‘Bachelorette’ throws pitch

Williamstown-bred “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky throws out the first pitch at Fenway. (Jim Davis/ Globe Staff) Williamstown-bred “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky throws out the first pitch at Fenway.
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 8, 2010

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Williamstown-bred “Bachelorette’’ Ali Fedotowsky (above, left) was at Fenway Park last night to throw out the first pitch. She was accompanied by her reality-show soul mate Roberto Martinez. One night earlier, Ringling Brothers Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson did the honors.

Morris sees humor in ‘Tabloid’
Filmmaker Errol Morris isn’t nearly as humorless as some of his movies might suggest. (“Standard Operating Procedure,’’ about the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib, wasn’t exactly a laugh riot.) But the Cambridge-based documentarian takes a different approach with “Tabloid,’’ which premiered Saturday at the Telluride Film Festival and screens next weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. The dishy doc tells the story of Joyce McKinney, the buxom blonde at the center of the 1970s “Mormon sex-in-chains case.’’ (McKinney, pictured, a former Miss Wyoming, was accused of abducting a young Mormon missionary from the steps of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, chaining him to a bed, and raping him.) “I’ve always loved tabloid stories,’’ says Morris, who told us he first read about the McKinney case in the Globe. “Sometimes I think of myself as a dowser for strange stories.’’ McKinney hasn’t seen the film yet, but Morris thinks she’ll like it. “My idea of a perfect work of art is something that’s sick, sad, and funny,’’ he said. “And this fulfills that requirement.’’ Morris told us “Tabloid’’ is dedicated to Karen Schmeer, his former film editor who was killed in New York last winter in a hit-and-run car accident.

Pitching a positive message
Jonathan Papelbon’s blown saves didn’t bother the teachers who showed up yesterday at Orchard Gardens K-8 School as part of a Dunkin’ Donuts back-to-school promotion. The closer joined Hizzoner Tom Menino, Superintendent Carol Johnson, and teachers union president Richard Stutman to give returning teachers a pat on the back and leave students a special message on the whiteboard: Work hard.

Mr. Boston visits Venice
Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, and Jeremy Renner will be in Boston next week to premiere “The Town’’ at Fenway Park, but yesterday they were in Italy to show the Hub-based thriller at the Venice Film Festival. Affleck recently told Entertainment Weekly that being known as Mr. Boston “was one of the things that almost made me not want to do ‘The Town.’ I thought, I’m going to be the guy who makes crime movies in Somerville. . . . You worry about being typecast.’’ Of filming at Fenway, he said: “People have filmed there before — most notably ‘Fever Pitch.’ And I was an extra in ‘Field of Dreams’ there with Matt [Damon] back in high school. We shot 13 days there for ‘The Town,’ so there was some concern. I have a long relationship with the Red Sox ownership group. I’ve done some stuff with them for the Jimmy Fund charity, and they’re good people. I promised that I wouldn’t actually show the real way money was brought in and out of Fenway Park. The new owners have really opened up the place. They actually have weddings on the field. I think you can get married there for $25,000. So we were shooting with automatic weapons there and we fired off a full mag and, we didn’t know it, but there were some people getting married. . . . I don’t know if we ruined a wedding or if it will end up a great story.’’

Eclectic nuptials
Under a hand-hewn canopy of twigs designed to mimic a chuppah, Newbury Street hairdresser Edward Blee married his longtime partner Robert Zwolinski Sunday evening just past sunset in the garden of their Lynnfield home. Guests included Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Richard Tisei, Seth Justman of the J. Geils Band, and Channel 7 reporter Dan Hausle. Also in attendance were Gail Sacramone, mother of Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone and a partner in Persona salon along with Blee, Richard Corrieri, and Michael Grieco. The couple’s gift to each other was a custom-designed wedding vessel created by Cambridge ceramics artist Jeanée Redmond, into which they placed the shards from the glass smashed underfoot during the ceremony — another nod to Judaism, one of several traditions incorporated into the eclectic civil ceremony by the couple, neither of whom is Jewish.

Cabrera sings, plays
Singer and reality television personality Ryan Cabrera celebrated the end of a leg of touring with a very, very late night in Boston. The 28-year-old ex-boyfriend of Audrina Patridge and Ashlee Simpson played a show at Western New England College in Springfield on Monday afternoon and then traveled to Boston, where he visited the bar Symphony 8 and took pictures with an excited group of female fans. After the bar closed, Cabrera wasn’t quite ready to end the party, so he wound up following a small group of Northeastern students back to their nearby apartment to play beer pong — with whiskey and Coke. He stayed until 4:30 a.m., when the young women wound up calling Cabrera a cab so that he could get at least some sleep before his flight back to Los Angeles. We hear that the singer did try to cozy up to the one woman who lived in the off-campus apartment — but she didn’t want to take advantage of someone who had played beer pong so poorly.

Perry’s ‘Idol’ threat
What does Joe Perry think of “American Idol’’? Not much. The Aerosmith ax man is clearly unimpressed that singer Steven Tyler will be a judge on the hit show. “It’s a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising,’’ he hissed to the Calgary Herald. “It’s one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles. . . . It’s his business, but I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with it. We have nothing to do with it.’’ Perry also repeated an earlier threat to go on tour with a substitute singer if Tyler’s unavailable. “I’m not going to sit around for two years waiting for him to come back to Aerosmith,’’ he said. “[You’ve got] four guys that are great together, and if you find the right singer, there’s no reason you can’t go and entertain people.’’ The band has no shows scheduled after a Sept. 16 gig in Vancouver.

Reassembling Dolls
“You know, Brian, I was thinking: It’s high time for a reunion.’’ So says Amanda Palmer to her Dresden Dolls bandmate Brian Viglione in a YouTube video posted yesterday that announced the Boston-bred punk-cabaret duo’s upcoming shows. Dressed as prim and proper English ladies gingerly sipping tea, Palmer and Viglione ham it up in the short clip that suggests they’re ready to play together again to commemorate their 10th anniversary. Kicking off Halloween at New York’s Irving Plaza, the brief tour will take the Dolls on a limited run in November. According to the tour stops listed on the video, there are no Boston dates yet.

Going the distance
Life is not a sprint. Just ask Dave McGillivray. The race director of the Boston Marathon spent last week in Singapore, invited by David Voth of the Singapore Sports Council to help retool the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, which includes a marathon, half marathon, and 10K with 60,000 runners. The event takes place Dec. 5.

Around town
Thanks to the wedding of Olympic gold medalist Jenny Thompson, a number of very good swimmers were spotted around the North Shore over the weekend. One was Olympian-turned-“Celebrity Apprentice’’ contestant Summer Sanders, who went to Stanford with Thompson. Sanders tweeted shots from Gloucester and Rockport during her visit with the message, “Gorg day in Gloucester, MA!’’ . . . Seth Rogen sightings around Boston continue. A day after he was seen dining at B&G Oysters, the “Knocked Up’’ star was seen at the Summer Shack in Cambridge. Apparently, he mentioned a “16-hour film day’’ to one of the waitresses. . . . Burlington gal Amy Poehler will host the season premiere of her old show, “Saturday Night Live,’’ on Sept. 25. Meanwhile, the blogosphere was reporting yesterday that Milton native Jenny Slate — famous for accidentally saying the “F’’ word on air last season — has been dropped from the show.

Patricia Nealon and James Reed of the Globe staff contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.