling conflict with USA series “White Collar.’’) Annable has been spotted strolling the Back Bay with his fiancee, actress Odette Yustman.

Around town

While in town as part of the “Comedians of Chelsea Lately’’ tour, Jo Koy spent some time at Fenway with Sox chairman Tom Werner. We’re told Werner has a deal with Koy for a sitcom. The stand-up comic will be back in town for a headlining gig at the Wilbur Sept. 17. . . . Former supermodel Christie Brinkley and her daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, lunched outside at the Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf yesterday. Billy Joel’s ex had a cup of clam chowder and a grilled shrimp salad. . . . Onetime DJ Peter Wolf is back on the radio today. The J. Geils singer will be hyping his new CD, “Midnight Souvenirs,’’ when he’s a guest DJ on WERS-FM (88.9).

Harvard picks fellows

Harvard’s Institute of Politics announced its fall fellows yesterday, and they include former US Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis, former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer, Israel’s ex-interior minister Ophir Pines-Paz, former Miami police chief John Timoney, longtime Globe political reporter Susan Milligan.

Lip-smacking time

The Kowloon was crowded with muscle men and women after the WWE’s “SmackDown’’ taping at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., the other night. Among the performers chowing on pu pu platters were former world champ Jack Swagger, women’s champion Layla, the Mizz, Chavo Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler, Hornswoggle, Drew McIntyre, Chris Masters, JTG, Curt Hawkins, Trent Barreta, and WWE Divas Rosa and Serena.

Party scenes

Pats lineman Matt Light (inset) celebrated his 32d birthday at Kings Dedham the other night, trading his cleats for bowling shoes. Tom Brady’s tackle bowled a few strings and drank a few Bud Lights. . . . Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom, actress Blythe Danner, was in the audience the other night at the Gloucester Stage Company’s production of “Table Manners.’’ Danner was there with friends. . . . Governor Deval Patrick and his wife, Diane, RSVP’d to attend last night’s concert at Rockport Music’s new Shalin Liu Performance Center. The first couple were guests of Will Speers and Heidi Speers Rowe.

‘Grown Ups’ parties
The reviews of “Knight & Day’’ have been underwhelming, and critics won’t like “Grown Ups’’ much better. But the folks at the Massachusetts Film Office don’t care. Last night, Film Office exec Nick Paleologos hosted a reception for extras and crew who worked on “Grown Ups’’ before a screening of the Adam Sandler comedy at the Regal Fenway. The movie, which was shot last summer on the North Shore, costars David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Maria Bello, and Salma Hayek. (None of the stars were at the party, but Hayek and her castmates did walk the red carpet in New York the night before, and a few members of Sandler’s family were expected at last night’s screening.) Extra Lauren Dueoius, who lives in Southborough, said the set was loose and the stars were approachable. “I think the funniest were Adam and Chris Rock,’’ she said. “We had a scene where we were walking behind a convertible, and Adam Sandler joked, ‘That was a great walk, ladies. Good job.’ ’’ Richard DeAgazio, who’s been in a few of the films shot locally, said the measure of a movie is the food on the set. “And this one was really good,’’ he said.

Celts feeling the draft
The Celts hosted a VIP draft party at the Lexus Courtside Club last night and the crowd included CEO Wyc Grousbeck, managing partners Steve Pagliuca and Bob Epstein, president of basketball ops Danny Ainge, coach Doc Rivers, and alums Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, and Cedric Maxwell. . . . Some of the Celtics dancers and Lucky will be on NBC’s “Today’’ show this morning. Al Roker is broadcasting live from the Granite State.

Globe correspondent Rachel Zarrell contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.