"Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron predicts this season's final four celeb dancers will be Ian Ziering, Laila Ali, Joey Fatone , and Heather Mills. CN8's Sara Edwards caught up with the former Boston TV guy on the set of the hit show, which airs tonight and tomorrow. Bergeron, whose dressing room is across the hall from "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, gave Edwards a peek into what goes on at the dancing reality show, now in it s fourth season. "It is mind - boggling how popular the show has gotten," said Bergeron, who used to guest host with Edwards during her days on "Evening Magazine" on WBZ-TV. Edwards interviewed former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger, who Edwards called a trouper. "I think it's very difficult for all of them," said Edwards. "But John was called at the last minute to fill in for ["The Sopranos" actor] Vincent Pastore, who was injured during training." Edwards, whose report airs tomorrow night on CN8's "Backstage," predicts Ziering, who is dancing with pro and two-time winner Cheryl Burke, is going to go home with the disco ball trophy. "They all work so hard," said Edwards. "Everyone is so serious about the competition."
A departure from mean streets
Martin Scorsese is no stranger to cities, having shot several films on the mean streets of New York, but Boston took some getting used to. Specifically, the director of "The Departed" was struck by how leafy the city is. "I couldn't believe all the trees," said Scorsese. "The green was unnerving." The director, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre the other night to honor his longtime film editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, recalled a particular scene with Matt Damon at the Mary Ellen McCormack housing project in South Boston. "We were supposed to be in a down neighborhood, at a tenement, and there were all these birds chirping," he said. "When I scouted locations, it was winter and there were no leaves on the trees. I thought, 'This'll be great, so nitty gritty.' " Schoonmaker, who earned an Oscar for her work on "The Departed," seemed more affected by the blood than the birds. Of the brutal sequence when Leonardo DiCaprio's character is capped exiting the elevator, Schoonmaker said, "It was devastating. When I saw it in dailies, I had to lie down."
Marcia Cross tells her bedtime story
"Desperate Housewives" costar and recent mom Marcia Cross says that during her pregnancy she thought she was invincible, but got a startling wake-up call. "I went to the doctor's office, and I'd been having contractions and didn't know it," the Marlborough - bred mom of twin daughters Savannah and Eden tells People magazine in a cover story in this week's edition. Cross, who turned 45 shortly after the little ones were born, opens up in the three-page spread in the magazine about hearing her biological clock. "The years started going by and I was anxious about the clock ticking. Now it seems like it was all meant to be."
Actress and screenwriter Angela Shelton, an Emerson alum, gave the keynote address the other night at the Together Against Abuse dinner to support the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's efforts to prevent child abuse. Among those on hand for the InterContinental Hotel event that raised $1 million were Celtics Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins , and former Governor Paul Cellucci.
He blew Boston off -- oops, we mean he had a scheduling conflict -- in February to stay in LaLa Land to attend some Grammy Awards parties. But Kevin Federline did make it to Gypsy Bar on Friday night. . . . In town to attend a conference at Harvard, Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine and former
Author Tom Wolfe was on hand Friday night when Boston University and local notables honored John Silber, the school's president emeritus.
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