Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver celebrated her 85th birthday in style last night, being toasted at the White House by President Bush and VIP guests, including son Tim Shriver, daughter Maria Shriver, son-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger, figure skater Scott Hamilton, singer Vanessa Williams, and Olympians Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci. . . . He's too injured to play in tonight's All-Star Game, but Manny Ramirez was well enough to stroll with wife Juliana through the Borders at the Cambridgeside Galleria yesterday. . . . You gotta really wonder how reliable Improper Bostonian's new ``best of" issue is. The mag names Regattabar ``best jazz club" -- just days after Grammy-winning pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba canceled his two-night stint there because he didn't like the piano.
Wrentham's Ayla Brown was all smiles the other night when she got together with other "American Idol" alums Paris Bennett and Ace Young.
Ocean State in Hollywood spotlightWonder why more movies aren't being made in Massachusetts? Because they're all shooting in the Ocean State. Or so it seems. Not long after lovelies Kelly Lynch and Amber Tamblyn wrapped up work on ``Normal Adolescent Behavior," Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst arrived in Rhode Island to start lensing his first feature, "The Education of Charlie Banks," starring Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg . (Durst, who's 35, does have some experience behind the camera, having written, directed, and starred in a short film no one saw called "The Truth With Evan Jealous .") Today, the heavily-tattooed rocker will be at Brown University -- no doubt the closest he'll ever get to the Ivy League -- shooting scenes in the Wriston Quadrangle . Meanwhile, Belgian director Frederik Du Chau is already at work on "Underdog," starring Peter Dinklage , Jim Belushi , former Miss USA Susie Castillo , and Attleboro's own Frank D'Agostino . Yesterday, we're told, Du Chau was shooting at the State House in Providence. "It's crazy around here," said Steven Feinberg of the Rhode Island film and TV office.
A special interest in Departed remakeWe're not the only ones eager to see "The Departed," Martin Scorsese's remake of the Hong Kong classic ``Infernal Affairs." Andrew Lau, who directed the original, tells the Associated Press he's honored that Scorsese remade his crime thriller. ``Of course, I want it to be good," Lau said. How couldn't it be? Shot in Boston and New York, the movie, which opens Oct. 6, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. . . . Speaking of Damon, ``The Bourne Identity" star visited his buddy Ben Affleck on the ``Gone, Baby, Gone" set in Quincy the other night, accompanied by his wife, Luciana, and the couple's new baby, Isabella. . . . Seems Gwyneth Paltrow will not be starring in the Farrelly brothers next film after all. Variety reports that Peter and Bobby have offered the female lead in ``Seven Day Itch" to Swedish beauty Malin Akerman, who co starred with Lisa Kudrow in ``The Comeback."
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