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Clay Buchholz and Lindsay Clubine ready to wed

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 30, 2009 06:14 PM

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Baseball season's over, but the fun's just beginning for Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz and his bride-to-be Lindsay Clubine. The couple, who've been dating for a little over a year, are getting hitched two weeks from today. "There's just a few little things left to be done," Clubine told us yesterday. "Clay just helped me pick out the cake." The pair are getting married at Trump National Golf Club in L.A. and among the 120 or so well-wishers will be 12 of Clay's current and former teammates, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden, Casey Kochman, Brad Penny, and Justin Masterson. "It's so great Justin's coming," said Clubine. "He's our buddy." Perhaps best known as Briefcase Model No. 26 on ``Deal or No Deal,'' Clubine was introduced to Buchholz by Donald Trump at a party following a UFC fight. "There were a bunch of players there, and Donald walked me over and said, 'Hey guys, this is Lindsay and she's single.' He literally threw me to the wolves. Clay and I hit it off and the friendship just grew." While on hiatus from "Deal or No Deal," Clubine's been keeping busy. With her buddy Katie Cleary, she filmed "Follow Me to Bliss," an online ad campaign for the 2010 Lincoln Mercury Milan Hybrid ("In 48 hours, we drove all over New England on one tank of gas"); hosted the HDNet travel show "Get Out!" ("It's basically hot girls in bikinis running around doing shark dives, bungee jumping, and other extreme sports"); and filmed a scene for Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2" ("I'm a girl at Tony Stark's birthday party and I run around in the Iron Man mask in a bikini"). If you're wondering about the honeymoon, Clubine said she and Clay are going to David Ortiz's celeb-heavy golf tourney Dec. 3 in the Dominican Republic, and then getting a cabana elsewhere in the Caribbean for a few days.

Clay Buchholz and fiancee Lindsay Clubine ready to wed

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 30, 2009 06:03 PM

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Baseball season's over, but the fun's just beginning for Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz and his bride-to-be Lindsay Clubine. The couple, who've been dating for a little over a year, are getting hitched two weeks from today. "There's just a few little things left to be done," Clubine told us yesterday. "Clay just helped me pick out the cake." The pair are getting married at Trump National Golf Club in L.A. and among the 120 or so well-wishers will be 12 of Clay's current and former teammates, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden, Casey Kochman, Brad Penny, and Justin Masterson. "It's so great Justin's coming," said Clubine. "He's our buddy." Perhaps best known as Briefcase Model No. 26 on ``Deal or No Deal,'' Clubine was introduced to Buchholz by Donald Trump at a party following a UFC fight. "There were a bunch of players there, and Donald walked me over and said, 'Hey guys, this is Lindsay and she's single.' He literally threw me to the wolves. Clay and I hit it off and the friendship just grew." While on hiatus from "Deal or No Deal," Clubine's been keeping busy. With her buddy Katie Cleary, she filmed "Follow Me to Bliss," an online social media campaign for the 2010 Lincoln Mercury Milan Hybrid ("In 48 hours, we drove all over New England on one tank of gas"); hosted the HDNet travel show "Get Out!" ("It's basically hot girls in bikinis running around doing shark dives, bungee jumping, and other extreme sports"); and filmed a scene for Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2" ("I'm a girl at Tony Stark's birthday party and I run around in the Iron Man mask in a bikini"). If you're wondering about the honeymoon, Clubine said she and Clay are going to David Ortiz's celeb-heavy golf tourney Dec. 3 in the Dominican Republic, and then getting a cabana elsewhere in the Caribbean for a few days.

Two Cullens come to town

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 30, 2009 11:12 AM

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Summit Entertainment and the Natick Collection have announced the names of the two “Twilight: New Moon” cast members who will be coming to the mall in a few weeks.

They are (drum roll, please): Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.

No Robert Pattinson. Sigh.

Greene, who plays the premonition-prone pixie Alice Cullen in the “Twlight” movies, and Lutz, who plays her beefy brother Emmett, will visit Nordstrom at the Natick Collection on Nov. 12. To find out how to meet them, visit nordstrom.com/newmoon.

Two Cullens come to town

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 30, 2009 11:06 AM

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Summit Entertainment and the Natick Collection have announced the names of the two “Twilight: New Moon” cast members who will be coming to the mall in a few weeks.

They are (drum roll, please): Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.

No Robert Pattinson. Sigh.

Greene, who plays the premonition-prone pixie Alice Cullen in the “Twlight” movies, and Lutz, who plays her beefy brother Emmett, will visit Nordstrom at the Natick Collection on Nov. 12. To find out how to meet them, visit nordstrom.com/newmoon.

Dudamel wins Eugene McDermott Award

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 28, 2009 11:55 PM

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the recipient of the 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. Dudamel, one of the country's most in-demand conductors, is music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He joins a select list of distinguished recipients of the Eugene McDermott Award, including architects Diller + Scofidio, writer Junot Diaz, architect Santiago Calatrava, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and artist Isaac Julien. In addition to $75,000 cash prize, the recipient is offered a campus residency. (As part of his residency next April, Dudamel will visit the MIT Media Lab and conduct an open rehearsal with the MIT Symphony Orchestra on April 16, where President Susan Hockfield will present the award.) Said Dudamel: "You cannot imagine how excited I am to visit MIT and see the wonderful music program and the Media Lab first hand -- the next generation in music and technology all in one place!"

Gates and Crowley have beers...again

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 28, 2009 06:17 PM

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley apparently weren't kidding when they agreed to continue talking after their White House beer arranged by President Obama. Right now, we're told, the pair are in deep conversation in a booth at River Gods in Cambridge. Crowley, you'll recall, arrested Gates for disorderly conduct after responding to a possible break-in at Gates's home. The charges were later dropped.

Schlow and Myers (and Parsons) split

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 21, 2009 09:58 PM

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The trio behind two of Boston’s best restaurants is breaking up. Chef Michael Schlow confirmed to us yesterday that he and Christopher Myers and Esti Parsons, co-owners of Via Matta and Radius, have ended their professional relationship, with Schlow buying out his partners. In a statement, the celebrated chef had this to say: ‘‘Christopher and I were lucky to have a fruitful and excellent partnership for 11 years. This is a decision we came to together. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Christopher and Esti, and I wish them all the best.’’ Schlow would not elaborate on the reason for the split, but it’s well known in the restaurant world that he and Myers are not exactly best friends. Still, the news comes as a surprise. The restaurants are routinely cited by critics as among the finest in a city obsessed with food. Parsons had previously announced her intention to leave the group to open a place of her own. Myers told us yesterday, ‘‘I would just say this, it’s time.’’ He also co-owns Flour bakery and Myers + Chang with his wife, Joanne Chang.

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Cruise's "Knight & Day" auditions wedding bands

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 21, 2009 09:25 PM

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Boston bands have a history of making their way onto the big screen. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed in the Alicia Silverstone classic ‘‘Clueless.’’ Kay Hanley’s Letters to Cleo had a cameo in the Heath Ledger/Julia Stiles teen flick ‘‘10 Things I Hate About You.’’ And today a lucky Boston wedding band will shoot a scene in the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz movie ‘‘Knight & Day,’’ which has been filming all over Massachusetts these past few weeks. More than 200 local music acts applied to play the wedding band in the movie, and Boston Casting chose five finalists — including wedding bands Boston Common and Groove Authority, and the local rock band Cassavettes (of which Boston.com producer Glenn Yoder is a member). During the auditions, held Tuesday, each band lip-synched Grand Funk’s version of ‘‘Some Kind of Wonderful.’’ Cassavettes, the only non-wedding band among the finalists, got word yesterday that it did not get the gig. And as of yesterday afternoon, Boston Common leader/drummer Jonathan Wiegratz hadn’t heard back. But when we reached Paul Fudin of Groove Authority, he refused to talk about the audition and told us to contact the casting company with any questions. We’re pretty sure that means he got the job. Congrats if that’s true, Paul. For the record, Groove Authority covers everyone from Justin Timberlake to Roy Orbison. Wiegratz said the bands were told that filming would be today and that they’d be performing the Grand Funk tune on camera. He said he and his Boston Common bandmates would be bummed if they weren’t chosen to share the screen with Cruise, but joked that they would survive. ‘‘It would have been a cool thing to do, obviously,’’ he said, ‘‘but we normally have a full calendar anyway.

Brady and Bundchen now expecting girl? Make up your mind already.

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 21, 2009 07:21 PM

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Here’s a scoop: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are expecting either a girl or a boy. The National Enquirer reported that the Pats QB and his pregnant spouse were having a boy. Now, Life & Style is insisting it’s a girl. (That’s what we’ve been told, too, by the way.) Citing an unnamed source, the magazine says Gisele wanted to decorate the nursery in pastel pinks, but opted for ‘‘a nautical theme’’ with cream and seafoam green. ‘‘They’re using a crib that’s been in Gisele’s family for four generations,’’ the source said. ‘‘Her grandmother slept in this crib, her mom slept in this crib, Gisele slept in this crib, and now Gisele’s daughter will sleep in this crib. It’s beautiful solid oak.’’

Todd English pretends to say, "I do."

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 21, 2009 07:08 PM

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Turns out chef Todd English and Erica Wang were married. Well, sort of. A few months before the couple’s very public break-up, they held a bogus wedding ceremony on board a yacht off the coast of Croatia. The celebrity chef and his girlfriend of two years were ‘‘wed’’ by the ship’s chef. (Wang had previously mentioned the fake nuptials to the New York Post: ‘‘He said he wanted that day to be a memory only the two of us could share,’’ she told the Post.) As you can see from this photo, posted today by Gawker.com, the bride and groom both wore white, and even had fake wedding certificates and rings. The real deal was supposed to take place Oct. 3, but English had second thoughts and called the whole thing off at the 11th hour. He later filed assault charges against his would-be bride stemming from an alleged fight Sept. 15, during which he claims his former fiancee hit him in the face with his own watch.

Is there an Echo in here?

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 19, 2009 01:19 PM

Ian McCulloch snuck into Boston with Echo & the Bunnymen for a show at Great Scott Sunday night. Though not widely advertised, the show, part of the Fenway Recordings Sessions promoted by Mark Kates, was well attended. You might say uncomfortably so. The set was short and sweet, including several of the band's indie hits and a few cuts from their new CD "The Fountain." They closed with "Lips Like Sugar," and it looked and sounded very much like this performance from a year or so ago.

Into the wind for RFK

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 16, 2009 06:11 PM

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Ethel Kennedy and her celebrity golf gang braved a stiff wind yesterday at the 20th annual tournament benefiting the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Kennedy was joined by actors Bill Murray, Matt McCoy, "The Unit" star Dennis Haysbert, No. 4 Bobby Orr, track star Rafer Johnson, journalist Jim Wooten, and the incomparable Bill Russell at the Hyannisport Club. The RFK Center is a DC-based nonprofit that provides support to human rights defenders around the world.

Caption: Ethel Kennedy and friends lean against the wind before teeing at the annual tournament to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Bill Murray, Matt McCoy, Dennis Haysbert, Bobby Orr. (Sarah Fantom)

Tom Brady is a bad, bad man

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 16, 2009 05:51 PM

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Tom Brady's got bigger problems than overthrowing Randy Moss in the end zone. No. 12 is going to hell, according to a North Carolina church. The Amazing Grace Baptist Church posted a list of athletes it believes to be headed to the hot place, and Tommy made the list. (The site was abruptly disabled yesterday.) Others on the list include race car driver Richard Petty, NBA players Joakim Noah and Marko Jaric, wrestler Torrie Wilson, and QB Matt Leinart.

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Early look at Mel Gibson's "Edge of Darkness"

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 16, 2009 04:52 PM

The trailer for the made-in-Massachusetts movie "Edge of Darkness" has hit the 'Net. This is the movie, you'll recall, starring Mel Gibson and Robert DeNiro...Oh, wait, DeNiro dropped out soon after filming began. Anyway, here 'tis.

Settles unsettled about management at Beehive

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 16, 2009 12:50 PM

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Since opening in 2007, the Beehive’s been buzzing. But behind the scenes, all’s not well at the trendy South End nightclub. Word is co-owner Darryl Settles is no longer welcome at the restaurant he helped create, and he and his partners aren’t even speaking. Settles, we’re told, is particularly at odds with operating partner Jack Bardy.

Located on Tremont Street in the heart of the South End, the Beehive is the brainchild of four founders: Settles, the former owner of Bob the Chef’s and creator of the Bean Town Jazz Festival; Bardy, who owns Pho Republique; Jennifer Epstein, daughter of Celts managing partner and Abbey Group chief executive Bob Epstein; and her husband, Bill Keravuori, also of the Abbey Group. The Beehive promises evenings of “bohemian decadence and eccentric fun,’’ and it mostly delivers. On weekend nights, the line snakes out the door.

But Settles has raised serious questions about the Beehive’s management under Bardy and the two sides have been in arbitration for over a year. Settles, we’re told, is seeking a shake-up at the top. Reached for comment yesterday, Settles declined to talk, but issued this statement: “I’m sorry that the relationship with my partners has deteriorated to the point that we cannot speak to each other, let alone work constructively together. I never thought in a million years I would be fighting to have my voice heard in the Beehive’s management. Now we are engaged in a yearlong court battle that has been emotionally painful for me and my family.’’

Bardy didn’t return a phone call yesterday, but he, Epstein, and Keravuori responded with a statement of their own: “This is a private business dispute of no public interest whatsoever. Darryl Settles has always played a minor role in this business as a passive ownership interest. The Beehive continues to be wildly successful under the vision and leadership of Jack Bardy, managing partner and operator, who enjoys the strong backing of the majority of the partners in the business.’’

Hmm. Asked for a reaction, Settles’s lawyer, William Nystrom, said the two sides are clearly far apart. “If they believe Mr. Settles, as a partner and one-third owner, is passive, you can understand why we need to be in arbitration.’’Continued

Todd English's jilted bride arraigned on assault charge

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 16, 2009 11:43 AM

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Todd English's former fiancee was arrested and charged yesterday with assault and criminal possession of a weapon -- a men's watch -- stemming from a September fight with the celebrity chef. Erica Wang turned herself into New York City police at 8 a.m., five days after English filed an assault complaint against her.
The would-be bride is represented by attorney Charles Clayman, who issued this statement: "Immediately after learning a complaint had been filed, my client voluntarily arranged to appear this morning at the 13th Precinct in Manhattan. This is just the beginning, because NYPD policy requires this process whenever a complaint of this kind is filed. My client will continue to cooperate, has done nothing wrong and welcomes the opportunity for the District Attorney to reach that conclusion and clear her name."
Wang, 33, was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court Jan 14. The complaint alleges that the couple were arguing inside their apartment at 101 West 24 St. at 1 a.m. on Sept. 15 when Wang struck English in the face with a watch, causing a cut that required seven stitches. Wang faces up to seven years in state prison on the assualt charge, and one year in jail on the weapon charge.
What a difference a few weeks makes. Wang and English had dated for two years, and were scheduled to get married Oct. 3 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. But English had second thoughts and phoned Wang to cancel just hours before they were due to get hitched. English revealed in an interview with the Globe earlier this week that he and Wang had been having problems, that she had hit him during arguments, including the episode with the watch.
English didn't file assault charges immediately, but decided to do so Monday after Wang told the New York Post that she'd been dumped on the day of her wedding and then booted from the New York apartment she shared with the chef. Reached yesterday, English's attorney, Danielle de Benedictis, said: "This no longer involves a dispute between Todd and Erica -- it's between the state of New York and Erica." She said English felt compelled to take legal action. "He filed the complaint in response to her alleging, both publicly and in the press, that it didn't happen and attempting to interfere with his character and good name."

It's a layup for Luntz

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 14, 2009 09:54 PM

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Frank Luntz is a man of many talents: He's a Republican pollster, a political consultant, a linguist, and a Fox News talking head. But Luntz is also a big basketball fan with a special fondness for a certain former Celtic. During a book party this week at literary agent Helen Rees's high-rise apartment, Luntz took time out to tell us about his recent trip to China with Larry Bird. "I've done some work with the Pacers on fan experience, and so they invited me to go with them to China," said Luntz, whose new book, "What Americans Really Want...Really: The Truths About Our Hopes, Dreams and Fears," has nothing to do with basketball. So what was Larry like? "I was just grateful he talked to me," said Luntz. "To sit at the feet of a legend was as powerfiul as climbing the Great Wall of China." Rees, who also reps the likes of Jack Welch and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, drew a diverse crowd, including Terry Gomes, president of Roxbury Community College, Carole Berotte, president of Mass Bay Community College, furrier Mary Kakas, Conexion founder Phyllis Barajas, former state transportation secretary Richard Taylor, Zip Car founder Scott Griffin, city councilor Mike Ross, author Phyllis Karas, publicist Colette Phillips, and author Juan Enriquez, the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project.

Caption: Frank Luntz speaking about his new book at Helen Rees's aparrtment in Harbor Towers. PHOTO: Bill Brett

Jill & Kate & Kelly

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 14, 2009 09:42 PM

The night before her gig at the Agganis Arena, Kelly Clarkson dropped by Precinct in Somerville. The "American Idol" winner was there to see her back-up singers Jill and Kate. (Boston band Gretel was also on the bill, but we're pretty sure Clarkson was there to catch her buddies.) Despite having sold over 10 million CDs, we're told Clarkson was cool and approachable as she enjoyed a vodka drink and listened to the music. Here's a clip of Jill and Kate at Precinct.

English and former fiancee make mincemeat - of each other

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 13, 2009 11:30 PM

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Their romance is over, but the public relations war between Todd English and Erica Wang has just begun. A day after English told us he'd been beaten up by his former fiancee, Wang called us and read a one-sentence statement.
"We both knew that neither of our parents approved of this marriage for a very long time, but that does not explain why he's now making up awful things about me," said Wang, who refused to answer questions.
The call was arranged by a confidante of the would-be bride, who's been handling her many media requests but wouldn't allow his name to be used. Apparently intent on keeping her feud with the famous foodie alive, Wang was scheduled to be on the "Today" show this morning.
English and Wang, who'd dated for two years, were set to get married Oct. 3 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. But English disappeared several days before the wedding, finally calling Wang the day of the ceremony to cancel. Wang proceeded without the groom, partying on her own with 150 or so guests.
The rep said there's no excuse for canceling a wedding at the last minute.
"She is blameless," he said. "(English's) handlers can't defend what he did, so they've come up with the two things people always say about women: She's crazy and greedy."
Wang, who is 16 years younger than the 49-year-old English, met the chef at one of his restaurants, and later quit her job as a concierge at the Peninsula Hotel in New York to spend more time with him.
A longtime friend of the chef's told us yesterday that he and others, including the restaurateur's own mother, tried several times to talk English out of the marriage. (English has three children -- Oliver, 19, Isabelle, 16, and Simon, 13 -- with his ex-wife Olivia.)
English had told friends and family that Wang had a fierce temper and sometimes hit him, including once with his own watch, opening a cut around his eye. One friend told us he warned English that the volatile relationship could put his business empire in jeopardy. Others were worried about Wang's spending habits, citing $35,000 charges at Chanel and a $6,000 purchase at Neiman Marcus a few days after the wedding was canceled.
"They were in love," said Wang's rep. "Nobody is suggesting they were not in love." That's true. Though he has a reputation as a lothario, English told us he did love Wang. "But," he said, "I can see this is the best thing for the both of us."

Maria "The Machisma" Menounos

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 13, 2009 06:35 PM

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As a kid growing up in Medford, Maria Menounos sometimes watched professional wrestling with her dad. It was like a soap opera, but instead of Luke and Laura, the wild-eyed characters were named "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. "My mother got so mad at us for watching it," she said yesterday, "but I got sucked into the storylines." WWE chairman Vince McMahon must have had an inkling when he invited Menounos and her "Access Hollywood" colleague Nancy O'Dell to host this week's "Monday Night RAW." Menounos jumped at the chance, but with a caveat: She wanted to wrestle. (And promote her next movie, "Serial Buddies.") "They agreed," Maria told us yesterday, "so I took six training sessions and learned the different moves - the leg drop, the arm drag, the sunset flip." The throwdown was televised live Monday night, and Menounos was dressed appropriately: Black spandex pants and a bikini top emblazoned with the Greek flag. (The evening's featured acts were Randy Orton, West Newbury's own John Cena and Chris Jericho.) Menounos was teamed with wrestlers Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly against "The Glamazon" Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, and Rosa Mendes. Believe it or not, Maria emerged victorious. "I kind of smashed my tailbone on that flip, but I got some ice on it and I'm fine," she said. "I told Vince, I want to come back with (wrestler) Maria Kanellis as 'The Golden Greeks' and come out to 'Zorba the Greek' music.'"

Why don't the Bruins have a celebrity booster?

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 13, 2009 12:31 PM

"Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm is in town shooting a movie, but that doesn't mean he's rooting for Boston sports teams. Quite the contrary, here's a spot the handsome St. Louis native taped for the Blues. Love the references to Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Brendan Shanahan, Craig Janney, Paul and Gino Cavallini, and T.J. Oshie. Why don't the B's have someone like Hamm singing the praises of the spoked-B?

Todd English's side of the story

Posted by Katie McLeod October 13, 2009 09:55 AM

The back-and-forth between Todd English and his former fiancee Erica Wang continued yesterday, with the celebrated chef claiming he had been abused by his would-be wife.

English was eager to respond to a story in Sunday’s New York Post, in which Wang said the Olives chef called off their wedding just hours before it was to take place Oct. 3 and then left her with a $12,000 bill. Wang told the tabloid that English - her boyfriend of two years - has cut off her credit cards and is forcing her to move out of their Chelsea apartment, leaving her without money or a place to live.

But English gave us his side of the story yesterday. Reached by phone, English said he and Wang were in therapy because she has an explosive temper and more than once became violent with him. On Sept. 15, he claims, Wang hit him repeatedly in the face with his own watch, opening a cut around his eye that required stitches. (The restaurateur said he had to walk a red carpet a few days later wearing sunglasses.)

“Until that day, I planned to go through with the marriage,’’ he said. “I disappeared before the wedding because I didn’t want to get into another confrontation with Erica. I didn’t know where this thing was going.’’ (Wang, who couldn’t be reached for comment last night, denied to the Post that she ever hit English.)

Danielle de Benedictis, English’s attorney, told the Globe yesterday she and others had urged the celebrity chef not to go through with the wedding, but he wouldn’t listen. The chef acknowledges that some of his friends were not fans of his fiancee. “Especially after the incident with my eye,’’ English said. “Look, I’m stubborn. I wanted a relationship, something stable for my kids, someone I can come home to and not be verbally, psychologically, emotionally, and physically abused.’’

English scoffed at the suggestion that he’s been anything less than generous with Wang, who he said had a habit of racking up huge credit card bills, and threw herself a $250,000 party at the St. Regis Hotel after the wedding was canceled. “I made a mistake,’’ he said. “I let it go too far, but I got out of it in time before it cost me more in the future.’’

— Mark Shanahan, Globe Staff

Apfel falls far from the tree - at Northshore Mall

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 12, 2009 07:18 PM

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Octogenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel was in Peabody yesterday, styling the windows at the Nordstrom Northshore Mall. Apfel, who's appeared on Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list, has inspired influential fashion designers from Jason Wu to Ralph Rucci. (Her window designs will be on diplay for two weeks, and be replicated at Nordstrom Natick Collection and Nordstrom Burlington.) Apfel is also the subject of an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. Called "Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel," the exhibit includes more than 80 ensembles from Iris’ personal collection.

Caption: Iris Apfel looks on with April Swieconek (Peabody Essex Museum) and directs others as they assist her in styling the apparel window of Nordstroms. (Photo By Donald Rockhead)

Cascada serenade

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 12, 2009 07:13 PM

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Cascada, the German eurodance group fronted by Natalie Horler, had them on their feet this weekend at Rain. Taking the stage at the Malden nightclub, the group got the crowd going with their UK hit "Evacuate the Dancefloor." Horler's sidekicks in Cascada are producers DJ Manian and Yanou.

Barrios in a smackdown with Rourke

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 9, 2009 05:05 PM

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Ex-Bay State lawmaker Jarrett Barrios doesn't back down from a fight - even with "The Wrestler." Barrios, who's now the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is condemning Mickey Rourke for his use of an anti-gay slur. "Rourke is showing himself to be painfully ignorant of how this vulgar, abusive slur feeds a climate of anti-gay hatred, intolerance and violence," said Barrios. Rourke used the word most recently in an exchange with a paparazzo.

Caption: Jarrett Barrios, president of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) speaks before a panel discussion titled “Out In Hollywood III: The Rise of the LGBT Actor” at Screen Actors Guild national headquarters in Los Angeles October 7, 2009
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Alan Dershowitz enlists a co-counsel

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 8, 2009 09:20 PM

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Talk about inside baseball: Students in Alan Dershowitz's freshman seminar are learning about the game from Larry Lucchino. The Sox CEO is an expert witness in Dershowitz's first-year Harvard Law class about the national pastime. "Before he was involved in baseball, Larry was a great lawyer," the prominent Harvard Law prof said yesterday. "He's able to talk about how important law is to the business of sports - anti-trust law, contract law, labor law." Dershowitz, wo shares season tickets with fellow Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, said he and Lucchino conceived of the course during an offseason trip to the Galapagos Islands. There are 15 students in the class - over 200 applied to get in - and one of the sessions was held at Fenway. "We gave them the (Seth) Mnookin book 'Feeding the Monster' book to read...Larry tore it apart," said Dershowitz. "We've talked a lot about financing stadiums, the relationship between the city and the team, moving franchises, and how out-of-towners beat the locals to buy the team." Dershowitz, who's attended every home Sox playoff game since 1967, spoke last night at the 92nd Street Y in New York. "I made them end the speech at 9:25 p.m. and have a car ready to take me somewhere with a good TV."

Caption: Alan Dershowitz and Larry Lucchino with Harvard Law freshmen at Fenway. (Credit: Red Sox photo)

Mary-Louise and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 8, 2009 01:40 PM

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Mary-Louise Parker is our all-time screen crush, so it doesn't take much for us to post a pic of the talented actress. This morning, the "Weeds" star joined children's author and former western Mass resident Eric Carle on the "Today" show as part of Jumpstart’s annual National Read for the Record Day.

Caption: Mary-Louise Parker and Eric Carle (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Steven Tyler taking his time with memoir

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 7, 2009 07:00 PM

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Can't wait to read Steven Tyler's memoir? Neither can his publisher. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, bid more than $2 million for the flamboyant frontman's story, but he's yet to deliver the book. And it could be awhile before he does. We're told Tyler is unhappy with the results of his work with ghost writer David Dalton, and is starting over with Mark Hudson and former Hustler editor Lonn Friend. In recent days, the three have been huddled in Sunapee, N.H., trying to salvage something of the book, which is titled "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?" Tyler has been mostly MIA since August, when he fell off the stage during a show in Sturgis, S.D., breaking his shoulder. Dalton, a respected scribe who's written about Janis Joplin, James Dean, and Jim Morrison, had been working with the 61-year-old singer for about a year. The new team is friendly with Tyler. Hudson is an occasional collaborator who co-wrote Aerosmith's 1993 smash hit "Livin' on the Edge." (He was with Tyler at BookExpo America last spring when the scarf-wearing screamer spoke about his memoir.) Friend, meanwhile, was a protege Larry Flynt's at Hustler before becoming editor of RIP, a magazine devoted to metal bands. He chronicled his exploits with the heroes of heavy metal in his own memoir, "Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to Nirvana, a Backstage Journey through Rock's Most Debauched Decade." Sounds like the right man for the job.

Katie and the kid hit Faneuil Hall

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 7, 2009 05:49 PM

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Katie Holmes and daughter Suri have turned their attention from Back Bay to Faneuil Hall. The actress, who's spent much of her free time on Newbury Street while husband Tom Cruise has been busy filming with Cameron Diaz. But today, Holmes, her mom, and Suri were at historic Faneuil Hall sampling sweets. The two tried cookies at Kilvert & Forbes, the bakery once owned by Sen. John Kerry, snacked on fries at Brown Derby, treated themselves to Pizzeria Regina, and ice cream at Sprinkles. (Suri slurped French vanilla from a little Red Sox helmet while Katie got cookie dough.) Faneuil Hall security closed off the marketplace's upper rotunda because "they were getting mobbed," said a witness. Afterward, Holmes and Suri stopped by Crate & Barrel. Mrs. Cruise must be a fan of the store. She was spotted at the Crate & Barrel on Boylston Street just over a week ago.

Caption: Katie and Tom jog in the Back Bay.

Wahlberg in 'Reykjavik'

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 7, 2009 11:29 AM

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Variety reports that local guy Mark Wahlberg will star in an American remake of "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," a critically-acclaimed Icelandic thriller released last year.

We assume the movie will be renamed for US audiences, but you never know

Globe on "Gossip Girl"

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 07:56 PM

Yes, that was a Boston Globe box and a Legal Sea Foods truck featured in a Boston scene on "Gossip Girl" the other night.

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Thank goodness for the DVR pause button.

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Lampoon spoofs 'Twilight'

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 07:25 PM

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Oh Harvard Lampoon, must you ruin everything that's sacred?

The cheeky Lampoon staff announced today that on Nov. 3, it will release "Nightlight," its first parody novel in 40 years.

"Nightlight" takes on the "Twilight" series with the story of Belle Goose, a young girl who travels to Switchblade, Oregon, only to meet Edwart Mullen, a vampire computer nerd who isn't into girls. We're pretty sure that if "Nightlight" is adapted for film, it will not star Robert Pattinson (above) -- although, we never say never.

For the record, the last parody published by the Lampoon was "Bored cq of the Rings" in 1969. That means the Harvard gang is putting "Twilight" writer Stephanie Meyer in the company of J.R.R. Tolkien. That's quite a compliment.

Tufts singers on NBC ... maybe

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 07:21 PM

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The all-male a capella group at Tufts University hopes to be able to share its glee with the world on NBC this winter. Problem is, it needs permission.

The Beelzebubs -- known for their instrument-free renditions of songs such as Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time" and Beck's "Debra" -- were chosen to appear on the upcoming NBC reality competition "The Sing-Off," which is being produced by local moviemaker Sam Weisman.

But when the group asked Tufts academic dean James Glaser for permission to miss class to fly to LA for the show next month, he wasn't as supportive as they expected. According to 20-year-old 'Bubs leader Eli Seidman, Glaser didn't technically forbid the group from participating in the reality show, but he declined to give permission for members to miss class. "Maybe I'm a little naive when it comes to this, but I figured it would be an easy sell," Seidman said, adding that colleges often let athletes out of class for games. "This is prime-time television. I figured it would be good for Tufts pride."

Seidman, who says the 'Bubs were the only college ensemble chosen for the show, told us that NBC gave the group a deadline of tomorrow to get permission to participate. Glazer was not available for comment yesterday, but Tufts spokeswoman Kim Thurler said the 'Bubs have been encouraged to talk to their many professors to get permission to miss class during production. That's how it works, even for athletes, she said: students have to check with each professor before missing class.

Of course, how much class they miss will depend on how well the 'Bubs do. If they stay in the competition, they could miss the end of the semester and part of finals. Seidman said that so far, profs have been supportive and are giving time off, but the group is under the gun to get endorsements from all instructors for all members. It's been a lot of running around and last-minute negotiation. "It would just be a bummer if it didn't work out," Seidman said. "The guys have been working so hard." "Sing-Off" will air as four two-hour episodes starting Dec. 14.

Twellman is Bay State bachelor

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 06:45 PM

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The New England Revolution's sweet-faced forward -- Taylor Twellman -- has been named the Bay State's hottest bachelor by Cosmopolitan. He'll be featured in the November issue of the magazine and will attend a party in New York to celebrate when it comes out on Oct. 13.

Twellman, who split last year from wife Lindsay, reveals in his Cosmo Q&A that he hates talking to women about his job ("I'm looking for a girl who's about being with me, not about being with a soccer player," he says), and that he's into ladies who wear white tops with jeans and high heels. Good to know.

Cosmo's November issue also features love advice from NFL personalities -- including Patriot Wes Welker and former Pat Matt Cassel. Welker says in the mag that he doesn't like e-mail snoops. "Call me so you know where I am, follow me to see if I'm doing what I say I'm doing, hire a private investigator ... but whatever you do, do not snoop through my e-mail or cell phone." Cassel reveals what a woman could say to turn him off. "I had garlic for lunch."

Affleck's North End shoot-out

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 03:40 PM

NorthEndWaterfront.com, which serves the North End community, has posted some video footage of the recent filming of a shoot-out scene in Ben Affleck’s movie “The Town.” You can’t see much, but it’s sort of fun to watch.

As you can tell from the reader comments posted below the video, it wasn't very fun for some of the folks who live in the neighborhood.

'Wild Things' party with Dave Eggers

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 10:51 AM

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Writer Dave Eggers (center) was in town last night to screen "Where The Wild Things Are" for members of 826 Boston, his local writing center for kids. Eggers co-wrote the screenplay for Spike Jonze's take on the Maurice Sendak classic.

Joining Eggers at a cocktail party at the Ritz before the screening was actor Chris Cooper (left) and his wife Marianne, who said they heard about 826 from "Little Children" author Tom Perrotta; local writer Jim Shepard (who brought his kids); Boston 826 director Daniel Johnson (right); and Bryant Ross, of West Newton design firm Continuum, which recently designed some clever "Wild Things"-inspired branding for 826, pro bono.

Eggers told us he's screened "Wild" for a few of audiences across the country and that so far, people dig the new interpretation of the children's favorite. "They felt like they were transported back to when they were 8 years old," he said.

Affleck strives for accuracy

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 6, 2009 09:40 AM

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Director Ben Affleck is nothing if not accurate.

We hear that when Affleck filmed scenes for his movie "The Town" at Somerville Hospital over the weekend, he asked members of the medical staff to appear as extras so that all the action in the background looked realistic. Apparently, about a dozen Somerville staffers made their way into scenes.

Two 'Serious' men

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 5, 2009 05:47 PM

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Actors Michael Stuhlbarg (left) and Aaron Wolff, (right) who star in the new Joel and Ethan Coen movie "A Serious Man," were at Brandeis University last night night for a screening of the dark comedy, which is set in a Jewish suburb of Minneapolis in the late 1960s.

Stuhlberg told the audience that he hired a Yiddish tutor to prepare for the audition, but apparently, he still has plenty to learn. During the Q&A portion of the night, Sthulbarg hugged his young co-star, who now lives in Newton, and referred to him as a "bubbe." For those who don't know, that translates as "grandma." The young Wolff didn't appear to mind.

A sorting celebrity

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 5, 2009 04:29 PM

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If you signed up to volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank tomorrow, you're in luck. Pop star Nick Lachey, best known as the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson, will be spending the later part of the afternoon at the Food Bank helping other volunteers sort and package donations. Lachey is in town on behalf of Feeding America, a hunger relief charity.

WGBH feels the rhythm

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 5, 2009 09:24 AM

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WGBH turned its Brighton building into a dance hall on Friday night for the celebration of "Latin Music USA," a new special airing Oct. 12 that includes footage of Latin stars from salsa king Hector Lavoe to modern day artists such as Shakira. Musical guests, who played to a packed house, included Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Ache. The night's emcee was PBS star Maria Hinojosa, who urged the crowd to keep on their feet. Other faces at the party included WGBH Vice President Jamie Parker, Greater Boston's Jared Bowen, WGBH president John Abbott, who brought his teen daughters, series producers Adriana Bosch and Elizabeth Deane, and local author Junot Diaz.

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Silvana Stephen and David Stephen, of Jamaica Plain dance during the performance of Bobby Sanabria y Quarteto Ache at the WGBH premiere party for WGBH's two-part, four-hour series on the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots.

Ready to wear

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 4, 2009 04:07 PM

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Massachusetts College of Art students went over the top for their "Wearable Art" fashion show at the Burlington Mall on Saturday.

The Boston Fashion Week event featured "Real Housewives of New York City" star Alex McCord wearing a dress made of cassette tapes, "Style Boston"'s Tonya Chen Mezrich wearing a strappy number made of yellow measuring tape, Mix 106.7's Candy O'Terry in a dress made of vinyl records, and Patriots cheerleader Sandra Smyly modeling a gown made of Pats lottery tickets. The student designs will be on display at the Mall through Oct. 10.

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Todd English cancels wedding

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 4, 2009 01:32 PM

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Boston's foremost celebrity chef is still a bachelor. Todd English, of Olives and Bonfire fame, was supposed to marry Erica Wang, his girlfriend of almost two years, at the St. Regis in New York on Saturday night, but the pair cancelled the wedding at the last minute.

English's reps say the decision was mutual and that the couple's family and friends were notified of the split a few days in advance, but some guests tell us they were already en route to New York City when they heard the wedding was off. Insiders tell us the news wasn't a shock. Apparently, English and Wang's relationship was a turbulent one.

According to the New York Post, Wang gathered her family and friends on Saturday night for a condolence party, making use of the food and drink that had already been purchased for the ill-fated affair. She wore all black, but kept the crowd dancing. English's reps would only make one official comment yesterday: "No wedding took place this weekend. We appreciate your respect of Todd English’s privacy at this time." Those reps didn't shed light on why English and Wang's registry on the Tiffany's website lists their wedding date as June 1, 2009. Perhaps this isn't the first time the party was cancelled? (For the record, the couple had registered for some clocks, frames, and $475 salt and pepper shakers.)

It seems the weekend wasn't ruined for English's friends, who wound up in New York City with nothing to do. John Henry's wife Linda Pizzuti Henry and Boston nightclub owner Ed Kane, who are pals of English, said on Twitter that they were spending Saturday night at NBC watching Ryan Reynolds and Lady Gaga on "Saturday Night Live." Not a bad Plan B, right?

Cruise is cruising

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 08:00 PM

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Is Tom Cruise doing his own stunts in the movie he's making here? Judging from this shot, he is. Cruise was standing up in a convertible while filming a scene in the speeding car. (There was a dog in the passenger seat.) Cruise and Cameron Diaz are in Boston filming a spy thriller formerly titled "Wichita."

Kings owners have a spare moment

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 07:47 PM

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Lyons Group partners Patrick Lyons and Ed Sparks celebrated the opening of Kings Dedham with a bash at their new bowling alley/restaurant at Legacy Place. The crowd included Boston Concession bigwig Joe O’Donnell, Summer Shack chef Jasper white, WAAF jock Greg Hill, "Shutter Island" author Dennis Lehane, and media types WHDH reporter Sorboni Banerjee and fiancé WCVB reporter Jarrod Holbroook, WFXT reporters Sharman Sacchetti and Erin Hawksworth, and Fox 25 meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz.

Caption: Jasper White and Joe O'Donnell at Kings Dedham.

More unprintable advice from Dr. Ruth

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 07:00 PM

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Sex therapist Ruth Westheimer made moderator Ted Reinstein squirm with her frank talk during her appearance this week at the New Center for Arts and Culture. We'd love to tell you what she said, but our editor won't let us.

Seau runs with the bulls again

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 06:53 PM

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Former Pats linebacker Junior Seau (that's him in the middle with the green shirt and blue hat) was on hand for the Bruins's unhappy season opener. Seau, who's said he may return to the Pats this season, was at the Garden to shoot a segment for his new Versus show "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau." After the B's defeat, Junior joined the bull gang in prepping the floor for the Pink show...In the house for the hockey game were Reebok's Paul Foster, Da Vinci owner Wioletta Zywina, chef Dante de Magistris, Max and Dylan’s owner Brad Dalbeck, PR poobah George Regan, and Kathy and Tim Thomas Sr., proud parents of the B's Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Tim Thomas.

Wyclef Jean gets schooled

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 06:08 PM

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Yes, that's Wyclef Jean wandering around Berklee College of Music. The former Fugee has enrolled at the school with the aim of getting a diploma. According to a Berklee flack, Jean's taking a combination of on-campus and online classes, and his curriculum includes courses in ear training, theory, improvisation, and guitar. (His first day of class was Monday.) “I left college after only the first semester to pursue my career and after all that I’ve accomplished, going back to college was the one thing I wanted to do for myself," the Grammy winner said in a statement. Jean has a mixtape coming out next month and a solo CD titled "Wyclef Jean," which is due to be released in March.

Caption: Grammy winner Wyclef Jean speaking to students and faculty at Berklee Performance Prospective Clinic Summer program in July.

Interest keen in Kennedy book

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 06:01 PM

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While not a runaway bestseller, Ted Kennedy's posthumous memoir, "True Compass," is still doing decent business a few weeks after its release. The book, which hit stores Sept. 15, has so far sold about 170,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. And it seems the Kennedy compendium has considerable appeal outside Massachusetts. Looking a little closer at the numbers, "True Compass" has actually sold better on the West Coast (32,000 copies) and the South Atlantic (30,600) than in New England (30,000). Kennedy's account is on pace to outperform some other high-profile political memoirs, including Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History," which has sold 209,000 copies, and perhaps "The Reagan Diaries," which has moved 273,000 volumes. But "True Compass" is about to lose its mojo with the release of Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," which this week shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list even before it's been published. The book by the former Alaska governor is out Nov. 17.

You should buy what Tiant's selling

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 12:25 PM

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Still haven't seen "The Lost Son of Havana," the poignant pic about should-be Hall of Famer Luis Tiant? Tomorrow and Sunday, El Tiante and producers Bobby Farrelly and Kris Meyer will be at Twins on Yawkey Way before the Sox game selling the DVD. (They'll be there when the gates open at Fenway.) The well-received documentary tells the emotional story of Tiant's emotional return to Cuba after 46 years away.

Eliza Dushku is everywhere

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 2, 2009 11:18 AM

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Eliza Dushku won't turn down an opportunity to hype the second season of "Dollhouse," her show with "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon. And who can blame her? She posed for a spread in Self magazine, joined Dr. Drew on "Loveline," and, now, shows her sexy side in Complex magazine. See it here.

Hornby's latest hardcover

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 1, 2009 08:00 PM

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British novelist Nick Hornby was in Boston the other night to read from his new book, "Juliet, Naked," about a reclusive, Daniel Johnston-like songwriter who'se making of a comeback of sorts. Hornby, whose best known works include "High Fidelity" and "Fever Pitch," signed copies of his new novel at the Brookline Booksmith before crossing the street to read at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

Jude Law fences with Fallon

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 1, 2009 03:13 PM

Jude Law and swordplay? Yes.

Lakshmi has a bun in the oven

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 1, 2009 12:49 PM

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The flack for "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi has confirmed to Usmagazine.com that she's pregnant. "Model, author, and Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi confirms that she is carrying her first child after years of struggling with endometriosis, a cause for which she has co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America," Lakshmi's rep told the site. "As a result of her condition, this pregnancy has been referred to by her physician as nothing short of a medical miracle, and due to its delicate nature, we ask/implore the press to respect Ms. Lakshmi's privacy at this time." The father? No one's saying, but she has been linked to Eels singer Mark Oliver Everett of late. (In 2007, Lakshmi split from "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie - another bearded dude - after three years of marriage.) She was the object of E's desire in Eels's vid for “That Look You Give That Guy”:

Caption: Padma at the Emmys. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Luke, Laura, and...James Franco?

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 1, 2009 12:29 PM

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Harvard's 2009 Hasty Pudding Man o' the Year James Franco will guest star on ABC's "General Hospital" for a lengthy story arc this fall. The AP reports that the "Pineapple Express" and "Spider-Man" actor will play a mystery person who comes to the soap opera's town of Port Charles. The recurring role will begin Nov. 20 -- to coincide with November sweeps -- and will last about two months. Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps says it's "an honor that an actor of Franco's caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles." The 31-year-old Franco will star as Allen Ginsberg next year in the film "Howl."

Caption: James Franco, the Hasty Pudding 2009 Man of the Year, receives the traditional pudding pot. Evan Richman/Globe Staff

The many faces of Matt

Posted by Mark Shanahan October 1, 2009 12:04 PM

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Someone's ranked the best roles of Matt Damon's career. In the words of Fred Durst, we're mostly in agreeance. See the list here.

Caption: Matt Damon at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

Dr. Ruth in town tonight

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 1, 2009 09:00 AM

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Legendary sex therapist Ruth Westheimer is happy to be Jewish for a number of reasons. Not surprisingly, one of those reasons has to do with sex. "I do believe that for me, being Jewish, it is easier to talk about sex openly. … In the Jewish tradition having intercourse with your spouse on a Friday night – it’s a good deed.”

Westheimer -- best known as Dr. Ruth -- will go into detail about all of this tonight when she leads a talk called "Heavenly Sex" for the New Center for Arts and Culture. The night will include a chat about sex and religion, as well as a Q&A, which might get X-rated despite the professional setting. Dr. Ruth believes that because of her age and place in life, people feel comfortable asking her questions about topics they'd ordinarily be ashamed to discuss in public. "I was already 50 when I started on television and radio. I was not a little kid talking about it. I tell people, you can ask a question without saying 'I.' You can say, ‘A friend of mine' ….”

Westheimer says she's often asked why she's not in Boston more frequently. "I have to tell you that I teach Mondays at Yale and Thursdays at Princeton. And everybody is asking me, why not Harvard?" For the record, it's because 81-year-old Westheimer wants to be able to return to her New York City home in a day's time. Ted Reinstein moderates the 7:30 p.m. talk at Temple Israel.

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Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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Meredith Goldstein has worked for the Globe since 2003, covering everything from nightlife to New Kids. She keeps her eyes peeled for celebrity juice, and also writes Love Letters, a Boston.com blog for hopeful (and hopeless) romantics. Meredith chats about love problems every Wednesday at 1 p.m. If you see Justin Timberlake or someone like him at a local eatery, please e-mail her immediately. mgoldstein@globe.com
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